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Crackdown on NGOs: Catholic charity put under govt lens

Caritas is the 17th international NGO to be put under this watch-list, the last one being Ford Foundation.

The NDA government has put one more organisation, Caritas India — an arm of Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) — under its “prior approval category”.

Caritas is the 17th international NGO to be put under this watch-list, the last one being Ford Foundation.

“Prior approval category” means that any transaction that the organisation makes through Indian banks will need clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

A senior government official said the organisation was put under the category after its funds, given to various NGOs, were found to be involved in anti-India activities.  Caritas was reportedly mentioned in the 2012 secret report prepared by the Intelligence Bureau (IB), detailing the activities of NGOs working against the economic interests of the country.

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The MHA took the decision last week, after it got credible information that the NGO’s funds were being misused, a senior official said. An official also revealed that at least ten of the 17 organisation were put under the category during the UPA’s tenure.

First published on: 23-06-2015 at 03:49 IST
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