India to reconsider ban on US Christian charity Compassion International

Reports earlier said that the charity and the U.S. Embassy have written to the MHA demanding �proof� for its claim that NGOs funded by CI were involved in Christian conversions

India to reconsider ban on US Christian charity Compassion International

India’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is reportedly planning to reconsider the decision to put restrictions on Compassion International, a Christian nongovernmental organization, from funding Indian based NGOs.

The government of India had put the Colorado-based NGO, which funds 580 partner organizations in India, under its prior permission category for allegedly funding non-FCRA registered NGOs. The charity organization has three weeks left in the country unless officials give it a reprieve.


"We are ready to reconsider the case of Compassion International, the US donor, which was put under 'prior permission category' for alleged violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA)," a senior Home Ministry official was quoted by India Today as saying.

Recently, U.S. lawmakers from Republican and Democratic parties urged the Indian government to ease strictures on the NGO after it approached the Congressional members of the House of Foreign Affairs Committee to pressurize India to reconsider its earlier decision.

House Foreign Affairs chairman Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif said:  “We have spent nine months and hundreds of hours dealing with the Indian bureaucracy on this, and it looks like the bureaucracy is trying to run out the clock,” World reported.

“This is not a hearing that the committee expected to be holding,” R-Calif added.

Reports earlier said that the charity and the U.S. Embassy have written to the MHA demanding “proof” for its claim that NGOs funded by CI were involved in Christian conversions.

According to Compassion International, it employs 6,000 workers in India who provide aid to 145,000 impoverished Indian children, offering $50 million in annual relief funds.

Meanwhile, The New Indian Express recently said India rejected the concerns expressed by top US Lawmakers on the restrictions imposed on the NGO.

Intelligence Bureau have been asked to find solid evidence about prosleytisation charges against 344 NGOs that were funded by the Compassion International, the newspaper reported citing the MHA sources.