NEARLY 6000 NGOs ARE GOING TO LOSE LICENCE TO RECEIVE FOREIGN DONATIONS :

Nearly 6,000 NGOs could lose their licence to receive foreign donations with the home ministry serving them show cause notices for not filing annual income and expenditure records for five consecutive years, an official said on Monday. The show cause notices were issued on July 8 and the NGOs have time till July 23 to give their reply.  In May this year, 18,523 NGOs were given a one-time opportunity by the home ministry to give details of their income and expenses by June 14.  These NGOs, registered under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, or FCRA, that allows them to receive foreign donations, were told to submit their annual returns for five years – 2010-11 to 2014-15.  The home ministry said in a circular that as a one time measure, all NGOs were given an opportunity for one month to file their missing annual returns by June 14 without paying any penalty. Email and SMS alerts were also sent to them regularly for one month beginning mid-May.  “However, in spite of sufficient and adequate notice, it has been observed that 5,922 associations have not uploaded their annual returns for three or more than three years within the stipulated time given in the notice,” the circular said.  All these NGOs were given show cause notices on July 8 on why their FCRA registration may not be cancelled under the FCRA. Rediff.com : 10th. July,17

 

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