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Centre refuses renewal of FCRA licence to 25 NGOs dubbed to be anti-national

Centre has, meanwhile, granted renewal of FCRA licence to 14,730 out of 16,491 voluntary organisations.

Published: 04th November 2016 10:58 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th November 2016 10:59 PM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: In its bid to protect national security, the Union Home Ministry has denied renewal of FCRA registration to 25 NGOs after probes by multiple agencies revealed they were involved in inimical activities.
 
The Centre has, meanwhile, granted renewal of FCRA licence to 14,730 out of 16,491 voluntary organisations that had applied for the grant of the licence following a directed from the Government.
           
A senior Union Home Ministry official confirmed the move relating to denial of continuation FCRA licence but refused to divulge the names of the outfits that faced the stringent action.
 
The official said continuation of the 25 NGOs' operations was "contrary" to the provisions of the Foreign Contribution Regulations Act (FCRA) and inimical to national interests.
           
 
The Union Home Ministry put out a list of 11,265 NGOs whose FCRA registration was cancelled as did not apply for renewal of registration under the FCRA by the June 30 deadline.
           
"Their validity of registration is deemed expired from 1November 2016," it said.
           
Among the NGOs whose licences have been cancelled include charity organisations, missionaries, orphanages and schools among others.
           
The Union Home Ministry also closed the application for FCRA licence renewal in 1,736 cases due to "non-submission of documents or deficient documents or other statutory shortcoming within the stipulated time".
           
These NGOs include some branches of the Ramakrishna Mission, Mata Amritanandamayi Math and Krishnamurthi Foundation of India among others. They had applied online for renewal of their registrations before June 30, 2016. 
           
The Union Home Ministry has now directed these 1,736 NGOs to submit their representations in support of deficiency in the application by November 8, failing which their registration will be cancelled.
           
In 2015, the Ministry had cancelled FCRA registration of 10,000 NGOs for failing to file their annual returns for three consecutive years in a row.

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