Govt cancels licenses of over 20,000 NGOs


New Delhi: Government has cancelled the licences of over 2000 Non-Governmental Organisations across the country.In the wake of the cancellation of their registrations, the NGOs would not be able to receive foreign funds. According to official data, Maharashtra tops the list with the cancellation of licences of 964 NGOs followed by Uttar Pradesh with 740 and Karnataka with 614.

The licences of 88 NGOs were cancelled in Tamil Nadu. The decision to cancel the registration of these entities under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act was taken by the Union Home Ministry after the NGOs allegedly failed to submit their annual returns and in view of other anomalies.

An official sources said, all the organisations were given proper notice by the Foreigners’ Division of the Home Ministry with adequate time to reply.  In two earlier rounds of crackdown this year, licences of nearly 13 thousand NGOs were cancelled for alleged violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, FCRA.