New Delhi: Hindu religious institutions Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) and Ramakrishna Mission are among 6,000 NGOs whose Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) registration has not been renewed by the Home Office. Union, according to The hindu.
The TTD operates the famous Venkateswara temple in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. The Ramakrishna Trust and Mission are registered as Hindu religious organizations, while the FCRA registration of the Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust (SSST) of Shirdi, which falls under the “religious (other)” category of the law, does was also not renewed, the newspaper reported. .
However, it is not clear from The hinduwhether the organizations have not requested the renewal of their registration or the interior ministry has refused to renew it.
The ministry said last week it had refused to renew FCRA registrations for 179 NGOs, while 5,789 NGOs had not applied for renewals by the Dec.31 deadline. The deadline has been extended until March 31, 2022, but only applications from NGOs that had requested a renewal before December 31 will be considered.
However, a senior government official said The hindu that NGOs which have not renewed their FCRA registration can reapply.
NGOs that have an FCRA registration may receive foreign contributions for social, educational, religious, economic and cultural purposes. FCRA registration is mandatory for all associations and NGOs to receive foreign funding.
According to The hindu, the Interior Ministry did not explain why the FCRA registration of the three religious associations was not renewed. When media reported that the FCRA registration of Missionaries of Charity, a congregation created by Nobel Laureate Mother Teresa, had not been renewed, the Home Office said it had had “a few negative contributions ”- and therefore the registration was not renewed.
The newspaper reported that the annual report filed by the TTD on December 22, 2021 showed he had Rs 13.4 crore in his designated foreign contribution bank account, while the SSST report showed he had over Rs 5. crore in the designated account.
According to the official FCRA website, among the organizations and entities whose registration under the FCRA has ended or whose validity has expired were IIT Delhi, Jamia Milia Islamia, Indian Medical Association, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, India Habitat Center, Lady Shri Ram College. for women and Delhi College of Engineering.
Indira Gandhi National Arts Center, Indian Institute of Public Administration, Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Foundation and Oxfam India were on the long list provided by the Union Home Office.
Other organizations whose FCRA registration was discontinued included the Medical Council of India, Emmanuel Hospital Association, Tuberculosis Association Of India, Vishwa Dharamayatan, Maharishi Ayurveda Pratishthan, National Federation Of Fishermen’s Cooperatives Ltd.
The Hamdard Education Society, Delhi School Of Social Work Society, Bhartiya Sanskriti Parishad, DAV College Trust and Management Society, India Islamic Cultural Center, Godrej Memorial Trust, Delhi Public School Society, Nuclear Science Center in JNU and All India Marwari Yuva Manch also do part of these entities.