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Aadhaar To Be Made Mandatory For NGOs To Receive Foreign Funds

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Monday unanimously handed a Invoice making Aadhaar necessary for registration of organisations receiving international funds and to provide the federal government powers to cease utilisation of international funds by an organisation by a “summary enquiry”.

The Overseas Contribution (Regulation) Modification Invoice, 2020, which seeks modification to the Overseas Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010, proposes to incorporate “public servants” within the prohibited class and reduce administrative bills by international funds by an organisation to 20 per cent from 50 per cent earlier.

The Invoice was launched within the Home on Sunday. Talking for the passage of the Invoice on behalf of Union House Minister Amit Shah, Minister of State of House Nityanand Rai stated there was a must streamline the provisions of the sooner Act by strengthening the compliance mechanism, enhancing transparency and accountability within the receipt and utilisation of international contribution price hundreds of crores of rupees yearly and facilitating real non-governmental organisations or associations who’re working for the welfare of the society.

The Minister assured that modification within the regulation is “not against any NGO as well as any religion”. “FCRA is a national internal security law…This amendment is necessary for Aatmanirbhar Bharat,” Rai stated whereas clearing doubts of different MPs relating to the Invoice.

“This bill is not to suppress anyone but to control those who try to suppress the people of the country.” Rai stated the regulation doesn’t breach the correct of any organisation in the event that they observe the regulation and don’t get distracted from their objective. “We only take action against any organisation under the rule when they do not follow the law,” he added.

The Minister stated the Overseas Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 was enacted to control the acceptance and utilisation of international contribution or international hospitality by sure people or associations or corporations and to ban acceptance and utilisation of international contribution or international hospitality for any actions detrimental to the nationwide curiosity.

The Minister stated the annual influx of international contribution has virtually doubled between the years 2010 and 2019, however many recipients of international contribution haven’t utilised the identical for the aim for which they had been registered or granted prior permission beneath the stated Act.”A lot of them had been additionally discovered wanting in making certain primary statutory compliances equivalent to submission of annual returns and upkeep of correct accounts. This has led to a state of affairs the place the Central Authorities needed to cancel certificates of registration of greater than 19,000 recipient organisations, together with non-Governmental organisations between 2011 and 2019.”

Prison investigations additionally needed to be initiated in opposition to dozens of such non-governmental organisations which indulged in outright misappropriation or mis-utilisation of international contribution, he stated. In search of to amend clause (c) of sub-section (1) of part three of the Act, the federal government has proposed to incorporate “public servants” inside its ambit, to supply that no international contribution shall be accepted by them.

Earlier, it was restricted to legislators, election candidates, journalists, print and broadcast media, judges, authorities servants or workers of any company or another physique managed or owned by the federal government.

It has additionally sought to ban any switch of international contribution to another affiliation or particular person. Modification of part 17 of the Act has sought to supply that each one that has been granted certificates or prior permission beneath part 12 shall obtain international contribution solely in an account designated as ‘FCRA Account’ which shall be opened by him in such department of the State Financial institution of India at New Delhi, because the Central Authorities might, by notification, specify. It has, nonetheless, allowed the organisation to switch these funds to a different account for utilisation.

Opposing the Invoice, numerous political events, together with Congress, NCP, BSP and TMC demanded its withdrawal.

Congress Chief of Home Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury stated the Invoice goals to avoid wasting the PM-CARES fund and raised a query on the necessity to make the Aadhaar card necessary.

Congress chief Gaurav Gogoi demanded that the Invoice be despatched to the Standing Committee for consideration. Initiating the talk, Congress chief Anto Antony stated 6,600 NGO had been cancelled within the final three years alleging the federal government was concentrating on minorities, and sought withdrawal of “unconceived amendments” from the Invoice.

BJP’s Satyapal Malik knowledgeable the Home that 19,000 organisations weren’t utilizing obtained international funds for the precise objective.

Saugata Roy stated the Invoice is being amended to tighten screws in opposition to these organisations that are receiving funds from overseas. “The Ministry is trying to put screws on such organisations. If any organisation receives foreign contribution, it cannot transfer the contribution to another organisation.This may also play foreign funding agencies and foreign transmaking organisations registered under FCRA in difficulty.”

NCP’s Supriya Sule and BSP’s Ritesh Pandey additionally raised objections on the necessity of Aadhaar as a compulsory identification proof doc.

(IANS)

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