On Saturday the FCRA, or Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, licences of over 12,000 NGOs and other groups, including Oxfam India and Oxfam India Trust expired
The government's decision to refuse renewal of its FCRA licence - needed to receive funding from abroad - will severely affect ongoing humanitarian and social work in 16 states, Oxfam India said in a statement issued Sunday morning. The Government of India's decision to refuse renewal of Oxfam India's Foreign Contribution Regulation Act #FCRA registration will severely affect the ongoing humanitarian & social work in 16 states across the country. 🧵(1/7)https://t.co/Rt0hmwLcIc We has been working in public interest with the government, communities and frontline workers for decades. This decision by #MHA will severely hamper these collaborations through which were providing relief to those who needed it the most during times of crisis. (2/7) pic.twitter.com/mRGIPT5oPz
"As per the list released by the Ministry of Home Affairs on January 1, 2022, Oxfam India's FCRA registration renewal request has been denied... which means that Oxfam India will not be able to receive foreign funds for any of its work in India (effective immediately)," the group said.
Amitabh Behar, Oxfam India's CEO, said the Home Ministry's decision would hamper the organisation's efforts in providing relief to those who needed it the most during times of crisis.