Over 800 applications of West Bengal’s NGOs pending for FCRA registration, says Health Ministry

New Delhi: In response to a question, the Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday informed that nearly 800 applications of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) from West Bengal are pending for Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) registration.

MP Mausam Noor from West Bengal in Rajya Sabha asked if there is inordinate delay in the process of registration of FCRA for NGOs from West Bengal.

To which, the Minister of State in MHA Nityanand Rai responded that the process is going on its regular pace acorss the country. In his written answer, he said, “The details of Associations granted FCRA registration certificate are already available on the FCRA web portal of the Ministry of Home Affairs.”

He also claimed that there are 808 applications of NGOs from West Bengal are pending for FCRA registrations as on March 15, 2022.

On December 25, MHA had refused the registration of the Missionaries of Charity’s application for renewal of FCRA for not meeting eligibility conditions as some adverse inputs were received. Later, on January 6, the registration was renewed till 2026.

The second half of the Budget session of Parliament resumed from March 14 and will conclude on April 8. The first half of the Budget session began on January 31 and concluded on February 11.

(With inputs from ANI)

first published:March 23, 2022, 6:56 p.m.

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