The NGO Cell was constituted in the Ministry in May 1992 with a view to strengthening the environmental movement in the country by promoting new NGOs and supporting the ones which are already operating, especially at the grass-root levels. It also functions as a single window reception counter at the Ministry for all NGO-related activities being coordinated by different Divisions of the Ministry.
NGO Cell handles various matters relating to NGOs working in diverse fields of environment.
The basic functions of the Cell are:
- Collection and dissemination of information to various NGOs.
- Liaison with different Ministries/Departments and other Government agencies on various issues including creating a database relating to NGOs working in the field of environment and its associated areas.’
During the year 2012-13, besides replying to Parliament Questions/Assurances, the NGO Cell also disposed of 12 number of RTI applications.