FCRA registration: No foreign funding clearance for 6,000 NGOs for now, says SC
New Delhi, Jan 25: The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down a plea for interim relief to allow the continuation of FCRA licenses of organizations, which were valid as on 30.09.2021, till further orders.
The bench comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar, CT Ravikumar and Dinesh Maheshwari has asked the petitioners to make a presentation before the Centre for the renewal, which would then take a decision as per the law.
The FCRA registration is mandatory for any association and NGO to receive foreign funding.
Appearing for the Centre, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the SC the FCRA licences of 11,594 NGOS, which had sought renewal, within a cut-off date, had been renewed.
Mehta also questioned why a US-based organisation was concerned about the issue. "I don't know what is the purpose of this PIL. Something is amiss," Mehta was quoted as saying by Live Law.
There were 22,762 FCRA-registered organisations till December 31, 2021.
On January 1, the number came down to 16,829. These are considered ''live'' organisations. The officials had said the FCRA licences of 18,778 organisations were expiring between September 29, 2020 and December 31, 2021.
Out of them, as many as 12,989 organisations have applied for renewal of the FCRA licence between September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2021.
Since 5,789 organisations did not apply for the renewal of the FCRA licence, they were deemed to have ceased to be registered organisations, an official had said. In addition to them, renewal application of 179 organisations were also rejected by the Home Ministry due to different reasons.