FCRA Registration Of 1,807 NGOs Cancelled So Far In 2019 
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FCRA Registration Of 1,807 NGOs Cancelled So Far In 2019 

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Over 1,800 Non-Governmental Organisations and academic institutes found to be violating laws have been banned by the government from receiving foreign funds this year, officials said on Tuesday.

Among those whose registration under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act has been banned include University of Rajasthan, Allahabad Agricultural Institute, Young Men’s Christian Association, Gujarat and Swami Vivekananda Educational Society, Karnataka.

The FCRA registration of these organisations were cancelled mostly due to their failure to submit annual income and expenditure statement on foreign funding for up to six years despite repeated reminders, a Home Ministry official said.

As per FCRA guidelines, registered associations are required to submit electronically an online annual report with scanned copies of income and expenditure statement, receipts and payment account, balance sheet, etc., for every financial year within nine months of the closure of the financial year.

Associations which do not receive foreign contribution during a particular year are also required to furnish a 'NIL' return for that financial year within the aforesaid period, according to the guidelines.

Other associations whose FCRA registration has been cancelled include:

  • Institute of Pulmocare and Research, West Bengal
  • National Geophysical Research Institute, Telangana
  • National Institute of Virology, Maharashtra
  • Rabindra Nath Tagore Medical College Hospital and Research, West Bengal
  • Baptist Christian Association, Maharashtra

Infosys Foundation’s ‘Request’ Accepted

In addition to 1,807 associations, registration of one more organisation -- Bengaluru-based NGO Infosys Foundation -- was also cancelled this year following a "request" of the NGO itself, the official added.

Earlier, an official of the Infosys Foundation had said its de-registration from the FCRA followed a request it proactively made to the Ministry of Home Affairs.

This (request) was done as the Infosys Foundation does not come under the purview of the FCRA following the amendment made to the act in 2016, the official had said.

14,800 NGOs Lose Registration

Ever since the Narendra Modi government came to power in 2014, the Ministry of Home Affairs has cancelled the FCRA registration of over 14,800 NGOs, thus banning them from receiving foreign funding.

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