NGO sector workers to get tag of a public servant

NGO workers shall file returns as regards their assets & liabilities

As per the notification dated 20th June 2016 issued by Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Department of Personnel & Training the rules, notified under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 any person who is or has been a director, manager, secretary or officer of society or association of persons or trust (whether registered under any law for the time being in force or not), by whatever name called, wholly or partly financed by the Government and the annual income of which exceeds such amount as the Central Government may, by notification, specify which is presently 1 crore or if the Non- Governmental Organization (“NGO”) is in receipt of any donation from any foreign source under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 in excess of Rs 10 lakhs in a year or such higher amount as the Central Government may by notification specify would be considered public servants  under Section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 and would require to disclose their assets by 31stJuly 2016 in accordance with the circular dated 24th June 2016 issued by Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Department of Personnel & Training.

The rules under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act 2013 have already caused a lot of resentment among people working in the trusts, societies, NGOs, charitable and non-profit organizations. Being aggrieved by the said notification a group of Parliamentarians took up the issue of NGOs being brought under the ambit of Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, 2013 with the Prime Minister. Pursuant to which the 31st July 2016 deadline for disclosure of assets and liabilities by Central Government employees and senior management personnel of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) receiving government aid and foreign donations has been extended indefinitely.

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