NGO Registration Process Shifted Online for Transparency
Revamping the process of NGO registration in the country, the government today said that the entire procedure will be carried out online from now onwards. According to Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, the move shall improve transparency by reducing human interface.
The amended rules under the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act were also notified. According to these, all NGOs are required to furnish their foreign contribution details in the FCRA website. Now all the documents, registration fees and other details will be uploaded online, and at the same time the parties can download official documents.
Provisions for digitally signed certificates, prior permission sanctions etc. shall via issued via email. So do the queries and replies between the organizations and the government. There is also a reduction in documentation with number of application forms cut from ten to six and a cut in number of papers to be attached. There will be a payment gateway for fees too.
The amended rule has also removed the condition for renewal applications one year prior to the expiry of existing registration for organizations implementing multiyear programs. Transparency is expected to get enhance with NGOs being required to place their annual returns quarterly on their respective websites, or on those sites prescribed by the government. Also all the FCRA designated bank accounts should be brought online to the public finance management service (PFMS) of controller general of accounts under the Finance Ministry.