Over the last five years, the Narendra Modi led government has deregistered over 14,800 NGOs registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), which were receiving funds from abroad, reports Times of India.
According to the reports, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai responding to a written question in the Lok Sabha said the registrations were cancelled because the NGOs committed violations of the provisions of the FCRA.
The Home Ministry said that various NGOs and association in India received nearly Rs.50,000 crore as foreign contributions over a period of three years from 2015-16 to 2017-18.
Minister Rai also said Rs.16,894.37 crore foreign contribution has been received by various NGOs in 2017-18, Rs.15,343.15 crore foreign contribution was received by them in 2016-17 and Rs 17,803.21 crore in 2015-16.
As per Rai’s answer in the Lok Sabha, the foreign contributions to NGOs has increased in 2017-18 as compared to 2016-17.
The NDA government has been committed to the cracking down on foreign funding to NGOs that violate FCRA norms. Last year, MoS Home Kiren Rijiju had informed in the Rajya Sabha that the government had cancelled the FCRA registration of over 13,000 NGOs for FCRA violations.
Recently, the CBI had filed an FIR against advocate Indira Jaising’s NGO Lawyers Collective for alleged FCRA violations.