FCRA issues notice to 3292 NGOs for non filing of returns/accounts, warns cancellation of certificate
FCRA Wing of Home Ministry has issued a notice to 3292 NGOs for non filing of mandatory annual returns /accounts. The notice directs all NGOs to them to submit the required returns/accounts within 15 days or face cancellation of their certificate for violating provisions of FCRA 2010.
No. II/21022/58(069)/2018-FCRA (MU)
Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium,
India Gate, New Delhi- 110001
Subject: Non-submission of mandatory Annual Returns from 2011-12 to 2016-17-reg.
As per Section 18(1) of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 (FCRA, 2010) read with Rule 17(1) of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Rules, 2011 (FCRR, 2011), Associations registered under the FCRA 2010 are required to submit electronically online Annual Report in Form FC-4 with scanned copies of income and expenditure statement, receipts and payment account, balance sheet etc. for every financial year within nine months of the closure of the financial year. Such Associations which do not receive foreign contribution during a particular year are also required to furnish a NIL return for that financial year within the aforesaid period. Non-submission of the mandatory Annual Returns/accounts is a violation of the FCRA, 2010 and the FCRR. 2011.
2. After scrutiny of records for the years 2011-12 to 2016-17, it has been observed that the mandatory annual returns /accounts for some of the financial years in above period have not been found uploaded on the FCRA portal online by the association despite the fact that one final opportunity of one month was provided to all such Associations to submit the missing ARs without paying any penalty vide this Ministry’s Public Notice II/21022/36(207)/2015-FCRA-II dated 12.05.2017 w.e.f. 15.05.2017 to 14.06.2017.
3. In case any of the aforesaid returns has not been filed yet , the association is advised to submit the same electronically online immediatel Any difficulty in uploading may be brought to the notice to this Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org
4. The status of submission of mandatory annual return will be reviewed after 15 days of issue of this notice (electronically/physically) in respect of your Association, being dispatched to your known If you failed to submit any of the missing Return(s) within this time period , appropriate action under the Section 14 of the FCRA, 2010 would be initiated against your Association for the said violation.
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