The National Commission for Women (NCW) has blacklisted at least 100 NGOs after they failed to provide expenditure details of the grants they received from the body. The Commission is having tough time getting details of fund released to these NGOs across the country in the last eight years.
“The NGOs have not submitted the Utilization Certificate (UC), original bills, vouchers, reports, photographs, in spite of reminders and show cause notices. UCs are records that track whether the money granted to NGOs has been used for the purpose for which it was sanctioned. These are very old cases that we are trying to resolve these. After stern notices sent to these NGOs, few of them have come and submitted the documents. But these documents are yet not complete,” said Richa Ojha, Senior Research Officer, NCW.
The commission conducts seminars, workshops, and conferences, and sponsors such events by providing financial assistance to research organisations and NGOs. The important areas covered include violence against women, educational, health and employment aspects, women in the agriculture sector, women in Panchayat Raj, custodial justice, mental health institutions, etc.
Silda Swasti Unnayan Samiti one NGO which received a partial grant for conducting a two-day state seminar on child marriage in West Bengal but has not submitted the documents for the event. Similarly, Nobel Social and Education Society Pradesh, for conducting a regional seminar on implementation and working of PNDT Act, was also granted fund for which the appropriate bills and documents have not been submitted yet.
According to a reports, the Union and state governments give yearly grants worth Rs 1,000 crore to various NGOs.