US says it encourages a transparent process for NGOs in India

In December last year, the Home Ministry said it is unlikely to reconsider its decision banning the US-based donor from funding Indian NGOs notwithstanding consistent appeals by American authorities.

By: PTI | Washington | Published:March 9, 2017 10:06 am
Mark Toner said that all parties should work cooperatively by adhering to the Indian laws. (File)

Ahead of the US-based donor NGO Compassion International shutting down its India operations, the US Thursday called for a transparent Indian process for foreign NGOs, which it said has been facing ” significant challenges” for the last few years.

“NGOs do valuable work overseas. Certainly these countries and governments have their own reasons for the laws they pass, but we believe it should be transparent and clear why they’re shutting down these organisations,” the State Department’s acting spokesman Mark Toner said at a news conference.

Toner expressed concern over the Christian charity closing down its operations in Indian and said that the US will take up the matter with the Indian government.

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“When a group like Compassion International, which we believe is doing important works in India and is closed down, it’s a matter of concern. Certainly, we’ll raise that with the Indian government,” .

Toner said that all parties should work cooperatively by adhering to the Indian laws.

“We believe it’s imperative that all parties work transparently and cooperatively in a way that not only respects Indian laws, but also encourages a transparent process,” he said in response to a question.

He expressed concern over the challenges faced by the foreign NGOs to continue their operations in India.

“Unfortunately we have seen over the past couple of years a number of foreign-funded NGOs in India that have encountered significant challenges in continuing their operations,” Toner said.

“One of the good things about our strong bilateral relations with India is that we can talk about these kinds of issues,” he said, adding that the US has raised the issue with India through diplomatic channels.

In December last year, the Home Ministry said it is unlikely to reconsider its decision banning the US-based donor from funding Indian NGOs notwithstanding consistent appeals by American authorities. The NGO was put under ‘prior permission category’ in May last. When a donor organisation is put under this category, it is barred from funding any Indian NGO without the nod from the government. Toner said the US is committed to the health and vibrancy of civil society and it “strongly advocates” for a strong civil society and organisations that are working in that sphere around the world.

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    Chandu
    Mar 9, 2017 at 5:03 am
    USA itself had many poor and hungry people, feed them first. US people charity money should goto USA people. India does not need charity money. Be American and feed American
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      Darkhorse
      Mar 9, 2017 at 7:52 am
      Yes exactly as the Hindu Insutions that are setup in US are doing
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        Darkhorse
        Mar 9, 2017 at 7:53 am
        You can ask the same for Hindu NGOs setup in US
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          NRI
          Mar 9, 2017 at 6:12 am
          It and investment has nothing to with NGOs. Don't be ridiculous. Let US NGO take care of poor in US by providing houses and health services first. They don't need to interfere with other countries affairs.
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            Kamal Shekhawat
            Mar 9, 2017 at 5:50 am
            Your NGO's contribution in India - Conversion, disruption of all developmental works like energy, dams, highways, spreading social evils, and most importantly protecting your interest at the cost of India's. Enough of it, and Modi government is not going to give you an inch. So pack your bag and go where your are needed, certainly not India, as we are very capable of looking after ourselves.
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              Selva
              Mar 9, 2017 at 6:51 am
              Iam ok if Indians are earning within the country - moreover Vijaymallya life line was extended by the worlds' best(worst) economist Mr Maun Mohan Singh...... lt;br/gt;Sirji : we are ok if Indians naturally within India stop projects, and not artificially funded by Xtian Missionaries in the GARB of NGOs...and allow Christianity to spread - no ways, those days have gone
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                Selva
                Mar 9, 2017 at 5:33 am
                then tell your US Based Christian NGOs to follow INDIAN TAX RULES! why hawal funding for so-called NGOs, to spoil Coal-mining, nuclear reactor expansions in India - NGO job is to make poorer section of the country to grow in all aspects including health, education - not to spread unrest, spread your religion, spread non-confidence ........ Enough of all your crocodile tears, we can take of our country ourselves and we are no more a 3rd world POOR country..............
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                  Raghu
                  Mar 9, 2017 at 6:34 am
                  First you mfrs should look into civil rights n human rights before putting finger into others.
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