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India cancels registration of 4,867 NGOs

| Updated: January 05, 2018 16:06:39

India cancels registration of 4,867 NGOs

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in India has served notices to 5,922 NGOs for failing to file annual returns.

The ministry also cancelled registration of 4,867 NGOs across the country, says Times of India.

The cancellation included 190 NGOs under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA), including actor-producer Akkineni Nagarjuna's Akkineni International Foundation, in Telangana in 2017.

MHA has cancelled FCRA registration of Birla Archaeological Cultural Research Institute, Hyderabad Management Association and several educational and religious societies.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday informed the Rajya Sabha that as per available records over 10,000 NGOs had not filed their annual returns for six financial years (2010-11 to 2015-16) in the country.

Stating that there were no penal provisions under the FCRA, 2010, to deal with failure in filing returns, he said action was initiated against the NGOs violating norms.

In Telangana, FCRA registration of 190 NGOs was cancelled, while 454 NGOs of Andhra Pradesh, highest in the country, lost their FCRA registration.

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