March 21, 2023

IIT-D, Jamia, NMML among 6000 whose FCRA licence expires | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The registration of 5,968 NGOs and associations under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010, is deemed to have ceased or expired on Saturday, as the FCRA licence renewal application of 179 NGOs was reje-cted by the home ministry and the remaining 5,789 did not apply during the window of September 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021.
This has rendered the affected NGOs ineligible for receiving any foreign funding or utilising their receipts from foreign sources.


Among the associations whose FCRA registration is deemed to have expired as on January 1, 2022 are IIT Delhi, Jamia Milia Islamia, Indian Medical Association, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, India Habitat Centre, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, India Islamic Cultural Centre, Indian Institute of Public Administration, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, National Foundation for Communal Harmony, Delhi College of Engineering, Gere Foundation India Trust founded by Hollywood actor Richard Gere and Oxfam India. But institutions like IIT D, NMML, Jamia, IGNCA, IIPA and DCE possibly did not apply for renewal of FCRA licence as the government had in early 2020 ordered the exemption of all organisations set up by or under a central or state Act or by an administrative or executive order of such governments, wholly owned by respective governments and required to have accounts audited by CAG, from the operation of FCRA.
While Oxfam India had reported around Rs 50 crore foreign receipts in 2020-21, other organisations like Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams and India Islamic Cultural Centre showed zero foreign receipts in the same year.
With the FCRA nod for nearly 5,968 NGOs deemed to have ceased or expired, the total number of active NGOs eligible to receive forei-gn funds as on January 1, 2022, has come down to 16,829 from around 22,800 on December 31, 2021. As on January 1, the cumulative figure of NGOs whose licence is deemed to have ceased or expired has gone up to 12,580. MHA sources said that of the total 18,778 NGOs whose FCRA registration was expiring between September 29, 2020 and December 31, 2021, 12,989 applied for renewal and 5,789 did not apply.
The 179 NGOs whose FCRA renewal plea was rejected for not meeting requirements of the amended Act and rules, include Missionaries of Charity, associated with late Nobel Laureate Mother Teresa. The FCRA nod to around 20,675 NGOs has been cancelled as on date. As per the amended FCRA and Foreign Contribution Regulation Rules, 2011, all NGOs and associations need to apply for renewal of their licence, valid for five years, before its expiry.

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