New Delhi: A bill seeking to regulate activities of the NGOs receiving funds from Foreign countries got the Parliament’s nod with the Rajya Sabha passing it by a voice vote on Wednesday.
The Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020 was moved for consideration by Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai.
The Bill has already been passed by the Lok Sabha.
Responding to a debate on the Bill in the Upper House, the Minister assured that the Bill is not against NGOs doing good work.
‘The Bill is not against those NGOs doing good work. It is in the interest of good NGOs instead”, he said.
“Jobs will not be lost, but employment will be generated.”
Mr Rai said FCRA is a national and internal security law.
“When the FCRA law was brought in, in 2010, the then-Home Minister, Chidambaram said that of the Rs 20,000 crore funds received, there was no information where Rs 10,000 crore went”. “This meant there was a misappropriation somewhere” the Minister added.
On members expressing fear that the NGOs would have to come to Delhi to open account in SBI, he said, ‘The NGOs won’t have to come to Delhi to open a bank account in SBI, New Delhi. They can do so in their nearest SBI branch, he clarifies.”
He said that there will be no delay in transfer of funds to NGOs.
“Government will be able to trace and monitor the funds with the bill”, he said.
After the Minister’s reply, the Bill was passed by a voice vote.
The Bill, which amends the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010, has already been passed by the Lok Sabha.
The Act regulates the acceptance and utilisation of foreign contribution by NGOS.