Union Government Cancels FCRA Licence of Sadbhavana Trust

The latest NGO to face this action had focused on empowering Dalit and Muslim women.

New Delhi: The Union government has cancelled the Foreign Contribution Registration Act (FCRA) licence of the Sadbhavana Trust, the Economic Times has reported.

The Delhi-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) had been active in working for Dalit and Muslim women. It will now be unable to receive or use foreign grants, ET has reported.

Among cited violations of the FCRA is the trust’s failure to open an FCRA bank account in the designated State Bank of India in New Delhi, officials told the newspaper.

The official website of the Trust notes that it was registered in 1990 by a group of social activists who had worked with Mehrauli labourers for decades before. The trust works in partnership with other NGOs and works primarily for the benefit for rural women in the backward regions of the country, the website said.

As ET has noted, it is the second women-focused NGO to lose its FCRA licence within a fortnight after the Young Women’s Christian Association of Delhi.

Two more NGOs – CNI Shishu Sangopan Griha and Program for Social Action (PSA) – lost their licences recently, too.

In early July, 80 retired civil servants called on Union home minister Amit Shah “to adopt a cooperative rather than an adversarial relationship” with nonprofit organisations working towards the cause of India’s marginalised sections.

They expressed concern over the cancellation or suspension of the FCRA licenses of several NGOs in the recent past, the former bureaucrats in an open letter said, “Every expression of difference of opinion or dissent cannot be construed as violating the integrity and sovereignty of the country or as being against the public interest,” they wrote.