Kudankulam Effect: Government’s Biggest Crackdown On Foreign Funding Of NGOs


NEW DELHI, INDIA, August 30, 2013 (News Bharati): In a recent move, Union Home Ministry has canceled FCRA registration of thousands of Non Government organisations (NGO) who were receiving huge foreign funds; similarly accounts of lots of NGOS are frozen and several NGOs are prohibited from receiving foreign funding. This is a huge havoc for thousands of Non Government organisations (NGO) who were receiving foreign funds.

The Home Ministry has cancelled foreign funding of 4,141 out of total 39,236 NGOs registered under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010. Accounts of 20 NGOs are frozen and 60 NGOs are prohibited from applying for foreign funds under the FCRA.

The largest block of NGOs whose FCRA has been cancelled are based in Tamil Nadu. 794 NGOs from Tamil Nadu are about 19 per cent of the total FCRA cancelled NGOs. The basis for cancellation is termed as- ‘On Violation’ but it is fairly understandable that the NGO-led protests were triggered against the Kudankulam atomic power plant which is based in Tamil Nadu has prompted Government to wake up and act so heavily on foreign findings of NGOs which receive foreign funds for years.

In March 2012, the government cracked down on four NGOs for allegedly funding the massive protests that had paralyzed work at the Kudankulam plant site in Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli district for weeks, and ordered a freeze on the bank accounts of some other NGOs.

Dr. Manmohan Singh openly condemned suspicious role of foreign funded NGOs against the developmental projects build up in India. In February 2012, Prime Minister had said, “There are NGOs, often funded from the United States and the Scandinavian countries, which are not fully appreciative of the development challenges that our country faces.” Referring to the protests at Kudankulam, he said, “the atomic energy program has got into difficulties because these NGOs, mostly I think based in the United States, don’t appreciate need for our country to increase the energy supply.”

News Bharati randomly reviewed some NGOs from the list of cancelled, prohibited and whose accounts are frozen by the Home ministry regarding FCRA. It is also observed that many Christian NGOs have mentioned their nature of work as Hindu (Religious), or Muslim (Religious) NGOs. For example, Church of Christ Mission in India based in Bilaspur in Chhatisgarh has registered its nature of work as “Religious (Buddhist), Cultural, Educational, Social.”

Similarly NGOs like Community Rural Orient Service Society (CROSS), Chaitanya Voluntary Service Organisation, Mercy Charitable Trust Catholic Center, Elisabeth Children’s Home, Integrated People’s Service Society and The Rosarian Sisters Trust have registered themselves as Religious (Hindu) organisation. It seems that in many cases NGOs want to hide their factual religious identity and mentioned themselves as “Religious (Others)” category.

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