SRINAGAR: Sixty two Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory being funded considerably by the Union Ministry of Ladies and Little one Improvement below Social Welfare Schemes are displaying reluctance in furnishing details about their working and expenditure below the Proper To Data Act, reported Day by day Excelsior.
In response to report, this has been considered critically by the Chief Data Commissioner within the Central Data Fee Y Okay Sinha, who whereas issuing obligatory instructions to the Social Welfare Division of Jammu and Kashmir, has noticed, “regardless of mounting stress for extra openness and transparency, it seems that numerous NGOs stay reluctant to share data and acknowledge the necessity for accountability”.
The case earlier than the Chief Data Commissioner was that the appellant (applicant earlier than the PIOs), who seems to be on a mission to conduct a efficiency audit of the NGOs, had sought details about utilization of funds being granted to those organizations by the Union Ministry of Ladies and Little one Improvement, it stated.
Nonetheless, the appellant was not furnished the requisite data and this compelled him to knock the doorways of the CIC with Second Appeals.
The rivalry of the appellant earlier than the Fee was that he has filed these RTI purposes for the aim of bringing transparency within the public dealings and probity in public life and in NGOs or different our bodies by the involved division; to put down tips for accreditation of NGOs and devise a correct accounting system to create a correct channel for utilization of funds from the Authorities.
“Each citizen has a proper to know as as to if his/her cash which has been given to an NGO or some other physique is getting used for the requisite function or not”, the appellant additional talked about within the Second Appeals.
“These 62 NGOs have been considerably funded by the Ministry of Ladies and Little one Improvement by means of J&Okay Social Welfare Division and this being funded by public cash, the related details about these NGOs must be disclosed below the RTI Act”, the appellant submitted.
He additionally highlighted earlier than the Chief Data Commissioner the problem of lack of transparency and probity within the area of the functioning of those NGOs as these stay distant from public scrutiny.
In view of the averments raised by the appellant and perusal of the information, the Chief Data Commissioner noticed, “it is vital for NGOs to attain and keep a excessive diploma of transparency in not simply their work but in addition their monetary dealings”.
“Preserving the monetary statements and operations open to public scrutiny will support in garnering higher public confidence in regards to the organizations. Nonetheless, regardless of mounting stress for extra openness and transparency, it seems that numerous NGOs stay reluctant to share data and/or acknowledge the necessity for accountability”, the Chief Data Commissioner stated, including “extra accountability and higher transparency are important components of excellent governance and responsiveness to public wants”.
Upholding the rivalry of the appellant searching for data in bigger public curiosity, the Fee stated, “the well timed availability of dependable data is important for the efficient regulation and monitoring of NGOs by beneficiaries, donors and Governments”.
Accordingly, the Chief Data Commissioner has impleaded J&Okay Social Welfare Division as respondent and accordingly directed the PIO of the division to offer related data in respect of those 62 NGOs to the appellant.
“In case the data just isn’t out there then the PIO should procure the identical from the precise custodians of data by invoking related provisions of the RTI Act and supply it to the appellant Ashok Kumar freed from value”, the Fee stated.
The PIO has additional been directed to submit an in depth compliance report earlier than the Fee enumerating all the data supplied to the appellant by March 31, 2021.
“A replica of this order be additionally furnished to the senior functionaries of the Social Welfare Division in order to make sure compliance throughout the stipulated time interval”, the CIC stated whereas disposing of all of the Second Appeals with a single order.
The NGOs from whom the data had been sought by the appellant included Society for Welfare of Downtrodden, NEAT, Zabar-Wan Ladies’s Welfare and Childcare Improvement Group, Lal Ded Mahila Mandal Committee, Alima Iqbal Improvement, Environmental, Sports activities and Cultural Society, Ganit-ul-Aloom Charitable Belief, Noor Academic Society, New Ladies’s Welfare Society, Hassina Girls Vocational Centre, J&Okay State Social Welfare Institute, Border Space Improvement Council, Majestic Voluntary Group, Hidden Treasure Academy, Mighli Girls Establishment, Khakni Girls Vocational Centre and Sain Baba Welfare Society and so on, reported newspaper Day by day Excelsior.