Govt set to amend FCRA; Aadhar to be obligatory for registration


New Delhi, September 20

The Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) is all set to be amended, below which offering the Aadhar numbers of the office-bearers of any NGO shall be obligatory for registration and public servants shall be barred from receiving funds from overseas.

The Foreign Contribution Regulation (Amendment) Bill 2020, to be launched within the Lok Sabha on Sunday, additionally proposes to allow the Centre to permit an NGO or affiliation to give up its FCRA certificates.

The draft invoice proposes that no more than 20 per cent of the full international funds obtained may very well be spent on administrative bills.

Presently, the restrict is 50 per cent.

The Statement of Objects and Reasons of the Bill states, “The Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 was enacted to regulate the acceptance and utilisation of foreign contribution or foreign hospitality by certain individuals or associations or companies and to prohibit acceptance and utilisation of foreign contribution or foreign hospitality for any activities detrimental to the national interest and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.” The draft says the Act got here into power on May 1, 2011 and has been amended twice. The first modification was made by part 236 of the Finance Act, 2016 and the second by part 220 of the Finance Act, 2018.

It says the modification is required to boost transparency and accountability within the receipt and utilisation of international contributions price 1000’s of crores of rupees yearly and facilitating “genuine” non-governmental organisations or associations which are working for the welfare of the society.

Any one that makes an software for prior permission or seeks registration below the FCRA or renewal of his FCRA licence will now need to mandatorily furnish the Aadhar numbers of all its office-bearers or administrators or different key functionaries or in case of a foreigner, a replica of the passport or the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card, the draft invoice says.

It proposes to incorporate “public servant” and “corporation owned or controlled by the government” within the listing of entities, who usually are not eligible to obtain international donations.

Over Rs 58,000 crore international funds had been obtained by NGOs registered below the FCRA between 2016-17 and 2018-19.

There are round 22,400 NGOs within the nation. PTI



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