Centre has blacklisted 10 NGOs and issued show-cause notices to 87 in the last two years for misappropriating funds meant for social welfare, the Lok Sabha was told on Tuesday.
“Show-cause notices have been issued to 87 NGOs and 10 NGOs were blacklisted,” Social Justice Minister Thawaar Chand Gehlot said while replying to questions.
He said the ministry initiates action to blacklist NGOs in the event of proven misappropriation of funds.
The deficiences found during the review and monitoring process are mainly non-submission of utilisation certificates in time and inadequate book keeping by the grantee organisations.
The maximum number of 17 NGOs which were served show cause notices were in Andhra Pradesh followed by Karnataka where 15 NGOs were given such notices, as per the data presented to the House by the Minister.
Uttar Pradesh ranks third with nine NGOs which were served show cause notices over the last two years.
Stressing that surprise inspections are conducted by officials to ascertain proper functioning of NGOs, he said state government’s recommendation supported by inspection report of district officials is insisted upon while processing and releasing subsequent grants to an NGO.