THE MINISTRY of Home Affairs on Wednesday additional prolonged the validity of the FCRA registration of NGOs whose renewal software is pending with the federal government until September 30. It had earlier prolonged the validity of such NGOs whose registration was expiring on or earlier than March 31 until June 30 this yr.
“…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,” a ministry notification mentioned.
It additionally mentioned that the validity of these FCRA entities whose 5 years validity interval is expiring between July 1, 2022 and September 30, 2022 will stand prolonged to September 30 this yr. This, nonetheless, is relevant to such NGOs who’ve utilized for renewal earlier than expiry of their validity interval or will apply within the given interval. The validity shall stay prolonged until the date of disposal of renewal software or the due date talked about 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 mentioned.
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This is amongst a sequence of extensions that the ministry has given to NGOs because the onset of Covid. The first such extension was given in September 2020 when the FCRA validity of NGOs was prolonged until May 31, 2021. This was prolonged to September 30, 2021 after which to December 31, 2021.
On the eve of New Year, authorities had additional given extension of validity until March 31, 2022. On the identical day, registration of shut to six,000 NGOs have been deemed to have expired after they both failed to use for renewal earlier than due date or the ministry refused to resume their registration for numerous causes.