Govt directs NGOs receiving foreign funds to register with NITI Aayog

Govt directs NGOs receiving foreign funds to register with NITI Aayog

The Ministry of Home Affairs has directed all NGOs receiving foreign funds to register with the NITI Aayog.

The ministry said existing NGOs registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) and those which are seeking registration or prior permission or accepting foreign contributions are required to register on the DARPAN portal of NITI Aayog.

The NGOs were directed to register with necessary information, such as organisation PAN, email, mobile number and the name of the chief functionary to generate a unique identification number.

“Please note that any FCRA-related services like registration, prior permission, renewal, change details, uploading of annual return etc., shall require the unique DARPAN identification number. All NGOs are, therefore, requested to register with DARPAN portal of NITI Aayog and obtain unique IDs,” the ministry stated.

According to the ministry, the portal enables NGOs to enrol centrally and facilitates the creation of a repository of information about the NGOs sector-wise. It also facilitates NGOs to obtain a system-generated unique ID.

The portal will act as an “interface between the voluntary organisations/NGOs and key government ministries, departments and government bodies”.

“It is a free facility offered by NITI Aayog in association with the National Informatics Centre to bring about a greater partnership between the government and voluntary sector and foster better transparency, efficiency and accountability,” the ministry stated.

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