New Delhi: Human rights activist and the editor of Combat Communalism Teesta Setalvad’s NGO’s FCRA license has been cancelled merely a day after being renewed. Many people were surprised when the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) license of Teesta Setalvad’s NGO was renewed yesterday. They thought that there was change of heart on the part of the government regarding the human rights activist and her NGO.
Nonetheless it seems that it was a mistake on the part of the Home Ministry officials. Reports suggest that ministry has already distanced itself from the renewal of FCRA for The Centre for Justice and Peace (CJP). The Ministry said that the application was processed a few months ago when IAS officer G K Dwivedi was in-charge as joint secretary.
It should be kept in mind that the same official was removed from FCRA division in September amid the controversy over Zakir Naik’s NGO Islamic Research Foundation.
The union government has accused the NGO of misuse of grants to survivors of the 2002 Gujarat riots, following which it was put under the prior permission (PP) category by the MHA in July last year. Under the PP category, an NGO cannot accept funds from any donor and has to seek clearance from the MHA each time. The renewed licence, however, did not mention whether the NGO is still in the PP category. The Government is not expected to give any relief to any NGO associated with Teesta Setalvad.