The Government of India showed no pity on NGOs by cancelling their licences. According to sources, The Government has cancelled licences of nearly 9,000 NGOs for violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA). NGOs who failed to file their annual returns for three years nor given any explanation for the delay, stood cancelled with immediate effect.
As per media reports, in an order, the Home Ministry said that notices were issued to 10,343 NGOs for not filing annual returns for the year 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12. The Ministry has also directed the district magistrate concerned to manage the assets of these NGOs in any manner considered necessary and in public interest.
On October 16, 2014, the Ministry had issued notices to 10,343 NGOs, stating that they should file their annual returns within a month, specifying amount of foreign funds received, sources of such funds, the purpose for which these were received and the manner in which such foreign contribution was utilized, according to a Home Ministry notification. However, only 229 NGOs reverted to the Home Ministry and their replies are being examined on case to case basis. There was no reply from the remaining NGOs leading to cancellation of their registration issued under FCRA. Among the registration cancelled 8,975 NGOs include 510 NGOs against whom notices were sent but returned undelivered.
According to media reports, Government earlier had suspended the FCRA licence issued to Greenpeace India and frozen their seven bank accounts for various alleged violation of laws. The government last week ordered that funds coming from the US-based Ford Foundation should not be released by any bank to any Indian NGOs without mandatory permission from the Home Ministry. The Foreign Contribution Regulation Act requires every registered NGO to submit its returns annually, irrespective of whether it received foreign funding in that year.