Cancel NGO licenses: Tamil Nadu police

July 11, 2012 by  
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Tamil Nadu, July 10, 2012: A senior police official confirmed that a letter to this effect has been sent to the federal government.

The Tamil Nadu police have recommended the federal government to cancel the licenses of 90 non-government organizations (NGOS) working in the state.

A senior police official confirmed that a letter to this effect has been sent through the state home department.

Four teams which scrutinized more than 200 applications of NGOs for renewing of licenses since March have found that nearly 90 of them are ineligible because of the way they spent their funds.

“Most of the NGOs were found to have suspicious dealings. Many of them did not maintain proper accounts and were not using money for the purpose they were meant for,” a police official said.

The official said that they were verifying the beneficiaries mentioned by the NGOs.

Some NGOs were found to have used more than 80 percent of the funds for administration purpose and the beneficiaries got only the rest, the official added.

NGOs functioning in India should renew their licenses once in five years, bringing them under the scanner of the police department during the licensing process.

India has more than 40,000 registered NGOs’ under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).

Some of them came under scrutiny recently after the anti-nuclear protests in Koodankulam, Tamil Nadu.

In February, the federal government cancelled the licenses of three NGOs for supporting the protestors. The work at the plant came to halt for more than six months due to the protests by local people, demanding shutting down of the nuclear facility.

– times of india

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