Govt cancels FCRA licences of over 11,000 NGOs as they fail to seek renewal

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NEW DELHI: The Union home ministry cancelled the licence of 11,319 NGOs on Thursday under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), 2010, after they failed to apply for its renewal within the deadline of June 30, 2016. The validity of FCRA registration of these NGOs had been extended until October 31, 2016 (the earlier deadline being September 30) vide a home ministry order dated March 29, 2016.

However, they were required to submit applications for renewal of the registration latest by June 30, 2016. On Thursday, the home ministry put out a list of all NGOs that failed to honour the deadline, stating that their licence was deemed cancelled from November 1, 2016. This means that they will no longer be able to receive contributions from foreign donors.

In another order on Wednesday, the home ministry said it had closed the application for FCRA licence renewal in 1,736 cases due to “non-submission of documents or deficient documents or other statutory shortcoming within the stipulated time”.

The 1,736 NGOs, which include some branches of the Ramakrishna Mission, Mata Amritanandamayi Math as well as the Krishnamurthi Foundation of India, were among those who had applied online for renewal of their registrations before June 30, 2016.

The home ministry has now asked the 1,736 NGOs to submit their representations in support of deficiency in the application, through designated email usfcramha@ gov.in by November 8, 2016, failing which no representation will be accepted.

The ministry had cancelled the registration of around 10,000 NGOs in 2015 as they had not filed FCRA returns for three years in a row. According to figures put out by the home ministry in reply to questions in Parliament, there were 59 cancellations in 2014 and just four in 2013. As many as 4,138 NGOs lost their foreign funding licence in 2012.

News Source: TOI

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