FCRA License Of The Centre For Policy Research Suspended:
The Centre suspended the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) license of the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) following prima facie inputs regarding the violation of funding norms.
- Foreign Contribution Regulation Act was enacted during the Emergency in 1976 amid apprehensions that foreign powers were interfering in India’s affairs by pumping money into the country through independent organisations.
- The FCRA requires every person or NGO seeking to receive foreign donations to be
- Registered under the Act
- To open a bank account for the receipt of foreign funds in the State Bank of India, Delhi.
- To utilise those funds only for the purpose for which they have been received and as stipulated in the Act.
- The Government of India recognizes CPR as a not-for-profit society and contributions to the Centre are tax-exempt – according to its website.
- CPR receives grants from the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR) and is a Department of Science and Technology-recognized institution.
- CPR receives grants from a variety of domestic and international sources, including foundations, corporate philanthropy, governments, and multilateral agencies.