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What is an NGO?

Voluntary organizations (VOs) / Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) include organizations engaged in public service, based on ethical, cultural, social, economic, political, religious, spiritual, philanthropic or scientific & technological considerations. VOs include formal as well as informal groups such as: community-based organizations (CBOs); non-governmental development organizations (NGDOs); charitable organizations; support organizations; networks or federations of such organizations; as well as professional membership associations.

What are their main characteristics?

VOs / NGOs should broadly have the following characteristics:

  • They are private, i.e., separate from the Government .
  • They do not return profits generated to their owners or directors.
  • They are self-governing, i.e., not controlled by Government
  • They are registered organizations or informal groups, with defined aims and objectives

In India a Voluntary Organization / Non Governmental Organization can be registered as Trusts, Societies, or a private limited nonprofit company, under section-25 Company of the Indian Companies Act, 1956.

What is NGO Partnership System?

The NGO Partnership System (NGO-PS) is a platform of interface between Voluntary Organization (VO) / Non Governmental Organization (NGO) and key Ministries / Departments / Government Bodies. Later it is proposed to cover all Central Ministries / Departments / Government Bodies.

The key Ministries/Departments/ Government Bodies in the first phase are:

  • M/o Culture
  • M/o Health & Family Welfare
  • M/o Social Justice & Empowerment
  • M/o Tribal Affairs, M/o Women & Child Development
  • D/o Higher Education D/o School Education & Literacy
  • Council for Advancement of People's Action and Rural Technology (CAPART)
  • National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) Central Social Welfare Board (CSWB)

This is a free facility offered by the Planning Commission in association with the National Informatics Centre to bring about a greater partnership between the government & voluntary sector and foster better transparency, efficiency and accountability.


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