File account details online or face action, MHA tells NGOs

The Home Ministry has also discontinued submission of hard copies of such returns by the NGOs and from now on will accept only details filed online.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:January 12, 2017 6:24 am

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has directed all NGOs receiving foreign funds to compulsorily file their account details online, failing which they will face penal action. The move is aimed at checking misuse of foreign funds by voluntary organisations.

The Home Ministry has also discontinued submission of hard copies of such returns by the NGOs and from now on will accept only details filed online. “All persons who are either registered or have been granted prior permission to receive foreign contribution, are once again advised to file their annual return for the financial year 2014-15 onwards online and it is informed that hard copy, if received, will not be accepted and treated as ‘not received’,” the Ministry said in a recent directive.

“All such persons will be liable for consequential penal action under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 and rules made thereunder,” the directive added.

As per new rules, any person, who receives foreign funds, has to submit digitally-signed report electronically with scanned copies of income and expenditure statement, receipt and payment account and balance sheet for every financial year beginning on April 1, within nine months of the closure of financial year.

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    Dr.Damodar Biswal
    Jan 12, 2017 at 6:01 am
    Strict action is needed against them to fall in line.
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      Sankaran Krishnan
      Jan 12, 2017 at 3:38 am
      Why not first freeze their accounts and cancel the NGO permission granted to them and give them a week or 10 days to file online returns or to submit in person as the case may be which will force them to obey the order !!!
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        Srinivas
        Jan 13, 2017 at 4:50 am
        Every NGO is working commitedly for the welfare of the poor people more than Government officers, Public servants.Bcoz of them only poor people in India were able to send children to schools and educate them so called rich people who are blaming these NGOs studied in Missionary Schools only and they were not even helping to their neighbours but blaming NGOs all the time they were sacrificing their families and working hard for the poor people so please lift restrictions on the NGOs and encourage them more to do more service for the poor people.Hatsoff to all the NGOs we salute your service towards the poor
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