Show Cause Notice issued to 5,922 Associations for cancellation of FCRA registration
As a one-time measure, all associations were given an opportunity by way of a Public Notice uploaded on fcraonline.nic.in on May 12, 2017 requiring the associations to file their missing Annual Returns pertaining to FY 2010-11 to 2014-15 within a period of one month time, starting from May 15, 2017 to June 14, 2017, without payment of penalty /compounding fee for non/late filing of Annual Returns. This was followed by regular email alerts to the associations from May 19, 2017 to June 14, 2017 and SMS alerts on May 31, 2017 followed by regular daily SMS alerts from May 5, 2017 to June 14, 2017. The said Public Notice was also on MHA and PIB websites. However, in spite of sufficient and adequate notice, it has been observed that 5,922 associations have not uploaded their annual returns for three or more than three years within the stipulated time given in the notice.
Such associations have now been issued show cause notice as to why their registration under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, (FCRA) may not be cancelled under Section 14 of FCRA, 2010 for failure to upload their Annual Returns from 2010-11 to 2014-15.
As per the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 (FCRA, 2010) and Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Rules, 2011 (FCRR, 2011), made there under, the associations are required to submit their Annual Return for every Financial year beginning on the 1st day of April within nine months of the closure of the financial year.
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