Indore: NGOs confused over digital payment

Confusion prevails among non-government organisations (NGOs) over digital payments. Consultants are scaring NGOs and advising them not to use digital payment options as it would land them in trouble. On the other hand, union government has been promoting digital payments and conducting training programs for NGOs to use it under NITI Ayog. The National Institution for Transforming India, also called Niti Aayog, is a prime organisation that facilitates projects for NGOs through NGO Darpan.

ProhIbItIon on use of dIgItal PayMents “Government has prohibited the use of digital payments for NGOs. NGOs should not be paying for anything using National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT). It can land them in trouble. NGOs can pay only through cash or cheques. However, NGOs can accept donations through online transfers and digital modes.”

Omprakash Dave, NGO consultant

No such rule “There is no such rule. NGOs are allowed to do online transactions. In fact, union government is promoting digital payments even for NGOs.”

HarisH Jeelwal, inspector at registrar’s office for NGOs

Online payments are preferred “There is no such rule where NGOs should not be use online payment options. Online transactions are safe, transparent and faster. I work with NGOs and we always advise them to go for online payments.” Pankaj shah, chartered accountant

Online transactions are transparent “We use online transactions for payments. We use our debit card for many payments because it is not possible to carry cash every time. In fact, online transactions are transparent and more reliable. As an NGO is formed by a group of people, it is easier for us to show to each other the payment received or made online.”

Piyush Jain, NGO founder

Banks promote online transactions

Banks have been promoting online transactions on their portals for all their accounts. In the specific head for NGOs and societies, banks have mentioned acceptance of online paymentsand transfers.

Workshop concludes

A two-day 11th state-level workshop on ‘Documentation and mobilisation of NGOs’ concluded at Pritam Lal Dua auditorium on Tuesday. The workshop was organised by NGO Bhavan, a consultancy headed by Omprakash Dave. The workshop was inaugurated by DAVV vice-chancellor Narendra Dhakad.

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