09 April, New Delhi
The government Of India has blocked foreign funding to Greenpeace India with immediate effect by suspending its registration for six months.
The decision was taken by the Home Ministry today after it was found that the NGO has prejudicially affected the public interests and economic interests of the country in violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act.
According to the show cause notice served by the ministry, the licence of Greenpeace India will be cancelled permanently if it fails to make a satisfactory presentation to the government. Meanwhile in a statement, Greenpeace said it will not be cowed down by a campaign against dissent and seeking legal counsel in the matter.
Government’s action against the Greenpeace came in the wake of the Intelligence Bureau report on foreign funding of NGOs. The report charged the Greenpeace and other lobby groups with preventing economic growth by campaigning against power projects, mining and genetically modified food.
Security agencies have alleged that nearly 200 foreign donors were indulging in money laundering under the garb of donating money to some of these organisations. Economic wings of central security agencies shared a list of foreign donors to the Home and Finance ministries as well as relevant departments for keeping a check on their donations.