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FCRA licence renewal of 466 NGOs declined since 2020: Govt tells House

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: The union ministry of home affairs on Tuesday told the Lok Sabha that it has declined the renewal of FCRA licence applications of 466 NGOs since 2010, as they did not fulfil the eligibility criteria under the law.  Union minister of state for home Nityanand Rai further informed the House that there were 100 refusals in 2020, 341 in 2021 and 25 this year so far.

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Rai said the refusal of applications was due to not fulfilling the eligibility criteria in accordance with the provisions of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) 2010 and the rules made there under.

A total of 100 applications of NGOs were refused in 2020, 341 applications were refused in 2021 and 25 applications were refused till March 21, 2022, he said in a written response to a question.

Notably, Oxfam India’s application for FCRA licence renewal was rejected in December 2021. The United Kingdom has raised the refusal with India. The Centre has also removed 5,789 organisations from FCRA ambit as they did not apply for renewal of licences, which are mandatory for receiving foreign funding.

Whereas, licences of 179 organisations were cancelled for violating the law after scrutiny of their documents. Officials said many of these organisations have filed for renewal of their licences but decisions remain pending. The government last week extended the deadline till June 30 for deciding on these applications.

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The refusals to renew the licences in 341 cases in 2021 were the highest since 2020. About 6,000 odd organisations were refused renewals till December 31. “The final number of refusals will be known after June 30,” said an official on the condition of anonymity. 

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