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NGOs can file missing Annual Returns till June 14

NNWN/New Delhi, 2017-05-26

The Government has given one final opportunity to all associations/organizations which have applied for renewal of their registration under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 (FCRA) but not uploaded their Annual Returns from Financial Year 2010-11 to 2014-15. All such NGOs can upload their missing Annual Returns along with the requisite documents within a period of 30 days, starting from May 15, 2017 to June 14, 2017. Further no compounding fee will be imposed on them for late filing of Annual Returns during this period. This exemption is one time measure and available to those associations who upload their missing Annual Returns from FY 2010-11 to FY 2014-15 within this period. The renewal of registration under FCRA cannot be granted unless the Annual Returns are uploaded by the organization.

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NNWN / Shimla, 2017-05-12
 
केंद्रीय स्‍वास्‍थ्‍य एवं परिवार कल्‍याण मंत्री जे .पी. नड्डा ने आज मंडी में देश के सार्वभौमिक टीकाकरण कार्यक्रम (यूआईपी) में न्‍यूमोकोकल कंजुगेट टीका (पीसीवी) लॉंच करने की घोषणा के अवसर पर कहा कि ‘टीका से बचाव वाली बीमारियों से देश में किसी भी बच्‍चे की मृत्‍यु नहीं होनी चाहिए‘ यही हमारी सरकार का लक्ष्‍य एवं प्रतिबद्धता है। उन्‍होंने कहा कि हम शिशु मृत्‍यु दर को कम करने एवं अपने शिशुओं को स्‍वस्‍थ भविष्‍य उपलब्‍ध कराने के प्रति‍ वचनबद्ध हैं। भारत के टीकाकरण कार्यक्रम में इसे एक ऐतिहासिक क्षण तथा एक उदाहरण देने योग्‍य कदम बताते हुए केंद्रीय स्‍वास्‍थ्‍य मंत्री ने कहा कि सरकार बच्‍चों में मृत्‍यु दर एवं रुग्णता दर को कम करने के प्रति प्रतिबद्ध है। उन्‍होंने कहा कि रुटीन टीकाकरण को मजबूत बनाना भारत के बच्‍चों में एक अनिवार्य निवेश है तथा यह देश का स्‍वस्‍थ भविष्‍य सुनिश्चित करेगा।
 
पीसीवी बच्‍चों को निमोनिया एवं मेनिनजाइटिस जैसी न्‍यूमोकोकल बीमारियों के प्रचंड रूपों से सुरक्षा प्रदान करती है। वर्तमान में यह टीका पहले चरण में हिमाचल प्रदेश एवं बिहार एवं उत्‍तर प्रदेश के कुछ हिस्‍सों के लगभग 21 लाख बच्‍चों को दिया जाएगा। प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी  की टीका से बचाव वाली बीमारियों से बच्‍चों की जान बचाने की प्रतिबद्धता को दुहराते हुए नड्डा ने कहा कि सरकार ने कुल टीकाकरण की दिशा में उल्‍लेखनीय कदम उठाए हैं।  मिशन इंद्रधनुष के तहत अभी तक 2.6 करोड़ से अधिक लाभार्थियों का टीकाकरण कराया जा चुका है।
 
स्‍वास्‍थ्‍य मंत्री ने यह भी कहा कि ये सभी टीके निजी क्षेत्र में न केवल भारत में बल्कि दुनिया भर में कई वर्षों से उपलब्‍ध थे। श्री नड्डा ने कहा कि ‘निजी क्षेत्र में ये टीके केवल समृद्ध वर्ग के लिए ही सुलभ थे, यूआईपी के तहत उन्‍हें उपलब्‍ध कराने के जरिये सरकार  निर्धन एवं वंचित वर्गों के लिए भी समान रूप से उनकी उपलब्‍धता सुनिश्चित कर रही है।’ 

NNWN / New Delhi, 2017-01-27

देश के विभिन्न हिस्सों में किसानों द्वारा की जा रही खुदकुशी के पीछे मुख्य कारणों का पता लगाने के लिये सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने केन्द्र और राज्य सरकारों, केन्द्र शासित प्रदेशों और भारतीय रिजर्व बैंक से शुक्रवार को जवाब तलब किए।  चीफ जस्टिस जगदीश सिंह खेहर और जस्टिस एन वी रमण की बेंच ने इन सभी को चार हफ्तों के भीतर जवाब दाखिल करने का निर्देश दिया है। सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने यह निर्देश गैर सरकारी संस्था-सिटीजंस रिसोर्सेज एंड एक्शन एंड इनीशिएटिव की याचिका पर सुनवाई के दौरान दिए I न्यायालय ने टिप्पणी की कि यह देश भर के किसानों से जुड़े व्यापक जनहित का बहुत ही संवेदनशील मामला है।

-इस पिटिशन में किसानों की सुसाइड घटनाओं की और किसानों की समस्याओं से जुड़े अनेक मुद्दे उठाए गए हैं।

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NNWN / New Delhi, 2015-09-10

Social  activist Teesta Setalvad is in for big trouble now as the  government is all set to crack down on her NGO Sabrang Trust. The Ministry of Home Affairs has cleared the file revoking the FCRA registration of activist Teesta Setalvad's NGO Sabrang Trust. The new home secretary Rajeev Mehrishi  has given his go ahead to suspend the registration of Sabrang Trust under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act 2010, and also serving it a notice for cancellation of the NGO’sFCRA licence.The  move will block  all foreign funding to the NGO, charged with divert ing foreign contributions including those received from Ford Foundation to non-FCRA registered entities, besides violating several other FCRA provisions.  

A leading English daily, the Times of India quoted sources in the home ministry and said that the order suspending Sabrang Trust's FCRA registration for 180 days as well as the cancellation notice have been approved by the "competent authority" and may be issued as early as on Thursday. The suspension order, to be issued under Section 13 of FCRA, will list in detail the violations of conditions for grant of certificate of registration.

It may be noted here that Setalvad’s another NGO Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), is being placed in the prior permission list, requiring all foreign contributions to it to be pre-approved by the home ministry. Earlier, a CBI case was registered against Sabrang Communications and Publishing Private Limited (SCPPL), a private firm of which Teesta is a director, on the directions of the home ministry. The case against Sabrang Trust is strong, sources in the home ministry said  It is charged with using $2,50,000 worth of foreign contribution received from Ford Foundation for purposes other than for what it was received or what is permitted as per the mandate of its registration under FCRA. The trust is alleged to have used the Ford grant to identify and lobby with mediapersons to "address communalism and caste-based discrimination in India" while being registered under FCRA as an "educational and social" organisation. As per findings of an inspection conducted by the home ministry of Sabrang Trust's records/accounts on March 25, Setalvad and her husband were chief functionary/trustee of the Trust while also writing articles in a magazine, "Communalism Combat", published by SCPPL, in violation of FCRA norms. Also, it was noticed that the NGO had spent over 64% of total donation worth Rs 48.42 lakh received in 2010-11 and 55% of Rs 49.1 lakh received in 2011-12 on administrative expenses, in excess of the 50% cap mandated under FCRA. According to a senior ministry official, Setalvad's three organisations - Sabrang Trust, CJP and SCPPL - were using the same office, furniture and resources but showing them separately in their respective accounts. Sabrang Trust is also alleged to have mixed funds from its FCRA designated account with its domestic funds, apart from diverting foreign funds., the daily said

Another violation mentioned in the inspection report was payment of Setalvad and Anand's credit card bills with funds from Sabrang Trust's FCRA-designated account, in violation of Section 8(1) of FCRA. Anand is also accused of diverting FCRA funds to pay for his medical policy, attending conferences and purchase of books. Sabrang Trust, in its response to the MHA inspection report shared with it on June 4, 2015, denied the charges. Setalvad has earlier described the action against her NGOs as "politically motivated" and arising out of her past move to challenge the erstwhile Modi government in Gujarat over the 2002 riots.