Delhi: Home ministry cancels FCRA Permit of NGO Connected to Gates Foundation : India, News

Highlights

  • Union home ministry has cancelled the FCRA enrollment of Public Health Foundation of India from getting foreign capital barring it.

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is one of the largest contributors to the NGO.

  • The home ministry has alleged accounts had been started by PHFI without revealing it.

In a major setback to a NGO, the Union home ministry has cancelled the FCRA enrollment of Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), barring it from getting foreign capital. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is one of the largest contributors to the NGO.

The MHA arrangement has listed a six-point breach of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) declared the leading NGO of misusing overseas funding by working with the anti-tobacco lobby.

The home ministry has alleged PHFI had opened accounts without revealing it into the ministry, possessing two PAN cards and under reporting of its donation by nearly Rs 200 crore in three decades.

Meanwhile, the PHFI K Srinath Reddy told news agency PTI that the NGO has got in touch with a petition for settlement of the subject with the ministry to the issue.

“We’ve filed all relevant documents and information into this ministry and are currently waiting for a reply,” he said.

The PHFI has been cooperating with a array of institutions including the ministry of health and Melinda and Bill Gates foundation to enhance public health in India and enhance global public health .

According to the Site, PHFI was inaugurated by PM Manmohan Singh at 2006. The Union ministry of health and family welfare have been said to its founder member.

PHFI has worked in the past including Meghalaya, Telangana, Odisha, Gujarat, Karnataka and Delhi.

NGOs receiving foreign finance have been using FCRA licences being cancelled. But MHA say either NGOs are not confirming to law or even the NGOs are in breach of law.