FCRA licences of 20,000 NGOs cancelled

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Dec 2016 07:33:20


NEW DELHI,

Dec 27,

(PTI),

FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act) licences of around 20,000 of 33,000 NGOs have been cancelled by the Government after they were found to be allegedly violating various provisions of the FCRA, thus barring them from receiving foreign funds.

This was conveyed to Home Minister Rajnath Singh during a review of the Foreigners Division of the Home Ministry here on Tuesday. Giving a detailed presentation, Home Ministry officials said after cancellation of FCRA licences of around 20,000 NGOs, only 13,000 NGOs in the country are legally valid now to receive foreign funds.

“The exercise of reviewing the working of the NGOs was started about a year ago and the process is still continuing. The cancellation of the FCRA licences of the NGOs done over a period of one year,” a Home Ministry spokesperson said.

Among the 13,000 valid NGOs, around 3,000 have submitted applications for renewal while Home Ministry received 2,000 new applications for registration under the FCRA for the first time.