Non-governmental organizations(NGO) play a vital role in democracy. If Media is the fourth pillar of democracy then NGOs are a close fifth. Our state of Jammu and Kashmir has a galaxy of NGOs-both registered and unregistered. A good majority of these NGOs are owned by proxies-the actual owners reap the benefit of funding. In various newspaper industries it has been proven time and again how NGOs are becoming an industry for changing black money into white money.
A lot of NGOs are owned by politicians, in-service bureaucrats, retired, top notch businessmen, advocates and journalists. Practically speaking, about 80 percent of the NGOs are in one way or other owned by people who are associated with legislature, executive and judiciary in one way or the other. There is another nexus between Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR) of various corporate companies and NGOs.
Thus the basic purpose of having NGOs gets violated which was to help people get the benefit of governance to who the straitjacketed route of governance does not reach. NGOs meant to improve the conditions of poor and the downtrodden are being used for show off, publicity and money laundering.
Having said that, we do not want to take the credit away from the NGOs who are genuinely trying their level best to help the marginal sections of the society. However, at the same time the NGOs trying to make money out of the funds which philanthropists donate to them need to be brought to book. The money which NGOs are using for their own benefit is actually people’s money and should be seen as such. The government needs to strictly monitor the NGOs who despite getting a great deal of funds are not doing anything for the betterment of society.