Greenpeace: Licence suspension a ‘smokescreen’ to shut us down

It alleged that by blocking local funding, the government is "dismissing" the concerns of the over 70,000 Indians who support it financially.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 15, 2015 1:01 am
greenpeace india, home ministry, greenpeace NGO Last week, the Home Ministry had temporarily suspended the NGO’s licence to receive money from overseas and served it with a show cause notice for alleged violations of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act.

Greenpeace India has alleged that the Centre’s move to suspend its licence to receive funds is a “smokescreen” to shut down its operations in the country completely. However, the charge has been dismissed by the Centre which said the action was taken against the NGO for its “mischief”.

The Home Ministry, last week, had temporarily suspended the NGO’s licence to receive money from overseas and served it with a showcause notice for alleged violations of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act. A statement issued by Greenpeace said, “… The MHA’s actions indicate that the alleged FCRA violations are a smokescreen for the government to shut down the NGO’s entire operations. Greenpeace India gets almost 70 per cent of its funds from Indians, and the MHA has ordered that these funds be frozen as well. There is no provision in the FCRA Act, 2010, which permits this.”

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Greenpeace India, executive director, Samit Aich said that the organisation will follow due process and respond to the MHA’s claims of FCRA violations and take the matter to court. “But the government has also blocked our domestic accounts and is now preventing Indians from supporting our work,” it claimed.

A senior Home Ministry official said it has frozen two bank accounts operated for receiving and utilisation of foreign contributions used by the NGO and five other accounts, which were “illegally” used for parking foreign contribution.

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  1. G
    Apr 14, 2015 at 7:59 pm
    Maybe the Indian government is indeed overreacting but as an Indian I'd much rather see Greenpeace be unarmed than having the capability to damage India. Its well known that Greenpeace are extremely unethical and rarely achieve any targets, please see the North Sea issue with the British government. Over here in the West a lot of people see Greenpeace as a joke. Unfortunately Indians are still colonised so I expect a backlash to this for the gov from its own Indians. And with all due respect, the Indian gov is rightfully suious of foreign NGO's which mysteriously receive millions of dollars in funds yet their effect on the poor and disenfranchised is lesser than groups like RSS. Show it down as conspiracy if you wish, but there are many who look at India the same way they did decades or centuries ago. As a land of easy pickings and pagans.
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      alok gupta
      Apr 15, 2015 at 4:01 am
      Its such an ic sentiment to ume that 'foreign powers' are trying to ' hurt' India. If that's the case why is the PM trying to beg for investments from the same foreign powers. Its also foolish to ume that the environment is a national agenda. Its a global one. Climate change knows no boundries. so please try keeping your ignorant jingoism out of it.
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        Anuradha Kalhan
        Apr 15, 2015 at 7:59 am
        This is the price of the current 'idea of development'- fatal air , water, soil pollution! The lives and health of 1.2 billion people is not relevant, All the historic mistakes made by the west and the alternative technologies available today do not matter. Everyone who stands in the way is anti national , anti development, foreigner including Indians who may protest. The significant difference is that the present Indian regime is crude and in a greater hurry.
        1. K
          Apr 15, 2015 at 3:36 pm
          Get out of the country;Traitors!
          1. Jagdish Maratha
            Apr 15, 2015 at 6:37 pm
            Adani has nothing to do with Galilee Basin in is smokescreen by the gOI
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