US Seeks ‘Clarification’ About India’s Crackdown on NGOs

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The New York-based Ford Foundation says it is cooperating with a Home ministry investigation into its grants. AFP photo.
The New York-based Ford Foundation says it is cooperating with a Home ministry investigation into its grants. AFP photo.

WASHINGTON – The US is seeking clarification from India on suspension of licenses of several thousands non-governmental organizations (NGO), a State Department spokesperson said.

“We know the reports that the Ministry of Home Affairs suspended the licenses of several thousand NGOs. I don’t know if we have a precise number,” the State Department Acting Spokesperson, Marie Harf, told reporters at her daily news conference, reports PTI.

“We are seeking a clarification on this issue with the appropriate Indian authorities. I don’t have any response to that yet,” she said when asked about news reports that the Indian government has suspended licenses of several thousand NGOs.

The Indian government had on Tuesday decided to scrap licenses of more than 9,000 NGOs for allegedly violating Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), accusing it of being “revengeful” and targeting selectively.

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