Over 800 NGOs denied FCRA renewal, government tells Parliament

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Since the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government came to power in May 2014, around 20,000 NGOs have lost their licences to receive foreign funds under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010. Some of the prominent NGOs whose FCRA licences were cancelled by the Ministry of Home Affairs included Lawyers Collective (LC) run by senior advocate and former Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Indira Jaising, Greenpeace, Sabrang trust run by Teesta Setalvad and Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI).

On 1st August 2017, Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju stated in the Lok Sabha that more than 800 NGOs were denied renewal because of various violations of the provisions of the FCRA. He stated that more than 19,000 NGOs were granted renewal during 2016 and 2017.

He was replying to Unstarred Question No. 2593 raised by Shrimati Santosh Ahlawat in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing session.

In response to a specific question as to whether the Government of India is planning to monitor all the international donations received by NGOs, Mr Rijiju stated that the NGOs receiving foreign contributions are governed and monitored through the provisions of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 read with Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Rules, 2011.

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