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NITI Aayog to collaborate with Civil Society

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Niti Aayog is planning to collaborate with civil society organisations (CSOs) for effective implementation of government policies/schemes.

Recently, NITI Aayog organized an interaction with the leading CSOs and key ministries of the union government. Over 17 leading voluntary organisations from all over the country working across the spectrum of social sector services from education, health, geriatric care, women’s empowerment and rural development to handlooms interacted with 15 central ministries such as ministry of rural development, ministry of women and child development, FSSAI, ministry of minority affairs, among others.

Highlighting the crucial role of CSOs in ensuring inclusive growth and development down to the last mile, NITI Aayog vice chairman, Dr. Arvind Panagariya said, “An effective partnership between the government and the CSOs will go a long way in efficient utilization of government resources, especially in the social sector.”

Emphasizing the potential of a collaborative approach to create a lasting impact on the lives of all citizens, NITI Aayog CEO, Amitabh Kant said that innovative solutions to eliminate poverty, hunger and all other forms of deprivation can emerge through greater coordination between CSOs and the government.

The meeting identified effective ways of strengthening partnership between CSOs and the government at the national, state/district and ground level for improving service delivery of major government schemes.

A range of issues pertaining to social sector service delivery from allocation of funds to monitoring and evaluation processes, including self-regulation of CSOs, were discussed at the roundtable. Elucidating the nature and impact of work performed by the organization, each CSO brought to the table specific sector-wise recommendations to collaborate with government ministries and departments.

Suggestions were made by leading voluntary organizations including Pratham, Help Age India, Sulabh International, Pradhan, Akshaya Patra and Prayas for developing a sustainable partnership between voluntary organizations and the government.

Carrying forward the spirit of partnership, it has been decided that similar interactions to build strong partnerships for effective governance will take place at regular intervals.

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