Home Ministry cancels LIFE’s FCRA licence
The Centre for Policy Research (CPR), a think tank based in Delhi, has had its Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) registration suspended by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for 180 days. A government official reported that the suspension was imposed due to initial breaches of FCRA regulations.
Home Ministry cancels LIFE’s FCRA licence: Key Points
● On September 7, 2022, the Income Tax department visited the CPR office.
● Foreign funds can only be received with an FCRA registration, meaning that the CPR will not be able to accept fresh foreign donations or use previously-accepted donations without the MHA’s approval.
● Established in 1973, the CPR conducts research that contributes to high-quality scholarship, better policies, and a more robust public discourse on issues impacting India.
● The MHA has informed the CPR that the suspension will last for 180 days, according to a statement by the organisation.
Routine Scrutiny and Audits by Indian government Authorities
- The association, CPR, is fully compliant with the law and subject to routine scrutiny and audits by Indian government authorities, such as the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
- The association undergoes annual statutory audits, and all audited balance sheets are publicly available.
- CPR asserts that they have not engaged in any activities outside the scope of their association or the compliance mandated by law.
- CPR intends to explore all available avenues of recourse in response to the recent MHA order.
- CPR’s work is focused on advancing constitutional objectives and safeguarding constitutional guarantees.
- The institution is confident that the issue will be resolved fairly and expeditiously, in accord with constitutional values.
- CPR collaborates with government departments, charitable organizations, autonomous institutions, and universities in India and across the world.
- CPR is recognized globally for its policy and academic excellence, and its full-time and visiting scholars include experts from NITI Aayog, journalists, members of the Indian Army, former diplomats, civil servants, and leading researchers.
CPR working alongside Grassroots Organizations
For decades, CPR has worked alongside grassroots organizations and governments, such as the Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, and the Ministry of Jal Shakti, as well as the governments of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Meghalaya, and Rajasthan.
CPR’s scholars have made pioneering contributions to public policy in India through their research and writing. Notable former members of CPR’s governing board include former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and late Chief Justice of India Y.V. Chandrachud.