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Govt seeks more teeth for NGO definitions

Tuesday, 09 November 2010
Sri Lanka Government has decided to give new effects to INGOs and NGOs with the view to broaden its definitions. Under the new move which proposes the amendment to the Voluntary Social Service Organization (Registration and Supervision)Act No 31 of 1980, all INGO/NGOs so far not registered under the above act forthwith should register with the NGO secretariat under the Ministry of Defence and obtain a certificate issued by them.

According to new proposals INGO/NGOs shall not be entitled to avoid registration claiming diplomatic immunity.

The new amendment also warrants such voluntary organizations upon registration respond to any written question issued by the Director General, NGO secretariat.

There are about 1250 NGOs operating at national level in the country and among them around 250 are International NGOs.In addition to that more than 10,000 Non Government Organizations operating at regional level after having sought their registrations at respective District and Divisional Secretariats.

Soon after the Tsunami international assistance were channelled through many of these INGO/NGOs and they helped the victims to uplift their livelihood by way of providing them tools and equipments needed for them to recommence their life. Construction of houses and schools were also done by voluntary organizations.
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