NGOs to be treated as Public Servants
By Team Legistify / 2016-07-27
In addition to dealing with the long hours, low pay and people’s vague distrust anyone working in an NGO invites, they have got a new title public servant and a whole new list of responsibilities.

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The Union Home Ministry decided that all non-profit organisations that receive more than Rs. 1 Crore as government funds and over 10 lakhs as donations from abroad, will have to declare their assets.

Almost 3 years after the Lokpal Act was passed, the government decided to bring NGOs under its ambit. The NGOs will now be considered public servants, who, under the provisions of the Lokpal Act, are expected to disclose assets and liabilities every year and put out the information in public domain.

So far, the government kept tabs on NGOs, tracking only foreign funds and expenditure. This is the first time the assets of the non-profits will be looked into as well.

Ambit of the Act

“Any person who is or has been a director, manager, secretary or officer of society or association of persons or trust (whether registered under any law for the time being in force or not), by whatever name called, wholly or partly financed by the government and the annual income of which exceeds such amount as the central government may, by notification, specify,”As per rules notified under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, every public servant shall file declaration, information and annual returns pertaining to his assets and liabilities as on March 31 every year or on or before July 31 of that year.  The returns are to be filed for the financial year 2016-2017 by July 31. Besides them, all central government employees also have to file such details by that date.

In addition to dealing with the long hours, low pay and people’s vague distrust anyone working in an NGO invites, they have got a new title public servant and a whole new list of responsibilities.

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