Govt block foreign funding for Greenpeace India

Greenpeace-IndiaNEW DELHI: In a move that triggered a fresh row, the Centre on Thursday blocked all foreign funding to Greenpeace India for allegedly flouting the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), amid allegations by the intelligence agencies that the NGO had links with the Aam Aadmi Party.

It claimed Greenpeace was publishing research reports impacting Indian tea exports and funding the travel of international activists to the country to visit coal block allocation sites in Madhya Pradesh.

Greenpeace India hit back over the government’s move, terming it a “smear campaign”, and said it will not be “cowed” down by a “campaign against dissent” and that it was seeking legal opinion.

The Home Ministry said foreign funding to the NGO was blocked with immediate effect by suspending its licence for six months.

The NGO was also served a notice asking why its registration should not be cancelled.

The security agencies earlier barred Greenpeace India activist Priya Pillai from travelling to Britain a few months ago, an action later invalidated by the Delhi high court.

The intelligence agencies, tightening their noose, filed a dossier claiming Greenpeace was in talks with the AAP, and its consultant Pankaj Singh was AAP candidate from Mahaan for Sidhi Lok Sabha seat in Madhya Pradesh. – From Asian Age

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