Ford Foundation-funded NGOs not registered under FCRA: Minister

Ford Foundation-funded NGOs not registered under FCRA: Minister

8 9The Ford Foundation had funded some NGOs which are not registered under the provisions of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA), 2010, as well as the Sabrang Trust which is linked to activist Teesta Setalvad, parliament was told on Tuesday. “There are inputs from security agencies that some amounts have been credited from Ford Foundation to some NGOs which are not registered under the provisions of FCRA, 2010. Hence, to keep a watch on such recipients, the credits from Ford Foundation have been put under prior permission category under FCRA, 2010,” Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju told the Lok Sabha. Setalvad is associated with two NGOs, namely Citizen for Justice and Peace, and Sabrang Trust, which are registered under FCRA, 2010. As far as funding from Ford Foundation is concerned, only Sabrang Trust has been funded, he said. Last month, the government put international donor Ford Foundation on the watchlist for funding organizations not registered under the FCRA.

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