Delhi Cracks Whip on 36 NGOs in JK

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SRINAGAR: Central government has cracked a whip on 36 NGOs active in Jammu and Kashmir by cancelling their registration over non-filling of annual returns and other anomalies, reports said on Saturday.

“The registration of these associations has been cancelled for non-filing of returns within the stipulated time period under Section 14(1) (d) of FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act), 2010 for violating Section 18 thereof and Rule 17(1) of FCRR 2011,” the reports said. “All the associations were given proper notices by the Foreign Division of the Home Ministry with adequate time to reply before their FCRA licences were cancelled.”

Several associations running prominent health and educational institutions have failed to submit the mandatory annual returns to the Ministry of Home Affairs for the years 2009-2010, 2010-11 and 2011-12, reports said: “The list also included several religious institutions fanned across the State.”

Prominent Associations, whose registration had been cancelled included Bee Enn Charitable Trust, Jammu, running a hospital by name of Bee Enn Charitable Hospital and DP Dhar Memorial Trust, Kamal Village, Sonwar, which is running Delhi Public School, Srinagar.

Among the NGOs active in Kashmir facing license cancellation including Prefecture Apostolic of J&K Catholic Church, Maulana Azad Road, Srinagar; J&K Darul Fazal Home for the Zoram Evangelical Fellowship, Shivpora, Srinagar; Madrasa Taleemul Quran, Sazgari Porah, Srinagar; Kashmir Rural uplift, P O Latti Bandokh, Tehsil Ramnagar, Udhampur; Cancer Society of Kashmir, Lal Mandi Chowk, Srinagar; J&K Khatoon Welfare Society, Near Star Clinic Regal Lane, Municipal Complex Srinagar; All Jammu and Kashmir Saffron Grower’s and Dealers Association, Ladhu Road, Namblabal, Pampore, Pulwama; The Tibetan Muslim Refugee Welfare Association, Badam Wari, Srinagar; Kashmir Dastakar Anjuman, opposite Pratap Park, Residency Road, Srinagar and Rattan Rani Hospital, Sathoo Barbar Shah, Srinagar.

As per provision of FCRA, even associations which did not receive foreign contribution during a particular year are also required to furnish a NIL returns for that financial year within the aforesaid period. Thus, non-submission of mandatory annual return is violation of FCRA 2010 and FCRA 2011, the reports said.

As per letter no F.No. 11/21022/58(040)/2015-FCRA of the Union Home Ministry addressed to District Magistrates of concerned districts—wherein they have been directed to manage the assets of the associations during the period of cancellation in such manner as considered necessary and in public interest.

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