In a major move, the Modi government has barred institutions such as JNU, DU, IIT-Delhi and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) from receiving foreign funds. The Home Ministry has cancelled their registration under the FCRA 2010 because they failed to file their annual returns for the last five years.
It has now become mandatory for these institutions to register under FCRA and to submit their annual income and expenditure statements to the government, only then can they receive donations from abroad.
These aren’t the only organisations whose licenses have been cancelled. Here are the names of others: the Supreme Court Bar Association, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Panjab University, Gargi College (Delhi), Lady Irwin College (Delhi), Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre, Gandhi Peace Foundation, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Armed Forces Flag Day Fund, School of Planning & Architecture (Delhi) and FICCI Socio Economic Development Foundation, The Doon School Old Boys Association, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College (Delhi), Dr Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia International Trust, Co-ordinating Voluntary Adoption Resource Agency, Bombay Diocesan Society, Rajiv Gandhi university of Health Sciences (Karnataka), Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health (Bengaluru), Shri Mahatma Gandhi Charitable Trust (Gujarat) and Sri Satya Sai Trust.
All these organisations had failed to file their returns for five consecutive years – 2010-11 to 2014-15. IIT-Delhi Director said he wasn’t aware of this news but claimed that the institution has nothing to hide and they’ll sort the issue with the government. However, the VCs of JNU and DU didn’t respond regarding this.
Other than this, the Home Ministry has even directed 1,222 NGOs to validate the bank accounts in which they receive foreign funds, failure of which will invite action. The list includes Sri Ramakrishna Math, Ramakrishna Mission, Indore Cancer Foundation Charitable Trust, Coimbatore Christian Charitable Trust, Delhi School of Social Work Society, Hindu Anath Ashram, Madani Darut Tarbiyat, Rehmat E Alam Hospital Trust (Anantnag), Rotary Club of Mumbai Midwest, Goonj, Madina Education and Charitable Society, Nagaland Bible College, Indian Institute for Nature and Environment Study.
This is a brilliant move as unaccounted foreign funding can and is used for anti-Indian purposes. We’ve seen the extent of anti-Hindu and anti-Indian activities that take place in JNU. Scrutinising foreign funding is crucial and will definitely curb anti-Indian activities especially by NGOs.