Nagpur-based ATSAS runs National Cancer Institute (NCI), the place former BJP Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Sancheti is among the many governing board members. The FCRA licence of ATSAS was revoked by the house ministry in 2019 for failure to file annual studies. An FCRA licence is obligatory for NGOs that need to obtain overseas funds. In 2020, the ministry had granted licences to 165 organisations, and in 2019 to 683 NGOs.
According to the FCRA, overseas funds will be obtained for cultural, financial, academic, spiritual or social programmes after looking for the federal government’s permission or FCRA registration. Gurgaon-based GFSI, which works on digital finance among the many poor, was given approval for the FCRA licence beneath the ‘financial and social’ class, officers stated. Financial inclusion, which suggests offering monetary providers to all, is without doubt one of the focus areas of the Narendra Modi authorities.
In the primary two month of 2021, 4 NGOs had been awarded FCRA licences beneath the ‘spiritual and academic’ classes. Among them, there have been two that had been run by Christians and one every by Hindus and Sikhs, in keeping with the ministry. It contains the well-known Hindu temple at Dakor in Gujarat, and the Shree Ranchhodrayji Maharaj Mandir Trust.
The two Christian NGOs – Bethel Sennitt Educational and Charitable Society and Avathar Charitable Trust – are primarily based in Hyderabad. To discourage NGOs from participating in spiritual conversions, the house ministry has made it compulsory for functionaries and members of NGOs to file an affidavit declaring whether or not they have been concerned in any act of non secular conversion or been prosecuted for communal disharmony.
“Several of those NGOs utilized for a licence final yr, however the course of was delayed as a result of Covid-19 pandemic. In just a few instances, the FCRA licences have been renewed after acquiring paperwork and discipline verification,” stated a senior official.
From 2011 to 2019, the ministry had cancelled the certificates of registration of greater than 19,000 NGOs, together with these of Greenpeace, Amnesty International, Teesta Setalvad’s NGO, Citizen for Justice and Peace (CJP), Compassion International, Lawyers Collective, citing lack of statutory compliances such as submission of annual returns and upkeep of correct accounts.
As per the ministry, the annual influx of overseas contribution was over Rs 58,000 crore between 2016-17 and 2018-19. Through the 2020 modification of FCRA, the federal government empowered itself to have the ability to direct the violator to not use the funds by holding a “abstract inquiry”. Earlier, it was carried out solely after the particular person or affiliation had been “discovered responsible” of violation of the Act.