In a move that could have far reaching effect in India which is grappling with religious conversions, the Union Home Ministry on Monday had said that each functionary and member of NGOs seeking funds under FCRA will have to file an affidavit declaring that they are not involved in any act of religious conversion. The directive also mandates that the members and functionaries should not have been prosecuted for communal disharmony in the country.
The ET has reported that tightening the Foreigners Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) norms, the Union home ministry has said that each functionary and member of a non governmental organization (NGO) seeking registration under FCRA will have to file an affidavit declaring that the individual has not been involved in any act of religious conversion or prosecuted for communal disharmony.
The Second Amendment made to the FCRA Act, 2019 states that a affidavit will have to be executed by each office bearer and functionary and member individually on non-judicial stamp paper of Rs 10 and attested by notary public. Under the earlier version of the act amended in 2011 had mandated that only key functionary and top office bearers were required to provide an affidavit for seeking prior permission from MHA to receive grants under FCRA.
The Home Ministry has amended the FCRA rules in 2012, 2015 and 2019 for NGOs seeking FCRA licences. The latest is the second amendment made to the 2019 act passed by both houses of the parliament.