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Modi govt to 1,900 NGOs: Get bank account verified or face penal action

A large number of NGOs have still not validated their foreign contribution designated bank accounts

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The Union has warned over 1,900 of penal action for their failure to validate their foreign contribution designated bank accounts.

All eligible non-government organisations (NGOs) should receive donations from abroad in a single designated bank account, according to rules. Voluntary organisations have to be registered under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act or FCRA to receive financial aid from abroad.

On June 7, the ministry asked 2,025 to validate their accounts within the fortnight.

"It is, however, seen that a large number of associations have still not validated their foreign contribution designated bank accounts," the said this week in its notice to defaulting

Asking NGOs to validate their bank accounts immediately, the notice added, "Please note that non-compliance may lead to penal action as per the FCRA rules."

A total of 1,927 NGOs have not yet verified their bank accounts, according to the ministry.

In another order, all NGOs receiving foreign grants have been asked to give audited statements of their accounts, including income and expenditure statements with the government.

Such NGOs are mandated to give the details for every financial year beginning April 1 within nine months of closure of the financial year.

Over 20,000 voluntary organisations are registered with the government for getting

The is mulling the future course of action against more than 10,000 NGOs who have failed to give annual statements of their accounts.

A total of 18,523 NGOs were in May this year given a one- time opportunity to provide details of their income and expenses for five years -- 2010-11 to 2014-15 -- by June 14.

However, only 8,267 NGOs filed returns for all the five years. The remaining 10,256 NGOs have still not filed all the returns and may lose their registration, official sources have said.

First Published: Fri, June 23 2017. 15:24 IST