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Indians donating Rs 10,000 plus to NGO "sent notices" by Govt of India, seeking to know reason for "support"

Shabnam Hashmi of Anhad
By Our Representative
In a surprise revelation which may create flutter among those supporting civil rights organizations, the Government of India (GoI) reportedly sent notices to Indians who had donated as little as more than Rs 10,000 to the NGO Act Now for Harmony and Democracy (or Anhad), run by well-known human rights activist Shabnam Hashmi.
Anhad is one of the seven NGOs whose Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) license has been cancelled by the Ministry of Home Affairs, GoI, after it was issued in March 2016. “Those who were sent donations were asked whether they knew for what purpose it was meant”, a knowledgeable source told Counterview.
Another prominent NGOs whose FCRA has been cancelled is Navsaran Trust, a Gujarat-based Dalit rights which supported the anti-caste powerful movement which gripped the state and the nation against the gruesome flogging (click HERE) of four Dalit youths in Una, a town in the Saurashtra region, for skinning dead cows.
Cancelling Navsarjan Trust’s FCRA license, the GoI accused it of “undesirable activities aimed to affect prejudicially harmony between religious, racial, social, linguistic, regional groups, castes or communities”, cancelling the license it was issued on August 3, 2016, three weeks after the Una incident.
Issued soon after the FCRA withdrawal, an Anhad statement said, “It’s not the foreign funds that are being questioned”, calling it an effort to “suppress” any dissident in India. Terming it “draconian”, it added, “The present attack is a continuation of similar draconian measures taken during the past three years by the present government in almost every sphere of intellectual activity and freedom of expression.”
Martin Macwan, founder, Navsarjan Trust
Things allegedly became awry for Anhad immediately after Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister. An enquiry was instituted against it from the Home Ministry in June 2014. In November 2015 the Home Ministry did the second enquiry, following which it sent four trunks full of material to it.
“The scenario is like the demonetization notices”, Anhad said, wondering, “Government can’t make up its mind what it wants to do… If it had to cancel the FCRA, it should have done after the November 2015 enquiry. Why did they renew the FCRA then and why have they cancelled it now?”
“It is very clear that a government which thinks it is fine to have 100% FDI in many areas, including defence, but cannot afford the dissenting voices to have any access to funds. Notices were also sent in 2014 to donors who donated more than Rs 10,000 to Anhad from within India”, it added.
Navsarjan Trust founder Martin Macwan told Counterview, “We have come to know about GoI decision of canceling the FCRA license from the media." Dalit rights activists in Gujarat suspect the move has come on account of participation in the Una movement” calling the decision “purely political.”
Meanwhile, several Rajya Sabha members of Parliament (MPs), cutting across party lines, have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi wondering why the GoI has refused to investigate Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which collects “huge amounts of money abroad and then use it to further a hate filled agenda”.
Calling the selective targeting of NGOs such as Sabrang Trust run by Teesta Setalvad, Anhad, Lawyers Collective, Greenpeace India, Navsarjan Trust, as “abhorrent and anti-democratic” only because they are critical of government policies, the MPs said, their “licenses had been earlier renewed, showing that in the normal course these NGOs had fulfilled the criteria required for registration.”
“The decision to cancel the registration is therefore a decision motivated by the politics of vendetta, victimization and an effort to bully them into silence”, the MPs insisted, demanding revocation of the cancelled licenses.
Those who have signed the statement include Sitaram Yechury and P Karunakaran of the CPI(M), D Raja of the CPI, Ahmed Patel and Renuka Chaudhury of the Congress, Premchand Gupta of the Rashtriya Janata Dal, Praful Patel and Supriya Sule of the Nationalist Congress Party, and Neeraj Shekar of the Samajwadi Party.

Comments

Rahul Sharma said…
You can donate 10000 crore in cash to BJP without any question.
What is the duty of R.B.I.?
When notes were named these to bge taken back without any restrictors I feel.
What is the moral responsibility of the head?
If any subordinates have done mistake at the time of exchange?
His moral responsibility is to quit from his post.
He! he is expected to deny or put new rules within in the stipulated period it may be unlawful. Isit not breach of law enforced by the top.
All use to talk about corrupt money or black money is exchange itself seemsa to be corrupt money. Is it fair to talk so? If RBI ITSEF CONTROLLING THE BLACK MONEY AS A BUSINESS WHAT is the need of tax authorities?
DUE to speedy activities of exchange the banks had worked hard for trasactions of exchange; then why do you blame them. There is sufficient tie for enforcement directorate or CBI etc. Why to be mixed everything in one way? Ban, BAN IS OVER WHEN ANNOUNCED EACH DEPARTMENTS ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE ACTIO ACOORDING T LAW otherwise it becomes unlawful Do you Know. There must not be restrictions for any transactions till the dater of expire by any one Institution. Do you agree or Not? The Why? There are several instructions of transactions those RBI/Enforcement directorates. They I identified 400 now covered some corners nearly 8-11.. There may be sufficient reports expected Do you agree! IT IS THE DUTY OF THE RBI CHIEF TO COLLECT EVERY NOTE OF BANNED WITHOUT ANY FURTHER DELAY. That activity must not be restricted as per the promise on the note RBI GOVERNER SIGNED AND GIVEN PUBLIC DO DEAL FOR TRASACTIONS> WWhat is wrong to ask such questions NOW?

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