Over 18,000 NGOs Haven’t Filed Annual Returns For The Last 5 Years, Says Kiren Rijiju

10:34 pm 26 Jul, 2017


As per a recent report, it has been contended that over 18,000 NGOs have not yet filed for their annual income and expenditure statements for a period between 2010-11 and 2014-15, which is almost a 5 year period.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju mentioned in a written reply,

More than 18,000 NGOs, who did not file due annual returns from financial year 2010-11 to 2014-15, were given one month time to upload the missing annual returns pertaining to the above period.


Kiren Rijiju gave a statement in Rajya Sabha. indianexpress.com

He further mentioned that over 8,000 NGOs have adhered to the directions of the government. Almost 6,000 have been given show-cause notice, he quoted further. A validation has been asked from those NGOs who had registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), 2010, with invalid bank accounts.

“Close to 25,000 NGOs are registered under FCRA, 2010, and as per record, over 20,000 NGOs have valid bank account numbers,” he added further.

In December 2016, the NDA government had cancelled Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) licences due to technical violations of various acts by many NGOs. Since then, the NGOs could no longer receive foreign funds. Many NGOs were working in the human rights domain.

In 2014, both the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) as well as Congress were indicated of receiving foreign funds by the Delhi High Court, which is in violation of provisions of Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA).