The Ministry of Home Affairs has sent a questionnaire to Greenpeace asking it to give a detailed reply on its foreign funding and spending pattern in the wake of an Intelligence Bureau report accusing the NGO of opposing several development projects in India.
The questionnaire has been sent by the foreigners division of the MHA under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act. Sources said the MHA’s questions relate to the source of fund for the NGO, its beneficiaries, spending pattern, and purpose for which the fund has been spent.
The IB in a report, ‘Impact of NGOs on Development’, has said that opposition to several development projects in the country by a significant number of NGOs, including Greenpeace, will have a negative impact on the economic growth by two to three per cent. The IB report claimed that some NGOs and their international donors plan to target many fresh economic development projects, including those in Gujarat.