The Bangladeshi government is scheduled to hold an
inter-ministerial meeting to discuss issues of national security as it relates
to the operations of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
The Minister for Social Welfare, Enamul Huq Mostafa Shaheed,
met with the Prime Minister and other key ministers to discuss the necessary
monitoring of NGOs in Bangladesh with a view to stopping militancy funding and
reign in militant activities.
They are expected to create a national security commission
to trace the funding for NGOs and monitor their activities in the country.
The proposed commission will operate under the social
welfare ministry. It will have the final authority to issue and renew NGO licenses,
monitor and supervise them.
According to sources, the government has identified at least 150 international
and local NGOs who are collecting funds from different charity foundations and
persons based in the Middle East and European countries.