Govt restores FCRA of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity

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Govt restores FCRA of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity

NEW DELHI: The government on Friday restored the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) registration of Mother Teresa’s organisation Missionaries of Charity (MoC), less than a fortnight after the union ministry of home affairs declined to renew the registration citing “adverse inputs”, people familiar with the matter said. A person familiar with the development said the FCRA licence, mandatory for receiving and utilising foreign funds, was restored after the charity set submitted certain documents”.The home ministry move on Friday coincided with several MPs raising the Indian government’s decision not to renew the registration in the British House of Lords and asking Britain to take up the matter with India.Back home in India, a political controversy broke out over the Centre’s December 25 decision not to renew the charity’s registration. According to the union home ministry data, the charity, set up by the Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1950, was among the 5,968 non-profits taken out of FCRA ambit in December 2021.West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was among the first to launch a blistering attack on the central government for the decision, accusing the home ministry of freezing the bank accounts of the charity headquartered in Kolkata. The home ministry promptly denied the charge, insisting that the Catholic religious order and philanthropic organization requested its bank to freeze the account in view of the home ministry decision not to renew its FCRA registration mandatory for receiving foreign funds.In a statement on December 27, the union home ministry said its FCRA registration, which was initially valid till October 31, 2021, was extended till December 31 since a decision on its request for renewal was pending.However, while considering the MoC’s renewal application, some adverse inputs were noticed,” the December 27 statement said. The home ministry, however, didn’t elaborate on the nature of the “adverse inputs” that led the government to decide against its renewal.The charity also confirmed in a statement the same day that it has asked its centres not to operate foreign contribution accounts until the matter is resolved.