Centre blacklists 69 NGOs from receiving foreign funds
NEW DELHI: The Union government
has blacklisted 69 NGOs from receiving foreign funds, junior home minister
Kiren Rijiju told Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
Rijiju said among those
NGOs which were prohibited from receiving the foreign funds include 14 from
Andhra Pradesh, 12 from Tamil Nadu, five each from Gujarat and Odisha, four
each from Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Kerala and three from Delhi.
In July 2014, the new
Modi government had decided to closely scrutinize flow of funds to all such
NGOs against whom an adverse report has been received from Intelligence Bureau.
By then the government has already put Greenpeace International and Climate
Works Foundation under scanner and made it mandatory for them to take
permission from home ministry before pumping any funds in India.
An IB report had then
alleged that protests against development projects fuelled by certain
foreign-funded NGOs had caused a presumptive loss of 2 to 3 per cent to India's
GDP. It had also named a string of NGOs including Greenpeace India, Cordaid,
Amnesty and ActionAid as those fuelling such protests through a network of
local organizations such as PUCL and Narmada Bachao Andolan among others.
Government had also
asked for a sensitization programme to be initiated for NGOs to coax them to
conform to FCRA regulations.
NGOs in India receive
foreign donations in excess of Rs 10,000 crore annually from over 150
countries. The IB report alleged that the "areas of action" of the
foreign-funded NGOs include anti-nuclear, anti-coal and anti-GM organisms
Apart from stalling
mega industrial projects including those floated by Posco and Vedanta, these
NGOs have also been working to the detriment of mining, dam and oil drilling
projects in northeastern India, it said.