Greenpeace stares at shutdown

"Greenpeace India has one month left to fight for its survival," the organisation said in a statement.

May 06, 2015 02:51 am | Updated September 06, 2016 01:16 pm IST - New Delhi

Greenpeace India on Tuesday said it was staring at an “imminent” shutdown within a month in the absence of funds for staff salaries and accused the government of “strangling” it by stealth after the >freezing of its funds .

In his address to the Greenpeace India staff, Executive Director Samit Aich asked them to prepare for the imminent shutdown.

“Greenpeace India has one month left to fight for its survival,” a Greenpeace India statement said.

The organisation asked the Home Minister to stop using ‘arbitrary penalties’ and ‘admit that he is trying to shut Greenpeace India down because of its successful campaigns.’

It said that the Home Ministry’s decision to block its domestic bank accounts could lead to not only the loss of 340 employees but a “sudden death” for its campaigns which strove to represent the voice of the poor on issues of “sustainable development, environmental justice and clean, affordable energy.”

It said that following allegations over foreign funding, Greenpeace India has been the subject of a string of penalties imposed by the MHA, all of which have been overturned by the Delhi High Court.

The latest is blocking access to domestic bank accounts funded by donations from over 77,000 Indian citizens.

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