In another round of action against erring NGOs, 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).
In January, Greenpeace India activist Priya Pillai was offloaded from a London-bound flight by immigration officers in New Delhi airport. She was to have addressed British parliamentarians there.
The Delhi High Court later overturned the action by the Home Ministry and Pillai’s “offload” passport stamp was expunged in May.
The Centre had in April blocked Greenpeace India’s bank accounts, following which the environmental group had to seek interim relief from the Delhi High Court.
In April, government ordered that funds coming from the US-based Ford Foundation should not be released by any bank to any Indian NGO without mandatory permission from the Home Ministry.
A crisis response campaigner with Greenpeace International, Aaron Gray-Block, was denied entry into India on Saturday as his name figured in a Home Ministry “black list”.
The fresh round of cancellation process of the 4,470 NGOs started on May 6 and the highest number of such voluntary organisations — as many as 971 — were de-registered on Tuesday.
Five NGOs were de-registered on May 5, 9 NGOs on May 7, 318 NGOs on May 8, 248 NGOs on May 11, 428 NGOs on May 12, 139 NGOs on May 13, 38 NGOs on May 14, 189 NGOs on May 27, 68 NGOs on May 29, 528 NGOs on Jun 1, 330 NGOs on June 2, 407 NGOs on June 3, 792 NGOs on June 4 and 971 NGOs on June 9.