Three American donors put under watch list

June 09, 2016 02:20 am | Updated September 16, 2016 11:40 am IST - New Delhi:

The Home Ministry has put three American donors under the “prior permission category” for allegedly funding non Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) registered NGOs in India, which were allegedly using the money for proselytisation and working in the field of climate change.

The three donors — Open Society Foundations (OSF), World Movement for Democracy (WMD) and National Endowment for Democracy (NED) — were put under the government’s watch list on the basis of “adverse” intelligence inputs.

The move means that the donors will not be able to directly send money to NGOs in India and they will require a clearance from the Home Ministry to do so.

Earlier on March 28, the U.S. based Compassion International and Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, South Korea were put under the watch-list.

In all, there are 21 foreign donors under the government’s scanner right now. Of these, eight were put under the prior permission category during the UPA government and remaining 13 after the NDA government came to power.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), is a U.S. State department funded organisation has been accused by the government for stoking communal tensions. It was NED, which funded the Dharamsala conference on Chinese dissidents in April this year.

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