Beginning what is expected to be a comprehensive crackdown on NGOs and associations accepting foreign funds without complying with the regulation of filing annual returns, the Home Ministry has cancelled the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) licences of 1,142 associations in the erstwhile state of Andhra Pradesh.
Among the associations losing their FCRA licence, as per a order issued by the Home Ministry on March 3, are the well-known Osmania University, the University of Hyderabad, Andhra University in Vishakhpatnam and many Christian NGOs and associations.The Home Ministry has also cancelled the FCRA licence of Cancer Care Units Research and Educational Foundation of Apollo Cancer Hospital at Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad.
All these associations did not file mandatory annual returns to the Centre regarding their FCRA funds from 2009 to 2012 and gave no reply to a show-cause notice issued by the Union Home Ministry last year, as per the March 3 ministry order. Home Ministry officials said this is the first batch of licence cancellations and associations in all other states are facing a similar review and further licence cancellations could follow.
ET was the first to report on September 30 last year that the Home Ministry had sent show-cause notices in one go to as many as 10,331 NGOs and associations across all states, asking why their licences should not be cancelled after they failed to file their an nual returns of foreign receipts for the years 2009-2010, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 have not been received from the associations. They were given 30 days to respond, ET had reported earlier.
In its March 3 cancellation order with respect to associations in Andhra Pradesh, the Home Ministry said notices had been issued to 1,441 associations in the erstwhile state for not filing annual returns. “Reply from 299 associations has been received which are being examined on a case-to-case basis. 510 notices have been returned by the postal authorities undelivered for reasons such as, the association has shifted from the address or no such association. No reply has been received from the remaining associations, numbering around 632,“ the home ministry order says. The ministry has hence cancelled the certificate of registration of 1,142 associations -which include 510 associations to whom notices were sent but returned undelivered and 632 associations from whom no reply has been received within the stipulated period, the March 3 cancellation order says.
Source: Economic Times