On Tuesday, the Supreme Court directed governments to go after the defaulting NGOs and also submit compliance report to it by March 31.
The SC asked the government to detect and also punish this NGOs which have taken public funds and not submitted utilisation certificates. Adding further, the court also asked Centre to frame rules and guidelines to accredit NGOs, audit them and take action if they allegedly misuse public funds.
The bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) J S Khehar pulled up Centre for not putting in place a regulatory mechanism to monitor the funds and their utilisation by NGOs, societies and voluntary organisations.
The SC was informed by the CBI that there are nearly 33 lakh NGOs in India and of which only 3 lakh filed audited accounts with authorities.