Friday, 4 September 2015

MHA Cancels Greenpeace India’s FCRA Registration

Invoking Section 13 of the Foreign Contribution Regulations Act (FCRA) 2010 the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has now cancelled the registration of Greenpeace India. MHA appears to have told the Delhi High Court that it cancelled the FCRA registration of Greenpeace India as it was continuing to use its FCRA accounts despite suspension of the same.

MHA, in an affidavit filed in court, has claimed that Greenpeace violated FCRA by mixing its foreign and domestic contributions. The affidavit has been filed in a plea moved by the NGO challenging suspension of its FCRA registration and freezing of its foreign and domestic contribution accounts.

On May 27, 2015 the court allowed Greenpeace to use two of its accounts for the purpose of receiving and utilizing fresh domestic donations for its day-to-day functioning. Earlier, the Ministry had on April 9, 2015 suspended the NGO's registration under FCRA for 180 days. Greenpeace India termed the government action as an attempt to "silence campaigns" and said it will not be deterred. 

The cancellation of FCRA license came months after the Home Ministry suspended operations of Greenpeace and blocked foreign funding alleging that the NGO had been involved in activities contrary to country's economic progress like organizing protests against coal mining, anti-government propaganda in India and abroad.

Since last one year, FCRA registration of several thousand NGOs has been cancelled by the government for violating various provisions of FCRA.

In April, government ordered that funds coming from the US-based Ford Foundation should not be released by any bank to any Indian NGO without mandatory permission from the Home Ministry.

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