The Centre has cancelled the FCRA registration of the Centre for Financial Accountability, an NGO that works for the environment and human rights.
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The Centre has cancelled the FCRA registration of the Centre for Financial Accountability, an NGO that works for the environment and human rights.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday cancelled the registration under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) of the parent entity of the non-profit Centre for Financial Accountability (CFA), which monitors and critically analyses the role of financial institutions and their impact on development, human rights and the environment.

In a recent report, the CFA highlighted how additional projects approved in the Special Economic Zone run by the Adani Group in the Kutch region of Gujarat “will result in worsening environmental hazards and increasing health risks to people, while further polluting the environment and accelerating ecological degradation.”

In December 2023, CFA organised an online meeting with All-India Bank Officers Confederation (AIBOC) to discuss the issues faced by public sector banks and the way forward in this regard.

Talking to This HinduJoe Athialy, executive director of CFA, said they have not yet received orders to cancel the registration of FCRA CACIM (India Institute for Critical Action Centre in Movement), but have been informed about it online. CFA is one of the projects of CACIM.

“Just an excuse”

“We were told that the cancellation was due to incorrect (refund) filings for tax years 2018 and 2019. That may just be an excuse because they had so many years to ask us to fix the errors. We certainly believe that the work we did contributed to this action,” Mr. Athialy said.

He stated that the government wants to put an end to the activities of organizations that criticize his activities.

“We will not be entangled in such activities. We will continue our work. We recognize that the government has sought to limit our work. We will find innovative ways to continue our work, including national donations. There is life beyond the FCRA,” he said.

In early January, the MHA cancelled the FCRA registration of the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), a leading public policy research institution in New Delhi.

Since 2015, FCRA registration of over 16,000 NGOs has been cancelled due to “violations”. As of Wednesday, there were 15,946 FCRA-registered NGOs in the country. FCRA registration of nearly 6,000 NGOs has stopped functioning from January 1, 2022, as the MHA either refused to renew their application or the NGOs did not apply for renewal.