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Cancellation of FCRA Registration for Centre for Policy Research (CPR)

By Amigos IAS

Why is it in the news?

  • The Union Home Ministry has cancelled the registration of the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).

 More about the news

  • The Home Ministry has cited ‘violations’ of FCRA regulations as the primary reason for revoking CPR’s registration.
  • CPR published reports on “current affairs programs,” which is deemed as a violation of FCRA regulations.
  • Section 3(1) of the FCRA prohibits associations engaged in the production or broadcast of audio news, audiovisual news, or current affairs programs from accepting foreign contributions.
  • Instances were highlighted where CPR transferred foreign contributions to other entities.
  • Further, depositing funds in non-designated accounts was identified as a violation of Section 7 of the FCRA (Prohibition on transferring foreign contributions to other persons).

About FCRA

  • Enacted in 1976, FCRA regulates the acceptance and utilization of foreign contributions and hospitality by individuals, associations, and companies in India.
  • Applicable to NGOs, associations, and groups intending to receive foreign donations.

Criteria for Compliance:

  • Mandatory registration under FCRA.
  • Requirement to open a bank account for receiving foreign funds in the State Bank of India, Delhi.
  • Utilization of funds solely for the specified purpose as per the Act.

 

About Centre for Policy Research (CPR)

  • Founded in 1973, located in New Delhi.
  • It is a public policy think tank with the objective of formulating policy options for the Indian polity, economy, and society.
  • Offers advisory services to governments and institutions.
  • Disseminates policy-related information through various channels.

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