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Foreign aid to NGOs up 14% since 2019-20 despite curbs | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: The home ministry on Tuesday informed the Lok Sabha that foreign contributions totalling Rs 55,742 crore were received by 13,520 associations or NGOs across the country during the three-year period from 2019-20 to 2021-22.
In comparison, the three-year period from 2016-17 to 2018-19 had seen foreign funding inflow of Rs 48,785 crore to NGOs, going by the home ministry’s past replies to Parliamentquestions.This translates to a 14% rise in foreign receipts of NGOs, notwithstanding the tightening of scrutiny, transparency and accountability norms for foreign funding, through wide-ranging amendments in the Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act in 2020.
Junior home minister Nityanand Rai, in his written reply to a Lok Sabha question shared that a total 1,615 applications for registration under FCRA were received from NGOs in 2021 and 2022. Of these, 722 applications had been approved and 225 rejected as on December 14, 2023.
“The refusal of these applications was due to not fulfilling the eligibility criteria in accordance with the provisions of the FCRA, 2010 and rules made there under,” Rai added.



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