Govt shackles Greenpeace, puts funding under scanner

The report listed 12 foreign nationals who have been associated with NGOs in their campaign against coal mines, power projects and nuclear power plants.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 20, 2014 4:28 pm
Reacting to the IB report, Greenpeace India said that the organisation was not dependent on overseas funds alone. Reacting to the IB report, Greenpeace India said that the organisation was not dependent on overseas funds alone.

Days after an Intelligence Bureau (IB) report alleged that NGOs were stalling India’s economic growth, the union Home Ministry has asked Reserve Bank of India to ensure prior permission is sought before any donation is made to NGO Greenpeace by two overseas contributors.

Any contribution from Greenpeace International and Climate Works Foundation to Greenpeace India would have to be cleared by the Home Ministry, the ministry has said, citing Section 46 of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010.

Under FCRA, the “Central Government may give such directions as it may deem necessary to any other authority or person… regarding the carrying into execution of the provisions of this Act”. The IB report submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office and the National Security Adviser recommended that foreign donations to Greenpeace should be in the ‘prior category’ list, ensuring that permission is taken before any funds flow in for its activities.

In its communication, the Home Ministry has asked RBI to direct all banks to this effect, and to also report if any government department or institution was receiving such funds from these two organisations.
With this, Greenpeace International and Climate Works Foundation have been clubbed with Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, which have been put on a similar leash.

Reacting to the IB report, Greenpeace India said that the organisation was not dependent on overseas funds alone. “We have enough contributors within India to sustain our pro-people activities,” Greenpeace spokesperson Bharti Sinha said in reaction to the government invoking FCRA provisions against it.
The report has said Greenpeace was trying to raise issues such as those of e-waste generated by IT-based service providers, opposing genetically modified food, and coal-fired power plants to stall growth.
The report listed 12 foreign nationals who have been associated with NGOs in their campaign against coal mines, power projects and nuclear power plants.

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    app
    Jun 20, 2014 at 1:48 pm
    I am a bjp fan but if this govt is not focusing on renewable sources of energy & bent upon bringing terminator gene technology to India then I am against it.
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      jagdeep jagdeep
      Jun 20, 2014 at 8:38 am
      It is not a question of just greenpeace. Any organisation which can influence government decisions it's income sources should be transparent and in public domain.While Modi government has started this trend can we ask BJP to make public the sources of colossal sums of money spent on BJP election compaign, otherwise the action against NGOs will be seen as vendetta politics.
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        Nandita
        Jun 21, 2014 at 3:06 am
        True, the same should apply to funding of AAP agitations by industrialists like Jindal.
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          Happy
          Jun 20, 2014 at 3:12 pm
          These NGO should be thrown out of India. They shacked India from its development for years as a result India is at the bottom of development and China move ahead far far ahead.
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            sudeesh
            Jun 20, 2014 at 6:01 am
            WELL DONE MODIJI. THREE CHEERS
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              Citizen
              Jun 20, 2014 at 1:44 pm
              It is a good start but put all the NGOs for strict monitoring of their funds source and the final destination by ED,IT departments to regulate they are used for what they re meant. Jaihind
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