Action will be taken against organisations that use words such as ‘bhrashtachar nirmulan‘ (eradication of corruption) and ‘manavadhikar‘ (human rights) in their names, according to Maharashtra charity commissioner Shivkumar Dige.
“Taking action against those involved in corruption and violating human rights is the job of the government,” Mr Dige said in his order to officials of his department yesterday.
Mr Dige has asked the officials to ensure that action is taken under the Maharashtra Public Trusts Act against non-government organisations or NGOs refusing to delete these words from their names.
The acting president of the Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission has sent a letter to the charity commissioner’s office that many private organisations use the words ‘human rights’ in their name and mislead people, Mr Dige’s order said.
In 2015, Mr Dige, then joint charity commissioner, had sent notices to non-government organisations that use the word ‘bhrashtachar‘ in their names. He had slapped notices on 16 entities, warning all of them to remove the word from the names of their organisations.
The Bhrashtachar Virodhi Jan Andolan Nyas of social activist Anna Hazare was among the NGOs served the notice.
Mr Dige had then said that curbing corruption was the job of government agencies, and most non-government agencies that use the word to name their names are curbing corruption was the job of government agencies found indulging in malpractices.
There is a provision under Section 3A of Societies Registration Act, on prohibition of registration of societies with undesirable names, corruption being one of them.
Section 9 of the Maharashtra Public Trust Act defines what should be the charitable purpose of registered societies, and it specifically underlines such categories as medical, health, religious, worship, educational and relief related matters.