MHA restores the FCRA registration of Missionaries of Charity NTC

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  • 6,000 NGOs were not renewed from January 1
  • MHA had refused the renewal of MoC

The Ministry of Home Affairs has restored the FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act) registration of Missionaries of Charity (MoC). Missionaries of Charity is an organization established by Mother Teresa which is involved in welfare work in India. The Home Ministry had said that the registration was not renewed earlier as “some adverse inputs were observed against it. However, now the ministry has restored the FCRA registration of the institution on 7 January.

An organization can take donations from abroad only with the help of FCRA license. On January 25, the Ministry of Home Affairs had not renewed the FCRA license of this institution. After that this organization was included in the list of 6000 organizations whose FCRA license had expired.

There are 1,030 NGOs eligible to receive foreign donations in West Bengal and MoC was added to this list. The government closed the registration of around 6,000 NGOs from January 1 as the MHA refused to renew their application or the NGO did not apply for renewal.

The MHA had earlier said in a statement that the renewal of MoC was denied on December 25 for not fulfilling the eligibility criteria. Also said that its license was valid till 31 October, but along with other associations it was extended till 31 December.

With the central government’s latest action of 7 January, the Missionaries of Charity founded by Mother Teresa is back in the list of over 16,000 NGOs whose FCRA registration is currently active.

Please note that FCRA registration is mandatory for any association and NGO to receive and utilize foreign funding.

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