Ten NGOs to be probed for foreign funds
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Last Updated: Monday, November 21, 2011, 13:25
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New Delhi: The government on Monday ordered a probe against ten Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and charitable trusts for allegedly funding political activities with funds received from foreign sources.

As per reports, the order in this regard was passed by the Union Home Ministry in the wake of allegations that various NGOs and charitable trusts were acting on behalf of "foreign interests".

The development holds significance as the main opposition BJP has recently declared that it would closely verify the sources and use of foreign funds received by hundreds of NGOs in the country.

Several NGOs and charitable trusts including that of yoga guru Baba Ramdev have come under the government scanner for allegedly receiving huge foreign money and divesting it into political purposes.

Government officials said the inquiry has been ordered after the Home Ministry received information that funds to the tune of crores of rupees received by these NGOs have been given to social activists to stage protests and resort to other means against government policies thus creating unrest.

"We are trying to find out the source of the fund, to whom these have been given and what kind of unrest they wanted to create. If we get proof, we will definitely take action," an official said.

The inquiry has been ordered amidst media reports which suggested that Denmark plans to provide funds to outfits that rally against Indian government policies.

The reports said the Indian Ambassador in Denmark reported that the newly-elected Minister for Development Cooperation, Christian Friis Bach, has voiced plans "to use the Danish official development aid as a tool to generate popular unrest in recipient countries" so that citizens can get their rights by fighting for them.

Friis, a member of the Social Liberal Party, is reported to have cited India’s Right to Food Campaign while explaining his approach. He is reported to have said that a group of citizens sued the government because 400 million people did not have sufficient food, though it was their constitutional right.

However, it is not clear whether the inquiry has been ordered after receiving the envoy's report or before that.

With PTI Input

First Published: Monday, November 21, 2011, 11:33

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