FCRA Licence of CPR Suspended Amid I-T Probe

The Centre has suspended Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) licence of Centre for Policy Research (CPR), a leading public think tank, official sources confirmed. The licence was under scrutiny after income tax surveys on CPR and Oxfam India in September last year. Oxfam’s FCRA licence was revoked in January 2022, after which the NGO had filed a revision petition with the home ministry. Officials said that CPR’s license was revoked recently citing noncompliance of FCRA norms. The society had filed for renewal, ET has learnt. Officials, however, added that modalities are being worked out for CPR to utilise the funds received in FCRA account. As per CPR’s filing, the foreign funds received in their account from October to December 2022 was 10.1cr, which included donations from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, University of Pennsylvania, World Resources Institute and Duke University. According to those familiar with the details, the findings of the I-T searches on CPR were cited as one of the reasons for suspension of the FCRA licences. The ministry, it is learnt, sought clarification and documents regarding FCRA funds received by the think tank. “The FCRA licence of CPR was last renewed in 2016 and was due for renewal in 2021. However, the government granted an extension to several NGOs, including CPR, till September 30, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and amendments to the FCRA,” said an official, who did not wish to be identified. ET’s queries emailed to CPR remained unanswered till late on Tuesday evening. However, a senior functionary from CPR maintained that their FCRA application is under renewal. S-ET

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