The government is likely to turn down Amnesty International’s request to set up a hub in India for its operations in South Asia, sources said on Thursday.
According to officials, Amnesty registered a non-profit organisation called Amnesty International South Asia Foundation on May 8, 2015, and then approached the government for permission to start a hub to take care of its South Asia operations, excluding India. It wanted to bring in foreign funds to the tune of Rs 18.61 crore under the prior permission category for these operations, sources said.
“The application is under examination, but in all likelihood, we are going to deny permission as we have found that the NGO has been getting foreign funds without registering under FCRA,” a senior home ministry official said.
Sources added that authorities have also decided to ask Amnesty International India – the Indian arm of the non-profit, to get itself registered under FCRA.
Amnesty International India has not taken the FCRA route for its funding since it resumed operations in 2012.
According to home ministry officials, it has been found during a preliminary inquiry that the NGO received Rs 3.09 crore and Rs 2.23 crore in four separate installments since 2000, without having registered under the FCRA, but applying for special one-time permission from the government on each occasion.
“All NGOs whose expenses are Rs 10 lakh or more in three preceding years have to register under the FCRA. But Amnesty has not applied for FCRA registration yet. We are going to tell them to register under the FCRA first,” the official said.