FCRA validity of NGOs with pending renewal extended

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The Ministry of Home Affairs ( MHA ) has extended the validity of NGO’s with pending renewal till 30th September 2022. The notification also said that the validity of those FCRA entities whose five years validity period is expiring between July 1, 2022 and September 30, 2022 will stand extended to September 30 this year.

The Notification said that, “…the Central Government, in public interest, has decided to extend the validity of FCRA registration certificates of certain categories of FCRA registered entities… The validity of registration certificates of such entities whose validity was extended till 31.06.2022 in terms of the Public Notice dated 24th March, 2022 and whose renewal application is pending will stand extended till 30.09.2022 or till the date of disposal of renewal application, whichever is earlier,”.

It also said that the validity of those FCRA entities whose five years validity period is expiring between July 1, 2022 and September 30, 2022 will stand extended to September 30 this year. This, however, is applicable to such NGOs who have applied for renewal before expiry of their validity period or will apply in the given period. The validity shall remain extended till the date of disposal of renewal application or the due date mentioned by the ministry, whichever is earlier.

“All FCRA registered associations are therefore advised to take note that in case of refusal of the application for renewal of certificate of registration, the validity of the certificate shall be deemed to have expired on the date of refusal of the application of renewal and the association shall not be eligible either to receive the foreign contribution or utilise the foreign contribution received,” the notification also said.

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Circular No: 2/21022/23(22)/2020-FCRA-3

Date of Judgement:   22nd June 2022

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