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City has 80% untraceable NGOs, says union ministry report

This city is otherwise known for hailing principles of charity and philanthropy. However, sadly, and paradoxically too, the rate of "disappearance" of registered non-profit institutes (NPIs)/non-government organisations (NGOs) is shockingly high in Chandigarh as compared to all the union territories (UTs) and most of the states.

chandigarh Updated: Jun 19, 2012 14:21 IST
Amaninder Pal Sharma

This city is otherwise known for hailing principles of charity and philanthropy. However, sadly, and paradoxically too, the rate of "disappearance" of registered non-profit institutes (NPIs)/non-government organisations (NGOs) is shockingly high in Chandigarh as compared to all the union territories (UTs) and most of the states.


The report released in April by the union ministry of statistical and programme implementation has brought to fore the startling fact that 80% of the total such organisations, otherwise registered with the Chandigarh administration, are now "untraceable".Out of 3,488 societies/NGOs registered with the administration, the teams conducting survey on behalf of the ministry were able to "trace" only 367, revealed the database crystallised in the report, drafted for first the time by any government agency since the concept of such societies/organisations added a new dimension to the paradigm of social work.

Most such organisations are either non-existent or have shifted their premises without informing the office of registrar, firms and societies of the Chandigarh administration, a government agency responsible to keep the record of such organisations updated.

However, the report is silent on how many of them are "un-traceable" owing to shifting of premises.

"During the survey, it has been observed the most of the NPIs (societies/NGOs) either do not exist or have shifted to other addresses," admitted the Chandigarh administration, when asked by the ministry to give its feedback regarding the high number of "untraced" societies.

The report is based on a pan-India survey conducted by the ministry. In Chandigarh, the department of statistics of the UT administration had conducted the physical survey of the registered societies in 2009-10, on the basis of which the ministry has crystallised the database of such organisations registered in Chandigarh.

The report further revealed that the percentage of societies/NGOs "traced" in Chandigarh is only 20%, which is the worst if compared with all other UTs. So much so, if one peruses the combined list of states and UTs, Chandigarh is one of the five worst performers, next only to Andhra Pradesh (15%), Bihar (16.6%), Delhi (16.7%) and Kerala (13.6%).It was only during the physical survey it had come to the fore that the updated information regarding the particulars of most societies/NGOs are not available with the office of registrar, firms and societies, Chandigarh administration.

Non-profit institutes, popularly known as societies/NGOs are legal or social entities, created for producing goods and services, whose status does not permit them to be a source of income, profit or other financial gains for the units that establish, control or finance them.

Chandigarh deputy commissioner Brijendra Singh, who is registrar, societies, and Varsha Khangwal, director, department of social welfare, Chandigarh administration, could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.