The FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act) licences of more than 6,000 NGOs and other organisations were cancelled overnight, the Home Ministry stated on January 1. These include Oxfam India Trust, Jamia Millia Islamia, the Indian Medical Association and the Leprosy Mission. An FCRA renewal is necessary for organisations to accept and utilise foreign funds via donations.
This announcement comes a few days after the MHA refused to renew the licence of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, with its headquarters based in Kolkata.
Over 22,762 NGOs were registered under the FCRA, prior to Saturday’s MHA decision. That number drastically shot down to 16,829, according to the MHA’s official website.
On 1 January, 5,933 names were added to the MHA’s list of NGOs whose registration was “deemed to have ceased”. The list already contained the names of 6,587 NGOs. In a span of a few hours, the licenses of 12,580 NGOs in total have expired in the past few months.
Institutions like the Tuberculosis Association of India, the Indira Gandhi National Centre For Arts, and the India Islamic Cultural Centre are also on the list.
Sources in the MHA said that the NGOs whose licenses had expired overnight had not applied for a renewal in the first place. According to officials, Friday, December 31, had been the deadline for renewal.
In an ironic decision, the Missionaries of Charity, a religious congregation set up by Mother Teresa, was denied FCRA registration on Christmas day, December 25.
The MHA has stated that the NGO had failed to meet “the eligibility conditions under the FCRA 2010 and Foreign Contribution Regulation Rules (FCRR) 2011”.