March 24, 2023

If needed, give money from CM’s relief fund to MoC: Naveen Patnaik | India News – Times of India

BHUBANESWAR: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik on Thursday asked the district collectors to be in regular touch with the organisations run by Missionaries of Charity, the Kolkata-based philanthropic organisation founded by Mother Teresa.
Naveen also directed the district heads to ensure that no inmate of these organisations suffers, especially from food, security and health-related distress owing to paucity of funds. “Wherever needed, funds from the chief minister’s relief fund (CMRF) can be utilised for this purpose,” the CM said.
The state government’s move assumes significance in the wake of the Missionaries of Charity recently asking its centres not to operate any of the foreign contribution accounts as a measure to ensure that there is no lapse. The move followed the ministry of home affairs’ refusal to approve the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) renewal of the Missionaries of Charity, saying it did not meet the eligibility criteria.
The Kolkata-based organisation that had arrived in Odisha in 1974 runs 13 centres for the sick, abandoned, elderly, leprosy patients, mentally disabled and orphans. Nearly 1,000 marginalised and underprivileged inmates, including children, are part of these organisations. There are four to five other small centres in the state, officials said.
“We have immediately intervened and supplied ration and items of daily needs for the next 15 days. We will continue to offer all help they need until their accounts are restored,” Khurda district collector Sangram Mohapatra said. A senior representative of the Missionaries of Charity in Odisha appreciated the CM’s gesture.

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