Govt cancelled over 6600 FCRA License of various NGOs across country

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Govt cancelled over 6600 FCRA License of various NGOs across country

The government has cancelled over six thousand six hundred Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) licences of various NGOs across the country during 2017 to 2021.

Important facts

  • In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai informed this on 7 December.  

  • Maximum FCRA licences have been cancelled in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra with more than seven hundred.

  • Whereas, more than six hundred licences have been cancelled in Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. The list also includes the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust.

  • These NGOs were violating the various provisions of the FCRA Act.

  • NGOs whose FCRA registration has been cancelled under FCRA shall not be eligible for registration or grant of prior permission for a period of three years from the date of cancellation of registration.

What is FCRA? 

  • The Foreign Contribution Regulation Act 2010 regulates the receipts of foreign contribution foreign contribution received by certain Individuals, companies, Political Parties, association or NGO resident in India .

  • The government can ban receipt of foreign contributions if it feels that it harms the national interest.

  • It can also cancel the license of the Associations, NGO if they do not follow the procedure mentioned in the law.

  • The law is administered by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. 

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