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‘Action taken against NGOs misusing foreign funds’

The Centre has frozen accounts of 30 NGOs following allegations of misuse of foreign funds and banned 70 other voluntary organisations from receiving donations from abroad.



New Delhi: The Centre has frozen accounts of
30 NGOs following allegations of misuse of foreign funds and
banned 70 other voluntary organisations from receiving
donations from abroad.

Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran told
Lok Sabha on Tuesday that 24 cases of alleged misuse of foreign
contribution have been referred to the CBI for investigation
and seven cases have been handed over to state police.

"35 NGOs have been placed in prior-permission category,
accounts of 30 NGOs have been frozen and 70 NGOs have been
prohibited from receiving foreign contribution," he said.

Last week, Ramachandran had said that preliminary
reports suggested alleged misuse of foreign funds for opposing
the setting up of the Kudankulam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu
and a probe has been ordered into it.

Rs 9914.19 crore foreign contribution was received by
21,365 NGOs in 2007-08, Rs 10987.05 crore by 22,544 NGOs in
2008-09 and Rs 10340.25 crore by 21,674 NGOs in 2009-10.

PTI

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