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NEW DELHI: The home ministry has over the past one-and-a-half months suspended the foreign funding licence of six NGOs, which includes Christian evangelist groups and Islamic charities allegedly linked to religious conversion or funds misutilization, citing violations of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010. With these actions, the total number of organisations whose FCRA registration has been suspended so far this year has gone up to nine.
While the FCRA licence of Markazul Ighasathil Kairiyathil Hindiyya, a big Kerala-based NGO linked to influential Sunni leader Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmed, was cancelled on August 27 over “misutilization” of funds, misrepresentation of facts, and non-filing of annual FCRA returns in 2019-20, Odisha-based People’s Organisation of Empowerment of Tribals and Heavenly Grace Ministries as well as Madurai-based Russ Foundation were issued suspension orders under FCRA on August 28. One of the directors of Russ Foundation home was arrested in 2019 for allegedly sexually assaulting a 10-year-old inmate.
In July, Lucknow-based Al Hasan Educational and Welfare Organisation saw its FCRA nod being suspended over alleged activities related to forced religious conversions. Haryana-based Mewat Trust for Educational Welfare also had its FCRA licence suspended for 180 days, though the reasons are not yet clear.
Earlier on June 8, 2021, the FCRA registration of Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, an NGO led by well known commentator on northeast Sanjoy Hazarika, was suspended, as was that of Bengaluru-based Centre for Wildlife Studies on April 8, 2021. Another evangelist NGO that had its foreign funding licence suspended is Holy Spirit Ministries, which operates out of Andhra Pradesh.
The suspension of FCRA registration disables an NGO or association from receiving foreign contributions unless with the prior nod of the ministry. The FCRA bank accounts of the NGO are also frozen, preventing the organization from using funds parked in them. The affected NGO may make a representation to the MHA against the suspension, which unless revoked remains valid for 180 days and is followed by a permanent cancellation of the FCRA registration. The home ministry list of NGOs whose FCRA licence was suspended in 2020 mentions seven organisations — Vedruna Seva Mandal based in Gujarat and evangelist associations Ecreosoculis North Western Gossner Evg, New Life Fellowship Association, Don Bosco tribal Development Society, Evangelical Churches Association, Rajnandgaon Leprosy Hospital and Clinics and Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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