25 ‘anti-national’ NGOs, including Oxfam, no longer allowed foreign funds
NEW DELHI: Thousands of dubious NGOs that collected millions from unknown foreign sources and indulged in “activities not conducive to national interest” are being probed. The Union home ministry has refused to renew the registration of 25 NGOs under the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA), 2010.
This action comes after the cancellation of the FCRA licences of 11,319 NGOs for failing to apply for renewal within the deadline. The FCRA licence renewal of another 1,736 NGOs was withheld “for non-submission of documents or deficient documents or other statutory shortcoming within the stipulated time”.
As a result, the total number of NGOs that can receive foreign funding has now shrunk to around 20,000, down from 33,158, in the country.
As for 16,491 NGOs who applied for renewal of their FCRA registration within the deadline, the government found applications of 14,730 in order and approved renewal Of the remaining 1,761 NGOs, the documentation and papers submitted by 1,736 — of which Mata Amrithanandmayi Math and Rama Krishna Sevashram — was found as inadequate.
A final call on approving the renewal of the FCRA registration of the 1,736 NGOs will be taken after they explain deficiencies in their applications by November 8.
While home ministry officials were tight-lipped on the identity of the 25 NGOs struck off the foreign funding list, the names of over 11,000 NGOs whose FCRA registrations are deemed cancelled — for not applying for renewal — includes several big names like Oxfam India Trust, Adani Foundation, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA), Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Trust and The Loyola College Society, Chennai.
“NGOs that are not serving larger national interest or indulging in subversive activities should not be allowed foreign funding,” said a senior home ministry officer. The officer said the 11,319 NGOs which did not bother to apply for renewal “were history as far as FCRA was concerned,” he stated.