IB report for curb on Greenpeace fund collection

The Intelligence Bureau has prepared yet another report on Greenpeace recommending cancellation of permission given to it for collecting funds abroad besides reassessment of its tax compliance.

In the fresh report, submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office and the National Security Adviser, the central security agency has warned that foreign donations to Greenpeace be put on “prior category” list so that permission is taken before any money flows in for funding its activities. The report also listed 12 foreign nationals who have been associated with some NGOs in their campaign against coal mines, power projects and nuclear power plants.

A specific portion of the report focused on Greenpeace, saying it is trying to raise issues of hazardous e-waste generated by Information Technology-based service providers, opposing genetically modified food and coal-fired power plants which are known to cause serious damage to environment.

The bureau has also raised concern on the mass protests organised by it against Mahaan coal block, especially in February 2014 when a Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai went on to physically prevent entry of workers in the area.

Greenpeace spokesperson Bharti Sinha, when approached for comments, said, “Greenpeace has been targeted left, right and centre and we don’t know why. We have said if the government should have any question or clarification, we are willing to give that.”

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