Every charitable act is a stepping stone towards heaven. Jai Chaitanya Dasa, Temple President ISKCON Mysore says, “An efficacious alliance between the government and the Civil Society Organizations (CSO) will open ways for an ingenious utilization of national resources, particularly in the social sector.”
Recently, Niti Aayog organized an event in which civil society organizations and key ministries of the union government participated in the discussions heading for an effectual accomplishment of government schemes.
Over 17 leading CSOs and 15 central ministries were part of the discussions, including the Akshaya Patra Foundation, to expand the wings of social sector initiatives of the government. Also, the charitable organizations from different parts of the country, working across multiple social sector services from health, education, women’s empowerment, geriatric care, rural development to handlooms, conferred with the higher-ranking officials from the the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Rural Development, FSSAI, the Ministry of Minority Affairs, among others.
Speaking on the occasion, Madhu Pandit Dasa— President of ISKCON Bangalore temple said, “Innovative and workable solutions to eradicate poverty, hunger and all other forms of deficiency can come out through greater harmonization between CSOs and the government.”
At the event, the key focus was laid on the identification of effective ways of intensifying the affiliation between CSOs and the government at the national, state/district and ground level for enhancing service delivery of major government-run schemes.
Various issues concerning the social sector service delivery from distribution of funds to supervising and assessment processes, including self-governance of CSOs, were discussed at the seminar.
Suggestions were made by leading voluntary organizations including Pratham, Help Age India, Sulabh International, Pradhan, Akshaya Patra and Prayas for developing a sustainable partnership between them and the government.
Furthermore, Akshaya Patra has taken up the mission of free food distribution to the deprived. Lakhs of children across the country are being fed every day through the initiative of Akshaya Patra programme which is put into service with public-private partnership (PPP).