The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has implemented significant changes to the regulations governing annual returns filed by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA Rule). The amendments introduced to the Foreign Contribution Regulation Rules, 2010, include inserting two crucial clauses, (ba) and (bb), within Form FC-4. These clauses mandate that NGOs provide detailed information about moveable and immovable assets created using foreign funds.
Section 48 of FCRA 2010 led to issuing the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Rules, 2023, emphasizing transparency and oversight.
The newly added clauses (ba) and (bb) in Form FC-4 require NGOs to offer specific information regarding assets generated and acquired using foreign contributions. This disclosure includes a comprehensive overview of moveable and immovable assets as of March 31 of the respective financial year.
These amendments aim to bolster NGOs’ accountability, transparency, and regulatory oversight in utilising foreign funds. The government aims to ensure that foreign contributions are utilized for their intended purposes and align with the organizations’ objectives by mandating NGOs to provide detailed information about the assets they have created.
These changes emphasize the need for NGOs to maintain thorough records and transparency in their financial operations. The amendments show the government’s dedication to enhancing NGO sector integrity, ensuring the lawful use of foreign contributions, and promoting transparency.
FCRA-registered NGOs must meet new reporting rules to maintain foreign funding. This strengthens accountability and transparency, fulfilling the government’s fund-usage goals.
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