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Delhi-based voluntary organisation Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) today said it is seeking early resolution of objections raised by Home Ministry on use of foreign funds received by it. The Ministry, which acts as nodal authority to regulate foreign aid for Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), has barred the PHFI from receiving foreign grant for alleged violation of the law. In a statement, the PHFI said it has received notification from the Ministry of Home Affairs regarding the renewal of its FCRA registration. Certain observations have been made by the Ministry on utilisation of funds related to PHFI's projects on tobacco, HIV/AIDS and its financial reports, it said. "PHFI has submitted the requisite information and documents to the MHA on the observations raised in the notification and provided the needed clarifications. "PHFI is seeking an early resolution of the issue and continuation of the FCRA registration, based on the clarifications provided," the NGO said. PHFI and its institutions are committed towards strengthening India's public health institutional and systems capability and provide the knowledge needed to achieve better health outcomes for all, it said. The NGO provides technical assistance to central and state governments in several areas of engagement including HIV prevention, access to drugs, tobacco control, immunisation, environmental health, universal health coverage, public health cadre development and capacity building of primary care physicians. "All of these are in consonance with the objectives of the National Health Policy and serve public interest.
Many of these activities were in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. "PHFI would like to assure its partners and stakeholders that it will continue to focus its efforts on working towards a healthier India," the statement said.
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