Licences of 20000 NGOs cancelled

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Nearly 20,000 NGOs licenses have either been cancelled over the past one-and-a-half years, impairing their ability to work in areas ranging from health to the environment. In addition, 300 NGOs are now under prior permission category but not registered under the FCRA and these require prior permission from the ministry every time they receive foreign donations.

Among the 13,000 valid NGOs, around 3,000 have submitted applications for renewal.

Almost 20,000 NGOs lost their FCRA licence since May 2014, when the BJP-led NDA government came to power at the Centre, Home Minister Rajnath Singh was informed on Tuesday.

On December 15, 7 NGOs, including one run by activist Shabnam Hashmi, were barred by the government from receiving foreign funds after their FCRA licences were cancelled following alleged adverse intelligence reports against them.

Renewal of FCRA licence of Greenpeace India, Teesta's NGOs Sabrang Trust and Citizens for Justice and Peace stands cancelled with immediate effect, a Home Ministry official had said.

Moreover, the ministry has renewed the FCRA licences of around 16 NGOs under the "automatic" route.

This was revealed during a review meeting of the Foreigners Division chaired by home minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday.

The officials said that of the 13,000 valid NGOs, around 3,000 have submitted applications for renewal while 2,000 new applications for registration under the FCRA have been received by the MHA.

However, 20,000 organisations lost their licence during checks conducted by the ministry.

Out of the 13,000 valid NGOs, almost 3,000 have already submitted applications for renewal of their FCRA licence.

In defence, government sources said today that they were in the process of streamlining the foreign funding procedures of NGOs for increased transparency.

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