3,292 NGOs, institutes yet to disclose foreign donations: Govt

New Delhi: As many as 3,292 NGOs and institutes, including some top academic centres like JNU, PU, IGNOU, IIT Delhi and Madras, besides the Infosys Foundation in Bangalore, have not disclosed their annual foreign donations and expenditure for the last fiscal or previous years, the Home Ministry has said.
The ministry told the NGOs and institutes in a notice that after scrutiny of records for 2011-12 to 2016-17, it has been observed that the mandatory annual returns/accounts for some of the financial years in the said period have not been found uploaded on the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act portal despite several opportunities were given to them to do so.
Those whose names figure in the Home Ministry list include Infosys Foundation, University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Panjab University, University of Rajasthan, Madras Christian College, Indian Council Of Agricultural Research, Indian Council of Medical Research, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and Madras, besides others.
The ministry said in the notice that those associations which have not filed the annual returns must file it immediately online.
“The status of submission of mandatory annual return will be reviewed after 15 days of issue of this notice (electronically/physically) in respect of your association, being dispatched to your known addresses. If you fail to submit any of the missing return (s) within this period, appropriate action under Section 10 of the FCRA, 2010 would be initiated against your association for the said violation,” it said.
No organisation is allowed to receive funds from abroad unless it is registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).
It is mandatory under the law for such organisations to submit income and expenditure statement to the government annually else their registration is cancelled.