The Home Ministry on Thursday continued with its flip-flop over grant of permits to NGOs for accepting foreign funding, reversing permission given to seven more NGOs, even as a group of activists and organisations demanded the abolition of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).
Among the NGOs that lost the FCRA permits given online earlier, was ANHAD (Act Now For Harmony and Democracy) run by social activist Shabnam Hashmi.
The latest decisions come a day after the Union Home Ministry cancelled similar renewal of FCRA licences granted to Greenpeace India, and two NGOs run by activist Teesta Setalvad. The Ministry has now claimed that these NGOs were inadvertently granted online renewal by mistake. The Ministry had also ordered the review of the renewals given to over 13,000 NGOs for accepting foreign funds.
The decision has been subsequent to the Home Ministry holding an inquiry into the functioning of the NGOs whose FCRA licenses were renewed recently. A number of allegations have been put against these NGOs by the secret intelligence services, included but not limited to “allegedly working against public interest by using foreign funds, painting the government as “anti- Dalit” abroad” and much more.
Sources have further added that “FCRA licenses of these seven NGOs were claimed to have been renewed “inadvertently” despite alleged unfavourable intelligence reports. When it was detected during the emergency audit, their registration were cancelled with immediate effect.”
The Home Ministry has further ordered a review of recent renewal of FCRA registration of 13,000 NGOs to look into the alleged violation of existing rules.
Recently, while license of Greenpeace India and Sabrang Trust were cancelled by the government in the past, Citizens for Justice and Peace was put in prior permission category, thus preventing it from accepting foreign funds without government permission.
Similar fate was done 2 months ago when there was a lapse in “automatic renewal” of the license of Zakir Naik’s NGO, Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), leading to suspension of four officials including a Joint Secretary. IRF has now been declared as a terrorist outfit.
With the inputs from THE HINDU