NGOs ask Finance Minister to identify fake NGOs

The demand for a ban on fake non-governmental organisations and a tax regime to identify them in the forthcoming Budget have come from none other than the NGOs themselves. In a pre-budget interactions with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, NGOs pleaded for reining in fake organisations, ostensibly floated for the welfare of the vulnerable sections of society. They said any kind of tax concessions given to NGOs should be conditional on the assessment of their work.
The prominent players in the field, including Swami Agnivesh from Bandhua Mukti Morcha (BMM), Swami Atmapriyananda from Ram Krishan Mission and Namrata Bali from SEWA Academy, among others, participated in the interaction. However, for the genuine NGOs they wanted modifications in the proposed Direct Taxes Code, which is scheduled to replace the Income Tax Act from April one, 2012.