Today’s Times of India reports that a New Panvel, Mumbai based NGO called SEAL has complained that Maharashtra’s Electricity Supply company, MSEDCL has cut off SEAL “Ashram’s” electricity due to pending bills. It adds that Pastor Biju Samuel of SEAL complained of highly inflated power bills and that the power supply was cut off without proper intimation.
What is SEAL?
SEAL stands for “Social and Evangelical Association for Love”. It is a FCRA-NGO with Registration No.: MH/83850044 and its address is: 35/71, Vangani Village, Nere, New Panvel, Navi Mumbai-410206. Its FCRA registration is within the Raigarh district. SEAL seems to have attained the exalted FCRA status in the last couple of years. It has not filed any FC6/FC4 returns yet. Thus, we do not who funds it.
SEAL’s website proclaims itself to be “an NGO dedicated to the mission of rescuing destitute and helpless people from the streets & railway stations of Mumbai.” which fits in with the Evangelical profile that it has.
Update on February 02, 2017
On February 01, 2017, Newspaper, The Hindu carried a 800 words long article eulogising SEAL, Pastor Samuel and Pastor Philip. It was written by a ‘Varda Sharma’. Unusually for The Hindu, it even gave SEAL’s full form as ‘Social and Evangelical Association for Love’.
One sentence in the article is reproduced below:
This is of course a lie. SEAL indeed gets aid from global organizations, as can be seen from its 2015-16 FC4 return. In fact, it received Rs. 4.17 lakh from no less than Compassion International-Colorado!! As our readers are aware, we carried a major expose on Compassion’s FCRA story earlier. The screenshot of SEAL’s FC4 is given below: