The Telegraph
Thursday , September 14 , 2017

Foreign funds bar on DU, IIT

New Delhi, Sept. 13 (PTI): Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, IIT Delhi and the Supreme Court Bar Association are among several hundred organisations that have been barred by the Centre from receiving foreign funds.

Officials said the registration of these organisations under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) was cancelled after they failed to file annual returns for five consecutive years.

No organisation is allowed to receive funds from abroad unless it is registered under the FCRA. It is mandatory for such organisations to submit income and expenditure statements to the government annually.

Indira Gandhi National Open University, the Indian Council Of Agricultural Research, Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre, Gandhi Peace Foundation, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Armed Forces Flag Day Fund, Sri Satya Sai Trust, School Of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, and the Ficci Socio Economic Development Foundation are some of the other organisations that have been denied access to foreign funds.

The Doon School Old Boys' Association, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, Delhi, Dr. Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust and Dr Ram Monohar Lohia International Trust are also on the list.

The action came after the organisations failed to file their returns from 2010-11 to 2014-15, despite being served repeated notices, a home ministry official said.

As a one-time measure in May, all the NGOs had been given time till June 14 to file their annual returns without having to pay any penalty. The home ministry had directed the organisations to furnish replies, if any, by July 23, failing which it would take action.

IIT Delhi director Ramgopal Rao and JNU registrar Pramod Kumar today told The Telegraph they had not been informed about the cancellation of registration.

"It has not come to our level. I am hearing such a thing for the first time," Rao said.

"I have no idea about this," the JNU registrar said.

Accounts prod

The Centre has directed 1,222 NGOs across the country to validate the bank accounts in which they receive foreign donations, saying failure to do so would invite punitive action.

In a circular issued on September 8, the foreigners division of the home ministry said all NGOs registered under the FCRA should receive foreign contributions in a single designated bank account.

The list includes Sri Ramakrishna Math, Ramakrishna Mission, Catholic Church, Coimbatore Christian Charitable Trust, Hindu Anath Ashram and Delhi School of Social Work Society.

Over the past three years, the government has cancelled the registration of more than 10,000 NGOs for non-filing of annual returns as prescribed in the FCRA.

Sources said the 1,222 NGOs had been directed to submit the details of their foreign designated accounts and the utilisation accounts, including the bank branch code, account number and IFSC code.

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