NGOs asked to drop human rights, anti-graft from name

ST Correspondent
Saturday, 7 July 2018

The letter stated that eradication of corruption is work of government bodies and not private organisations. “Such organisation can cheat people by stating they are working against corruption,” the letter stated. 

Pune: Charity Commissioner Shivkumar Dige has released a letter asking organisations with names including words like ‘bhrashtachar nirmulan’ (eradication of corruption) and ‘manavadhikar’ (human rights) to change the name. The letter stated that use of such words can mislead people. 

Dige said over 100 such organisations are in Pune and so the Charity Department will be sending notices to them. “If the names of such organisations are not changed, then strict action will be taken against such organisation,” said Dige. 

The letter stated that eradication of corruption is work of government bodies and not private organisations. “Such organisation can cheat people by stating they are working against corruption,” the letter stated. 

Similarly many people are cheated by organisations carrying ‘human rights’ in their name. “There is a particular government body set up for eradication of corruption and handling cases of human rights violation and people should approach these government organisations only,” added Dige. 

He asked officials to ensure that action is taken under the Maharashtra Public Trusts Act against non-government organisations or NGOs refusing to delete these words from their names. The letter stated that officials of the Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission have sent a letter to the Charity Commissioner’s office that many private organisations use the words ‘human rights’ in their name and mislead people and requested action against such organisations.

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