Bilal Bashir Bhat
SRINAGAR: Globally, the Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have played a major role in pushing for sustainable development at the National, local and international level. Campaigning groups have been key drivers of inter-governmental negotiations, ranging from the help towards human causes from regulation of hazardous wastes to a global ban on land mines and the elimination of slavery.
But NGOs are not only focusing their energies on governments and inter-governmental processes. With the retreat of the state from a number of public functions and regulatory activities, NGOs have begun to fix their sights on powerful functions – many of which can revitalize in a positive way the entire nations in terms of their resources and influence.
it is learnt that Out of thousands registered NGO’s in state only about a hundred are working on the ground in real spirit others are just on papers and minting money.
According to expert voices no part on the planet earth except our state has such a high number of NGOs.
Hundreds of J&K NGO’s receiving grants which tunes to crores of rupees but as the realities aptly suggest that on ground zero not a single penny is spent. Above all not even a single NGO in valley is working on anti corruption activities, good governance or transparency which without a hint of doubt is a big question mark on the credibility of NGO’s in our state.
Majority NGOs were established in the name of rendering helping hand to thousands of orphan Childs of the Kashmir, as conflict rendered tens and thousands of children in Kashmir with the tag of orphans, unfortunately, not even a fraction of the staggering figure of about 80,000 orphans is being provided some kind of support.
Ghulam Muhammad, a commoner while commenting on these facets of NGOs said, “NGOs in Kashmir have proven failures as very negligible percentage works towards the betterment of our society. We have in the past three decades witnessed an abnormal upsurge in the number of NGOs working in the Valley of Kashmir. But, we need to bear in mind that as ground realities suggest that majority of NGOs have failed to impress. We need to regulate NGOS in order to make them fulfill their basic objectives. If we continue to have NGOs on paper only then this trend obviously goes against the principles of not just natural justice but even the essence of any democratic system”. (KNB)