Some NGOs carry out 'anti-state activities' | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, July 13, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, July 13, 2012

Some NGOs carry out 'anti-state activities'

Some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are exercising anti-state activities with foreign funds, the social welfare minister alleged yesterday.
They are too clever and shrewd to be caught and held responsible, Enamul Hoque Mostafa Shahid said without disclosing any further details about those NGOs.
The government is working to bring all the NGOs under one authority, the minister told reporters after attending a session of the deputy commissioners' conference at the cabinet division in the Secretariat.
Enamul Hoque said the present government so far cancelled registration of around 5,000 NGOs in the wake of different irregularities including allegations of carrying out anti-state activities and not submitting audit reports regularly to the government. Some of those were sealed off, he added.
The DCs have anxieties about the activities of some NGOs, added the minister.
He said the government was planning to pass a bill of law in parliament incorporating rules for controlling the activities of the NGOs by bringing them under one umbrella, so that “they work in favour of the interest of the people and the country in a fair manner”.
The minister, however, on April 2, 2009 had said that the government would bring the country's registered, non-registered NGOs and other volunteer organisations under one authority “to monitor them and prevent their illegal operations, including patronisation in militancy”.
Currently, the NGOs are registered under six government bodies including the NGO Affairs Bureau of the Prime Minister's Office, social welfare ministry, women and children affairs ministry and micro-credit regulatory authority.
In response to a demand from DCs for increasing the age of people from 60 years to 65 for providing them old-age allowance, Enamul Hoque said the government was considering amendment of the rules to this effect.
The death rate in the country has decreased in the recent years and therefore the number of aged persons is increasing, he said.

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