NEW DELHI: The NGOs operating in the country had received a staggering Rs 11,070 crore during 2013-14, with the US topping the list of donors by providing over Rs 4,491 crore, followed by the UK which contributed Rs 1,347 crore, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
“As on February 18, 2015, 43,050 organisations had registered themselves under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act(FCRA),” Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju informed the Lok Sabha.
The MoS, further, stated that complaints were received from some government agencies and the public regarding the misuse of foreign contributions by the NGOs.
He said that 24 cases have so far been referred to the CBI and 10 cases to state police for further probe.
“During 2012, registrations of 4,138 associations under FCRA were cancelled for non-submission of annual returns of 2006-07 and 2008-09.”
The Centre also released details of donor states and also the list of beneficiary states, where the NGOs are registered.
In 2013-14, war-ravaged Yemen had contributed over Rs 5 crore to the coffers of various NGOs operating in India.
Huge sums were also contributed by donors from neighbouring Nepal and Bangladesh (Rs 6 crore and Rs 5.63 crore respectively) under the FCRA.
Interestingly, the NGOs received donations even from secretive countries like North Korea.
However, the government data doesn’t specify donors and receivers. It said Rs 32 lakh came from North Korea in 2013-14 while only over Rs 1 Lakh was received in 2012-13.
Malawi, a landlocked country in SouthEast Africa, which is counted among the world’s least developed countries, is mentioned as a donor with over Rs 27 lakh donation to various NGOs during 2013-14.
Swaziland, one of the smallest countries in Africa, donated over Rs 9.5 crore.
Donations from Pakistan during the same year was about Rs 50 lakh while Greece, which has been gripped by its worst economic crisis till date, donated Rs 61 lakh.
On the basis of returns filed, the MHA said over Rs 2,828 crore was received by the NGOs based in Delhi and Rs 1,751 crore by the NGOs in Tamil Nadu and they were followed by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra with Rs 1,337 crore , Rs 1,322 crore and Rs 1,292 crore respectively.
People from violence-hit countries like Afghanistan and Bosnia too donated to the Indian NGOs. Rs 1.23 crore came from Bosnia while Afghanistan’s contribution was Rs 1 crore.
■ In 2013-14, war-ravaged Yemen had contributed over Rs 5 crore to the coffers of NGOs in India
■ Nepal and Bangladesh Rs 6 crore and Rs 5.63 crore respectively under the FCRA
■ Rs 32 lakh came from North Korea and over Rs 27 lakh was donated by the least developed SouthEast African country Malawi
■ Rs 1.23 crore came from Bosnia while Afghanistan’s contribution was Rs 1 crore
■ Pakistan and Greece donated Rs 50 lakh and Rs 61 lakh respectively