Over 11,000 NGOs lose licences for foreign funding

According to the FCRA, all non-governmental organisations functioning in India had to renew their license before June 30, 2016
NGO : For representational purposes only

The government has derecognised more than 11,000 NGOs after they failed to renew their registration by June-end, preventing them from receiving foreign funds.

In a notice put on its website late on Thursday, the ministry listed 11,319 organisations that had not applied for renewal of registration by the June 30 deadline this year. “Their validity of registration is deemed expired from 1 November, 2016,” it said.

In the list are about 50 orphanages, hundreds of schools and institutions such as the Indian Statistical Institute and reputed NGOs that works for street children. In 2015, the Home Ministry cancelled FCRA registration of 10,000 non-government organisations because they did not file their annual returns for three years in a row. Many of these organisations were defunct or did not want the FCRA registration in any case

According to the FCRA, all non-governmental organizations functioning in India had to renew their license before June 30, 3016. The licence enables these organisations to receive foreign funding.

Even though the original deadline was in June, the ministry extended the deadline till September 30. According to a statement by the Union Ministry, no more applications shall be accepted.

The government also blocked the renewal applications of over 1,700 NGOs due to their inability to submit all the documents or had other shortcomings in their applications.