NEW DELHI: On Saturday morning, the Union Home Ministry has given a major jolt to over 12, 580 NGOs, which shall not be able to operate, as their Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) licence is ceased.
The ministry has showed in its updated list – The total NGOs registered under FCRA that are active or alive have now come down to 16,829 from 22,762 a day ago. The registration of 5,933 NGOs has either been cancelled or they did not apply for renewal.
“The FCRA license is a mandatory registration without which an NGO or any other organisation cannot receive funding from abroad”.
The list of entities whose FCRA licenses are deemed to have been seized includes Medical Council of India, Emmanuel Hospital Association, and Tuberculosis Association Of India, Asha Kiran Rural Educational Development Society, Chaitanya Rural Development Society, among others.
Hamdard Education Society, Delhi School of Social Work Society, DAV College Trust and Management Society, India Islamic Cultural Centre, Nuclear Science Centre in JNU, India Habitat Centre, Lady Shri Ram College for Women are also on the list.
“The NGOs were given enough time but they didn’t come to update with the authority. Even after the given extension, some NGOs had still not applied (for the license),”, the sources of home ministry confirm.