All NGOs need to open fcra bank account in core branch only

Tightening the rules for NGOs, the Home Ministry has asked as many as 5,845 organisations to open their accounts in banks having core banking facilities and furnish details for real time access to security agencies in case of any discrepancy.

It is the latest in a series of steps taken by the NDA government aimed at checking “errant” NGOs, especially those receiving foreign funding. Registration of more than 10,000 NGOs have been cancelled and more than 1,300 have been denied a renewal over the last three years for various violations.

As of now, there are around 24,000 active NGOs in the country as against 40,000 in 2014—15.

In a communication, 3,768 NGOs have been told that their bank accounts are not available as per core banking format while 2,077 NGOs have been asked to furnish bank accounts details as no such data is available with the home ministry.

The move came after it was detected that many NGOs have their bank accounts in cooperative banks or state government— owned apex banks or banks which do not have core banking facilities, official sources said.

The Home Ministry wants that all NGOs registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act mandatorily have their accounts in either nationalised banks or in a few private banks which have core banking facilities.

Under core banking system, all the branches of the networked banks are interconnected. This would allow the security agencies to access the accounts of the NGOs on real time basis.

PTI / 10 May 2017  

 

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FCRA bank account to be integrated with Public Financial Management System (PFMS)

Home Ministry (MHA) requested the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to integrate FCRA accounts with Public Financial Management System (PFMS). This will enable the MHA to monitor the receipt and utilisation of foreign contribution credited in FCRA bank accounts.

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