India Cancels Licenses of Nearly 9,000 Charities Over Foreign Funds

Thursday, April 30, 2015

India has cancelled the registration of nearly 9,000 charities for failing to declare details of donations from abroad, as New Delhi tightens surveillance on foreign-funded non-governmental organisations in the country.

The crackdown comes days after the government suspended the license of Greenpeace India and put U.S.-based Ford Foundation on a security watch list, ordering government approval of any of its activities in the country.

A “cancellation order” issued by the home ministry and uploaded to its website late on Monday said the government had cancelled the registration of 8,975 associations because they did not declare details of their foreign funding for three years starting from 2009/10.

The order, dated April 6, did not name the groups whose licenses were cancelled but said they had not filed the “mandatory annual returns”.

Home ministry officials were not immediately available for a comment.

Source: Reuters (link opens in a new window)