‘three years of operation, Rs 15 lakh expenditure’: Modi govt tightens guidelines for NGOs in search of international funding


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MHA tightens guidelines for NGOs in search of international funding.

The Modi authorities has additional tightened guidelines for the non-governmental organisations in search of international funding to run their operations. Based on a notification issued by the Ministry of House Affairs, the federal government has revisited the foundations for receiving cash from abroad.

The foundations say that NGOs which are eligible for receiving cash from overseas will need to have operated for no less than three years and spent Rs 15 lakh in voluntary actions.

The Centre had beforehand made it necessary for NGOs to open accounts solely in designated banks for receiving international funds. Moreover, it had barred over 150 organisations for six months for not sticking to the order. The federal government’s steps are aimed toward bringing transparency within the funding of NGOs and verify actions hawala, tax evasions and cash laundering.

As per the rule, all NGOs ought to get themselves registered below the Overseas Contribution (Regulation) Act and adjust to all norms. The registration is legitimate for 5 years and could be renewed thereafter.

The newest MHA order additionally requested NGOs to submit a “particular dedication letter” from the donor indicating the quantity of international contribution and the aim.

“An individual in search of registration below clause (b) of sub-section (four) of part 12 of the Act shall meet the next situations, particularly:– (i) it shall be in existence for 3 years and have spent a minimal quantity of rupees fifteen lakh on its core actions for the advantage of society over the past three monetary years,” the notification reads.

The FCRA guidelines have been issued months after the federal government amended the legislation below. The federal government had made it necessary for the NGOs to supply Aadhaar numbers of the workplace bearers. Moreover, it introduced down workplace bills to 20 per cent of such quantity. It additionally prohibited election candidates, authorities servants, members of any legislature and political events from accepting international funding. 

Additionally, any NGO or particular person making an software for acquiring prior permission to obtain international funds shall have an FCRA Account.

In an organisation the place Indian recipient individuals and international donor organisations having widespread members, prior permission will granted to the Indian particular person/entity if it satisfies the situations.

The MHA mentioned that in case of a single particular person, that particular person shall not be the chief functionary or workplace bearer of the recipient group. In case of a single international donor, 75 per cent of the workplace bearers or members of the governing physique of the recipient shall not be the members of the family or shut relations of the donor.

Based on a PTI report, there are round 22,400 NGOs within the nation. Between 2016-17 and 2018-19, NGOs registered below the FCRA acquired over Rs 58,000 crore international funds.

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