‘No communication from India yet’

April 25, 2015 02:45 am | Updated November 17, 2021 02:01 am IST - NEW DELHI:

The Ford Foundation, which has been put on the Union Home Ministry prior-approval watch list, is yet to receive any communication from the government in this regard.

In a statement to The New York Times , the organisation said it had had no communications from the Union Home Ministry, but had been told by the Finance Ministry that the Home Ministry was reviewing information related to their investigation of social activist Teesta Setalvad’s non-government organisation Sabrang Trust.

‘Looking forward to outcome’

Stating that the Foundation was cooperating in the investigations of the trust, it said it was confident in its work and compliance with the law and looked forward to the outcome of the inquiry.

Citing “concerns for national interest and security,” the MHA on Thursday informed the Reserve Bank of India that Ford Foundation has been included in the list of foreign funding agencies that require prior approval from the Ministry for each transaction.

The Foundation is reported to have funded about 1,200 institutions in India since 1952.

The MHA has taken action against the Ford Foundation weeks after the Gujarat government accused the agency of encouraging Ms. Setalvad’s Sabrang Trust and the Citizens for Justice and Peace to indulge in acts prejudicial to communal harmony.

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