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Government acts against 19,000 NGOs for failing to file returns (March)

 

Hindu, Delhi, Thursday 20th March 2014

The Home Ministry has taken action against about 19,000 non-government organisations which did not file returns within the stipulated time period.

According to the Ministry’s annual report, 43,527 NGOs were registered under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act up to March 31, 2012. However, an estimated 20 lakh such organisations registered under various statutes are presently believed to be operating in the country.

The report states that in 2011-12, over 22,700 voluntary organisations reported receipt of foreign contributions to the tune of Rs.11,546.29 crore and Chennai-based World Vision of India topped the list with Rs.233.38 crore of foreign grants. Kerala-based Believers Church India received Rs.190 crore, whereas the Rural Development Trust in Andhra Pradesh received 144.39 crore.

About 9,500 NGOs reported no receipt of foreign contributions.

Among the major foreign contributors were the U.S.-based Compassion International (Rs.99.20 crore), HCL Holdings-Mauritius (Rs.69.98 crore), Action Aid-United Kingdom (Rs.62.66 crore) and the Population Service International-U.S. (Rs.61.34 crore) besides the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Rs.48.91 crore). Contributions to the tune of Rs.3,838 crore were received from the U.S.; Rs.1,219 crore from the U.K. and Rs.1,096 crore from Germany.

While Rs.945.77 crore of foreign grants were meant for rural development, Rs.929.22 crore was received for the welfare of children and Rs.824 crore for construction and maintenance of educational institutions.

Delhi registers the highest foreign grants of Rs.2,285.75 crore), followed by Tamil Nadu (Rs.1,704.76 crore) and Andhra Pradesh (Rs.1,258.52 crore), In the annual report, the Ministry also cautioned the voluntary organisations against possible vulnerabilities involving money laundering and terror funding.