Home News Reports Amnesty India, Trust chaired by Sonia Gandhi under govt scanner for alleged FCRA violations

Amnesty India, Trust chaired by Sonia Gandhi under govt scanner for alleged FCRA violations

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday that a total of 42 organisations including Sonia Gandhi led – Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and Amnesty International (India) Foundation, were under the Home Ministry’s scanner for allegedly violating foreign funding laws. The minister made this statement while replying to a written question in the lower house.

The other organisations under scrutiny include Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation, Nasscom and Asianet New Charitable Trust in Kerala.

As per the reports, a total of 42 such organisations are under the government’s scanner for the said violations. Out of these 42, half of the organisations have been served a questionnaire (comprising of 32 questions), for scrutinising violations under the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA) act. If the replies of the same are found unsatisfactory, then the organisations end up getting audited.

- Ad - - article resumes -

For the rest 21 organisations, the agencies have conducted an audit and inspection. As per the TOI report, this process has been completed for Nasscom and various Christian organisations of Arunachal and Kerala.

The most high profile organisation of them all might be the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust which is chaired by former Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Incidentally this isn’t the only time this trust has landed in a soup. It was reported how the trust was accused of land grabbing in Amethi. This led to Amethi district administration instructing the trust to vacate the said 1.0360-hectare land in August, 2017.

Since coming to power, the Modi government has declared a war of sorts on NGOs not following the rule book.

As reported recently, the Modi government had recently revoked the FCRA registration of prominent Indian institutions like the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi University, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and IIT-Delhi, because these institutes had not filed their returns for a period of 5 consecutive years from, 2010-11 to 2014-15.

This cancellation of registration meant that these institutes were rendered unable to receive foreign funding.

The government had also directed 1,222 NGOs to validate their bank accounts where they receive the foreign funds, failing which punitive action would be taken against them. Such NGOs included prominent ones like Sri Ramakrishna Math, Ramakrishna Mission and Coimbatore Christian Charitable Trust.

We had reported in the past how a sizeable chunk of Indian NGOs were under the scanner for financial impropriety, which gave their activities a rather shady tone.

All this crackdown had resulted in the foreign funding for Indian NGOs dropping by 66%.

Help Opindia Reach Every Indian. Share This Post
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.


Big Story

The anchor of Suvarna news, Jayaprakash Shetty has now asked for the arrest of scientist Ranganathan for claiming Mysore Pak belonged to Tamil Nadu in a sarcastic Tweet

2019 World Cup Is Here!

Catch the latest on Cricket World Cup as it unfolds, special coverage by Opindia

To Advertise on Opindia.com Click here

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala slams notions of economic crisis gripping the country

“I don’t want Pappu to be my Prime Minister”: Investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala says PM Modi has performed very well

In an explosive interview, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala pulled no punches in rubbishing the doomsayers casting aspersions on Modi government

Prashant Kishor’s team starts reaching out to media and influencers with ‘paid content’ offers ahead of West Bengal assembly elections

Darjeeling Chronicle has exposed how Prashant Kishor led IPAC is reaching out to 'influencers' and digital portals to carry out paid campaigning for TMC and Mamata Banerjee ahead of 2021 West Bengal state elections

‘Kashmir free from shackles of Pakistan sponsored terrorism’: Pakistani org representing Pashtuns refuses to support Imran Khan’s Kashmir protest, backs India

Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), the principal body representing Pashtuns in Pakistan, has rejected Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent call to all people in which he urged them to come out and support Pakistan’s narrative on Kashmir. 
Image Source: twitter

Malala Yousafzai spreads fake news, claims girl from Kashmir missed her exams on August 12 which was an Eid holiday

According to Malala, one of the three girls from Kashmir missed her exams on August 12. However, August 12 is a notified holiday declared across the country by Government of India on the occasion of Bakr Id or Eid ul-Adha.
Sharad pawar invents a new excuse to shift the blame of the defeat in the Lok Sabha polls

Pakistan hospitable, BJP govt spreading lies about Pakistan for political gains: NCP supremo Sharad Pawar at minority event

NCP chief Sharad Pawar expressed his admiration for terror state Pakistan stating that the people of Pakistan are "very hospitable" while blaming BJP govt for spreading lies about Pakistan for political gains
Stopped for traffic rules violation, Delhi girl threatens suicide

Watch: Stopped by traffic cops, Delhi girl threatens with suicide, helmet attack and then her mother

The girl was reportedly stopped for the broken license plate on her two-wheeler. When the traffic police demanded to see the scooter's documents, she stated that she had no papers.

West Bengal: Majidur Rahman fakes Hindu identity to develop relationship with Hindu girl, later rapes and murders her

Married Majibur developed relation with Jaba pretending to be Hindu Pintu. rapes and murders her when pressed for marriage

Suvarna news anchor wants scientist arrested for his sarcastic Tweet about ‘Mysore Pak’, claims his act was ‘seditious’

The anchor of Suvarna news, Jayaprakash Shetty has now asked for the arrest of scientist Ranganathan for claiming Mysore Pak belonged to Tamil Nadu in a sarcastic Tweet

Kannada media spreads fake news, accuses Nirmala Sitaraman of ‘giving’ Mysorepak to Tamil Nadu

No one had expected that a huge controversy would erupt over the issue of Mysore Pak, which originated in Mysuru during the rule of Wodeyar dynasty.
Subscribe to Day's Top Stories
[newsletter_form type="minimal"]
- Advertisment -

Latest articles

Connect with us

182,778FansLike
180,153FollowersFollow
97,399SubscribersSubscribe
Help Opindia Reach Every Indian. Share This Post