Press Release by Blue Veins
October 4, 2021 (Peshawar): Social Welfare Department, Govt of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Blue Veins a local NGO established a Help Desk along with a helpline to facilitate NGOs in legal compliance, registration with KP Charity Commission, and in obtaining NOC from Home and Tribal Affairs Departments.
After the promulgation of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Charities Act in 2019, every charity is bound to get itself registered with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Charities Commission. They cannot collect charitable funds or seek donations unless they are registered with the Charities Commission. The Charities Act imposes criminal proceedings against the non-compliance of registration with the Charity Commission.
Registration can be obtained by applying through an online portal. So far, only 224 organizations could get registered with the Commission. Out of the 224 NPOs, 67 got registered under Category A, 88 got registered under Category B, and another 69 got registered under Category C.
Most of the NGOs/NPOS failed to register because they have poor documentation, little expertise of using online registration platforms, and poor Internet connections. Most of the community based organizations lack necessary equipment like laptops, scanners etc. Therefore, it is almost impossible for them to register on any online platform.
Training workshops are being conducted to train, and faciliate NPOs on compliance with KP Charity Commission’s requirements, and procedures. Additionally, they are being facilitated for obtaining No Objection Certificates (NOCs) from the relevant provincial authorities.
Habib Khan Afridi, Director, Social Welfare Department, said, “The the help desk, the helpline, and the training workshops will increase knowledge and capacity of NPOs in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on NGOs’ regulatory mechanisms and procedures especially at the grassroots level”.
Qamar Naseem, Program Coordinator, Blue Veins, and member of the KP Govt’s NGOs Deregistration and Reinstatement Review Board, said, ”Healthy relationship between the State and NGOs is key to sustainable development. The awareness sessions are providing an opportunity for a dialogue, and for exploring viable solutions and building mutual understanding between the government and non-government stakeholders on required measures for improved and friendly regulatory mechanisms and procedures”.