Over Rs 28,000 cr received by NGOs as grant in three years

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




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