The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has suspended the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) licenses of six NGOs without which these will not be able to receive any foreign funds, The Hindu.
An FCRA license is a mandatory requirement for any non-profit organisation operating in India to receive foreign funds.
It should be noted that the six NGOs whose FCRA license have now stand suspended include four Christian associations. These are Ecreosoculis North Western Gossner Evangelical in Jharkhand, the Evangelical Churches Association (ECA) in Manipur, Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jharkhand and New Life Fellowship Association (NLFA) in Mumbai.
Furthermore, at least two United States (US) based Christian donors are also under MHA's scanner. These are Seventh Day Adventist Church and Baptist Church. A probe is presently being pursued into their funding activities in India.
It should be noted that earlier in 2017, another powerful US-based Christian donor called Compassion International, was forced to stop operations in India after the MHA had found that it had funded NGOs which encouraged religious conversions.
Meanwhile, of the six NGOs whose FCRA license have been suspended, the other two are Rajnandgaon Leprosy Hospital and Clinics, and the Don Bosco Tribal Development Society.
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