SC directs Centre to complete auditing of NGOs, submit report by March 31

10 January, New Delhi

The Supreme Court Tuesday has directed Centre and Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART) to complete auditing of NGOs and voluntary organisations and submit its report by 31st of March this year.

Hearing a petition filed by advocate M L Sharma, seeking monitoring of funds given to NGOs and their utilisation by them, the apex court said, the funds given by CAPART, other departments is a public money and must be accounted for. It said, the government must act against NGOs for misappropriation.

Earlier in the day, a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar directed the CAPART, which comes under Rural Development Ministry, to be present before it this afternoon with all relevant records.

The bench, also comprising Justice N V Ramana and D Y Chandrachud, asked the officials to inform it whether CAG audit of NGOs post 2009 was carried out or not. The bench also asked whether General Financial Rules 2005 made by Ministry of Finance were complied with or not.

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