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`Anti-N campaign; 3 NGOs diverted foreign funds`

Union Minister V Narayanasamy said three NGOs were found to be diverting foreign funds for the anti-nuclear campaign in Kudankulan in Tamil Nadu.



New Delhi: Carrying forward Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh`s charge, Union Minister V Narayanasamy on Friday
said three NGOs were found to be diverting foreign funds for
the anti-nuclear campaign in Kudankulan in Tamil Nadu.

Licences of three NGOs active in the Kudankulam region
have been cancelled after a Home Ministry inquiry found that
they were using funds meant for social causes to fuel the
anti-nuclear protests.

"These NGOs were receiving funds from foreign countries
for social service causes like helping the physically
handicapped and eradication of leprosy but these were used for
anti-nuclear protests," Narayanasamy, Minister of State in the
PMO, told PTI.

He said the government had taken action after it found
that some NGOs, receiving funds from the US and Scandinivian
countries, were spending huge amounts of money on the
agitation.

"In fact, the people who are agitating near the plant
have been continuing their agitation for the past three
months. People are being brought there in trucks from various
villages, they are being given food," he said.

Narayanasamy said three NGOs were found to be violating
the FCRA guidelines by not using the funds for the cause they
were received for.

He said the Prime Minister`s observation on anti-nuclear
activists using foreign funds came from the inquiry.

The Prime Minister, in an interview to international
journal, `Science`, had said that the atomic energy programme
had gone into difficulties because NGOs, mostly based in the
United States, did not appreciate India`s need to increase
energy supply.

PTI

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