participation into the development process has been viewed as the
premises of the sound understanding of community aspirations and needs
in the State in recent years. However, the roles of the NGOs for various
social and rural development activities are limited in Tripura.
There are a small number of NGOs in the State devoted to the cause of
environment and forestry. Those NGOs are hampered in their efforts due
to lack of funds, as the State Government cannot provide funds caused by
financial constraints, and donation from private company or people are
not common to be practiced. It is likely that only the Government of
India provides funding directly to the NGOs. NGOs of this State are not
very well acquainted with the procedure and formalities that have to be
gone through to obtain funds.
Moreover, other reason for lack of available NGO lies in strong
development initiatives through well developed three-tier PRI system in
the State. In many cases, Panchayat plays the crucial interface between
grassroots and the Government and provide people's participation in
development. DRDAs and other rural development programs provided by the
Central Government have no involvement of local NGOs, although the roles
of NGOs are well defined in those guidelines.
There are a number of NGOs coming up recently. The areas of the
activities are, however, restricted to limited geographical boundary,
and large NGOs engaged in the areas of management at state level are
also limited. The NGOs associated with religious organizations at the
national or international levels are mainly active in the State, working
in the areas of education and health in tribal areas.
The contribution that NGOs have made in the areas of welfare of tribal
communities, community awareness generation, education and primary
health is especially noteworthy. However NGOs are rarely involved in the
government programs in the forestry sector in Tripura, limiting the
areas of environmental awareness.