New Delhi: The home ministry has cancelled the registration of Infosys Foundation for alleged violation of norms in receiving foreign grants, officials said on Monday.
All NGOs are required to be registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) to receive foreign funding. Officials said that the home ministry had issued a show cause notice to Infosys Foundation last year for failing to submit the annual income and expenditure statement on foreign funding for up to six years, despite repeated reminders. The registration was cancelled as Infosys Foundation allegedly did not file income and expenditure statement on foreign funding for the past few years.
As per the FCRA guidelines, registered associations are required to submit electronically an online annual report with scanned copies of income and expenditure statement, receipts and payment account, balance sheet etc., for every financial year within nine months of closure of the financial year. Associations which do not receive foreign contribution during a particular year are also required to furnish a ‘NIL’ return for that financial year within the aforesaid period.
When contacted, Infosys Foundation said its de-registration from the FCRA followed a request it proactively made to the Ministry of Home Affairs.
“This [request] was done as the Infosys Foundation does not come under the purview of the FCRA following the amendment made to the act in 2016. We had approached the ministry to consider this, and thank them for granting our request,” said Rishi Basu from the foundation’s corporate marketing and communications division.
The Bengaluru-based NGO, established in 1996, supports projects in education, rural development, health care, arts and culture, and destitute care. According to the foundation’s website, its mission is to work in remote regions of India. Sudha Murthy is the chairperson of the foundation.
The Union home ministry had last year served show cause notices to at least 1,755 NGOs, including a few companies, for failing to submit annual income and expenditure statement on foreign funding for up to six years, despite reminders.