NEW DELHI: In another round of action, the MHA has cancelled Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA)licences of 4,470 entities that included NGOs, association and even universities. Among them were 519 NGOs from Kerala and 1,176 associations from Andhra Pradesh.
The decision was based on non-filing of mandatory returns and other anomalies. Licence cancellation would bar them from receiving foreign contributions.
Surprisingly, many prominent entities have faced MHA action. They include Jawaharlal Nehru University, Gargi College and Lady Irwin College in Delhi, Dr B R Ambedkar Centre for Biomedical Research, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Gujarat National Law University, Sardar Patel University in Gujarat, Indian Law Institute and Indian Council of Agricultural Research among others.
Supreme Court Bar Association, All India Tennis Association, Army Navy Airforce Wives Charitable Association of the Retired Officers & Jco, Vishwa Gujarati Samaj, German Language Society, Vikram Sarabhai Foundation, Gandhi Peace Foundation, Vedic Culture Centre and Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre came under action. Kabir, an NGO floated by Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, also lost its FCRA licence. MHA sources said the NGOs were served a showcause notice to explain reasons for non-filing of annual returns and other anomalies detected during an inspection.
In April, the Home Ministry had cancelled FCRA licences of 8,975 non-profit organisations.