Sri Lanka to formulate a mechanism to monitor NGOs

Mar 25, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is to introduce a policy to monitor the activities of Non-Governmental organizations (NGOs) in Sri Lanka, the President’s office announced today.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that specific guidelines are needed for NGOs to obtain funds through the correct methods and spend in a correct manner. Therefore, he said, a suitable policy would be worked out to monitor them.

“Many millions of rupees come into the country on a monthly and a yearly basis and currently there is no mechanism to monitor from where they come from and how these funds are utilized,” the President has noted.

President Rajapaksa emphasized before the heads of media institutes this morning that the government had the right and responsibility of monitoring the activities of the NGOs.

The President also emphasized that it would not be an anti-NGO policy but a valid mechanism to ensure that the people benefit through such funds.

Minister of Mass Media and Information Keheliya Rambukwella has said that unmonitored fund inflows could even lead to money laundering, which is now a growing global concern.

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