Journalists, politicians, judges can't accept foreign money under FCRA

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On Wednesday, the Union home ministry cancelled the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) licence of the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), the country’s largest public health advocacy group, on the premise that the organisation was diverting funds and was involved in lobbying with politicians and the media. This is not the first time the ministry has cancelled FCRA license of a non-profit organisation. It has prohibited NGOs like Sabrang Trust, Lawyers Collective and Greenpeace in the past on similar grounds. According to information laid in Parliament, registration certificates of more than 10,000 NGOs have been cancelled from 2014-15 to 2016-17 for violation of FCRA. The government said the FCRA registrations were cancelled mainly on account of non-filing of annual returns as mandated in the Act. It is believed that around 20,000 NGOs have lost their FCRA licences under the new regime.  

Business Standard looked at the Act and compiled information about people who could take foreign funding and under which circumstances they were allowed to spend this money.

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