Home ministry gets reports on violations of FCRA and action is initiated only after due scrutiny
GN Bureau | July 22, 2015
Want to make donations to a charity organisation? Check before writing a cheque as the government has cancelled the registration of over 10,000 NGOs (non government organisations) for violating foreign funding norms.
The home ministry took actions against various NGOs, including Greenpeace India, two NGOs run by social activist Teesta Setalvad, cancelled the registration of more than 10,000 NGOs and put Ford Foundation under "watch list" for allegedly violating provisions of FCRA (foreign contributions regulation act).
The ministry receives inputs from various security agencies, including Intelligence Bureau, from time to time, about the violations of FCRA and action is initiated only after due scrutiny as prescribed in the act.
"FCRA and FCRR came into force with effect from 2011. Since then, notices were issued to around 21,000 associations in 2011 and to 10,343 associations in 2014 for not filing annual returns continuously for three years," the home ministry has said.
After inspections and scrutiny of accounts, 15 cases were referred to CBI and 10 to states for further investigation and prosecution. Accounts of 23 associations have been frozen and 20 associations have been prohibited from receiving foreign contribution.
In 2014, penalty amounting to Rs 5,20,82,031 was imposed on 341 associations for late/ non-submission of mandatory annual returns and of Rs 51,99,526 on 24 associations for receipt and utilisation of foreign contribution without obtaining registration or prior permission under the FCRA.
"Expeditious action is taken as and when adverse inputs of violations of provisions of the act are received against any association," the ministry said. The ministry in its statement said actions are taken only after giving them (NGOs) adequate opportunity and following due process of law. "Hence, the question of muzzling NGOs/Civil Societies by government does not arise."
Even as Mumbai fights challenges posed by COVID-19 on multiple fronts and as the coronavirus cases continue to rise daily, the city now faces a double whammy with the cyclone ‘Nisarga’ slated to make the landfall in Maharashtra Wednesday. A state-wide alert has been issued for Mumba
Probing data concerning increased job creation and the decline in unemployment has been holding the attention of economists and been subject of discussions in several think tanks in the preceding months. The NITI Aayog reports that 3.53 million new jobs were created between September 2017 and February 2018
With Lockdown 4 ending Sunday, the home ministry has issued new guidelines to fight COVID-19 and for phased re-opening of areas outside the Containment Zones. The guidelines, issued based on extensive consultations held with states and UTs, will be effective from June 1 till June 30. The first phase of reo
When the whole world is fighting COVID-19, food and nutrition security has become a major issue. The pandemic has aggravated the existing food crisis in India, especially in rural and tribal regions. There has been less availability of fresh foods in most parts of the country, and the tribal community has
India is determined to “set an example” for the rest of the word in the post-pandemic economic revival, prime minister Narendra Modi has said, underling the need to become self-reliant. “There is also a widespread debate on how the economies of various countries, including
Close to 48 lakh migrant labourers have been able to reach home from the cities they were working in, as the Indian Railways have run a total of 3,543 “Sharmik Special” trains from May 1. Following the home ministry order regarding the movement by special trains of migrant worker