Tripura: NGO

People's 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.