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DMK and others.development NGOs? which are registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act and receive foreign fundinghave been reportedly sent notices by the IT Departmentsince last August These are not only for tax arrearsbut also threaten to cancel their registration as non-profit entities under the Income Tax Act This illustrates the funding dilemmas faced by civil society organisations who are caught between a rock and a hard place Ifas a matter of principlethey dont accept money from government or foreign donors but rely only on charitable or corporate donations they cannot go to scaletheir impact is limitedand even their very survival may be at stake If they try to supplement grant funds from income-generating activitiesthey fall foul of the 2008 amendment of the Income Tax Actwhich narrowed the definition of charitable activity exempted from tax to mostly service-oriented work At particular risk are research and advocacy groups engaged in rights work Because the line between advocacy and political actionespecially in the field of human rights and governanceis very thintheir work is often suspectespecially in the governments eyes Even more problematic is the receipt of foreign funds it is used as an excuse to discredit them It is a tactic often used by politicians of countries that receive development aidto divert attention from domestic troubles Soon after the end of the civil war in Sri Lankawhen the world community was debating whether war crimes had been committed by the government of Mahinda Rajapaksethe Sri Lankan government vented its anger on the NGOs that they felt were responsible for the launching of the UN enquiry They were accused of taking foreign funds and using them at the orders of their foreign donors Their accounts were investigatedbut they were not charged with any specific crimesso that no legal recourse was available to them None of this is new to India During the Emergencythe foreign hand became a bogey phraseas the then prime minister Indira Gandhi began to see in it conspiracies to destabilise her government The Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA) was enacted in 1976 to control and regulate NGOs receiving foreign aid A commission of enquirythe Kudal Commissionwas ordered to investigate the activities and sources of fundsespecially foreign funds of organisations known to be close to Jayaprakash Narayan The enquirywhich lasted for several years found nothing adverse But it served to warn others Every major protest movement since then has faced similar allegations of being driven by foreign money The Leftin spite of its recent overtures to civil societyis again targeting NGOs foreign fundingas is the government itself The fear of action under FCRAnow made more stringent by the new Act of 2010 has been used to rein in protesting NGOs No doubtthere are instances of foreign donors giving funds to covertly influence government policy or legislationand even to support illegitimate activity But using aid for political purposes is a well-known tool of foreign policy Why else would India offer aid to other less well-off countries when its own problems of poverty are so great and in need of resources HoweverNGOs as a whole should not be denied aid because of this; nor should the mere fact of receipt be used to silence legitimate dissent The fact is most NGOs would be more than willing to use domestic rather than foreign fundsespecially for advocacy purposesif only they were availableand if the funding practices of government or other indigenous donors were as sympathetic and progressive as those of foreign donors The governments own funding is difficult to gettied up in red tape and liable to be withdrawn as an expression of displeasure The governments tax policyinstead of enabling NGOs to raise money from private sources by offering incentives to donorsor through supplementary business has become moreand not less restrictive of such effortsadmittedly due to the malpractices of some in civil society itself As for private donationsthough people give generously to religious causes and to individuals in needsustained giving for organised social transformation is yet to develop in India Even when they givethe first preference is to give to agencies working for disaster victimsfollowed by work for the destitute or for children Research and advocacy come last on the listbecause there is little public appreciation of the need for such work Corporate donations go mostly to their own organisations under their social responsibility mandate Since advocacyprotest and supporting research is essential toowhat is the solution to NGOs funding woes To lessen dependence on foreign funding the public must be prepared to give more for research and advocacy workand the government must incentivise private giving by improving the legal environment and fiscal policies; it must also encourage corporations to support more such work Finallyreceipt of foreign funding should notby itself be used to discredit NGOs After allFDI for industry is welcomed If there is indeed misuse of fundsthe government can punish the guilty through due process of law Instead of bringing NGOswhether receiving large government or foreign fundsunder the Lokpal or Lokayuktasa better course would be to set up an independent and autonomous Charities Commission such as exists in countries like the UKand paralleling the regulatory bodies for telecom and powerto deal comprehensively with civil societyincluding monitoring sources and usage of funds Creation of such a commission should form part of the broader reforms agenda Sundar is the author of Foreign Aid for Indian NGOs: Problem or Solution?s reconstruction process. Here ya go. the development models used in the 19th and 20th centuries have produced adverse consequences in the long term.and my voters have elected me to express that opinion freely on the floor of Lok Sabha. While every political party is free to choose how seriously it wants to be taken by the people,” he told reporters on an ESPN conference call ahead of the July 3 start of the Wimbledon championships,twitter. NCP believed in cadre-based organisation.

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