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Evangelical teams and Islamic charities face the axe, FCRA approval for six NGOs suspended: Details

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Evangelical groups and Islamic charities face the axe, FCRA approval for 6 NGOs suspended: Details

Tightening the noose round evangelical organizations and Islamic charities working within the garb of NGOs, the house ministry prior to now one and a half months has suspended the overseas funding license of six such organizations. 
The alleged NGOs have been beneath the scanner for misappropriation of funds and have been suspended citing violations of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010. Reportedly, the NGOs have been misusing the funds for non secular conversions in India.
NGOs that received suspended this 12 months
Islamic Charities
On August 27, the FCRA license of Markazul Ighasathil Kairiyathil Hindiyya, a Kerala-based NGO linked to outstanding Sunni chief Sheikh Aboobacker Ahmed was cancelled over “misutilization” of funds, misrepresentation of details and non-filing of annual FCRA returns in 2019-20. 
The NGO had acquired over Rs 146 crores in donations from overseas within the final three years from 35 listed overseas contributors. While 28 have been from the UAE, others have been from Oman, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Additionally, in July the house ministry revoked the FCRA license of a Lucknow-based Al Hasan Educational and Welfare Organisation over their alleged involvement in pressured non secular conversions. 
This is similar group that was raided by the Uttar Pradesh ATS in reference to one Umar Gautam who’s beneath arrest for operating a conversion racket in UP and Delhi funded by Pakistan’s ISI.
Similarly, Haryana-based Mewat Trust for Educational Welfare headed by one Shafi Mohammad additionally had its FCRA license suspended for 180 days. Reports counsel that the explanation for a similar shouldn’t be identified. 
Evangelical Organizations 
On August 28, Odisha-based People’s Organisation of Empowerment of Tribals and Heavenly Grace Ministries together with Madurai-based Russ Foundation acquired suspension orders beneath FCRA. 
Reportedly, Russ Foundation director M. Berlin Jose (54) and Chairperson John Prabakar (63) have been arrested in 2019 after one of many administrators sexually assaulted a 10-year-old inmate. The campus was sealed instantly after the incident and the Foundation had additionally not renewed its license to run its faculty. 
Another group to face the axe was Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, an NGO that’s mentioned to have acquired funds from George Soros’s Open Society Foundation. The group is led by a widely known commentator on the northeast Sanjoy Hazarika.
The group’s FCRA license was cancelled in June this 12 months. However, the Delhi High Court had permitted the group to make the most of part of its funds to pay the salaries of its staff in July. 
Two extra organizations that confronted suspensions embody ‘internationally recognized’ Bengaluru-based Centre for Wildlife Studies and missionary group Holy Spirit Ministries, which operates out of Andhra Pradesh.
An NGO, Trust or group can not obtain overseas help as soon as their FCRA license has been revoked. The suspension additional freezes the financial institution accounts of such organizations prohibiting them from using the present funds.
As per a Times of India report, there are as many as 22,708 energetic NGOs and different associations registered beneath FCRA thus far.