Evangelist associations, right-wing charitable organisations and educational institutes are among the 1,300 NGOs whose FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act) licences have been cancelled by the home ministry.
The list includes educational institutes such as University of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh’s Maulana Azad Educational Society and Indian Institute of Technology, Tamil Nadu’s Christian organisations, such as Christ For India and Infant Jesus Mission Trust, and government-aided National Productivity Council.
Tamil Nadu has the highest number of
NGOs, followed by Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Bihar’s Veer Savarkar Samajik Evam Shaikshnik Sansthan and Madhya Pradesh’s Jai Prakash Narayan Yuva Mandal also lost their FCRA licenses.
“FCRA licences were revoked for
failing to file annual returns despite repeated notices and mandatory legal
requirements,” a home ministry official told ET.
According to the home ministry, over 40,000 NGOs were registered under FCRA till 2011 but the numbers have approximately halved after government tightened norms in 2014. Prominent international organisations, such as Greenpeace and Ford Foundation, came under the ministry scanner for violating the provisions of FCRA, with Greenpeace ending up losing its FCRA account.
Gujarat-based activist Teesta Setalvad, who was also slapped with a CBI probe for receiving foreign contribution from Ford Foundation, saw her Sabrang Trust’s licence cancelled, as was senior lawyer and former ASG Indira Jaising’s Lawyers Collective. Compassion International and Advantage India also lost their FCRA licences. Last year, the Enforcement Directorate raided Amnesty India International.
The home ministry recently
introduced a second amendment into the 2011 Foreign Contribution (Regulation)
Rules (FCRR), making it mandatory for al l office-bearers of an NGO or
organisation to file an affidavit declaring that they have not been involved in
rel igious conversion or prosecution in communal riot cases, among others. The
home ministry integrated 59 nationalised banks for NGOs to open bank accounts
using public financial management system.
In its latest cancellation order, MHA has suspended licenses of Kadva Patidar Kuldevi Shree Umiya Mataji Sansthan, Anjuman Education Trust, Shree Krishna Gau Trust, Young Men’s Christian Association, among others, in Gujarat. In Delhi, Centre for Public Affairs, Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Treatment & Research Foundation and others lost their licences.