Foreign NGOs a source of terror funding: Govt

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 16:51

New Delhi: Government on Wednesday said NGOs based
in foreign countries, particularly those which provide a safe
haven to terrorists acting against India, are considered a
potential source of terrorist funding.

"As per the available inputs, from a terrorist financing
risk perspective, foreign organisations and trusts,
particularly those based in countries which provide a safe
haven to terrorists acting against India are considered a
potential source of terrorist funding," Minister of State for
Home Jitendra Singh informed Rajya Sabha.

A number of foreign charitable trusts and NGOs have been
identified by the United Nations for their alleged role in
financing of terrorist organisations.

"No such organisations or their front organisations are
given permission to receive foreign contribution under the
Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010," Singh said
adding existing statutory and legal structure provides
adequate provisions to deal with such organisations.

To further strengthen the existing enforcement structure,
the Minister said, the National Investigation Agency Act was
passed in 2008 and NIA started functioning in 2009 with a
specific mandate to deal with all activities criminalised
under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, including
terrorist funding.

"NIA has created a dedicated cell, Terror Funding and
Fake Currency Cell for countering the menace. Up till date,
NIA has reported freezing/seizure of 18 properties/ accounts
on suspicion of being funds/ properties intended to be used
for terrorism or being proceeds of terrorism," he said.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 16:51
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