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 Post subject: Parliamentary Select Committee to investigate NGOs
 Post Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2005 1:45 am 
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PSC to probe NGOs next month
JVP to chair the committee

@The Island / 25APR2005
by Bandula Jayasekara

The Parliamentary Select Committee, to investigate the activities of local and international NGOs, is expected to come in to effect next month, a ruling party MP told The Island.

He said, the paper to appoint the PSC would be presented to the Parliament early next month and the committee would go into action immediately thereafter.

According to the MP, all parties have agreed to the appointment of the PSC and JVP heavyweight Nandana Gunatilike will be its chairman. The MP revealed that the committee would publish advertisements in all national newspapers and request members of the public and others to make representations on the activities of the NGOs operating in the country. The parliament select committee is expected to look into financial and transparency of both the international and local non governmental organisations, threat to national security from these organisations and on what these organisations are doing for the social welfare of the Sri Lankans. The government MP said "We will look into all aspects. What these organisations, both local and international, are doing here. We will look into their activities after the tsunami. There will be a special focus on it. It is important that these organisations are working in the interest of the country and our people rather than following their own agendas".

Most of the non governmental organisations, especially the international organisations, which had raised money from the sympathetic public, have come under severe media criticism after the tsunami, especially their recruitment policy and their lack of sensitivity to the political and cultural and social environment in the country.

The government had already stopped the registration of new NGOs in Sri Lanka. However, these organisations also had criticised the government for its indecisions and slow actions. The first committee to probe the activates of the NGOS in Sri Lanka was appointed during the regime of late President R. Premadasa. However, it was a Presidential committee. This will be the first time a parliament committee will be appointed to investigate the activities of both the INGOs and NGOs.

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