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A.R. Rahman’s NGO gets FCRA licence

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  • February 22, 2020
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A.R. Rahman’s NGO gets FCRA licence

Part of: GS Prelims –Economy and GS-II- Money laundering 

In news:

  • The Union government has granted Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) licence this year to more than 20 non-governmental organisations (NGOs), including the A.R. Rahman Foundation
  • Any NGO or association that intends to receive foreign funds has to compulsorily register under the FCRA, monitored by the Union Home Ministry.
  • In 2014, the FCRA licences of more than 16,000 NGOs were cancelled 
  • Under the FCRA Act, registered NGOs can receive foreign contribution for five purposes — social, educational, religious, economic and cultural. 
Daily Current Affairs IAS | UPSC Prelims and Mains Exam – 21st February 2020

Daily Current Affairs IAS | UPSC Prelims and Mains Exam – 21st February 2020

Source: The Hindu

From Prelims Point of View:

NGOs

  • The term ‘NGO’ is used to describe a body that is neither part of a government nor a conventional for-profit business organisations
  • Groups of ordinary citizens that are involved in a wide range of activities that may have charitable, social, political, religious or other interests.
  • Helpful in implementing government schemes at the grassroots.
  • In India, NGOs can be registered under Indian Societies Registration Act, 1860, Religious Endowments Act,1863, Indian Trusts Act, etc.
  • India has the largest number of active NGOs in the world,(In 2009, 33 lakh)
  • NGOs receive funds from abroad, if they are registered with the Home Ministry under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA).

Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA), 2010

  • Implemented by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • The Acts ensures that the recipients of foreign contributions adhere to the stated purpose for which such contribution has been obtained.
  • Under the Act, organisations require to register themselves every five years.

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