20th January, 2016 (MAINS)

TODAYs ANSWER WRITING CHALLENGE FROM GS-II

Q1. Examine critically the recent changes in the rules governing foreign funding of NGOs under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA), 1976. [12.5marks/2015/GS-2] 200 words.

Please write answer in the comments section.

  • Preeti Fci

    MAJOR CHANGES:
    1.Every NGO receiving foreign funds will have to put out details of it within one week on its website while banks will have to report about such donations to the government within 48 hours of such receipts.
    2.Further, the NGO must make it clear that the foreign aid received by it will not be used for any activities “detrimental to national interest, likely to affect public interest, or likely to prejudicially affect the security, scientific, strategic or economic interest of the state.”

    CRITICAL EXAMINATION:
    1.The new rules have not only increased the frequency with which NGOs are required to file information with the government but also made the task of running an NGO in India even more difficult than it already was.
    2.Because earlier NGO’s had to notify only foreign donations in excess of Rs. 1 crore at the end of the year. Similarly, banks were only mandated to disclose details of contributions in excess of Rs. 1 crore, within 30 days.
    3.No definition of ‘national interest’, ‘public interest’ or ‘security, scientific, strategic or economic interest’ has been provided, opening the door to official action against NGOs’ on a whole range of activities that are otherwise legal under Indian law.

    • http://shashidthakur.com/ Shashi Thakur

      207 words. good attempt. relevant points.

      • Preeti Fci

        thank you………..