NGOs received Rs 11,838 cr in 2012-13, many under scanner

Various organizations, including NGOs, in India have received a total of Rs 11,838 crore in 2012-13 as foreign donations from 164 countries, the government told Parliament on Wednesday. Many of these NGOs were also facing investigations by CBI and other agencies for violation of foreign funding rules, it said.

The data were provided by minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

He said, “There are various Non-Governmental Organisations working across the country. Most of these are associated with schemes of various ministries, departments and state concerns. Ministry of Home Affairs deals with the NGOs which are getting contributions from foreign sources. As on date, 42,529 organisations are registered under Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act, 2010. As per available information, during the year 2012-13, a total sum of Rs 11,838 crore approximately was received as foreign contribution from 164 countries.”

In a separate reply, Rijiju said that on the basis of complaints received in the past and enquiries conducted, 24 cases have so far been referred to CBI and 10 cases have been referred to state police for investigation with regard to complaints of fraudulent activities received against NGOs.

Outside Parliament, Rijiju also talked tough on NGOs associated with Maoists. He said action would be initiated against NGOs and organisations receiving funds legally from various sources and utilising it for anti-national activities.

“If you take money legally and use for illegal activities, whenever necessary action will be initiated. if the source (of the funds) is illegal, then there has to be an enquiry,” Rijiju told reporters.

The statement comes a day after the government informed Parliament that some cadres of the banned CPI (Maoists) had received training from the Communist Party of the Philippines.

Rijiju said the government’s response in Parliament was based on “the inputs which we received from IB (Intelligence Bureau).” “There is information with the Intelligence Bureau. The statements (submitted) in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, are based on the inputs which we received from IB,” he said.

Replying to a question about foreign funding to Naxal groups in India, Rijiju had informed Parliament that there was no specific intelligence input to indicate that Maoists or Naxalites were getting external or foreign assistance.

“However, the CPI (Maoist) party has close links with foreign Maoist organizations in the Philippines and Turkey. The outfit is also a member of the Coordination Committee of Maoist Parties and organizations of South Aisa…

“…the so-called People’s war being waged by CPI (Maoists) against the Indian state has also drawn support from several fringe Maoist organizations located in Germany, France, Holland, Turkey and Italy,” he had said in the reply.

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