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'No freeze order by MHA': Mother Teresa's charity denies Mamata's claim

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New Delhi, Dec 27: The Missionaries of Charity on Monday said it had asked its centres not to operate any foreign currency account till the issue of renewal of the organisation's Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) registration was resolved.

Mamata Banerjee

The clarification came after the Ministry of Home Affairs said earlier in the day that the Missionaries of Charity's application for renewal of the FCRA registration was refused on December 25 for not meeting eligibility conditions, as some adverse inputs were received.

However, the statement signed by Sister M Prema, Superior General of the famed missionary body set up by Mother Teresa, did not clarify whether it had asked State Bank of India to freeze its accounts, as claimed by the MHA.

The ministry said SBI had informed that the organisation itself sent a request to the bank to freeze its accounts.

"We would like to clarify that the FCRA registration of the Missionaries of Charity has been neither suspended nor cancelled. There is no freeze order by the MHA on any of our bank accounts. We have been informed that our FCRA renewal has not been approved. "As a measure to ensure there is no lapse, we have asked our centres not to operate any of the FC accounts until the matter is resolved," the Missionaries of Charity statement said.

The MHA statement came hours after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed the Centre had frozen all bank accounts of the organisation founded by Mother Teresa.

"Shocked to hear that on Christmas, Union Ministry FROZE ALL BANK ACCOUNTS of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity in India! Their 22,000 patients & employees have been left without food & medicines. While the law is paramount, humanitarian efforts must not be compromised," Banerjee tweeted.

The MHA said the application for the renewal of FCRA registration of MoC was refused on December 25 for not meeting the eligibility conditions under the FCRA 2010 and the Foreign Contribution Regulation Rules (FCRR) 2011.

"No request or revision application has been received from Missionaries of Charity for review of this refusal of renewal," the statement said.

The Missionaries of Charity's registration under the FCRA was valid up to October 31, 2021.

The MHA said the validity was subsequently extended up to December 31, 2021 along with other FCRA associations whose renewal application were pending renewal.

"However, while considering the MoC's renewal application, some adverse inputs were noticed. In consideration of these inputs on record, the renewal application of MoC was not approved," the statement said.

The FCRA registration of MoC was valid up to December 31, 2021 and the MHA did not freeze any account of the MoC.

"The State Bank of India has informed that MoC itself sent a request to SBI to freeze its accounts," the statement said.

The Missionaries of Charity is a Catholic religious congregation established in 1950 by Mother Teresa.

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