Conversion, sedition in focus as govt tightens FCRA norms – ( most of them are Trojan horses meant to create social disturbance and work against the national interest and have enriched a handful of anti nationals and Hindu Haters )

Posted on Sep 17 2019 - 6:08pm by admin

All office-bearers, including the chief functionary of associations, applying for registration, grant of prior permission or renewal of registration under the Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act will now have to file an affidavit sharing details of their government-issued identity proof and declaring that the entity seeking registration is not fictitious, has not been prosecuted or convicted for indulging in forced religious conversion or creating communal tension and is not engaged in propagation of sedition or found guilty of misutilising funds.

Currently, only the chief functionary needs to make such a declaration under Section 12(4) of FCRA, 2010. As per the proforma of the affidavit notified by the home ministry on Monday, the officer-bearers must give an undertaking to report to the secretary looking after foreigners division of the home ministry, any violation of provisions of Section 12(4) by the applicant organisation or any of its members or office-bearers or key functionaries that comes to his/ her knowledge.

The affidavit must be filed individually by all officer-bearers along with Form FC-3A (fresh registration), FC-3B (prior permission) and FC-3C (renewal of registration), on non-judicial stamp paper and attested by a public notary or first class magistrate. Submission of any false or misleading information would be punishable under the applicable law. Among the other changes made to the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Rules, 2011, is in rule 6A that specifies the upper limit for market value of articles gifted for personal use not amounting to foreign contribution. This limit now stands raised to Rs 1 lakh from Rs 25,000.

Rule 7 has also been amended to require acceptance of foreign hospitality in case of emergent medical aid needed on account of sudden illness during a visit abroad, to be intimated to the central government within a month, unlike sixty days earlier, of such receipt. The intimation should give full details including source, approximate value in Indian rupees, purpose and manner in which the foreign hospitality was utilised.

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