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MHA suspends FCRA licence of think-tank ‘Centre for Policy Research’

The Home Ministry has suspended the FCRA license of think-tank 'Centre for Policy Research' for violation of laws. An official gave this information today. Yamini Iyer, daughter of Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, is the president and CEO of this Delhi-based NGO.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Taking a major step, the Central Government has suspended the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) license of the ‘public policy think tank’ Center for Policy Research (CPR). This information has come to the fore by quoting sources. In September last year, after the income tax survey on CPR and Oxfam India, the license was under investigation.

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Yamini Iyer, daughter of Mani Shankar Aiyar, is the President and Chief Executive of the Center for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi, which is a public policy research think tank. He was appointed the president of CPR in 2017. She was previously a senior research fellow and founder of the Accountability Initiative (AI) at the Center in 2008.

Tax evasion charges
After IT raids in September last year, it was claimed by sources that CPR has collected crores of rupees for political parties. During this, it was revealed that tax evasion of crores of rupees was done in the name of this donation.

Oxfam’s license also canceled
Earlier, Oxfam’s FCRA license was canceled in January 2022, after which the NGO filed a revision petition with the Ministry of Home Affairs. Officials said that recently the license of CPR was canceled citing non-compliance of FCRA norms. According to the officials, the license of CPR was suspended for non-compliance of FCRA rules, after which the society applied for renewal.

With the suspension of the license granted under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA), CPR will not be able to receive any funds from abroad.

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According to the website, Center for Policy Research (CPR) has been one of India’s public policy think tanks since 1973. CPR is a non-profit, non-partisan, independent organization. Its main work is to do research. Along with this, it remains active on high quality scholarship, better policy and many important issues in India. CPR receives grants from various domestic and international sources. Including foundations, corporate philanthropies, governments and multilateral agencies.

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