NGOs must meet 3 terms for FCRA nod: Home ministry

NGOs must meet 3 terms for FCRA nod: Home ministry

NEW DELHI: The home ministry, in a bid to ease the transition of NGOs and associations to the new FCRA regime following recent amendments to the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) and rules, has put out an advisory for compliance depending on whether an NGO has already applied for FCRA registration, prior permission or renewal or is yet to submit the application.
As per the advisory issued on Friday, the three basic compliances that the NGOs and associations must meet following the latest changes in FCRA, 2010 and Foreign Contribution Regulation Rules (FCRR), 2011 relate to obtaining a DARPAN ID from Niti Aayog portal; opening the main FCRA account in SBI Parliament Street branch, New Delhi; and seeding Aadhaar details of all office-bearers or key functionaries.
Only last week, the home ministry had extended the deadline for NGOs/associations to upload annual returns for 2019-20 up to June 30, 2021, acknowledging that meeting the new conditions under amended provisions of FCRA and FCRR “may require some additional time”.
In a table put on the FCRA website on Friday, the ministry spelt out the requirements needed to be fulfilled under the amended Act and rules for four different categories of NGOs and associations; ones that have already submitted renewal application; those which have already submitted application for FCRA registration or prior permission; those which are yet to submit application for renewal of FCRA registration; and ones that are yet to submit application for FCRA registration or prior permission.

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