NGOs claim government froze accounts arbitrarily

March 3, 2012 by  
Filed under India, newsletter-india, Persecution, Tamil Nadu

Fishermen protest against Nuclear plantTamil Nadu, March 2, 2012: Government claim action was taken against the NGOs for allegedly funding protests against Koodankulam nuclear plant.

Three non-government organizations, whose accounts were frozen by the government, have said that no reason was cited for the crackdown.

The government had said yesterday that it had taken action against four NGOs for allegedly funding the protests against the Koodankulam nuclear power plant.

The home ministry has frozen foreign contribution accounts of Tamil Nadu based Rural Uplift Centre (RUC), Tuticorin Diocesan Association (TDA) and the Tuticorin Multi-Purpose Social Service Society (TMSSS) of the diocese.

In its order issued to RUC on February 9, the home ministry said that it had violated the provisions of Foreign Contributions Regulations Act (FCRA).

The order said acceptance of foreign contribution by the association is likely to “prejudicially affect public interest” and therefore it is prohibited to receive foreign contribution.

In the case of TDA and TMSSS too, the home ministry only informed the diocese that their accounts would be examined “as there were reasons to believe” that FCRA provisions were violated.

While many fishermen protesting against the nuclear plant belong to the Tuticorin diocese, TDA spokesperson Fr William Santhanam said they had not undertaken any activity in Koodankulam recently.

RUC secretary Maria James said after completing post-tsunami relief activities in March 2007, they had “not gone to the area with any scheme.’’

– indian express

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