Inputs of alleged involvement of NGOs in sponsoring stirs: Govt

Government Tuesday said there are intelligence inputs of alleged involvement of NGOs, including Greenpeace India, which have received foreign funds in the past in sponsoring agitation against nuclear plants and coalfields in the country.

PTI| Updated: Jul 08, 2014, 15:56 PM IST

New Delhi: Government Tuesday said there are intelligence inputs of alleged involvement of NGOs, including Greenpeace India, which have received foreign funds in the past in sponsoring agitation against nuclear plants and coalfields in the country.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said on receipt of such inputs, preliminary scrutiny is carried out in respect of the associations based on the annual returns filed by them and information sought through questionnaire served.
To a question in the Lok Sabha whether there are intelligence inputs of alleged involvement of NGOs, including Greenpeace India, which have received foreign funds in the past in sponsoring agitation against nuclear plants and coalfields in the country, he replied in the affirmative.

After receipt of such inputs, inspection of records and accounts of such associations are conducted under Section 20 and 23 of Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 to ascertain receipt of foreign contribution and to verify its proper utilisation, he said in a written reply.

Rijiju said NGOs against whom inputs were received during the last three years include Tuticorin Diocesan Association, Tuticorin, East Coast Research and Development Trust, Thoothukudi, Centre for Promotion and Social Concern, Madurai and Green Peace India, Chennai.
After carrying out inspection of records, if material evidence of serious violation of provisions of Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act 2010 is found against any association, the case is referred to CBI/State Police for further investigation and prosecution, besides prohibiting the association from receiving foreign contribution, freezing of its bank accounts and cancelling registration under FCRA, he said.

Greenpeace India had recently rubbished allegations levelled by an Intelligence Bureau report submitted to the PMO which reportedly stated that foreign funded NGOs (mainly Greenpeace) are stalling development.