NGOs plays a very important role in bringing various changes in the society, they are the
voluntary organizations and popularly known as NGOs because they are free from government
regulations they are democratic and voluntarily serve the society. They have a significant space
in the civil society and they have gained currency at a global level, the organization also seeks
financial assistance from government but it has its own principles.
Anybody can become the member of NGOs and also they can resign based on their own will, but
some organizations have a set of rules for accepting a member. Some people believe that service
to people will be a service to god, and hence they participate voluntarily. Natural calamities like
fires, earthquakes, floods, and epidemic outbreaks motivate the people to help the others who
were trapped in disastrous situation. There are thousands of NGOs which emerged in India and
contributing to the process of development of the society. NGOs believe in the educating the
people and creating awareness among people like widows, devadasis or the prisoners, they
provide social awakening confidence building for those who are in need and also legal literacy.
Now a day’s NGOs have gained more importance and they are growing in a large number, more
than half a million volunteer organizations are working on behalf of the country’s welfare.

Role of NGOs:

The NGOs immense role is to bring social changes and also development which is being
experienced in different parts of the country. NGOs are taking up this job sportingly and
1. NGOs are active in promoting education, among the population that are less benefitted by
the government. Their main objective is to provide education to the backward community
and to make awareness among them.
2. Then they look into the gender discrimination, retention of girls in schools is less than the
boys. Some women’s are forced to work as a housewife and they are not allowed to
participate in some gainful economic activities and maximum of the household works
were done by women. They were not allowed to make decision for themselves. NGOs
took some initiatives in making the social changes and they supported women to achieve
their dream. Because of this changes women’s were able to participate in political, social
and economic activities and more and more women’s started moving out of their homes.
3. Their development has been almost uniform in almost all fields such as technology,
production, consumption and achievement of wealth.
4. NGOs stood against the depletion of natural resources and here the role of NGOs was
praiseworthy. Many organizations are working hard to awake people and government
against the environmental degradation and depletion of resources.
5. They are also working hard to restore the dignity of discriminated sections of the society,
like women’s suffering from gender discrimination, the status, the caste, untouchables,
racial and religious discrimination.
Voluntary organizations operate at both national and international levels to ensure humanism by
fighting against human rights violence, social exclusions and domestic violence.