In the last four years (2017 to 2021), 228 NGOs have been deregistered, said AKM Mozammel Haque, Minister in charge of the Prime Minister’s Office.
He was responding to a question from opposition Jatiya Party MP Moshiur Rahman Ranga during a question-and-answer session for ministers at the National Parliament session on Thursday (January 26th).
Presented at the Q&A table on Thursday, speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury presided over the function.
The Minister for Liberation War Affairs said, “At present, the number of NGOs registered under the Bureau of NGO Affairs is 260 foreign and 2266 domestic, making a total of 2526. according to Section 14 of the Foreign Grants (Voluntary Activities) Regulation Act, 2016, if any person working in an NGO or NGO violates the provisions of this Act and rules or order and makes hateful and indecent remarks about the Constitution and constitutional institutions or anti-state. Acting or financing, sponsoring or assisting in militancy and terrorist activities is considered a crime under the prevailing law in the country and legal action is taken.”
The Minister said that the name of the project, duration of the project, amount of money, date of project approval, project-related information, project area related information, the allocation for the project in district / Upazila These issues are monitored to see if the terms of the approved letter are properly complied with.
According to the Foreign Grants (Voluntary Activities) Regulation Act, 2016, the Bureau of NGO Affairs monitors the voluntary activities conducted by an individual and an NGO. Under the law, the bureau may form a monitoring committee and, if necessary, appoint an external observer. In addition, the Deputy Commissioners of the districts and, as the case may be, the Upazila Nirbahi Officers review the voluntary activities of the NGOs in their respective areas and their progress in a prescribed manner through monthly coordination meetings.