important role played by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in effective
implementation of government policies/schemes, NITI Aayog organized an
interaction with the leading CSOs and key ministries of the Union
Government in the national capital on Wednesday, March 01, 2017.
Over 17 leading voluntary organizations and 15 central ministries took
part in the deliberations to take forward the social sector initiatives
of the government. The voluntary organizations from all over the
country, working across the spectrum of social sector services from
education, health, geriatric care, women’s empowerment, rural
development to handlooms, interacted with senior officials from 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, Mr. 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
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.