(Colombo, Lankapuvath) The Defence Ministry, has instructed the NGOs to adhere to the specified regulations governing the NGOS.
The Ministry clarified that the media reports misinterpreted the announcement made earlier by the National Secretariat for Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs), a body functioning under the Ministry of Defence.
The Spokesman of the Ministry, Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasekera said that there was no truth in the reports that strict controls have been placed on the NGOs. He said this at a media conference today (July 8).
Commander Gihan Seneviratne of Air Force, who participated at the media briefing said that reconstruction and repair work at Aluthgama and Beruwela are progressing well and that would be concluded shortly.
Yesterday Director D.M.S. Dissanayake in a letter said such activities carried out by the NGOs were beyond their mandate.
“It has been revealed that certain NGOs conduct news conferences, hold workshops, train journalists, and issue news releases, which is beyond their mandate. We reiterate that all NGOs should desist from such unauthorised activities with immediate effect,” he said in his letter.
He said NGOs had only been asked not to exceed their mandate through this letter. He said his office examined all aspects such as the trustee of the NGO concerned, its funding sources, vision and mission, programme of work and the officials, before registering it.
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