20 January, 2021

Now, NGO Villains

3,500 NGOs are blacklisted for milking a dairy project of crores

Now, NGO Villains

A war of words has broken out between the government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) after a Central funding agency blacklisted 3,500 NGOs last week, and a top official alleged there were "plenty of frauds and fly-by-night NGOs" milking the government.

The Central Social Welfare Board (CSWB) struck off the NGOs for failing to return or submit accounts for loans totalling Rs 10 crore in a dairy project over an 18-year period. And CSWB executive director Smitha Nagaraj went straight for the jugular .

"Running an NGO has become big business. Grooms use NGO licences for more dowry. There's easy money to be made. But when it's time to pay up, letters come back saying addressee unknown," said Nagaraj, who stops short of labelling it a racket.But the NGOs were quick on the draw."CSWB is among the two most corrupt funders around. CAPART (Council for Advancement of People's Action and Rural Technology) is the other," said Anil Singh, executive secretary, Voluntary Action Network India which funds its own...



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