Foreign-aided NGOs are actively stalling development, IB tells PMO in a report

The NGOs become the central players in setting the agenda, drafting documents, writing in the media, highlighting scholars-turned-activists and lobbying diplomats and government.

Written by Amitav Ranjan | New Delhi | Updated: June 7, 2014 8:09 am

As a first step to fast-tracking development high on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agenda, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has submitted a classified document identifying several foreign-funded non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that are “negatively impacting economic development”.

“A significant number of Indian NGOs (funded by some donors based in the US, the UK, Germany, The Netherlands and Scandinavian countries) have been noticed to be using people centric issues to create an environment which lends itself to stalling development projects,” says the IB report marked to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

“The negative impact on GDP growth is assessed to be 2-3 per cent per annum,” says the June 3 report, identifying seven sectors/ projects that got stalled because of NGO-created agitations against nuclear power plants, uranium mines, coal-fired power plants, farm biotechnology, mega industrial projects, hydroelectric plants and extractive industries.

While detailing what it calls “anti-development” activities by the NGOs during 2011-13, the 21-page report  highlights their plans for 2014 and the areas that would come under pressure. These include a campaign against palm oil imports from Indonesia and disposal of e-waste of Indian IT firms, organising construction workers in urban areas, protests against identified projects such as Gujarat’s Special Investment Regions, Par Tapi Narmada River Interlinking Project and the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor.

The report says that while caste discrimination, human rights and big dams were earlier chosen by international organisations to discredit India at global forums, the recent shift in the choice of issues was to encourage “growth-retarding campaigns” focused on extractive industries, genetically-modified organisms and foods, climate change and anti-nuclear issues.

According to the report, the funding for such campaigns came from foreign donors under charitable garb for issues ranging from protection of human rights, violence against women, caste discrimination, religious freedom etc or to provide a “just deal” to the project-affected displaced persons or for protection of livelihood of indigenous people.

The NGOs become the central players in setting the agenda, drafting documents, writing in the media, highlighting scholars-turned-activists and lobbying diplomats and government, it says. “These foreign donors lead local NGOs to provide field reports which are used to build a record against India and serve as tools for the strategic foreign policy interests of the Western government,” adds the report.

“The strategy serves its purpose when the funded Indian NGOs provide reports, which are used to internationalise and publicise the alleged violations in international fora. All the above is used to build a record against a country or an individual in order to keep the entity under pressure and under a state of under-development,” says the IB report.

Four NGOs were put under the scanner in 2012 for allegedly fuelling protests against the Kudankulam nuclear project in Tamil Nadu. The accounts of several Indian NGOs were put in the watch list with regard to allegations of funds diversion, after a discreet probe by security agencies with the help of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and Central Economic Intelligence Bureau.

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    Ranjith Vadiyala
    Apr 7, 2015 at 1:23 am
    For sure not all NGOs are bad, but there are lot more that are bad than those that are good. I have read some where that there are a few lakh NGOs in India. Btw, why dont these NGOs go and protest in countries like US, which are causing 10 times more pollution than India? One must read Rajiv Malhotra's "Breaking India" to understand the game. They are here to STOP India from growing
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      TEAMS SOCIETY
      Feb 17, 2015 at 6:24 pm
      TEAMS SOCIETY-NGO need funding for rural poor tribal children education and health care if support to ngo
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        ShivajiMarathaPatriot
        Jun 7, 2014 at 9:18 am
        AAP ?
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          USMI
          Jun 7, 2014 at 6:54 pm
          Apparantly, an NGO with roots in Italy?
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            IndianWellWisher
            Jun 7, 2014 at 1:53 pm
            Very few of the urban folks realize how much resources are destro by city dwellers for their luxuries - while depriving rural people of their basic livelihood. Eg every city gets water from a distant source and dumps it as sewage in local lakes. Garbage from cities is dumped in surrounding villages. See the plight of mandur near Bangalore. The stink is nauseating several kms away from village - imagine the plight of villagers. This is continuing even after several protests by villagers - no foreign NGO created this problem.
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              Yogesh
              Jun 7, 2014 at 5:00 pm
              Crush those NGOs. India needs development.
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                Yogesh
                Jun 7, 2014 at 4:57 pm
                Sorry to say , but there wasn't leader earlier. The Italian mistress had vested interests.
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                  Sadasiva Rao
                  Jun 8, 2014 at 12:59 am
                  This. Kind of a report is very much expected from the IB, once Mr. Modi takes over the reins.
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                    Abhijit Prabhudesai
                    Jun 8, 2014 at 2:46 am
                    why doesn't the IB act against the govt for FDI, selling PSUs, working for foreign MNCs and against the local people? I work with farmers, and we spend our own hard earned money to fight against displacement of local communities by foreign and local mining and real estate companies that are finishing our State (Goa). The government is working for these companies against local interests, is acquiring our lands and giving to these companies, allowing our water and land to be permanently destro ..... in fact, even the little I have seen in the news shows clearly that the nuclear power plants are desperately pushed by the French, American and Russian countries - with the eager indian govt blindly helping the foreign interests
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                      Aditya Vardhan Madabhushani
                      Jun 7, 2014 at 9:24 am
                      shut them down and kick them out
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                        sharky
                        Jun 7, 2014 at 3:57 am
                        Modi should focus on developing relation with East and kick these western puppets back to where they came from
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                          AB
                          Jun 7, 2014 at 10:40 am
                          MODIJI kar do danda insaalo ko
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                            AB
                            Jun 7, 2014 at 11:06 am
                            MOFIJI kardo danda inbhosdivalo ki usme
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                              alok pandey
                              Jun 8, 2014 at 6:40 am
                              bcz so called previous congress govt was not at all interested in these reports and even cong was ruled and funded by western interests.
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                                Chetan Chauhan
                                Jun 7, 2014 at 12:30 pm
                                "Four NGOs were put under the scanner in 2012 for allegedly fuelling protests against the Kudankulam nuclear project in Tamil Nadu. "Not only was PMANE rejected by the state machinery, even the people of TN rejected PMANE by making UdayKumar lose his deposit in the recent elections. Nuclear energy is the only year-round reliable green energy which will save millions of tons of coal and oil from getting burnt , reduce pollution and save earth from "global warming". These NGO's tried to pander to illiterate fisherman's fears by funding PMANE.
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                                  AB
                                  Jun 7, 2014 at 6:02 pm
                                  dude yes his NGO parivartan and kabir are under scanner .they received funds from ford foundation. ak49 ...bad days ahead ....maybe tihar will become permenent recidence of ak49 and his drama gang...just wait and waithin modi ji. I am waiting for the day when all these anti national people put behind bars for lifetime...
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                                    @drakanand
                                    Jun 7, 2014 at 4:47 pm
                                    If there is a valid issue should be addressed. On the bases of IB report Govt should not ignore the issue of people's livelihood and fudamental rights. If Govt has right to choose someone's house for the development then the individual should also be given his choice of compensation. Powers and rights shoul not be missused
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                                      Ashish
                                      Jun 9, 2014 at 6:21 am
                                      Most of you have to realise that the report submitted to PMO is by vested interest group of people. I agree there are Shady NGOs, but we shouldn't forget the NGOs who work for the inclusive pro development. Most of the time we forget about our surrounding environment for development. Do you think so the called development is for the benefit of general citizens of this country? Most of the development projects till now are large scale and its owned by MNCs and they don't provide any sort of benefit to the local people or its environment, it just destroys the hope of the people and environment. Development is a politicians word for vote bank and to secure his/her own interest.
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                                        ashwinDacharya
                                        Jun 7, 2014 at 12:53 pm
                                        And ...how does IE know about this 'clified' report?
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                                          Atul Atul
                                          Jun 8, 2014 at 3:28 am
                                          Name them!
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                                            abhishek abhishek
                                            Jun 7, 2014 at 5:18 am
                                            Easy to stop legal funding.
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