NGOs to register with govt., to help state better coordinate relief work

The Finance Ministry Wednesday set up a new office under its External Resources Department (ERD) to coordinate non-government organisations (NGO) post tsunami aid activities. The voluntary signup, ERD’s Kishan Theodore said, would help avoid duplication of effort and spread available resources around all affected areas.

“Non-Governmental Organisations are encouraged to obtain the agreement of the Ministry of Finance and Planning for all such projects to ensure their participation in the reconstruction programme is productively coordinated,” the Ministry statement said.

The statement added that with the large number of NGOs, governments and donor agencies displaying considerable interest in being involved in the reconstruction phase, it is imperative to ensure effective use of resources for reconstruction along with improving transparency and accountability in allocation and disbursement of funds.

ERD officials said the process would see that the funds raised are effectively matched with the needs of the affected areas.

NGOs signing up with will have to hand in details of ongoing projects and programmes and estimated cost, details of proposed projects an