MHA SUSPENDS REGISTRATION OF GREEN PEACE INDIA
New Delhi : Ministry of Home Affairs has suspended the registration of an Non governmental organisation Green Peace for six months. MHA also served a Show cause notice to the NGO and asks why its registration should not be cancelled.
Minister of State of Home affairs Kiren Rijiju stated this in a written reply to a question by Shri Paul Manoj Pandian in the Rajya Sabha today.
Rijiju stated in his reply to the question that Various Inputs were received that provisions of Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 are being violated by Greenpeace India Society, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Standard questionnaire was served to the association. After receipt of reply to the standard questionnaire, as there were prima-facie violations of FCRA, 2010, an on-site inspection of accounts and records of the Greenpeace India Society, Chennai, Tamil Nadu was conducted by the Ministry of Home Affairs from 24th to 27th September, 2014.
The found violations were communicated to the association for their comments. After receipt of the comments, the matter was examined in the Ministry and subsequently, the registration granted to the association under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 has been suspended on 09th April, 2015 for 180 days and a show cause notice was issued to the association as to why its registration should not be cancelled. Simultaneously, seven bank accounts of Greenpeace India Society which were found to be involved in transacting foreign contribution have been frozen to prevent further transactions.
On the other side Greenpeace India responded to the showcause notice and stated that We do hereby object your proposal to cancel our registration under section 14 of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) on the following grounds.
About Greenpeace India, it has been working on various issues related to the environment since 2001. It is focused on four broad campaigns namely, stop climate change, sustainable agriculture, preserving the oceans and preventing another nuclear catastrophe in India. Over the years Greenpeace India has built a strong base of supporters spread across the country.