FCRA licence renewals withheld for 11,000 NGOs1 min read . Updated: 04 Nov 2016, 09:08 PM IST
FCRA licences to these 11,000 NGOs for receiving foreign funding stand invalidated as they did not submit their renewal applications on time
New Delhi: The home ministry on Thursday issued a fresh list of more than 11,000 not-for-profit organizations whose licences to receive foreign funding stand invalidated as they did not submit their renewal applications on time.
Just a day earlier, the ministry had issued a list of more than 1,700 organizations that have been given a second chance to get their licences renewed under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act.
Published on the ministry’s FCRA division website, the new list spans over 200 pages and includes the whole gambit of not-for-profit entities from hospitals and schools to religious trusts and societies.
The list includes Mount Carmel Christian Education Trust, Arya Samaj Arun Vihar in Noida, Ex-Servicemen’s Welfare Association, Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute, Central Institute Of Higher Tibetan Studies among others.
No home ministry official was available for comment via phone or email.
However, a senior ministry official said on condition of anonymity that these 11,319 organizations are likely to be ones that are defunct or no longer receiving funds from abroad because of which the licences have been invalidated. He said these organizations failed to submit applications for renewal and other documents before the deadline of 30 June.
The FCRA regulates the flow of money from outside the country into the not-for-profit sector and requires organizations to register with the ministry’s foreigners division, which issues licences to receive such money.
The Act, born during the Emergency years in the 1970s, was amended in 2010 to make it mandatory for groups receiving foreign money to renew their licence every five years.
The ministry website shows there are more than 40,000 such organizations registered with it, all of whom needed to apply to the ministry between April and June this year to renew their licences. The organizations were to receive the renewed licences by 31 October, as Mint reported earlier.