CSOs object provisions in CSO Act

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Mar 17: Over a dozen civil society organizations (CSO) have spoken against the strict provisions in the CSO Act.

Despite the fact that CSO has significance role in good governance and democracy, Bhutan has remained tight on allowing them function openly.

CSOs are of two types mainly public benefit organization (PBO) and a mutual benefit organiza­tion (MBO).

In a gathering in Thimphu, the stake holders raised that memorandum of association (MOA) and articles of association (AOA) needs to be clubbed together since both the Acts are almost similar which will help them save time during registration.

The participants said rules and regulations were restrictive and they faced difficulties in fulfilling the requirements and demanded that other certified auditing agencies could audit the CSOs instead of Royal Audit Authority.

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