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Centre restores FCRA licence of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity

The FCRA licence, mandatory for receiving and utilising foreign funds, was restored on Friday after the charity submitted “certain documents”, a person familiar with the development said on condition of anonymity.
Nuns and others pray beside the tomb of Saint Teresa, the founder of the Missionaries of Charity at its headquarter in Kolkata. (AP File Photo)
Nuns and others pray beside the tomb of Saint Teresa, the founder of the Missionaries of Charity at its headquarter in Kolkata. (AP File Photo)
Updated on Jan 09, 2022 12:02 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

News updates from HT: MHA removes over 6,000 organisations from FCRA list 

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The reason for such large number of organisations being taken off the list was either because the organisations either didn’t apply for renewal of the licence needed to receive foreign funds, or the Ministry of Home Affairs didn’t renew it(AFP File Photo)
The reason for such large number of organisations being taken off the list was either because the organisations either didn’t apply for renewal of the licence needed to receive foreign funds, or the Ministry of Home Affairs didn’t renew it(AFP File Photo)
Published on Jan 01, 2022 04:55 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

6,000 organisations including Oxfam India taken off FCRA list by MHA

FCRA: According to the home ministry dashboard, only 16,829 organisations are registered under FCRA in the country on January 1, Saturday, down from 22,832 organisations listed on Friday.
A government official said about 6,000 organisations were taken off the FCRA list because the organisations either didn’t apply for renewal of the licence needed to receive foreign funds, or the Ministry of Home Affairs didn’t renew it. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT File Photo)
A government official said about 6,000 organisations were taken off the FCRA list because the organisations either didn’t apply for renewal of the licence needed to receive foreign funds, or the Ministry of Home Affairs didn’t renew it. (Biplov Bhuyan/HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 01, 2022 06:34 PM IST
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ByNeeraj Chauhan

No foreign funding for over 6,000 NGOs whose license expired: MHA data

  • The FCRA license is a mandatory registration without which an NGO or any other organisation cannot receive funding from abroad.
(Representative photo/Shutterstock)
(Representative photo/Shutterstock)
Published on Jan 01, 2022 04:00 PM IST
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By | Written by Sharmita Kar | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, New Delhi

Centre extends validity of FCRA registration of NGOs till March 31

The relief, however, will not be extended to organisations such as Missionaries of Charity (MoS), as their applications for a renewal of FCRA have already been rejected, the home ministry said.
The Centre has extended the validity of FCRA registration of NGOs by three months till March 31. (ANI)
The Centre has extended the validity of FCRA registration of NGOs by three months till March 31. (ANI)
Published on Dec 31, 2021 10:18 PM IST
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Use relief from Odisha CM fund to help Missionaries of Charity: Patnaik

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday directed district collectors to ensure that no shelter or orphanage under Missionaries of Charity suffers and added that money from the CM’s relief fund can be used for aid, if needed.
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday directed district collectors to ensure that no shelter or orphanage under the Missionaries of Charity suffers .
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday directed district collectors to ensure that no shelter or orphanage under the Missionaries of Charity suffers .
Updated on Dec 31, 2021 04:51 AM IST
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ByDebabrata Mohanty, Bhubaneswar

Bengal-Centre row over Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity

The row began when Banerjee alleged that bank accounts of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity were frozen by the central government, a claim instantly denied by the Union ministry of home affairs, which regulates FCRA.
The Missionaries of Charity is a Catholic religious congregation established in 1950 by Mother Teresa. (HT file photo)
The Missionaries of Charity is a Catholic religious congregation established in 1950 by Mother Teresa. (HT file photo)
Updated on Dec 28, 2021 02:46 AM IST
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NGOs misusing foreign funds, support changes to FCRA: NCPCR

In an affidavit filed before the Court on November 6, the NCPCR highlighted the names of certain NGOs, including social activist Harsh Mander’s Centre for Equity Studies, where funds had allegedly been diverted or were received from suspicious sources.
These amendments are under challenge in a set of petitions filed before the Supreme Court on which orders were reserved on Tuesday. (HT File)
These amendments are under challenge in a set of petitions filed before the Supreme Court on which orders were reserved on Tuesday. (HT File)
Updated on Nov 10, 2021 07:19 AM IST
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ByAbraham Thomas, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Pandemic pressures threaten 4,000 small UK finance firms

About half of retail lenders have furloughed staff and more than a third took government-backed loans, FCRA said
A healthcare worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) gets out of the ambulance outside the Southend University Hospital, as the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) hospital admissions rise in the UK, in Southend-On-Sea, Britain.(Reuters)
A healthcare worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) gets out of the ambulance outside the Southend University Hospital, as the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) hospital admissions rise in the UK, in Southend-On-Sea, Britain.(Reuters)
Published on Jan 07, 2021 04:24 PM IST
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ByBloomberg| Posted by Mallika Soni

Bhartiya Kisan Union’s foreign funds under FCRA lens

“BKU is being targeted by the central authorities for evoking a massive response from Indians and NRIs. What wrong is there if our supporters working as truck drivers or pursing other labour works send donations from overseas,” said union president Joginder Singh Ugrahan.
On December 6, BKU had issued a public appeal demanding financial resources ‘to pursue agitation’.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
On December 6, BKU had issued a public appeal demanding financial resources ‘to pursue agitation’.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 21, 2020 05:39 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bathinda | ByVishal Joshi

NGOs intending to receive foreign funding to face Govt’s strict new rules

In a notification, home ministry also said office bearers of NGOs seeking registration under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act must submit a specific commitment letter from the donor indicating amount of foreign contribution.
The FCRA rules were issued about two months after the central government had amended the law under which providing Aadhaar numbers of the office bearers of the NGOs was made mandatory.(REUTERS File/For Representative Purposes Only)
The FCRA rules were issued about two months after the central government had amended the law under which providing Aadhaar numbers of the office bearers of the NGOs was made mandatory.(REUTERS File/For Representative Purposes Only)
Updated on Nov 11, 2020 11:52 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

I-T raids at Kerala church, foreign funding rules violation suspected

The Believers’ Church runs a medical college and many other educational institutions in Kerala and other states. It also owns Cheruvally estate in Pathanamthitta district which has been identified as the location for the proposed Sabarimala airport.
In 2017, the Union home ministry had barred three NGOs associated with the church from accepting funds but the latest raids show fund flow continued from foreign countries in other names. (Videograb)
In 2017, the Union home ministry had barred three NGOs associated with the church from accepting funds but the latest raids show fund flow continued from foreign countries in other names. (Videograb)
Updated on Nov 07, 2020 12:10 PM IST
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New FCRA rules: Small NGOs will be hit hard

On the issue of human rights, Amnesty’s standing is far higher than that of the Government of India
NGOs fill the gaps left by the inadequacies of the government, provide last-mile connectivity for the delivery of government schemes, promote handicrafts, research and innovate, encourage participation in development, teach awareness of the wider issues involved in target-based schemes such as beti bachao, beti padhao or the Swachh Bharat mission.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
NGOs fill the gaps left by the inadequacies of the government, provide last-mile connectivity for the delivery of government schemes, promote handicrafts, research and innovate, encourage participation in development, teach awareness of the wider issues involved in target-based schemes such as beti bachao, beti padhao or the Swachh Bharat mission.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Oct 10, 2020 05:26 PM IST
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ByMark Tully

‘Glossy statements’: Home Ministry’s sharp comeback to Amnesty on ‘witch-hunt’ barb

The home ministry said Amnesty UK had sent funds to India as foreign direct investment since it wasn’t allowed to receive foreign funds
Security personnel stand guard during a meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the coronavirus situation in Delhi, at Ministry of Home Affairs, in New Delhi, India, on Sunday, June 21, 2020.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)
Security personnel stand guard during a meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the coronavirus situation in Delhi, at Ministry of Home Affairs, in New Delhi, India, on Sunday, June 21, 2020.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 30, 2020 01:34 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan

What the FCRA amendments mean

The Bill amends the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act 2010 (FCRA 2010) to make several new provisions. The FCRA 2010 has already been amended twice.
Minister of state for home Nityanand Rai, during a discussion in the Lower House, argued that the law needed to be updated further to “prevent the misuse of foreign funds” by those who receive it.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
Minister of state for home Nityanand Rai, during a discussion in the Lower House, argued that the law needed to be updated further to “prevent the misuse of foreign funds” by those who receive it.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 22, 2020 11:48 PM IST
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Govt seeks to make FCRA laws more stringent

The legislation seeks to prohibits transfer of foreign funds to a third party and designates State Bank of India, New Delhi, as the only bank where such funds can be received.
Union minister of state for home (MoS) Nityanand Rai introduced the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020 in the Lok Sabha, where it is likely to be taken up in the coming week.(PTI)
Union minister of state for home (MoS) Nityanand Rai introduced the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020 in the Lok Sabha, where it is likely to be taken up in the coming week.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 20, 2020 11:35 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan

Govt proposes to amend FCRA, make Aadhar mandatory for NGOs to receive foreign funds

The bill to amend the FCRA has been introduced in the Lok Sabha. It seeks to limit the use of foreign funds for administrative purposes from the current limit of 50 per cent to 20 per cent.
The government has introduced the bill seeking to amend the FDCRA in the Lok Sabha.(File photo/PTI)
The government has introduced the bill seeking to amend the FDCRA in the Lok Sabha.(File photo/PTI)
Updated on Sep 20, 2020 02:49 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi

FCRA registration to Golden temple pathbreaking move: Amit Shah

On Wednesday, the Home Ministry approved registration of Sri Harmandir Sahib under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010, allowing it to receive foreign funding.
The FCRA registration has been given in the name of the ‘Sachkhand Sri Harmandir Saheb Sri Darbar Saheb Punjab Association’, a body set up in 1925.(ANI)
The FCRA registration has been given in the name of the ‘Sachkhand Sri Harmandir Saheb Sri Darbar Saheb Punjab Association’, a body set up in 1925.(ANI)
Published on Sep 11, 2020 06:57 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

CBI files chargesheet against Deepak Talwar in FCRA violation case

NGO Advantage India had received Rs 90.72 crore under the corporate social responsibility (CSR) scheme for carrying out social activities but it was diverted for some other purposes, the probe agency has said.
An outside view of CBI headquarters at CGO Complex, in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
An outside view of CBI headquarters at CGO Complex, in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 09, 2020 10:59 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

ED issues notice to Amnesty over ‘FEMA’ violation

The officer added that Amnesty India received 51.72 crore for rendering civil society activities in India by getting remittances from parent body Amnesty International UK in the garb of export of services.
The ED had raided the office of Amnesty in Bengaluru last year for alleged violation of FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act).(Photo: AP)
The ED had raided the office of Amnesty in Bengaluru last year for alleged violation of FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act).(Photo: AP)
Published on Sep 06, 2019 01:53 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

NGOs changing officials will need government approval

Enforcement agencies such as the Central Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate are probing individuals and a few NGOs that allegedly received slush funds from companies in a similar manner.
Union Home Ministry, North Block. Image used for representational purpose only.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)
Union Home Ministry, North Block. Image used for representational purpose only.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 08, 2019 01:49 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Kolkata | ByHT Correspondent

Infosys Foundation, Skoda Auto served show cause notice for ‘failing’ to file FCRA returns

The ministry warned that if the entities and organisations fail to submit the returns for the said period by December 1, 2018, “appropriate action” will be taken under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act.
A man crosses a road next to defence ministry and home ministry buildings in New Delhi.(REUTERS)
A man crosses a road next to defence ministry and home ministry buildings in New Delhi.(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 19, 2018 09:43 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

SC admits plea challenging foreign funding to parties, issues notice

The now-scrapped FCRA clause originally disallowed parties from accepting foreign donations.
The now-scrapped FCRA clause originally defined a “foreign source” as a company that has “more than one-half of the nominal value of its share capital held” by “corporations incorporated in a foreign country or territory.”(Bloomberg/Representative image)
The now-scrapped FCRA clause originally defined a “foreign source” as a company that has “more than one-half of the nominal value of its share capital held” by “corporations incorporated in a foreign country or territory.”(Bloomberg/Representative image)
Updated on Jul 03, 2018 11:34 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Home ministry launches an online tool to monitor foreign contributions

the dashboard of the tool will be integrated with the bank accounts of FCRA-registered entities through the Public Financial Management System for updation of transactional data on a real-time basis.
A file photo of Union home minister Rajnath Singh.(HT File Photo)
A file photo of Union home minister Rajnath Singh.(HT File Photo)
Published on Jun 01, 2018 10:36 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent
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