New Delhi: In another round of action against erring NGOs (non-governmental organisations), the government has cancelled the licence of 4,470 such entities that surprisingly included a number of top universities, Supreme Court Bar Association and Escorts Heart Institute, which bars them from receiving foreign funds.

The decision to cancel the registration of these entities under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act has been taken by the union home ministry after examination of their activities that allegedly include non-filing of annual returns and other anomalies.

All associations were given proper notice by the foreigners division of the home ministry with adequate time to reply before their FCRA licences were cancelled, official sources said.

Other prominent organisations whose FCRA licences were cancelled include Panjab University, Chandigarh, Gujarat National Law University, Gargi College (Delhi), Lady Irwin College Delhi, Vikram Sarabhai Foundation and Kabir floated by Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia.

In the last round of crackdown, licences of nearly 9,000 NGOs were cancelled in April last for alleged violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).

The fresh round of cancellation process of the 4,470 NGOs started on 6 May and the highest number of such voluntary organisations — as many as 971 — were de-registered today.

Five NGOs were de-registered on 5 May, 9 NGOs on 7 May, 318 NGOs on 8 May, 248 NGOs on 11 May, 428 NGOs on 12 May, 139 NGOs on 13 May, 38 NGOs on 14 May, 189 NGOs on 27 May, 68 NGOs on 29 May, 528 NGOs on 1 June, 330 NGOs on 2 June, 407 NGOs on 3 June, 792 NGOs on 4 June and 971 NGOs on 9 June.

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