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‘Hearing on curbs on US NGO unlikely to hurt bilateral ties’

The unusual move by a powerful Congressional committee to hold a hearing on restrictions faced by an American NGO in India is unlikely to hold hostage the Indo-US relationship which has seen an upswing over last one decade, sources have said. 

“Congressional hearing focused on a narrow issue of problems faced by one NGO in India due to noncompliance of rules/regulations will not help resolution of issue. Compassion International needs to ensure due compliance to Indian rules/regulations rather than resort to open hearing route,” an informed Congressional source said here on the condition of anonymity on the eve of the hearing. 

In its latest blog, Compassion International said in 2011, the Indian government made significant changes to the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), which is the law that regulates NGOs’ receipt of foreign funds into the country. The Indian Government has denied these allegations and has asserted that its policies initiated in 2011 is not aimed at one particular NGO but is asking them to comply by the rules and regulations of the country. More than 30,000 NGOs in India are registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulations Act (FCRA) 2010. 
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