TO RULE IS LAW
Rule of law is a working legal concept & philosophy, which needs to be ingrained in the psyche of individuals, organisations and governments to provide an enabling ecosystem for its practice. With govts reach and outreach being questioned, NGOs moved in to fill the gap and together, the reach, it was presumed, would phenomenally change. Seemingly, they seem to have become a law unto themselves, if we go by the data that only less than 10% file their audited accounts.
Enforcement remains a challenge as ever and this sector remains no exception, notwithstanding the fact that public money needs to audited and that further funding should be dependent on the outcome of audit. SC has ordered a compulsory audit to be completed on all NGOs & VOs by the end of March 2017. This entails only financial audit, a combination of financial, physical and performance audit would put the issue in the right perspective and throw up remedial action based on its analysis.
To Rule is Law is a concept both for the executive and all other organisations who are convinced of the fact that they will have the better of law. Following the barest of minimum mandated conditions as per law, which can at the barest be a beginning for the rule of law psyche to get groomed, bloom, prosper and enrich. At a practice it is the undercurrent of our democratic existence.
NGOs entered the public arena to be the brand ambassadors of service, self discipline and delivery, in most unforeseen of the areas and most unforeseen of the circumstances. The world is replete with examples of extraordinary courage and conviction, even winning them Nobel Prizes. This cleansing exercise as directed by SC will bring sanity into the NGOs functioning. Quality thus will become a necessity.
NGOs QUALITY OF SERVICE WILL WITNESS A SEA CHANGE WITH THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE RULE LAW.