Yogesh Rajput | April 9, 2015 | New Delhi
In the midst of news reports surfacing over suspension of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) license of NGO Greenpeace India by the Ministry of Home Affair, the NGO has issued a statement saying that till now it has not received any official confirmation on the reported developments.
According to reports, MHA has suspended the organisation’s FCRA license and issued a showcause notice to the NGO asking why its registration should not be cancelled. Greenpeace India so far has not received any official communication from MHA, but is currently seeking legal counsel on the information available on MHA’s website.
Samit Aich, executive director, Greenpeace India said, “This is a smear, pure and simple. All of this was put before the Delhi High Court when we brought a case against the Centre, and the court decided in our favour. This feels like a revealing moment, one that says much more about the MHA than it does about Greenpeace. We believe in the Indian legal system. A campaign is being waged against dissent, but we will not be cowed.”
On January 11, Priya Pillai, a campaigner with Greenpeace, was barred from travelling to the UK and giving a presentation to the ‘All Party Parliamentarian Group’ (APPG) on Indo-Britain relations and tribal affairs about alleged human rights violations of the tribal community by Essar Power (a company registered in the UK) in the Mahan coal block area of Singrauli district, Madhya Pradesh. Challenging the Centre’s actions, Pillai approached the Delhi high court. The government, in its defense, had accused the NGO of threatening national economic security and presenting India in a bad light in front of the world due to vested interests. Later on March 12, the high court set aside the government’s lookout circular that prevented Pillai from visiting the UK.
“We will continue to work towards clean air, clean water and inclusive development in India because we believe that every citizen is entitled to it. Our work is supported by people of this country and 70 percent of Greenpeace India’s funds come from Indian donors,” Aich added.
While the centre has encouraged drug stores that sell generics (as opposed to branded medicines) under the Jan Aushadhi scheme, states have obtained mixed results in the implementation. In Andhra Pradesh, for instance, there are few stores selling generics, but they are unique in that they are run by all-w
A top Reserve Bank of India official had waved the red flag, a year back, regarding the SWIFT messaging system. SWIFT was used in a fraud amounting to Rs 11,000 crore at a Punjab National Bank branch that benefited billionaire diamond jeweler Nirav Modi. Former RBI deputy gover
Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash’s claim that he was manhandled by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lawmakers in the presence of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has kicked up a storm. Here is what transpired on Monday night and the events that unfolded through Tuesday.
Is banks` messaging system SWIFT secure enough?
Diagnosing what ails India’s governance, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar used to name three units or offices that are so corrupted that they are beyond redemption: village patwaris, police station darogas and Railways ticket collectors. In his stint as executive head of Bihar, he seems to have incl
Could RTI have saved banks from scams?