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213.

So far, a number of steps have been taken by the State Government to create an enabling

environment for the Voluntary Sector and multiply opportunities for their vigorous collaboration in the implementation of various developmental and welfare programmes. Some of the important measures taken

by the State Government in this direction include:

    • Constituting a State Advisory Committee headed by Chief Secretary for examining the rules/regulations related to VOs and other policy level decisions.

    • Declaring Planning Department, Government of U.P. as the nodal department to coordinate and interface between VO-GO.

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    Following decisions have been taken by the State Advisory Committee in the first meeting which

was held on 14 th August 2007:-

  • Reconstitution of the State Advisory Committee by giving representation to two NGOs – one State level other International level.

  • State Policy for Voluntary Sector should be prepared in accordance with the National Policy on Voluntary Sector- 2007.

  • A comprehensive data base of NGOs would be prepared. In first phase only those VOs will be considered whose turn-over is Rs. 15.00 lakhs and above in last three years (2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07); working in more than one districts in the state and registered under the Society Registration Act 1860.

215.

In accordance with the decision of the State Advisory Committee has been reconstituted by giving

representation to two NGO's- one State level i.e. SHERPA (Society for Himalayan Environmental Rehabilitation & Peoples Action) and other International level i. . PATH (Programme for Appropriate

technology for Health).

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Framing of the State Policy for the voluntary sector is under progress. In this regard Second

meeting of State Advisory Committee headed by Chief Secretary was held on 24.09.2009, main focus of the meeting was to finalize proposed State Policy for Voluntary Sector. Following decisions have been

taken:-

  • For developing the Database and Accredition System of VOs only those VOs will be incorporated which follows basic norms i.e. audited annual accounts report, 10 % of the turnover by their own resources, working area (more than in two districts), transparency and quality of work and have their updated website.

  • The limit of 10% of the turnover of organization can be exempted up to 5% for good capability and credibility of the organizations.

  • The accreditated VOs categorized in the three categories. Accredition will be for some specific time and after that for renewal one has to come again through proper channel.

  • Only accredited VOs will be taken into consideration for government supported developmental work.

  • VOs will be accountable to departments/ agencies from which they are getting funds/ work.

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