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National Policy on Voluntary Sector

National Policy on Voluntary Sector

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Published by Mousham G Mhaskey
Indian national Policy on Voluntary Sector
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Published by: Mousham G Mhaskey on Apr 15, 2008
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NATIONAL POLICY ON THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR
Voluntary Action CellPlanning CommissionGovernment of India
May 2007
 
Government of India
 
Planning Commission(Voluntary Action Cell)
NATIONAL POLICY ON THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR - 2007
 
1. Preamble 
1.1
This Policy is a commitment to encourage, enable and empower anindependent, creative and effective voluntary sector, with diversity in formand function, so that it can contribute to the social, cultural and economicadvancement of the people of India.
1.2
The voluntary sector has contributed significantly to finding innovativesolutions to poverty, deprivation, discrimination and exclusion, throughmeans such as awareness raising, social mobilization, service delivery,training, research, and advocacy. The voluntary sector has been serving asan effective non-political link between the people and the Government. Thispolicy recognizes the important role that the voluntary sector has to play invarious areas and affirms the growing need for collaboration with thevoluntary sector by the Government, as well as by the private sector, at thelocal, provincial and national levels.
2. Scope of the Policy 
2.1
In the Policy, voluntary organizations (VOs) mean to include organizationsengaged in public service, based on ethical, cultural, social, economic,political, religious, spiritual, philanthropic or scientific & technologicalconsiderations. VOs include formal as well as informal groups, such as:
 
community-based organizations (CBOs); non-governmental developmentorganizations (NGDOs); charitable organizations; support organizations;networks or federations of such organisations; as well as professionalmembership associations.
2.2
To be covered under the Policy, VOs should broadly have the followingcharacteristics:a) They are private,
i.e.,
separate from Governmentb) They do not return profits generated to their owners or directorsc) They are self-governing,
i.e.,
not controlled by Governmentd) They are registered organizations or informal groups, with defined aimsand objectives.
3. Objectives of the Policy 
3.1
The specific objectives of the policy are listed below:3.1.1 To create an enabling environment for VOs that stimulates their enterpriseand effectiveness, and safeguards their autonomy;3.1.2 To enable VOs to legitimately mobilize necessary financial resources fromIndia and abroad;3.1.3 To identify systems by which the Government may work together with VOs,on the basis of the principles of mutual trust and respect, and with sharedresponsibility; and,
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