Over 12,000 NGOs, Together with Oxfam And Jamia, Lose Overseas Funding Licence

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FCRA licenses are required for NGOs to be allowed to obtain international funding (Representational)

New Delhi:

The FCRA licences of over 6,000 NGOs – required to have the ability to obtain charitable contributions from overseas – expired in a single day, the Residence Ministry stated Saturday morning, days after it refused to resume the licence for Mom Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.

Residence Ministry sources stated many of the 6,000+ NGOs had not utilized for renewal of the license.

Ministry officers instructed NDTV reminders had been despatched to all NGOs to use for renewal earlier than Friday, December 31, however many had not achieved so. “How can permission be given…” an official requested.

Total, greater than 12,000 NGOs – together with the Oxfam India Belief, Jamia Milia Islamia, the Indian Medical Affiliation and the Leprosy Mission – have misplaced their FCRA licenses as of at this time.

Other than these talked about, the staggeringly lengthy listing of NGOs consists of the Tuberculosis Affiliation Of India, the Indira Gandhi Nationwide Centre For Arts, and the India Islamic Cultural Centre.

Oxfam India and the Oxfam India Belief are within the listing of NGOs whose FCRA certificates have expired and never in these whose certificates have been cancelled as a result of that they had both not utilized for renewal, or their renewal requests have been rejected.

There at the moment are solely 16,829 NGOs in India which nonetheless have a FCRA licence, which was yesterday renewed until March 31, 2022, or until the time renewal purposes (for NGOs who’ve utilized).

22,762 NGOs are registered underneath the Overseas Contributions Regulation Act, in response to information company PTI, they usually should stay registered (have a license) as a way to obtain international funding.

All of this comes after the Residence Ministry cited “hostile inputs” to not renew the FCRA licence of the Missionaries of Charity, leaving the group – which function orphanages and shelters for the poor, sick, and destitute throughout India – with out entry to international funds in over 250 accounts.

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Mom Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity misplaced its FCRA license earlier this week (File)

This was weeks after a police grievance was registered in Gujarat in opposition to the Director of a kids’s dwelling run by the Missionaries of Charity for allegedly trying to transform younger women.

The Residence Ministry additionally stated it had not acquired a request to evaluate its resolution.

Mom Teresa’s charity confirmed their renewal had been rejected, and that “we now have requested our centres to not function any of the FC (international contributions) accounts till the matter is resolved”.

Controversy erupted after it emerged that accounts belonging to the Kolkata-headquartered charitable group, together with these with the State Financial institution of India, had been frozen.

Opposition leaders, together with Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, ripped into the federal government, notably for ‘freezing’ the accounts on Christmas Day.

Father Dominic Gomes, the Vicar Normal of the Archdiocese of Calcutta, additionally hit out at what he stated was a “dastardly assault on the Christian group”.

Refusing FCRA clearance has been listed by critics of the federal government as its method of suppressing organisations whose work or officers should not thought-about supportive sufficient of the centre.

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