Government to monitor NGOs

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The government said today that there must be a surveillance mechanism to monitor the funds and activities of NGOs to ensure that they do not work against the government, a senior government minister said.

Cabinet Spokesperson Prof. G.L. Peiris said that the government had obtained information that many local and international NGOs were involved in domestic politics and other acts violating the country’s law.

“A monitoring system for the NGOs is essential. We have received information that many local and international NGOs are working against the government. Therefore they must be transparent in their funds and activities,” Prof. Peiris told journalists. (SAJ)

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  • Wednesday, 10 March 2010 10:04 AM

    good first step to control the money flow in to different pockets!

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 10:23 AM

    I do not know GL doing what bad for this country.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 10:26 AM

    Before that, we need a mechanism in place to monitor buffoons like you and the other old age free hoarders of parliament to know whether any credible work is done to the country and public inretrospect to the wages, benefits and entitlements aquired each month not excluding the pension in five years.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 10:29 AM

    Probably getting desperate to find a ruse to get back the GSP+ factor by holding International NGO's to ransom.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 10:34 AM

    Excellent move by our patriotic government. We must jail everyone who is against government. We dont need any opposition. Why have opposition when we won the war.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 10:37 AM

    If the goernment is guilty of poor governance,deteriorating law and order,and lack of transparency in public spending,then there is no harm of monitoring the activities and funds disbursenent of NGOO,

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 10:37 AM

    goooooooooooooooooooooood

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 10:42 AM

    And pray..who shall monitor the government...or are they forever infallible?

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 11:15 AM

    Start from your own foundation. How many MPs & Ministers have formed NGOs? What are they doing. They all are not for profit foundations approved by the parliament. You should beging monitoring them !

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 11:17 AM

    Surveillance mechanism should comprise the people of highest intergrity. If not the whole purpose will be lost and they will eventually become part of their payroll..

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 11:17 AM

    Horse has run away no use of closing the stable.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 11:33 AM

    Who is funding the political campaigns of NR. It was published this too by a NGO. Is this Sri Lanka or Myanmar??

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 11:39 AM

    THEY COULDNT MONITOR THE FUNDS OF SHAKVITHI/KOTALAWELA ? HOW...THEY...

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 11:57 AM

    The NGO/INGO issue has been a political football for a long time now. If the government feels that some of these NGO;s are acting illegally ( which could mean anything ) then why not simply kick them out, without continuously criticizing them. The government is singing the nationalistic song once again to appeal to people who think that we are under attack by western forces. In fact all INGO's have a signed MOU with the government and have to prepare annual accounts. There is even an accounting standard issued by the ICASL for NGO's. This is another piece of nonsense following on the statement he made about taking the EU to court (Aluthkade ? ).....but you know... some people actually believed GL on the court issue !

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 12:20 PM

    Dude,
    Are you being sarcastic or are you someone benefiting from undemocratic acts of GOSL?

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 12:38 PM

    That is fine.....as long as someone can monitor the government and keep track where all that money is going.
    By the way, anyone know where the missing tsunami funds are?

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 12:52 PM

    Mahen... the reason for all this nonsense is the remaining citizens in this country are the best fools that are found around the world. Where else in the world do you get this kind of idiotic statements by the politicans and absolute handclapping by the idiotic public?

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 12:59 PM

    NGO's are the only Corrupted institutions in Sri Lanka !

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 01:19 PM

    Are you serious. No opposition = totalitarian regime. You don't need to read 1984 or Animal Farm to know that that's a bad thing.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 01:21 PM

    Indeed, it's all hogwash. They won't be kicked out as they do essential work that the govt is too corrupt and incompetent to complete themselves.


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