Central Govt. Cancels Licenses of Around 9000 NGOs For Failing To File Annual Returns

28 April, New Delhi

Government of India has cancelled the licences of around 9,000 NGOs for failing to file annual returns for the years 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12.

In an order, the Ministry of Home Affairs said, the registration of the NGOs that had neither filed their annual returns for three years nor given any explanation for the delay, stood cancelled with immediate effect.

The Ministry has also directed the district magistrate concerned to manage the assets of these NGOs in any manner considered necessary and in public interest.

The Ministry had issued notices to 10,343 NGOs in October last year, stating that they should file their annual returns within a month, specifying amount of foreign funds received, sources of such funds, the purpose for which these were received and the manner in which such foreign contribution was utilized.

However, only 229 NGOs reverted to the Home Ministry and their replies are being examined on case to case basis. The Foreign Contribution Regulation Act requires every registered NGO to submit its returns annually, irrespective of whether it received foreign funding in that year.

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