Government set to make Aadhaar obligatory for international funds


Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 20

The authorities at this time stated all non secular organisations might obtain international contributions so long as they used such funds for acknowledged functions and never for undermining inner safety.

Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai stated this within the Lok Sabha on Sunday earlier than the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act Amendment Bill, 2020, was launched within the House by a voice vote, negating objections from opposition Congress and TMC.

The Amendments

  • The Foreign Contribution Regulation Act Amendment Bill, 2020 will prohibit public servants and firms owned and managed by authorities from receiving international funds
  • The Bill provides the federal government powers to cease utilisation of international funds by a home NGO after conducting a abstract trial on complaints of misutilisation of funds

The Bill makes it obligatory for office-bearers of organisations in search of FCRA approvals to submit their Aadhaar particulars, moreover prohibiting public servants and firms owned and managed by authorities from receiving international funds. So far, solely legislators, journalists, judges and election candidates have been prohibited.

The Bill provides the federal government powers to cease utilisation of international funds by a home NGO after conducting a abstract trial on complaints of misutilisation of funds.

Besides, by one other change to the unique 1976 Act, the federal government has allowed itself the ability to droop the FCRA certificates past the 180-day interval offered within the current legislation.

Opposing the introduction of the Bill, Congress’ Manish Tewari stated whereas the assertion of objects of the draft laws say the federal government has cancelled FCRA licences of 19,000 organisations between 2010 and 2019, “the Bill is silent on how many criminal investigations led to convictions”.

Rai allayed apprehensions of Congress’ Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and TMC’s Saugata Roy concerning submission of Aadhaar particulars saying the supply was in keeping with the spirit of the SC order on Aadhaar. He stated the international contribution by any organisation might solely be obtained in a devoted FCRA account with the SBI, New Delhi, account, however “documents for such registration can be submitted at the local SBI branch”.



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