New Delhi: In a fresh crackdown on Greenpeace, the government on Thursday cancelled its registration under Foreign Contribution Regulations Act (FCRA) for allegedly working against the country’s economic progress but the NGO said it will not be deterred by the attempt to “silence” its campaign. The Greenpeace India’s registration has been cancelled under FCRA, a senior Home Ministry official said tonight.
The decision would mean that the NGO will not be able to receive from abroad the funds, which are upto 30 per cent of its overall cost of its operations. The Home Ministry is likely to inform the Delhi High Court about its decision tomorrow when a case related to curbs on Greenpeace India is listed for hearing. Greenpeace India has about 340 people working with it. The decision of the Home Ministry came five months after it suspended its licence under FCRA for 180 days. It had also frozen its seven bank accounts, alleging the environmental group was working against the country’s economic progress and public interest.