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Ministry of Home Affairs reported that more than 14,500 NGOs have been banned in the last five years

Ministry of Home Affairs reported that more than 14,500 NGOs have been banned in the last five years

The Ministry of Home Affairs reported that more than 14,500 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) had been banned in the last five years. These NGOs were registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA). The report was submitted by the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai.

Key Points:

  • Certificates of registration of 1,808 FCRA registered NGOs have been cancelled recently for non-submission of mandatory annual returns for 2017-18.
  • The FCRA and rules stipulate that all FCRA NGOs and associations have to file annual returns on time. The non-compliant NGOs are issued notices and reminders through the online mechanism. Further action like suspension and cancellation of registration certificate are also taken against non-compliant NGOs.

About NGOs:

  • The World Bank (WB) defines NGOs as private organisations which do activities to relieve suffering, protect the environment, promote the interests of the poor, provide basic social services, or undertake community development.
  • NGOs are legally constituted organisations which operate independently from the Government. They are generally considered to be nonstate, nonprofit oriented groups who pursue purposes of public interest.
  • There are laws for the regulation of the functioning of NGOs in India. Foreign contribution regulation Act (FCRA) and the Foreign Exchange Management Act(FEMA Act) are among the most important laws which regulate NGOs.

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