MHA extends the validity of NGO registration by the FCRA by three months until March 31

On Friday, the Union’s Home Office extended the validity of FCRA NGO registration by three months until March 31.

However, organizations such as the Missionaries of Charity will not be eligible for extension benefits because their requests for renewal of the registration of the Foreign Contributions Act (regulation) have already been rejected, according to a notice published by the Ministry of the Interior (MHA).

The Center, in the public interest, has decided to extend the validity of NGO FCRA registration certificates until March 31, 2022 or until the date of elimination of their renewal requests, whichever comes first, by this only concerns entities that meet certain conditions. criteria, indicates the notice.

NGOs whose FCRA registration certificates expire between September 29, 2020 and March 31, 2022 and which have requested a renewal on the FCRA portal before the certificates expire, in accordance with rule 12 of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Rules, 2011, are eligible for benefits.

“It is therefore advisable for all associations registered with the FCRA to take note of the fact that in the event of refusal of the request for renewal of the registration certificate, the validity of the certificate will be deemed to have expired on the date of refusal of the request. renewal. and the association will not be able to receive any foreign contribution or use the foreign contribution received “, indicates the opinion.

NGOs that have valid registration certificates under the FCRA are eligible to receive funding from abroad.

A total of 22,762 NGOs are registered with the FCRA and renewal requests of approximately 6,500 have so far been processed.

On December 25, MHA rejected the application for renewal of the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa in Kolkata, for failing to meet the eligibility requirements under the FCRA, as some unfavorable contributions were received.

In a statement, the MHA also said it had not frozen any Missionaries of Charity bank accounts, but the State Bank of India had informed that the organization itself had sent a request to the bank to freeze its accounts.

Several political leaders, including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, criticized the Center for rejecting the request for renewal of the FCRA registration of Missionaries of Charity.

On Thursday, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik called on all district collectors to ensure that no unit of missionaries of charity operating in the state faces a financial crisis and, if necessary , to use the chief minister’s relief fund to help them.

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