Missionaries of Charity, 5k+ NGOs Lose FCRA Licence

The foreign contribution licences of 5968 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity (MoC), got cancelled on Saturday after they failed to comply with revised guidelines or apply for renewal. A total of 12580 NGO licences under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) have expired as of December 31, 2021, of which 5789 licences lapsed on January 1, 2021.

Total active NGOs registered under FCRA have now come down to 16829, from 22797.

After amendments to the FCRA in 2020, 18,778 NGO licenses were due for renewal between September 30, 2020, and December 31, 2021. The government extended deadline for compliance four times in public interest. “Among 18778 NGOs, 12989 applied for renewal, out of which 179 cases, including MoC, were denied, while remaining are under scrutiny,” said a home ministry official.

Those that have had their licences cancelled include Hamdard Education Society, DAV College Trust and Management Society, India Islamic Cultural Centre, Nuclear Science Centre in JNU, India Habitat Centre, and Lady Shri Ram College for Women, among others.

Medical Council of India, Emmanuel Hospital Association, Tuberculosis Association of India, Asha Kiran Rural Educational Development Society, and Chaitanya Rural Development Society are also on the list.

Before December 31, 2021, 6,791 NGOs’ licences were deemed to have expired. “Several of these NGOs have incorporated themselves as Section 8 companies under the Companies Act,” said another home ministry official. S-ET

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