Thursday, January 6, 19:30 GMT:
Thousands of non-governmental organizations in India, including internationally renowned groups, face an uncertain future after losing government permits, which allow them to use foreign funds to conduct business.
Nearly 6000 NGOs on January 1 Missing license Withdraw funds from foreign sources in accordance with the “Foreign Contributions Administration Act” (FCRA). The Ministry of the Interior stated that it refused to update the FCRA registrations of 179 of these organizations, and the remaining organizations failed to apply for license renewal before December 31. The affected groups can now only use funds generated within India.
Oxfam India is one of the largest NGOs hit by the Indian government’s decision to “refuse to renew” its FCRA license. Amitab Behar, CEO of Oxfam India, Said on January 3“This restriction will seriously affect our important humanitarian and social work in 16 states across the country.” He urged the MHA to remove funding restrictions, “to ensure that vulnerable communities continue to receive the support they need at this critical moment of the pandemic. “
Missionaries of Charity, a Catholic aid organization founded by Mother Teresa, also received foreign funding Blocked According to the most recent MHA ruling. On December 25, the ministry refused to renew the group’s license under the FCRA, stating that it had “noted unfavorable inputs” in its account.
Blockade imposed on charity missionaries by Gujarat authorities a few days later Start investigating claims The complaint stated that the NGO forced the girls in the shelter to convert to Christianity, and the organization refused to accept the accusation.
Although the central government led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stated that FCRA’s requirements help ensure effective security oversight of NGOs operating in India, critics say that the FCRA has become increasingly strict over the years The reporting and application requirements for many small businesses have become difficult. NGOs meet, and the authorities are selective in how they apply the rules. commentator Organizations expressing concerns about human rights in India have lost FCRA approval, and government-backed Hindu groups have faced much less scrutiny.
In this episode of The Stream, we will look at the future of NGOs that have been cut off from critical funding and what this means for the communities they support.
Vijata Singh @vijaita