The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday reportedly cancelled Greenpeace India's Foreign Contribution Regulations Act (FCRA) license.
A Home Ministry official told PTI that the NGO's registration has been cancelled under Section 13 of the FCRA.
According to the PTI report, the cancellation of Greenpeace Indiaâ€™s registration under the FCRA â€śwould mean that the NGO will not be able to receive from abroad the funds, which are upto 30 per cent of its overall cost of operations.â€ť
Greenpeace India in a statement said,
â€śThe Greenpeace legal team has learnt that the Ministry of Home Affairs has notified the Delhi High Court that Greenpeaceâ€™s FCRA registration has been cancelled. This news comes just a day before a scheduled hearing at the Delhi High Court that was examining the merits of MHAâ€™s arbitrary action.â€ť
â€śThe cancelling of our FCRA registration is the governmentâ€™s latest move in a relentless onslaught against the communityâ€™s right to dissent. It is yet another attempt to silence campaigns for a more sustainable future and transparency in public processes,â€ť said Vinuta Gopal, interim co-Executive Director of Greenpeace India. â€śCutting access to our foreign funding may be a desperate attempt to get us to cease our work, but the MHA probably didnâ€™t count on our having an amazing network of volunteers and supporters who have helped us continue our work despite the government crackdown. Since the majority of our funding comes from Indian citizens, most of our work can indeed continue. In fact, we are responding to this latest melodrama by launching a new creative online campaign and are confident that people will show they are ready to fight back in style, and send a clear message to those in power: you just canâ€™t muzzle dissent in a democracy.â€ť
Earlier this year, the MHA had suspended Greenpeace Indiaâ€™s FCRA license and froze all its seven bank accounts for alleged violations of the Act. The government in its order had said the NGO had "under-reported and repeatedly mentioned incorrect amount of foreign contributions", states a report in The Hindu.