news Friday, May 22, 2015 - 05:30
The staff of Greenpeace India has decided to work without pay for the month of June, after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) froze their bank accounts. The staff took the decision to ensure that the NGO operates until June and doesn’t "disappear completely" in the coming weeks. They have claimed that the number of donations from well-wishers and their staff has increased after the government blocked their foreign funds. According to a report by Mint, Greenpeace India executive director Samit Aich said that the organisation has received funds from 2,800 new donors since April 9. At a press conference in New Delhi he read out a letter written by the staff declaring that they will work without pay in June. "The government has made it impossible for us to operate, but our employees are willing to work without pay for a month because they see that the larger commitment has always been to fight against injustice," Samit Aich was quoted by NDTV as saying. Greenpeace India’s writ petition challenging the suspension of their licence and the freezing of their accounts will be heard in the Delhi High Court on May 26. According to a report by The Hindu, Aich further said, "We are confident that the court will grant us reliefon Tuesday. But the wheels of justice can take time, and we need to make sure we don’t disappear completely in the next few weeks." The MHA had blocked foreign donations to the group in April as part of a crackdown against NGOs that were found to have misreported foreign aid. Ministry officials say that Greenpeace's accounts showed that Rs 60 million in foreign funds were not accounted for and the money was diverted to activists to obstruct development projects.

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