Significance of Community Efforts in Tackling the Pandemic

Synopsis: The government should support community efforts in tackling the pandemic. It should recognize the best efforts and help them scale to a bigger level to make a larger impact. Background: Firstly, Community efforts have been immensely helpful in tackling social problems as the government or market can’t always meet the needs of citizens. Secondly, In… Continue reading Significance of Community Efforts in Tackling the Pandemic

Significance of Citizen-led Fact-Finding Missions

Synopsis: Citizen-led fact-finding missions play a significant role in a democracy. They provide an alternative opinion on things, empower citizens on critical issues and enrich the judicial process. Background: Recently, citizen-led fact-finding missions came in the news in a Delhi High Court case pertaining to the North East Delhi riots of 2020.  The solicitor-general of… Continue reading Significance of Citizen-led Fact-Finding Missions

Gauhati High Court Questions FCRA Amendment Act

Synopsis: The Gauhati High Court questions the new FCRA Amendment Act. Introduction: An Assam-based NGO has filed a petition in the Gauhati High Court against an amended provision of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act(FCRA). As the amendment makes Aadhaar mandatory for opening and operating the account in Delhi. FCRA Amendment Act, 2020: The FCRA amendment has… Continue reading Gauhati High Court Questions FCRA Amendment Act

Impact of New FCRA Rules on Relief Work of NGOs – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction The second wave of Pandemic has struck the country very hard. There has been an enormous rise in Covid-19 cases reaching around 4 lakh/day. This necessitates active participation from all the stakeholders including NGOs. However, NGOs are not able to contribute much due to the stringent conditions imposed on them by the Foreign Contribution… Continue reading Impact of New FCRA Rules on Relief Work of NGOs – Explained, Pointwise

FCRA Amendments are Crippling Work of NGOs

What is the News? The FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Amendment) Act, 2020 has affected the work of many NGOs. They are facing difficulties in receiving foreign funds. FCRA Amendment Act, 2020: The amendment has made it compulsory for the NGOs to open an exclusive Bank account with the State Bank of India in New Delhi… Continue reading FCRA Amendments are Crippling Work of NGOs

A Case for State repression on Civil societies

Synopsis: Telangana government’s decision to ban 16 civil organisations is an act of state repression on citizens demanding state accountability. Background Recently, The Government of Telangana banned 16 organisations under the Telangana Public Security Act, 1992 (TPSA). These 16 organizations include workers’ organisation, women’s groups, students’ groups, Adivasi association groups, and civil liberties groups. They… Continue reading A Case for State repression on Civil societies

Union Minister inaugurates “Saras Aajeevika Mela 2021”

What is the News? Union Minister for Rural Development has inaugurated Saras Aajeevika Mela 2021. Saras Aajeevika Mela: Nodal Ministry: It is an initiative of the Ministry of Rural Development. This initiative is a part of the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM). Organized by: Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART).… Continue reading Union Minister inaugurates “Saras Aajeevika Mela 2021”

Govt. releases new guidelines for banks under “Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act”

What is the News? Union Home Ministry has announced new guidelines for banks, under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act. These guidelines are related to the donations received by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and associations. What are the new FCRA guidelines? The donations received in Indian rupees by the NGOs and associations from any foreign source should… Continue reading Govt. releases new guidelines for banks under “Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act”

NEW FCRA RULES AND ITS BACKGROUND | 12th NOV., 2020

Context: Foreign Contribution Regulation rules, 2011 have been amended by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) with the notification of new FCRA rules. New rules require any organization that wants to register itself under the FCRA to have existed for at least three years. should have spent a minimum of Rs. 15 lakh on its… Continue reading NEW FCRA RULES AND ITS BACKGROUND | 12th NOV., 2020

FCRA 2010 to 2020: Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act evolution

In News: Recently, Foreign Contribution Regulation (Amendment) Bill 2020 was introduced in the Lok Sabha. The Bill amends the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010. What is FCRA? Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act: It is an act of Parliament enacted in 1976 and amended in 2010 to regulate foreign donations and to ensure that such contributions do… Continue reading FCRA 2010 to 2020: Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act evolution