Over Rs 28,000 cr received by NGOs as grant in three years
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 30, 2010, 15:10
  
New Delhi: More than Rs 28,000 crore was received by several non-government organisations in the country from foreign nations between 2005 and 2008.

In reply to an RTI query, the Home Ministry said a total of Rs 28,878 crore was given to 56,362 NGOs and self help groups under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976.

A highest of Rs 11,336.97 crore was given to 18,996 NGOs during 2006-07 followed by Rs 9,663.46 crore to 18,796 and Rs 7,877.57 crore to 18,570 association in 2007-08 and 2005-06 respectively, it said.

"The information regarding foreign contribution received by the registered Associations for the year 2008-09 is being compiled," the reply said.

As per norms, an NGO can receive grant under foreign contribution by either obtaining prior permission from the Central Government or by registering the association under FCRA.

Exercising his Right to Information, Ashwini Shrivastava had asked information on complaints of irregularities received by the Home Ministry in grant of foreign aid to NGOs and details of amounts received by them.

The Ministry denied to disclose information related to complaints against irregularities in receiving financial help from foreign countries.

"As regard receipt of complaints against Associations details thereof, for the periods from 2005 to date, it is informed that in terms of Section 7 (9) of the RTI Act, 2005 it may not be possible to undertake such exercise as it would disproportionately divert the resource of the public authority," the reply said.

According to the Section, "information shall ordinarily be provided in the form in which it is sought unless it would disproportionately divert the resources of the public authority or would be detrimental to the safety or preservation of the record in question".

PTI


First Published: Thursday, December 30, 2010, 15:10


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