Parliament okays Invoice on international funding

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 23

With the Rajya Sabha giving its nod, Parliament today passed a Bill to amend the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) to make furnishing of Aadhaar numbers by office-bearers of NGOs mandatory for registration besides other provisions.

The government claimed that the changes in the law were aimed only to bring transparency and not cripple functioning of any NGO.

The Bill was passed unanimously with a voice vote amid Opposition boycott of proceedings over suspension of eight RS members. It was passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday and will now be sent to the President for his assent.

Replying to a debate on the Bill, Minister of State (MoS), Home, Nityanand Rai said the legislation was not against any NGO. “It is an effort to bring in transparency in the functioning of organisations receiving foreign funds as donation for specific purposes,” he added.

He said the Bill provides for reduction in administrative expenses of any NGO receiving foreign funding from 50 per cent to 20 per cent of annual funds to ensure spending on their main objectives.

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