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NGOs must register with NITI Aayog



In case of foreign funding, this limit was pegged at Rs 10 lakh a year.

The notification also said that managers, directors, board members of NGOs will have to declare their personal assets, jewellery, cash, moveable and immoveable property by July 31.

They will also be subject to rules and regulations for government officials under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

They will also be subject to rules and regulations for government officials under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The notification has caused considerable consternation in the community raising fears of excessive control by the Centre, though officials maintain the order is only to pave the way for making NGOs accountable.

Though an official source at the Aayog told he Hindu hat registration is non-mandatory, the minutes of the May 9 meeting state that all NGOs “must be registered” with the Ayog’s portal.

The official further clarified that the move aims to smoothen the process of identification, verification and facilitation — at both ends: for beneficiaries as well as contributors. “Whether contributors or beneficiaries, all will be able to access the money trail and the bank accounts…that is the idea behind the registration with unique identifying numbers,” the source said.

N. Ramakrishnan, Executive Director Ideosync Media Combine, said this was only one in a long series of “impositions designed to harass and prevent dissent”.



The notification has raised fears of excessive control by the Centre of the sector