NGOs got over Rs 50,000 crore from abroad since 2013

NGOs got over Rs 50,000 crore from abroad since 2013

NGOs got over Rs 50,000 crore  from abroad since 2013

NGOs have received around Rs 51,000 crore from abroad in the past three-and-a-half years, the government informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

The government has also recovered Rs 1.64 crore as penalty from NGOs since 2014 after they were found to be violating the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) 2010.

“As on date, 33,091 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulations Act (FCRA) and the total funds received from abroad during the last three years and current year is Rs.50944.54 crore,” Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in a written reply.

In 2014, the penalty collected by the government was Rs 51.99 lakh from 24 NGOs, while it rose sharply to Rs 80.11 lakh from 71 organisations the next year. This year so far, Rs 32.78 lakh has been recovered from eight NGOS for compounding the offence for receipt and utilisation of foreign contribution without obtaining registration or prior permission under the FCRA.

“The government monitors funds received by the NGOs and also complaints and inputs that are received from various sources, including security agencies in this regard. In cases of violation is taken after conducting inspection of the records and accounts giving due opportunity to the concerned association/NGO,” Rijiju said. Notices were issued to around 21,000 associations in 2011 and to 10,343 NGOs in 2014 for not filing annual returns continuously for three years. Registration of 4,138 NGOs was cancelled in 2012 and of 10,020 in March 2015 after the issue of show cause notices to such associations and giving them adequate opportunity, he said.

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