Proposed amendments to RBI Act, IT Act and RP Act would leave the RBI and IT department with no means to probe funding of political parties.
The Modi government’s clampdown on foreign funding has forced several NGOs to lay-off its employee, and has impacted education and social welfare initiatives.
Navsarjan Trust said its activities were a “threat to the BJP” and hence its FCRA licence was cancelled.
Fear of unemployment, reduction in aid for poor and marginalised communities grows as Centre continues its clampdown on foreign funding for NGOs.
The MPs, from six political parties, have also questioned why RSS-affiliated groups that spread hatred are not being investigated for FCRA violations.
“What is shocking about the order served on the Lawyers Collective is the statement that they have done nothing for women’s development and empowerment,” said activist Anjali Gopalan.
In an interview with The Wire, D. Raja talks about the need for electoral reforms, BJP’s varying stance on FCRA when it came to the funding of NGOs and political parties and more.
The amendments will also set different standards for assets and liabilities declarations for the bureaucracy and ministers.
Explaining why it would not abide by clauses that call for restricted state control on sources of funding, India said “civil society must operate within the framework of domestic laws”.
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In a statement, the three UN special rapporteurs have also asked that the suspended registration of NGO Lawyers Collective be reversed.
With its credibility under attack, the BJP-led government will have lot of answering to do in the next few days.
Giving a point-by-point rebuttal to the charges levelled against it, the Lawyers Collective said all foreign contribution received by it “were spent for the purposes received and accounted for”.
The government appears to be seeking to counter news reports that are critical of the planned amendment to the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act.
Given the obvious conflict of interest, the party MPs must make the honourable decision to opt out of voting on the amendments.
Revealed: Jaitley Redefines ‘Foreign’ as ‘Indian’ to Get BJP, Congress Off the Hook for FCRA Violation
Under the new definition, so long as the foreign company’s ownership of an Indian entity is within the foreign investment limits prescribed by the government for that sector, the company will be treated as “Indian” for the purposes of the FCRA.
Lawyers Collective has hit out at the government for running a sinister campaign against it by selectively leaking confidential information pertaining to an enquiry initiated by the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act Wing under the Ministry of Home Affairs into its funding and functioning.
The RSS mouthpiece ‘Organiser’, in its editorial titled “The un-civil intervention’, questioned whether the United States would allow violations by so-called non-profit and non-political NGOs in their own country.