IB to govt: Cancel Greenpeace India’s FCRA registration

In a report, the agency has said that Greenpeace has solicited funding in India only to limit criticism and is seeking funds through the crowd-sourcing model.

Written by Priyadarshi Siddhanta | New Delhi | Updated: June 19, 2014 9:29 am

The Intelligence Bureau has advised the government to cancel the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) registration of Greenpeace, re-assess its tax compliance and place all its international affiliates on a home ministry watch list.

The Intelligence Bureau (IB) report is a follow up to its earlier report where it had identified Greenpeace as a “threat to national economic security”. The new dossier, submitted to the government on June 9, alleges that Greenpeace India has solicited local funding in the country only to limit criticism. It is appealing for such contributions for its “crowd sourcing model to mask its sources of funding”.

“In the light of the above, Greenpeace India’s FCRA registration may require to be canceled, its tax compliance re-assessed and all of (its) international affiliates be placed on the prior category list of foreign donors,” the report notes.

Greenpeace has denied the accusations. Bharti Sinha, communications director of the organisation, told The Indian Express that they “follow complete transparency in financial dealings … (Greenpeace) publishes annual reports even though it is not legally required to”.

She also said, “We have expressed our willingness to engage with the government or any of its agencies if they have any questions. So far, we have received no communication from any government department or agency.”

Among other things, the IB report to the Prime Minister alleges that Greenpeace is also allied with a US-based anti-coal lobby group, Sierra Club, in its attempts to eliminate fossil fuel in India’s energy mix to be replaced with solar energy.

“Both have urged the US Trade Representative to drop its WTO complaint against India on domestic sourcing of solar panel and cells.”

It has also alleged that Greenpeace had formed a team called the “Moily Response Team” named after former Union environment minister Veerappa Moily to take swift actions against decisions taken by his ministry for clearances of 70 projects worth over Rs 1.5 lakh crore.

Contending that Greenpeace is at the forefront of agitations against the proposed Jaitapur nuclear power plant (JNPP) in Maharashtra since March 2011, the IB said the NGO had “written letters to eight European banks not to provide financial help to support JNPP”.