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Over 18,000 NGOs failed to file annual returns for five years, says government

The NGOs were given one month time to upload the missing annual returns but around 6,000 defaulting ones failed to oblige.

india Updated: Jul 26, 2017 16:58 IST
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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Minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju informed the Rajya Sabha that only around 8,000 NGOs complied with the directions of the government.(PTI File)

More than 18,000 non-government organisations (NGOs) did not file their annual income and expenditure statements for the five-year period between 2010-11 and 2014-15, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

“More than 18,000 NGOs, who did not file due annual returns from financial year 2010-11 to 2014-15, were given one month time to upload the missing annual returns pertaining to the above period,” minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju said in a written reply.

Rijiju said more than 8,000 NGOs complied with the directions of the government. Around 6,000 defaulting ones have been served showcause notices, he said.

The minister also said a number of NGOs, registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), 2010, with invalid bank accounts were asked to validate the same.

“Close to 25,000 NGOs are registered under FCRA, 2010, and as per record, over 20,000 NGOs have valid bank account numbers,” he said.

First Published: Jul 26, 2017 16:57 IST