Chandigarh, September 29, 2015: To improve the operations and participation of Non-Government Organization (NGOs) in the development of social sector in the State, the Punjab State will set up a single window system which shall facilitate the registration and operations of such NGOs in the State. This was discussed in detail in a meeting of Apex Committee for release of funds to NGOs under the chairmanship of Mr. Sarvesh Kaushal, Chief Secretary Punjab. During the meeting, Secretary Planning briefed the Chief Secretary that under this scheme, grant upto Rs 15 lakhs is given to the NGOs working in the area of Health, Social Security, Social welfare, education, rural development etc. The total budget of the scheme is Rs. 5 crore annually and the NGOs are selected on the recommendation of concerned Deputy Commissioner and the administrative department. To improve the transparency and better collaboration of State with the NGOs, Chief Secretary asked the Department of Planning to revamp the NGOs registration process by making it online through a single window system. He also asked Additional Secretary Planning to study the best practices in this area and submit the report in next 2 weeks. Department of Planning was asked to act as nodal department and to coordinate with all the concerned departments for NGO registration and operations in the State. Further CS was apprised that under this scheme, funds of Rs. 87 lakhs has been allocated to Department of Health, Rs 2.45 crore to Department of Social Security , Rs. 50 lakhs to Department of Welfare department, Rs. 18 lakhs to Department of School Education and Rs. 100 lakhs to Department of Animal Husbandry for the year 2015-16. The Chief Secretary asked the concerned departments that to promote the investment and participation of NGOs in the Social sector, the State needs to build capacity of these NGOs and work very closely with the NGOs. He stated that Department of Planning will host a capacity building workshop in collaboration with MGSIPA in the month of October wherein more than 300 active NGOs as identified by the concerned department will participate. All the concerned Departments were asked to identify minimum 22 NGOs in collaboration with DCs who will be encouraged to participate in the upliftment of the social sector. The corporate sector will also be encouraged to participate under their corporate social responsibility programme. To improve the working of hospitals and dispensaries, the Department of Health was asked to collaborate with local NGOs for maintenance and operations of such health institutions. CS further iterated that grants under this scheme shall be increased after the identification and registration of genuine NGOs with the single window system. The meeting was attended by Mr. Roshan Sankaria, Financial Commissioner, Rural Development, Mr. B.D. Mahajan, Director SOSVA, Mr. Jaspal Singh, Secretary Planning, Mr. Vivek Pratap Singh, Secretary Sports and Youth Affairs, Mr. Vikas Garg, Additional Secretary, Health, Mr. Praveen Thind, Additional Secretary Planning apart from officials from other concerned departments.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015