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69 NGOs outlawed from receiving foreign funds

The Narendra Modi-government has blacklisted 69 NGOs from receiving foreign funds – the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said that among the NGOs, which were prohibited from receiving foreign funds, 14 were from Andhra Pradesh, 12 from Tamil Nadu, five each from Gujarat and Odisha, four each from UP, Jammu and Kashmir and Kerala and three from Delhi.

In July 2014, the new government had decided to closely monitor and scrutinise the flow of funds to all such NGOs against whom adverse reports were received from the Intelligence Bureau (IB).

An IB report had alleged that protests against development projects fuelled by certain foreign-funded NGOs had caused a presumptive loss of 2 to 3 per cent in India’s GDP.

It had also named a string of NGOs including Greenpeace India, Cordaid, Amnesty and ActionAid as those fuelling such protests through a network of local organisations such as People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and Narmada Bachao Andolan, among others.
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