FCRA licenses of 10,117 NGOs cancelled, UP and AP top the list
Nearly 4,000 NGOs faced cancellation in UPA too
news Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 05:30
After temporary suspension of Greenpeace India's foreign contribution license,¬†and lodging Ford Foundation on a watch list to monitor its activities, the Government of India on Sunday cancelled the licenses of 8975 NGOs for failing to file annual financial returns in the past few years. The official orders are dated April 6, 2015. This is in addition to 1142 NGOs from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana whose licences were cancelled on March 3, 2015. The total number of NGOs cancelled during the present NDA regime for violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) norms now stands at 10,117. The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had issued notices to 10,343 NGOs on October 16, 2014 seeking an explanation as to why they had not filed financial returns for the years 2009 to 2012. Only 229 NGOs responded according to MHA orders. MHA is reportedly examining their replies "on case to case basis". The administrative action against NGOs is seemingly a part of the NDA government's campaign to ascertain the amount of foreign funds received by NGOs in India, the source of funding and how the funds are being utilized. ‚ÄúNo reply has been received from the remaining associations numbering 8975‚ÄĚ, said the Home Ministry‚Äôs order which was communicated to the NGOs, their respective jurisdictional district magistrates and the RBI. The MHA has cancelled license of these NGOs under Section 14 of the FCRA. Many NGOs have alleged that the government had not given enough time for them to respond to notices. This is however not the first time that a government in power at the centre is cancelling licenses of NGOs, though the scale this time is much larger than in previous occasions. In 2012, the UPA government had cancelled license of almost 4,000 NGOs for the same reason. Here is a look at data from some of the major states in which several NGO licenses were cancelled: Read-¬†Black Money: Tell Us What Is Going On ¬† ¬†
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