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627 Odisha NGOs barred from receiving foreign funds

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 11:

Among the 4,470 NGOs barred by the Union Ministry of Home  Affairs (MHA) from receiving foreign funds for not adhering to the guidelines, 627 are from Odisha.

Odisha University of Agriculture (OUAT) is among the organistaions that lost their FCRA registration
Odisha University of Agriculture (OUAT) is among the organistaions that lost their FCRA registration

The MHA has cancelled their Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 (FCRA 2010) registrations /licenses for receiving foreign contributions for non-submission of mandatory Annual Returns (FC-6) for 2009-2010, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012.

Among those whose licenses have been cancelled in Odisha are government organisations like Computer Application Centre (OCAC), Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology (OUAT) and Orissa State Disaster Mitigation Authority (OSDMA).

The decision was taken on account of non-filing of mandatory returns and other anomalies. Licence cancellation would bar them from receiving foreign contributions.

Surprisingly, many prominent entities have faced the action. They include Jawaharlal Nehru University, Gargi College and Lady Irwin College in Delhi, Dr B R Ambedkar Centre for Biomedical Research, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Gujarat National Law University, Sardar Patel University in Gujarat, Indian Law Institute and Indian Council of Agricultural Research among others.

Supreme Court Bar Association, All India Tennis Association, Army Navy Air force Wives Charitable Association of the Retired Officers & JCO, Vishwa Gujarati Samaj, German Language Society, Vikram Sarabhai Foundation, Gandhi Peace Foundation, Vedic Culture Centre and  Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre came under action.

Kabir, an NGO floated by Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, also lost its FCRA licence. The NGOs were served a show cause notice to explain reasons for non-filing of annual returns and other anomalies detected during an inspection.

In April, the Home Ministry had cancelled FCRA licences of 8,975 non-profit organisations.