She said the implementation of government schemes and enforcement of laws could only be possible if the NGOs and civil society organisations work together with the government.
    
"I agree that we have made stringent laws but government agencies cannot go everywhere, to every individual's door. NGOs play a big role and I have always emphasised the role of NGOs," she said.

The Minister's comments comes days after the controversial offloading of environmental NGO Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai from a London-bound plane.
    
"When I was the deputy chairperson of the Rajya Sabha I used to say that if the NGOs, civil society and Parliament members work together we can bring change in the society," she said during an event of the 'Action/2015' campaign organised by an international pressure group working against extreme poverty, inequality and climate change.
    
Heptullah further added that the NGOs, which have "grassroot connection", can help the government in identifying the gaps coming in the way of the implementation of government
schemes.
    
"While the government launches several programmes for development, the most important task is to ensure the delivery of the schemes to people. And this is where the NGOs help because they have connection at the grassroot level.

"They can let the government know whether its schemes have reached the people or not so that government can take corrective measures. It is critical that through support from NGOs and civil society we are able to identify the gaps to ensure their effective implementation," she said.

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