March 22, 2023

moc: MHA restores FCRA registration of Missionaries of Charity after it submits more papers | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Union home ministry has restored the registration of Missionaries of Charity (MoC) under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010, after the NGO, associated with late Nobel laureate Mother Teresa, submitted a fresh set of papers a few days ago.
The restoration, which will allow MoC to receive fresh foreign contributions and utilise the ones lying in its FCRA account, comes barely days after the MHA rejected its application for renewal of FCRA licence due to “adverse inputs”.
“MoC’s FCRA registration was renewed after it came to MHA with some fresh papers,” a senior government official confirmed to TOI without elaborating on the contents of those papers.
On December 25, 2021, the home ministry had rejected the FCRA registration renewal plea of MoC for not meeting the eligibility conditions under FCRA 2010 and Foreign Contribution Regulation Rules 2011.
“While considering the MoC’s renewal application, some adverse inputs were noticed,” the home ministry had said in a statement on December 27, 2021.
A source had then told TOI that the “adverse inputs” related to “audit irregularities”. This possibly means that the fresh papers furnished by MoC to MHA a few days ago, were meant to clear the air on the alleged audit gaps.
In view of MoC’s FCRA licence being deemed ceased or expired upon rejection of its renewal plea on December 25, 2021, the MHA claimed in its December 27 statement, the MoC had asked the State Bank of India to freeze its bank accounts.
“State Bank of India has informed that MoC itself sent a request to SBI to freeze its accounts,” the home ministry had stated.
MHA had said that as on December 27, 2021, no request/revision application had been received from MoC for review of this refusal of renewal.
The foreign receipts of Missionaries of Charity had totalled around Rs 75 crore in 2020-21, Rs 104 crore in 2019-20 and Rs 68 crore in 2018-19.
The MHA refusal to renew FCRA registration of Kolkata-based MoC had invited adverse reactions from several quarters, including the Congress and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
Later, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik directed all district collectors in his state to ensure that no unit of MoC faces a financial crisis and, if necessary, assistance from the chief minister’s relief fund be used to help them.
Patnaik also released around Rs 79 lakh from the chief minister’s relief fund to MoC to run its 13 facilities in the state.

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