news Tuesday, May 05, 2015 - 05:30
Greenpeace India on Tuesday informed that it has just one month left to fight for its survival and that the NGO is facing an imminent shutdown due to shortage of funds after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) froze its accounts. The NGO in a statement said that it has been left with funds for staff salaries and office costs that will last for just about a month. Greenpeace India said the shutdown "after 14 years in the country" could result in the loss of jobs of its 340 employees along with "a sudden death for its campaigns." “I just made one of the hardest speeches of my life, but my staff deserve to know the truth. We have one month left to save Greenpeace India from complete shutdown, and to fight MHA’s indefensible decision to block our domestic accounts,” Samit Aich, Executive Director of Greenpeace India, said while addressing his staff today. Aich continued: “The question here is why are 340 people facing the loss of their jobs? Is it because we talked about pesticide-free tea, air pollution, and a cleaner, fairer future for all Indians?”. The MHA has levelled several allegations against Greenpeace India over foreign funding, and while the NGO is currently preparing its formal response to this decision as well as a fresh legal challenge, Aich is concerned that the legal process could extend well beyond June 1st - when cash reserves for salaries and office costs will run dry. “The home minister is trying to strangle us by stealth, because he knows an outright ban is unconstitutional. We ask him to confirm that he is trying to close Greenpeace India and suppress our voice. His arbitrary attack could set a very dangerous precedent: every Indian civil society group is now on the chopping block,” said Aich. Read: Seven reasons listed out by MHA for freezing accounts of Greenpeace India

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