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US seeks clarification from India on Ford Foundation case

US seeks clarification from India on Ford Foundation case



The United States expressed concern over India’s crackdown on Ford Foundation and Greenpeace, and said it is seeking “clarification” on the action.

“We are aware that the (Indian) Ministry of Home Affairs suspended the registration of Greenpeace India and has placed the Ford Foundation on a prior permission watch list,” the State Department Deputy Acting Spokesperson, Marie Harf, told reporters at her daily news conference.

“We remain concerned about the difficulties caused to civil society organisations by the manner in which the Foreign Contributions Regulations Act has been applied,” she said in response to a question.

“We are concerned that this recent ruling limits the necessary and critical debate within Indian society and we are seeking a clarification on this issue with the appropriate Indian authorities,” Harf said.




In a crackdown on foreign fundings to NGOs, the Union Home Ministry has put the Ford Foundation of the US on its “watch list” and ordered that all funds coming from the international organisation have to be routed only with its nod due to “national security concerns”.

The Home Ministry said it has decided to keep a watch on all activities funded by Ford Foundation and by exercising the powers conferred under Section 46 of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act 2010, directed Reserve Bank of India to ensure that funds coming from it be brought to the notice of the Home Ministry.

The Ministry said it wanted to ensure that funds coming from Ford Foundation is utilised for “bonafide welfare activities without compromising on concerns of national interest and security”.

The move came after Gujarat government asked the Home Ministry to take action against Ford Foundation as it alleged that the US-based organisation was “interfering in the internal affairs” of the country and also “abetting communal disharmony” through an NGO run by social activist Teesta Setalvad.

Early this month, the Home Ministry had frozen seven bank accounts of Greenpeace India and barred it from receiving foreign funds for allegedly violating FCRA and “prejudicially” affecting the country’s public and economic interests.

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3 Responses to "US seeks clarification from India on Ford Foundation case"

  1. kumarmanglam  April 25, 2015 at 10:08 am

    The Foreign funding should be given to Govt and they should spend the money on welfare activities with 10% adminstrative and rest to the beneficiary, jointly they should complete the project

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  2. ramlal  April 25, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Everybody knows, Ford Foundation and other NGO.s has been playing greater part in politics of India and for defaming Hinduism, twisting history & culture of India also involved in conversions of Hindus with bribes.
    Their target is Hindus and Hinduism to be abolished, suppose to just help needy, but playing and interfering in power of politics of the third kind, they don’t want any Hindu based political parties to rule the country, and that was the whole reason behind Teesta Setalvad to overthrow Modi from Gujarat by accusing him of riots, which was caused by Muslims themselves, she was supported by Corrupt Congress Party and Indian Media ( presstitutes ) who were showered with foreign money……And Indian Presstitutes are still support the loosers.
    I believe no news is good news from Indian Presstitues as they have nothing to report except defaming India.

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  3. MP Udayanarayana  April 26, 2015 at 2:56 am

    Now or Never- Opportunity comes only once a Life Time
    Lot other Bogus Such Units are operating- thru Media ( For Eg )
    Time to Clean System or History will not Excuse
    Act Fast-with visible Fast Actions
    Bye

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