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Union Government cancels licences of over 2,000 NGOs

Union Government recently has cancelled the licences of over 2000 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) across the country.

The decision to cancel the registration of these NGOs was taken by the Union Home Ministry. The registration was cancelled after these entities failed to submit their annual returns and in view of other anomalies under the provisions of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), 2010.

Prior to cancellation of registration, all these organisations were given proper notice by the Foreigners’ Division of the Home Ministry with adequate time to reply.

It should be noted that Maharashtra tops the list with the cancellation of licences of 964 NGOs followed by Uttar Pradesh with 740 and Karnataka with 614. The licences of 88 NGOs were cancelled in Tamil Nadu.

Earlier licences of nearly 13 thousand NGOs were cancelled in two rounds of crackdown for alleged violation of FCRA, 2010. Thus, with this cancellation, these NGOs now would not be able to receive foreign funds.

As per the mandatory provisions of FCRA, 2010 it is necessary for every registered NGO to submit its returns annually, irrespective if they have or not received foreign funding in that particular year.

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Jind, Karnal and Muzaffarnagar districts added in National Capital Region

Haryana’s Jind, Karnal districts and Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district have been added into the conurbation National Capital Region (NCR).

Decision in this regard was taken at 35th meeting of National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) held New Delhi. The meeting was presided by Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu who is Chairman of the NCRPB.

The meeting was attended by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and representatives and government officials of other member states.

With this inclusion the total districts in NCR has rose to 23 (including Delhi NCT) which covers a total area of 51,109 square km.

About National Capital Region (NCR)

  • NCR is the designation for the conurbation or metropolitan area formed by National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB).
  • It encompasses the entire Delhi NCT and urban areas surrounding it in neighboring states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
  • NCRPB is statutory body established in 1985 under the National Capital Region Planning Board Act, 1985 to develop a planned metropolitan development NCR region.
  • It also seeks to protect Delhi’s infrastructure from excessive pressure by diverting increasing population from the region.
  • NCR is India’s largest and one of the world’s largest agglomerations in terms of population (around 54,000,000 as per 2011 Census).

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