Registration of more than 23,000 NGOs not renewed since 2014

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New Delhi: The registration of more than 23,000 NGOs under the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act, 2010, has not been renewed since 2014, the home ministry told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha, minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju said registration certificates of more than 23,000 NGOs had not been renewed since 2014 over violations of provisions of FCRA.
A home ministry official told TOI separately that of the 44,000 NGOs and institutions registered under FCRA back in 2014, only 21,000 now retained their FCRA licences. “Since 2014, the licence of over 23,000 NGOs has not been renewed as they were non-active, non-serious entities or had not been filing their FCRA returns as required under the law,” said the officer.
The registration certificates of NGOs are cancelled under Section 14 of FCRA for violation of provisions of the Act and rules made there under.
Rijiju said an NGO if aggrieved by the loss of FCRA licence, may get in touch with support desk of FCRA section via e-mail. “Online interaction is also ensured by the support staff to resolve such matters…an aggrieved NGO can also petition the Central government to revise its order under Section 32 of the FCRA,” he said.

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