New Delhi: As many as 1,736 NGOs, including Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Mata Amritnandmayi Math and Church of South India Diocese of Madras, will no longer be able to receive foreign funds as they have failed to renew their FCRA registration.

The registration of the 1,736 NGOs under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act expired after these organisations failed to submit required documents for renewal of their license by November 8. The NGOs will no longer be able to receive any foreign funds henceforth, a Home Ministry official said.

However, if anyone of them approaches the government with the necessary documents, such application will be considered case-to-case basis, the official said.

Earlier, the Home Ministry had closed the application for FCRA licence renewal in 1,736 cases due to “non-submission of documents or deficient documents or other statutory shortcoming within the stipulated time” of June 30. The NGOs were given time till November 8 for submission of non-complete applications.

In addition, the Centre also denied renewal of FCRA registration to 25 NGOs after they were allegedly found to be involved in anti-national activities. The 25 NGOs’ operations in the country are “contrary” to the provisions of the Foreign Contribution Regulations Act (FCRA) and allegedly anti-national, an official said.

A total of 16,491 applications were received by the Home Ministry for renewal of FCRA registration and out of which 14,730 were granted renewal.

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Kashmiri residents walk past paramilitary troopers as they stand guard during curfew and restrictions in downtown Srinagar as the unrest in Kashmir enters 126th day on Friday.

More than 90 civilians have been killed and thousands injured during the latest protests against Indian rule, sparked by the killing on July 8 of a popular rebel leader of Hizbul Mujahieed during a gunfight with Indian soldiers.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since their independence from British rule in 1947. Both claim the territory in full.


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