India NGO Sector
From NGO Handbook
India is a federal republic with a history of organized charitable work. Understanding the structure of India’s NGO laws requires knowledge of the central and state registration acts and the fiscal laws governing NGOs, as well as the recent and forthcoming changes to those laws.
Typically, in democracies, laws regulating non-governmental organizations (“NGO(s)”) provide structure to the non-profit sector, promote transparency and accountability in the administration of the organizations, and attempt to prevent private gain by individuals managing NGOs. Establishing and operating an NGO requires an understanding of the legal issues and regulations that affect a country’s non-profit community. This understanding can be complicated by a federal system where national and state or regional laws differ and where there has long been an active charity network.