Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
09-March-2011 19:19 IST
Foreign Contribution Received by Over 20,000 NGOs During 2008-09

An association with a definite cultural, social, economic, educational or religious programme can obtain foreign contribution either by obtaining ‘registration’ or ‘prior permission’ from the Ministry of Home Affairs, as per the provisions of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976 and rules made thereunder.  Guidelines have also been put into place to facilitate the process.


            The total number of NGOs which reported receipt of foreign contribution including for social purpose during the year 2008-09 is 20088.  Accounts of foreign contribution received by associations for the financial year 2009-10 have been received and are being processed.


As per the information available, the number and amount of foreign contribution received by associations registered and associations granted prior permission under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976 during the period 2006-07 to 2008-09 is as follows:



No. of Associations which have reported receipt of foreign contribution

Amount of foreign contribution received

(Rs. Crore)











Monitoring of receipt and utilisation of foreign contribution by Associations is done through scrutiny of audited annual returns filed by Associations.  After scrutiny of annual audited accounts, in case of any complaint or adverse inputs against an Association indicating violations of the provisions of the Act, an inspection of the books of accounts and records of such Association is carried out and appropriate action is taken under the Act.  Where there is no misutilisation / diversion of foreign contribution for undesirable purposes, and after evaluation on a case to case basis, appropriate decision is taken within the extant provisions of FCRA, 1976. 

However, if any Association is found involved in serious violations, action is initiated against such Association. Actions include (i) placing the Association in Prior Permission category, (ii) prohibiting it from receiving foreign contribution, (iii) freezing its bank accounts and (iv) prosecuting it in a court of law.  


This was stated by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Shri Mullappally Ramachandran in written reply to  a questions in the Rajya Sabha today.                                                                                                         *****