Government is to revive Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART), an autonomous body working with Egos for rural development.
CAPART is registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. It works in close cooperation with rural NGOs and funds their activities. Once, it claimed to be a major promoter of rural development, assisting over 12,000 voluntary organizations in implementing several development initiatives. It, however, has frequently faced charges of inefficiency and corruption.
“We want that every paisa of the Government is used to eradicate poverty in our villages. CAPART is going to be very effective for this. The previous government had decided to wind it up. We will revive it. We will infuse more funds into it,” Rural Development Minister Nitin Gadkari stated.
Gadkari’s predecessor Jairam Ramesh dissolved CAPART after it was discovered that its functioning was not transparent and most organizations funded by it had failed to deliver.
The previous government was displeased with the opaque way of its functioning of CAPART. It had been accused of doling out money to fictitious non-governmental organizations (NGOs). It may be recalled that in 2013, UPA government set up the Bharat Rural Livelihood Foundation to replace CAPART.