Union minister for social justice Thawar Chand Gehlot has reiterated his ministry’s resolve to take action against non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which have committed irregularities in social sector.
Talking to mediapersons after a programme organised for distribution of equipment to physically challenged in Ujjain on Thursday, Ghelot said the activities of more than 29 NGOs would be probed.
He said an NGO owned by the wife of former Union minister Salman Khurshid that took aid in the name of differently abled was allegedly involved in malpractices. "An inquiry was ordered but Akhilesh Yadav-led Uttar Pradesh government, for the last one-and-half-years, has handed over the probe to EoW. The EoW has neither submitted a report to the state government nor to the Centre," he said.
Ghelot said that the government has sought legal opinion from law department for initiating a CBI probe in the episode.
A report based on a sting operation in October 2013 said a trust being run by the then external affairs minister Salman Khurshid’s wife allegedly forged signatures and faked stamps of senior officials of Uttar Pradesh to receive grants from the Union government for welfare of the disabled. The report, however, stated that the aid was not distributed to the differently abled.
The minister also named a Bengalaru-based NGO which provided training to pilots on paper only. "Most of these NGOs are for nameshake. We have warned some and blacklisted some. Two-three of them are doing good work," he added.