In yet another crackdown on NGOs, government on Thursday cancelled the registration of Greenpeace India under the Foreign Contribution Regulations Act (FCRA) for its activities which allegedly hampered country’s economic growth.
The Greenpeace India’s registration has been cancelled under Section 13 of the FCRA, a senior home ministry official said on Thursday night.
The decision would mean that the NGO will not be able to receive from abroad the funds, which are upto 30 per cent of its overall cost of operations.
The home ministry is likely to inform the Delhi high court about its decision tomorrow when a case related to curbs on Greenpeace India comes up.
Greenpeace India has about 340 people working with it.[huge_it_share]
Weeks after being rapped by the Delhi high court for “offloading” Greenpeace India activist Priya Pillai from a London-bound flight, Indian immigration authorities on Saturday denied entry to a foreign activist of the NGO, Aaron Gray-Block, and returned him to Australia, his home country, via Kuala Lumpur.
According to the Union home ministry, Gray-Block was denied entry into India as he had been blacklisted, along with 12 other foreign activists, for advising the NGO on campaigns/protest creation activities in India, in violation of rules governing his business visa. In September last year, British Greenpeace activist Benjamin David Hargreaves was denied entry into India on similar grounds.
“Entry will be denied to any of these 13 blacklisted activists each time they fly into India, as they cannot violate business visa rules by working in protest creation activities conducted by Greenpeace here,” a senior home ministry officer told.
Slamming the “returning” of Gray-Block despite having valid travel documents, Greenpeace India on Monday termed the action as a violation of its “right to freedom of expression”. The NGO claimed the Australian’s passport was seized and he was put on a flight to Kuala Lumpur, the closest destination for catching a flight to Australia, without assigning a reason. His passport was returned after he landed in Kuala Lumpur.