Committee for Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-2007).
5th Febrary 2001
of the First Meeting of the Tenth Five-Year Plan (2002-07) - Steering Committee
on "Voluntary Sector" held on 16th March 2001
(Shri D.N. Tiwari ) was in the chair. The list of participants is
the outset, the Chairman welcomed the participants of the first meeting
of the Steering Committee on Voluntary Sector for the Tenth Plan and
highlighted the increasing importance of Voluntary Sector in the development
process. He stressed the need to have uniform or common norms for
different schemes run by various Department / Ministries. He pointed
out that not only the procedures on selection of VOs / NGOs, processing
of the proposals, release of grants but also the monitoring and evaluation
methodologies adopted by different Department / Ministries need to
be streamlined. He emphasised that the proposals of VOs / NGOs should
be appraised and monitored appropriately.
Planning Commission informed members of the Steering Committee that
in the Tenth Five Year Plan emphasis would be laid on the role of
good governance. He emphasised the need to change the mindset of bureaucracy
about NGOs who should not be treated as only grant seekers but the
one having superior knowledge. He further stated that collaboration
with NGOs is necessary at district, State and Central level. Interaction
with NGOs will help in transparency, mutual learning process, viable
replicable models, etc. He hoped that the Steering Committee would
deliberate on ways for improving the interaction between NGOs and
Government and among the NGOs, PRIs and User Groups. NGOs have to
work for peoples empowerment, social activism and also to do
the watchdog role in the society. He expected that this group would
bring out some useful recommendations / suggestions for improving
matters relating to the role of voluntary sector.
Adviser (Voluntary Action Cell), Planning Commission informed about
some recent developments, such as declaration of Planning Commission
as the nodal agency for the GO-VOs interface in March 2000, setting
up of a Standing Committee of VOs / NGOs, building NGO database on
the website of the Planning Commission and setting up of a Task Force
on Laws relating to Voluntary Sector, which will be submitting its
report by May 2001. He further highlighted that the voluntary sector
assumes importance in the context of the Tenth Plan. The report of
the Steering Committee is to be finalised by end April 2001.
lively discussion took place on the issues of (i) simplification of
procedures adopted by different Department / Ministries for dealing
with proposals from the voluntary sector, (ii) need for capacity building
of voluntary sector, (iii) criteria for selection of NGOs for a particular
programme and the need for categorising NGOs in appropriate categories,
and (iv) improving the monitoring and evaluation systems. Copies of
the notes sent by three members of the Steering Committee: Shri Harnath
Jagawat, Sadguru Foundation; Dr. Rajesh Tandon, PRIA and Shri Satish
Girija, Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra were distributed to all participants.
the discussion on agenda items, some of the important suggestions
made by the members, for consideration of the Steering Committee,
are as follows:
- All the states
may set up / identify the nodal department for dealing with the
- Selection procedures
for new VOs / NGOs should be streamlined.
schemes of the Government need to be made more flexible and Department
/ Ministries should adopt a pro-active approach while dealing with
the voluntary sector.
- Need to merge
some of the over-lapping schemes being implemented by voluntary
- A fast track
or green channel system need to be adopted for involvement of VOs
/ NGOs in implementation of various programmes pertaining to health,
education and empowerment of weaker sections of the society.
- A system of
fast track adopted by the Rural Development and Tribal Development
Departments of Gujarat Government, where NGOs are categorised into
A and B categories may be emulated at other levels.
- A time bound
compliance by the donor agencies / departments should also be ensured,
while imposing time limits on the voluntary sector.
- Need for support
/ funding for project formulation activity and also for funding
the NGO networks.
- Maximum use
of the information and communication technology including Internet
facilities should be made.
- The e-mail
addresses of members of the Steering Committee should be distributed
to all members (included in the list of participants as annexed).
- While formulating
uniform norms for schemes for voluntary sector due emphasis be given
to the climatic conditions and geographic locations where NGOs are
- Clear-cut official
policy on voluntary sector, inter alia spelling out the expectations
from both sides (GO and NGOs) needs to be prepared.
- Need to develop
independent rating system for VOs / NGOs carefully by adopting strict
- The spirit
of volunteering is declining, as there is no national recognition,
therefore, steps needed to revive this spirit amongst the youngsters.
- Capacity building
is needed for all those involved in the development process, i.e.
for functionaries of the voluntary, public and private sectors.
- Capacity building
is required in the areas of awareness, advocacy, empowerment, implementation
of programmes (service delivery), resource utilisation and resource
- Voluntary sector
should make efforts to develop second line of leaders and to make
the sector clean by identifying and removing the contractor types.
- A long term
perspective on voluntary sector is required, keeping in view the
need to strengthen peoples organisations (POs) and withdrawal
of VOs / NGOs after a particular stage.
- No single sector
can completely solve the complicated development problems, therefore,
the tri-sectoral partnership involving voluntary, public and private
sectors is required.
- Need to decentralise
and appropriately involve PRIs in the monitoring and evaluation
detailed discussions, it was decided that: (i) all Department / Ministries
should send the details of procedures adopted by them for seeking
and processing proposals from VOs / NGOs, (ii) all the members,
representing the voluntary sector in the steering committee, may send
a note on the needs for capacity building of NGOs as well as of the
officials dealing with voluntary sector and (iii) all the members
of the steering committee may send a note on improving, monitoring
and evaluation methodologies, to the Member-Secretary of the Committee
by 31st March 2001. After analysing the material received
from the members, a note would be circulated along with the date for
the next meeting of the Steering Committee, at the earliest.
meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.
List of Participants
- First Meeting
of the Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-07) - Steering Committee on "Voluntary
Sector" held on 16th March 2001
- Dr. D.N. Tewari,
Member [In chair], Planning Commission. 3715932, 3719541 (Fax)
- Dr. N.C. Saxena,
Secretary, Planning Commission. 3717539, 3719082 (Fax)
- Shri P.K. Mohanty,
Pr. Adviser (Energy and VAC), Planning Commission. 371 6353, 335
- Shri S.K. Naik,
Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs 338 1652
- Mrs. R. Sandhu
Joint, Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
- Shri S. Bagchee,
DDG, CAPART 464 2395
- Shri S.N. Shukla
Pr. Secretary Planning and EAP Lucknow, UP 238 467
- Dr. M.L. Sharma
Dy. Adviser (Ayurveda) Deptt.of ISM and Homoepathy Ministry of
H and FW 373 1577
- Shri M.K. Sharma
Addl. DG of Forests M/o Environment and Forests 436 2785, 436
- Shri I.A. Ahmad
Director Deptt. of Science and Technology 651 9530
- Shri Anil Gulati
Director (EE) M/o Human Resource Development 338 1882
- Shri A.K. Pradhan
Addl. Chief Secretary Planning Gandhinagar, Gujarat 02712-20144
- Shri H.R. Purshotamraj
Director Programmes Business and Community Foundation, New Delhi
332 2941 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr. Swapan
Garain Reader Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai 022-5563290,
022-5510000 (Fax) e-mail: email@example.com
- Shri Jagadananda
CYSD Bhubaneshwar 300983 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Shri Satish
Girija Secretary Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra Hazaribag Jharkhand06546-23143
-23332 (Fax) e-mail: email@example.com
- Shri Anil.
K. Singh Executive Secretary VANI New Delhi 6688369, 6681689 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Shri Deep Joshi
Programme Director PRADAN New Delhi 6518619 e-mail: email@example.com
- Shri H. Jagawat
Director Sadguru Water and Development Foundation Dahod, Gujarat
02673-31367 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Shri Shankar
Ghose Exec. DirectorNational Foundation for India, New Delhi6441864
- Dr. S.K. Dwivedi
(Rep. of Dr. Rajesh Tandon) PRIA New Delhi 6089559
- Shri Ashutosh
Tripathi Ahead India Foundation Noida 91-4548539
- Shri Kaushal
Kumar Uthhan Allahabad 420454 420984 (Fax)
- Dr. N N Mehrotra
NIC DAP Lucknow 212411-18
- Prof. Rajendra
Prasad Centre for RD Technologies, IIT New Delhi. 65911571 6526135
- Swami Nityamuktananda
Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, Cherrapunji Meghalaya 35242 35202
- Shri Lalit
Kumar A-68, Yojana Vihar New Delhi 214 6550
- Shri Naresh
Kochhar Greenlawns Nursery Allahabad 604132 606815
- Dr. Lalit Kumar
Dy. Adviser Planning Commission 371
- Shri R.L. Sahu
Research Officer Planning Commission3715481 (extn. 2538)
- Brig. J.L.
Kaul Consultant, Planning Commission 3710414