In an apparent bid to muzzle the noisy voices, 6,003 outfits — prominent among them Oxfam India, Common Cause, Jamia Milia Islamia, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML), Kolkata-based Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute and the India Islamic Cultural Centre (IICC) — have been taken off the list of registered organisations under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) with effect from Saturday, 1 January, according to the latest data by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
While no official explanation has been offered yet, sources in the ministry say the reason for such a large number of organisations and institutes being taken off the list was either because the organisations didn’t apply for renewal of the licence needed to receive foreign funds, or the MHA refused to renew it.
The removal of 6,003 organisations has brought down the list of FCRA-registered organisations in the country from 22,832 to 16,829, according to the home ministry’s dashboard of organisations considered “alive or active”.
The MHA dashboard listed also 12,580 organisations that cease to have their FCRA registration as of 1 January. But officials indicated this was a cumulative list and includes organisations that lost their FCRA registration under similar conditions in previous years.
Among the prominent organisations that, according to the MHA records, do not hold FCRA registrations any longer are
- Hamdard Education Society, which runs Muslim schools in the country
- Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi)
- Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA), which is a government-funded centre
- Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) under the Ministry of Personnel of the union government
- National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH), an autonomous organization under the MHA
- Delhi College of Engineering, now officially called Delhi Technological University
- Goa Football Association, the state governing body of football within the jurisdiction of India
- Press Institute of India, a non-profit founded in 1963, with mostly anti-establishment journalists
- The Lepra India Trust (Kolkata), which says it is inspired by Mother Teresa whose Missionaries of Charity went off the FCRA list last week
- Indian Institute of Management (Calcutta), a public business school located in Joka, Kolkata, West Bengal, recognised as an Institute of National Importance by the union government in 2017
- Medical Council of India, which was a statutory body for establishing uniform and high standards of medical education in India until 25 September 2020 when it was replaced by National Medical Commission
- Emmanuel Hospital Association that runs over a dozen hospitals across India
- Tuberculosis Association of India, set up in February 1939 as a registered society by incorporating the King Emperor’s Anti-Tuberculosis Fund and King George Thanks-giving (Anti-Tuberculosis) Fund
- Vishwa Dharmayatan Trust that was associated with the infamous power broker Chandraswami
- Maharishi Ayurveda Pratishthan
- National Federation of Fishermen’s Cooperatives Ltd, a federation of fisheries cooperatives that is home to activists from the profession
- Bhartiya Sanskriti Parishad
- DAV College Trust and Management Society
- Godrej Memorial Trust, a charitable trust established in year 1984 that operates in the Muslim-dominated Okhla area of Delhi etc.