Parliament passes Foreign Contribution Regulation Act modification Bill

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 23

With Rajya Sabha giving its nod, Parliament on Wednesday handed a invoice to amend the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act-FCRA to make furnishing of Aadhaar numbers by workplace bearers of NGOs obligatory for registration in addition to different provisions.

The authorities on its half claimed, that the adjustments within the legislation are aimed solely to convey transparency and never cripple the functioning of any NGO.

The invoice was handed unanimously with a voice to vote amid Opposition boycott of proceedings over the suspension of eight members of Rajya Sabha.

It was handed in Lok Sabha on Monday, and shall be despatched to the President for his assent.

Replying to a debate on the invoice, Minister of State (MoS), Home Nityanand Rai stated the laws was not in opposition to any NGO and is an effort to herald transparency within the functioning of organizations receiving overseas funds as a donation for particular functions.

This modification is within the curiosity of excellent NGOs which need to do good work within the nation, he added.

The Minister added: “This is certainly a bill to bring transparency. It is not against NGOs in any case. But only those NGOs which do not adhere to transparency may feel bad. This bill is in the interest of NGOs and transparency.”

About making obligatory the furnishing of Aadhaar quantity by members of NGOs, Reddy instructed the House, that as per the apex courtroom order, the federal government can convey legislation to make use of Aadhaar to establish the sure class of individuals.

The minister stated the invoice gives for a discount in administrative bills of any NGO receiving overseas funding, from 50 per cent to 20 per cent of annual funds to make sure spending on their fundamental goals.

Among different provisions, the invoice proposes to allow the Centre to permit an NGO or affiliation to give up its FCRA certificates. The invoice additionally seeks to bar public servants from receiving funds from overseas.

The minister was of the view that this invoice was essential for the context of inner safety of the nation as there are earlier cases the place NGOs didn’t disclose their overseas funding and in addition didn’t furnish correct audit of their expenditure.

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