Nearly 9,000 NGO registrations cancelled by India’s Home Ministry

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While we welcome government’s cracking down on improperly registered NGOs and their activities, it is important to note that not every NGO operating in India is necessarily harmful to India’s growth as it has been advocated by different agencies these days.

Although the BJP government is working in national interest, there is simultaneously a need to also keep a check on the different activities carried out by the government, and if an NGO, or any other body for that matter, tries to oppose or expose a wrong move, it should be welcomed. For example, food processing like GMF (Genetically modified food) is, beyond doubt, objectionable as it is sure to cost dearly to India and Indian citizens in the future, at least in terms of health, as it has done to other nations. Now, if some interest groups promote GMF and conceal the information on its harmful effects, and if an NGO works on exposing such information, it should be welcomed. We need to ensure that we don’t throw the baby with the bath water.

A home ministry letter says that 10,343 associations had not submitted annuals returns since 2009-12. Notices were sent to them to file returns by October last year, but only 229 associations responded. The registration of the remaining 8,975 organisations has been cancelled.

New Delhi:  Days after including the US-based charity Ford Foundation in the list of entities that can’t fund local organisations without permission, the government has cracked down on nearly 9,000 NGOs that receive foreign funds.

The home ministry has cancelled the registration of these NGOs, saying they have failed to comply with rules.

A home ministry letter says that 10,343 associations had not submitted annuals returns since 2009-12. Notices were sent to them to file returns by October last year, but only 229 associations responded.

The registration of the remaining 8,975 organisations has been cancelled.

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