New Delhi: A total of 69 NGOs have been blacklisted by the government from receiving foreign funds, Minister of State (Home) Kiren Rijiju told Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
69 NGOs including 14 from Andhra Pradesh, 12 from Tamil Nadu, five each from Gujarat and Odisha, four each from Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Kerala and three from Delhi, have been prohibited from receiving the foreign funds, informed Rijiju.
In July last year, the new NDA government had decided to keep a tab on the flow of funds to all such NGOs against whom an adverse report has been provided by Intelligence Bureau
Greenpeace International and Climate Works Foundation were already under scanner and it was mandatory for them to take permission from home ministry before pumping any funds in India. Earlier Intelligence reports alleged that protests against development projects.
An IB report alleged that protests against development projects are propelled by certain foreign-funded NGOs that had presumptively affected India's GDP by 2 to 3%.
Government had sought a sensitization programme to be initiated for NGOs to coax them to follow FCRA regulations.
A string of NGOs including Greenpeace India, Cordaid, Amnesty and Action Aid as those fuelling such protests through a network of local organizations such as PUCL and Narmada Bachao Andolan among others had been named by IB.
Government had sought a sensitization programme to be initiated for NGOs to coax the NGOs to follow FCRA regulations.
Indian NGOs receive over Rs 10,000 crore as foreign donations annually from over 150 countries.
“The areas of action of the foreign-funded NGOs include anti-nuclear, anti-coal and anti-GM organisms protests, “alleged the IB report
Apart from stalling mega industrial projects including those floated by Posco and Vedanta, these NGOs have also been working to the detriment of mining, dam and oil drilling projects in northeastern India, it said.