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Minutes of the Meeting of the NGO Council held on 4th Aug. 2006




Minutes of the Meeting of the NGO Council held on 4th Aug. 2006

NGO council members present on Aug 4, 2006 meeting at BSE 

NGO:                                                                                          Representative  

1. ACIL- Navasarjan Rural Development Foundation (ANARDE): Mr. Govind Dhaske

2. Aishabai & Haji Abdul Latif Charitable Trust  : Dr. Mrs. Ramandeep Sachdeva

3. Bharashtachar Virodhi Jan Andolan (BVJA ) : Col. Ramesh Wasudeo & Mr. Bhavesh Patel 

4. Bombay Community Public Trust (BCPT): Ms. Harsha Parekh, Dr. Veena Devsthali & Ms. Dinaz Pareb 

5. Church's Auxillary for Social Action (CASA) : Mr. Anil Chandra 

6. Citizens Council for Better Tomorrow (CCBT): Mr. Deepak Negi 

7. Dhirubhai Ambani Memorial Trust/ Harmony : Mr. Hiren Mehta 

8. Federation of Centres for Community Organization (FCCO) :  Mr. R.P. Seluan

9. F-South Ward Citizens Forum/Mahiti Adhikar Manch  :  Mr. Bhaskar Prabhu 

10. Guru Nanak College of Education & Research : Ms. Ponni Iyer

11. Hosmac Foundation/ HOPES  :  Ms. Jagruti Bhatia 

12. Indian Assoc for the Promotion of Adoption & Child Welfare (IAPA)  : Ms. Kaumudi Telang

13. Indian Assoc for Preschool Education- Mumbai Branch (IAPE): Ms. Shirin Choksey & Ms. Purnima Contractor 

14. JNA Wireless Association: Mr. Sudhir V. Shah 

15. Karmayog: Mr. Vinay Somani, Mr. Mr. Jayant Upadhyay, Mr. Saurav Sarkar, Ms. Tanya Mahajan, Ms. Neha Mishra & Mr. Adrian Crasto

16. LIFE Trust : Mr. Vijay Joshi

17. Maharastra State Women's council (MSWC):  Ms. Shaila Mehta, Ms. Maya Gidvani 

18. Malabar Hill North/ LACG :  Ms. Indrani Malkani 

19. National Assoc for the Blind (NAB) : Mr. C.A. Gomes 

20. Pestom Sagar Citizens Forum LACG: Mr. N.K. Pratapan & Mr. V. Narayan 

21. R. Jhunjhunwala Foundation: Mr. S.M. Kothawala 

22. Saathi: Mr. Shwetank Mishra 

23. SIES College of Management Studies: Ms. Gayatri Vivek 

24. SNEHA : Ms. Bhavna Kapadia 

25. Society for the education of crippled (SEC) :  Ms. Rucha

26. SP Jain institute of management & research:  Ms. Shaoli Chakravorty 

27. The Shahani Trust :  Mr. Akhil Shahani & Ms. Maya Shahani 

28. Toxics Link Mumbai  : Dr. Kishore Wankhade 

29. World Vision  : Mr. Pravin Bansode & Mr. John Mathew 

30. Worli Woods : Mr.  Amarpal Singh 

31. Yuva : Ms. Phoebe Simon    

32. Yuvak Pratisthan : Mr. Santosh Surve 

33. Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE):   Mr. Kalyan Bose & Mr. Jeevan Sakpal 

34. IIT: Ms. Binti Kantha

Minutes of the Meeting of the NGO Council held on 4th Aug. 2006

at 3:30 pm at the BSE

  1. Introduction: All those present were requested to introduce themselves briefly and state what value their NGO / organisation could gain from the NGO Council, and what support / value they could bring to the Council.
  1. BSE: Mr.Kalyan Bose, of the BSE Training Centre, said that the BSE has a CSR division, and if they received a list of NGOs that were vetted by the NGO Council, they could consider offering / organising some financial support to them.
  1. Role of the Council and its members: Ms. Harsha Parekh of BCPT had prepared a note on the role of NGOs in the NGO Council, and the role of the NGO Council, and this note had been circulated to all members.
  1. Focus Groups: It was proposed to set up focus groups for different sectors within the NGO Council, so that those NGOs working on similar issues can work together to strengthen their sector, as well as raise awareness on that issue though events held on the World Day for that sector, etc.
  1. Acting as an Advocacy Group: It was expressed that the NGO Council could act as an advocacy group with Government to influence policy and decisions, as individual NGOs usually find this difficult to do.
  1. Influencing Policy making: Col. Wasudeo expressed that we, as citizens, must participate and work actively for better governance, as we are all part-owners of our country. The NGO Council can engage with our elected representatives so that good laws and policies are made, and then properly implemented.
  1. Events on World Days: To create awareness of various social issues and causes, the NGO Council could focus on activities that could be done on the World Day of that cause. Before that day, the objective would be to prepare a list of NGOs and related organisations, holding a meeting of these and connected individuals, maybe forming a Focus Group, preparing a policy paper, etc. On or around the World Day, we could hold an event either with an NGO or a group of NGOs. 

Some of the Days could be:

         8 Sep - World Literacy Day

         26 Sep - Day of the Deaf

         10 Oct - World Mental Health Day - with NAMI India

  15 Oct - World White Cane Day - with NAB - Natl Assoc of the Blind

   19 Nov - Child Sexual Abuse - with LifeTrust

          3 Dec.- Day of the Disabled - with NAB

  1. Sharing Views, etc: It was expressed that all NGOs should share their research, documentation, perspectives, views, etc. widely so as to be able to reach Government and concerned individuals and organisations and thus influence policy and planning.
  1. Focus on Implementation: It was expressed that often the policies framed have several loopholes that render the policies ineffective, and furthermore once the policy is framed, it often remains on paper, with very poor implementation. A possible solution to this is to not only participate early enough in the policy making process, but also work actively with Government in making and executing a plan of implementation, as well as building several implementation strategies into the policy itself.
  1. Institutionalising the NGO sector: One of the aims of the NGO Council is to institutionalise the NGO sector in a manner similar to various trade and industry organisations such as IMC, CII, FICCI, etc.
  1. Replicating successes: Several NGOs offered to expand / share their local successes / best practices with other NGOs, if desired. Several NGOs expressed the need to expand / replicate their individual projects / best practices for the entire city.
  1. Tapping into Grants: Several NGOs spoke about the availability of funds, and offered to share this with others.
  1. Offers for support: Some Trusts / Foundations that were present invited NGOs to apply to them for funds.
  1. Area-wise Grouping: Karmayog is in the process of profiling all NGOs in a locality - so as so enable better coordination between NGOs in a locality, and also to share and learn from best practices.
  1. Diagonal Grouping: Through the discussion, NGOs of different sectors also offered to collaborate with each other to address focus areas in each other's sectors. E.g. Harmony offered to work with the senior citizens of RWAs.
  1. Continual pressure: It was expressed that with Government, things rarely continue of their own steam, and hence constant pressure is required up to some stage, in order to see any project / initiative through.
  1. Certification of NGOs: It was expressed that the NGO Council could consider vetting / certification for NGOs so that donors are satisfied and can trust that their funds will be used effectively. This will be discussed with GIVE Foundation and Credibility Alliance.
  1. Transparency: It was expressed that all NGOs should publicly share their annual financial reports, as this is an important first step in building confidence.
  1. Sub-Groups: The following sub-groups were formed to take up specific issues:

1. Certification/ Accreditation Group

2.Tapping Government and other Grants

3. Replication of Best Practices / projects

4. Vocational Training Group

5. MCGM-NGO Council MoU - dialogue with MCGM

i. Ms.Harsha Parikh, BCPT

i. Toxic Links (Ford Foundation Grants)

i. Mr.Pratapan, Pestom Sagar Citizens Forum

i. Mrs.Shahani, SAGE Foundation

i. Indrani Malkani, Malabar Hill Residents Assoc

ii. Akhil Shahani, Shahani Trust

ii. CEE (Green Grants)

ii. Indrani Malkani, Malabar Hill Residents Assoc

ii. Mrs. Mehta, MSWC

ii. Col. Ramesh Wasudeo, Brashtachar Virodh Andolan

iii. Ms.Maya Gidwani, MSWC


iii. Mrs.Shahani, SAGE Foundation

iii. Bhavna, SNEHA (offered space)

iii. Sucheta Dalal, MoneyLife Foundation

iv. Hiren Mehta,



iv. SIES student volunteers for documentation

iv. SEC


BCAS (?) / GIVE (?)



v. SIES students to research market needs


Members to be invited to form other focus groups of their interest e.g. Women; Children; Education; Vocational Training; Disabled; etc.

  1.  Structures for the NGO Council: It was suggested that governance structures should be set up for the NGO Council as well. Harshaben said that looking at the diversity of the member NGOs of the Council, we need to formulate creative structures for the Council.
  1. RTI for individuals and NGOs: Mahiti Adhikar Manch agreed to help citizens convert their complaints into RTI applications. Further, the Manch could also conduct a workshop for NGOs on how to use the RTI Act
  1. Deeper discussion needed on Child labour issues: It was decided that concerned NGOs would take up the issue of child labour and the recent Domestic Workers' Bill, at a later stage, in greater depth.
  1. Vocational Training: It was discussed that there is a gap in the products made by NGOs through their vocational training programmes, and the needs of the market. Further, in addition to making products, services training also needs to be given
  1. Sensitisation document: It was discussed that NGOs should prepare a sensitisation document about their unique views and perspectives, and the NGO Council would examine effective ways to reach this to a wide audience.
  1. HAM Radio: JNA wireless association has offered to train HAM radio operators, and NGOs were invited to avail of this training.
  1. Dialogue with MCGM: It was decided that in order to address the recent attempts by some NGOs to dissolve the MCGM-NGO Council MoU, a group of 3 members from the Council are nominated to represent the Council on this specific issue. These are Col. Wasudeo, Sucheta Dalal, and Indrani Malkani.
  1. Endorsement of MOU with BMC: It was agreed that the NGO Council stands by the MOU signed with BMC, and if any individual NGO Council member organisation is not agreeable, then it should formally withdraw from the NGO Council, failing which it is understood that each individual NGO Council member is agreeable to and endorses the MOU.
  1. Endorsement of Activities so far: Activities till date taken on behalf of the NGO Council by the Convenor Vinay Somani and other members were appreciated and endorsed. It is understood that recommendations by the NGO Council are not binding on individual NGO Council members.
  1. Membership Applications: Member NGOs should send in their NGO Council membership forms on their letterheads latest by 21st August, 2006. Those who do not so will be considered as not interested to continue their membership. Each member will be individually contacted.
  1. Convenor for period Aug. 2006-July 2007: It was decided that as the NGO Council is still in its formative stage, Vinay Somani should continue to be the Convenor of the Council, and during this period, detailed structures for the NGO Council would be set up.
  1. Membership Criteria, Fees, Funding, etc. : Due to lack of time, these were deferred to a future meeting.