6,000 NGOs could lose licence to to receive foreign donations

Vastavam web: Nearly 6,000 NGOs could lose their licence to receive foreign donations with the home ministry serving them show cause notices for not filing annual income and expenditure records for five consecutive years, an official said today.The show cause notices were issued on July 8 and the NGOs have time till July 23 to give their reply.These NGOs, registered under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, or FCRA, that allows them to receive foreign donations, were told to submit their annual returns for five years 2010-11 to 2014-15.
The home ministry said in a circular that as a one time measure, all NGOs were given an opportunity for one month to file their missing annual returns by June 14 without paying any penalty. Email and SMS alerts were also sent to them regularly for one month beginning mid-May.All these NGOs were given show cause notices on July 8 on why their FCRA registration may not be cancelled under the FCRA.The associations have been requested to furnish their replies, if any, by July 23, failing which it will be presumed that they have nothing to say and action as proposed will be taken by the home ministry as per FCRA, it said.Over 20,000 NGOs are registered under the FCRA.In November 2016, the government had directed more than 11,000 NGOs to file applications for renewal of registration by February 28, 2017.