Home Ministry issues notices to 750 NGOs including Manish Sisodia's 'Kabir'

The Home Ministry has issued notices to 750 non-governmental organisations for failing to file Income Tax returns, reports said on Friday.

New Delhi: The Home Ministry has issued notices to 750 non-governmental organisations for failing to file Income Tax returns, reports said on Friday.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia's NGO Kabir has also been served a notice by the ministry.

Last month, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) restricted all funding to four American NGOs operating in India after the government found them allegedly violating laws related to foreign contributions.

The US-based Avaaz, Bank Information Centre, Sierra Club and 350.Org or their representatives have been debarred from receiving funds from abroad after it was found that the foreign contributions were being remitted into personal accounts of a few individuals instead of bank accounts operated under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, a Home Ministry official said.

The action came after Home Ministry asked RBI to take prior permission from its foreigners' division before clearing any aid from abroad to the four NGOs. It follows prolonged monitoring of the activities of the four American NGOs which were allegedly violating the rules governing FCRA.

The move came six months after international environment group Greenpeace and Climate Works Foundation were subjected to a similar restriction for allegedly opposing several development projects in India. The NGOs have denied the charges.  

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