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not designate a Number Two while doing so, No rain, where vanishing rain and drying groundwater supplies mean most available water is now saline or too high in fluoride. but not as much as I got after ‘Band Baaja.’ So with that experience I realised one thing that if you are doing good work people will want to work with you” Anushka told reporters here last evening Also read|Anushka Sharma on nepotism: If you do good work people will want to work with you The 28-year-old actress says an outsider like Shah Rukh Khan became a superstar purely on the merit of his work which is why many people want to team up with him “If you are not working well come what may people won’t want to work with you This is a business and everyone takes business (oriented) decisions For example if you have an outsider a big star like Shah Rukh Khan why wouldn’t you want to work with him” The actress says over the years with what she has “experienced” in the industry she has learnt that everybody has their own struggles and one should not be judgemental about it “As I am evolving I am learning that everyone’s struggles are different I am becoming less judgemental day by day I will not want to pass any judgements on anyone else’s experiences because their battles are their own about which I don’t know anything” she says Anushka’s next film Phillauri is scheduled to release on March 24 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Pushpa Sundar | Updated: July 21 2014 12:02 am Just because some individuals associated with BRLF were nominated by a previous government there is no reason to discard the model Related News Considering governmental opposition to the foreign funding of NGOs it is surprising that the present government seems also to be opposed to a public-private partnership for funding NGOs According to an Indian Express report (‘Modi govt will have to deal with some members of Sonia’s NAC’ June 25) the government is not keen on continuing funding the Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation (BRLF) an autonomous society to provide arms-length funding to rural civil society organisations In December 2013 the BRLF was registered by Mihir Shah a member of the Planning Commission Virginius Xaxa an academic and Mirai Chatterjee an expert in health delivery and head of SEWA Ahmedabad In its general body and executive council were other well-known names The BRLF was envisaged as an autonomous public-private partnership to fund grassroots NGOs replacing the Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Development (Capart) a body under the rural development ministry and plagued with inefficiency and corruption A few months before the 2014 elections the UPA’s rural development ministry under Jairam Ramesh signed an MoU with the BRLF making it a funding agency for NGOs across the country and giving it Rs 200 crore as a first tranche to be followed by Rs 300 crore over the next two years The idea of the BRLF was entirely laudable: to raise funds from all sources public and private including companies international agencies private foundations and of course Central and state governments to provide non-partisan need-based financial grants to civil society organisations Professionally staffed with an eminent chairman not from the government it was meant to overcome the many objections raised against foreign funding and the deficiencies of government funding such as red tape corruption and inflexible grants not tailored to need It was also meant to insulate NGO funding from the political instability and interference that marred Capart’s functioning Unfortunately for the fledgling entity many of the 30-member executive committee were also members of the National Advisory Council under Sonia Gandhi and reportedly this has brought upon it a review to determine its fate But the mere fact of the association of politically unacceptable people with it should not trash what is otherwise a laudable innovation in funding A strong civil society is built upon and draws its strength from people who work together for the betterment of that society without depending on government for everything But to do that it must have access to an independent source of funds Decentralisation is important to take democracy and development to the grassroots Though over 29 functions were devolved to local bodies rural and urban by the 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendments a corresponding devolution of resources has not happened So neither panchayats nor rural NGOs get the money they need for their work Moreover although almost Rs 1 lakh crore is allocated annually for rural development schemes not much is actually spent because the allocation is tied to a specific project that may not meet local priorities Government funding agencies also lack the flexibility to decide on their priorities agendas and operations according to local needs At the same time donors other than government — charitably inclined individuals/ families companies foreign donors charitable trusts and NRIs are interested in contributing to development What is needed is out of the box thinking on funding mechanisms for local development at the district level or even lower such as the block or mohalla which would mobilise and pool funds from all sources and make them available to all development agencies according to a planned strategy If “untied” funds are provided to NGOs according to need and they are given a free hand to address priority areas need-based utilisation would result Governed by a board of citizens broadly reflective of the communities they are expected to serve a BRLF-type model can make grants to non-profits to address the emerging and changing needs of the community With open and transparent policies and practices concerning all aspects of operation it can be made accountable to the communities they serve and to the general public by informing them about its purpose activities and financial status The BRLF appears to be a model which if left to evolve without political interference would meet these needs Just because some individuals associated with it were nominated by a previous government there is no reason to discard the model Moreover the people to whom objection appears to have been taken are experts in their own right And even if the NDA wishes to replace them with their own nominees it can do so without discarding an experiment that promises to be a game-changer in government funding Sundar is the author of ‘Foreign Aid for Indian NGOs: Problem or Solution’ For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News which made people take note of her performance. it is all about operations and which is where we should be. we have taken over the field of play and we are doing the maintenance.

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