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Govt. wonders how three NGOs spent half a billion rupees in 3 yrs


Now that the US has strongly defended international funds received by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), Transparency International (TI) and National Peace Council (NPC) in the post-war era, it would be pertinent for major recipients to explain how the funds had been spent, government sources told The Island.

In response to our main news item captioned Foreign funds galore for three NGOs on Mar. 5 issue, US Ambassador Patricia Butenis in a statement, which we published on the opinion page on Mar. 12, said the U.S. Government had also employed strict accounting and monitoring procedures to ensure that US taxpayer funds were used appropriately and efficiently.

Sources said that according to the banking system, the three NGOs had received Rs. 71.99 million from eight different US NGOs from 2008 to 2010, whereas the total grants remained at Rs. 618.33 million.

The government at an appropriate time would demand to know how over half a billion rupees was spent, particularly because none of them were directly involved in humanitarian relief or emergency relief operations, sources said.

From: By Shamindra Ferdinando


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