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Bihar tops list of blacklisted NGOs in India

Of the 362 NGOs blacklisted by CAPART for mis-utilisation of funds in the last 15 years, 113 are in Bihar.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 19:28 IST

Bihar tops the list of states with the highest number of blacklisted non-government organisations (NGOs) which allegedly mis-utilised funds to the tune of Rs 4.87 crore, according to Council for Advancement of Rural Technology (CAPART).

Of the 362 NGOs blacklisted by CAPART for mis-utilisation of funds in the last 15 years, 113 are in Bihar. Uttar Pradesh has 57, followed by Andhra Pradesh with 15. Ten NGOs of the national capital are in the list.

States like Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan with strong NGO sectors are the best states in implementing the projects by the council, CAPART's Director General Veena S Rao said on Thursday.

The blacklisted organisations had mis-utilised Rs 4.87 crore from the total fund amounting to Rs 12.34 crore released to them, she said adding following such instances, CAPART has made it compulsory to monitor the NGOs which implement the projects.

"Every project we undertake will be concurrently monitored by independent agencies and we have streamlined our guidelines and tightened the process for blacklisting by making them more stringent," Rao said.

On the new projects taken up by CAPART, she said, "we are redefining our strategies with an approach to address the current gaps in rural programmes."

The council would partner with a leading established NGO with proven track record in each state to implement its programmes in most backward pockets of the states, she said.

The programmes include, life-skill development, rain- water harvesting, sanitation awareness in rural areas, primary food and vegetable processing and establishment of Village Knowledge Centres.

The first of such Knowledge Centres to provide information about agriculture, health and nutrition, would come up in Vaishali in Bihar by the end of July, Rao said.

Under its Rural Young Professional programme, one boy and one girl between the age of 16 and 20 years would be selected from each backward village and they would undergo training in skill development and basic computer skills.

"These young professionals would act as a resource person for spreading awareness and information at the grassroot level," she said.

The council would also launch radio programmes targeting the most backward areas, she added.

First Published: Jun 08, 2006 18:59 IST