Compassion International is a ‘non-profit’ (aka ‘charity’) with worldwide presence, and headquartered in Colorado, USA. It has been sending approximately Rs. 220 Crore p.a. to several FCRA-NGOs in India.
For a background on Compassion International (CI) as well as on a full identification of all FCRA-NGOs recipients from it, read the following two seminal Posts:
The current Post is motivated by a recent news story in The Hindu. Headlined “The Kerry Effect: Centre lifts curbs on fund transfers by NGO”, it started off as follows:
Thus, both the headline as well as the first paragraph imply that Government of India (GoI) allowed CI to transfer funds to FCRA-NGOs only after the US Secretary of State met our External Affairs Minister in September 2016.
What is Prior Permission category in FCRA?
Any Charitable Trust/Society/Company can register for FCRA. For the sake of convenience, let us call such entities as NGOs. Based on background checks and rationale etc., GoI can grant a FCRA registration to an NGO. Such FCRA-NGOs can receive foreign “donation” (donations are in quotes as nothing comes for free in this world, according to this Author) in a seamless manner. Such FCRA-NGOs need to file quarterly and Annual reports to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). That is it. The Quarterly returns mandate was instituted via the FCRA Amendments-2015.
There is another category of NGOs who can receive foreign donations, once in a while. Such NGOs can seek the permission of MHA for every remittance that they wish to receive, a priori. Such NGOs are not FCRA-NGOs (in my parlance), as they do not have a FCRA Registration number.
What is Compassion International’s status?
On March 28, 2016, MHA moved CI into the Prior Permission (PP) category. Let us not get into the reasons why they did so. Consequently, any remittance from CI to any FCRA-NGO has to be approved by MHA, on a case by case basis. CI continues to be in the same category until today (October 19, 2016).
The US Secretary of State arrived in India on August 29, 2016 and held discussions with our Ministers.
Did any FCRA-NGO receive donations from Compassion International between April-September 2016?
As mentioned earlier, The Hindu’s story implies that the US Secretary of State’s visit was instrumental in getting MHA to ‘remove’ curbs on CI’s remittances. What if FCRA-NGOs were receiving funds from CI in the period intervening March 28, 2016 and August 29, 2016? (on a case by case basis).
This can be easily verified by an examination of the Quarterly returns filed by FCRA-NGOs with MHA. FCRA-NGOs need to file this either with MHA or they can host the same on their websites. 6187 FCRA-NGOs had filed these returns for the first quarter of 2016-17, i.e., April-June 2016. The same can be accessed here.
Among these 6187 Quarterly returns, 65 FCRA-NGOs have received grants from Compassion International during the period April-June 2016, totalling to a sum of Rs. 22.3Crore. The Table at the end of this Post provides the list of these 65 FCRA-NGOs. FCRA-NGOs likely would have received funds from CI, post June 2016 as well which can be studied once the July-September 2016 Quarterly returns are made available online. Nothing unusual about it.
We have thus demonstrated that FCRA-NGOs were indeed receiving donations from Compassion International-Colarado, USA, after CI got into the PP category and even before the visit of the US Secretary of State.
The FCRA Wing of MHA is sincerely thanked for making publicly available the Quarterly and Annual Returns of FCRA-NGOs, without one having to use the stupid RTI route.
P.S.: Our own views on FCRA (beyond this story): It is largely a conduit for Evangelism and causes a change in our religious demography (won’t be reflected in Census). Thus, it should be scrapped.
Table 1. List of FCRA-NGOs who have received remittances from Compassion International-Colorado during the period, April-June 2016. [Secondary remittances via Compassion East India-Kolkata are not presented in this Table].
|Faith & Deed Ministries||D.No.27-1-29/B, Ameena Peta, Eluru, West Godavari District,Andhra Pradesh-534002||10180196||650425|
|Emmanuel Evangaleical Ministries||Edda Kotaiah Street Badavapet Vijayawada,Vijayawada520010||10260368||664532|
|Utilise People’s Potential Action for Humanities and Research||At-Balaji Nagar, House No.1,, D. No.318, PO Pathapatnam,Srikakulam (Andhra Pradesh)-532213||10340045||3924120|
|Samatha Community Development and Welfare Society||19-60, 3rd line, Lingalathota Colon, Payakaraopeta,,Visakhapatnam Dist.,-531126||10350188||4079815|
|Society for Nurture, Education, Health Activities||Door No. 517, Gotlam Village, S.O.Cantonment, Vizianagaram,Andhra Pradesh-535003||10370060||1864592|
|Goalpara Boro Baptist Church Union||Tukrajhar, Kokrajhar,Assam-||20760004||642997|
|Soul Winning Mission||Mission House, Khuskee Bagh, Purnea North,Purnea, Bihar –||31180012||887037|
|The Bethel Church Association||Mission Compound, Dandkhora, Dist. Katihar,Bihar-||31300009||1713090|
|CALVARY SEVA SANGH||AT OZAR PO HINDALA,SONGADH395365||42100159||1083047|
|New India Church Of God||Bhthesda Nagar Chingavanam, Kottayam,Kerala-686531||52870083||353737|
|Diocese of North Kerala||Diocese Office, Shoranur,,Palghat, Kerala –||52890001||2792229|
|Christian Agency For Rural Development||Marthoma Office, ,Tiruvalla 689101.-||52930022||5128045|
|Maranatha Full Gospel Church||Near Public Stadium Thiruvalla, Pathanamthitta, Pathanamthitta (Quillon), Kerala –||52930244||358842|
|Intercession India Trust||Bldg.no.309,kalkundal Village, Udumbanchola, Erattayar,Idukki Kerala-||52940059||1977214|
|Khrist Seva Kendra||Kshipra, P.B.NO.22,Dewas, M.P.-||63230001||1116157|
|Marthama Gram Jyoti Education & Development Society||MarThoma Passionage, South Civil Lines, Jabalpur,Madhya Pradesh-482001||63310057||1463689|
|C S I Coimbatore Diocesan Council||204, Race Course Road, Coimbatore,Tamilnadu-641018||75850014||3076368|
|World Evangelistic Outreach Of India Charitable Trust||No.- 5, Muthalamma Koil Street St., Selaiyur,Chennai, Tamil Nadu-600073||75900636||611467|
|Dr S.V.K. Foundation||No. 4/219, Mugalapalli Gate, Thummanapalli, Hosur Taluk, Krishnagiri District, Dharmpauri, Tamil Nadu 635105||75940430||396996|
|Tirunelvelli Diocesan Trust Assocation||No. 5 Punithavathtar Street, Palayamkottai,Tamil Nadu-627002||76030023||3435797|
|Peace Trust||Deo Favante, 16 Kurichi Road, Kulavanikarpuram,palayamkottai,Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu-627007||76030266||724319|
|SHALOM GLOBAL FOUNDATION||7/2-97, ANANDAMMAL SHOPPING COMPLEX, INAM, KARISAL KULAM POST,SRIVILLIPUTHUR TALUK,626125||76110031||1506371|
|Sharing Love Mission||168/5, Third Street, Caldwell, Colony,Tuiticorin,Thoothukudi,Tamilnadu-628008||76160016||3085904|
|JESUS REDEEMS||MAIN ROAD,NALUMAVADI628211||76160018||316083|
|Indian Society for Life Development||D-12, Chinar Garden,Padegaon Cantt431002||83750078||402722|
|Suvarta Alliance Ministries Trust||Church Compound,Nandurbar425412||83820007||2143411|
|Rays of Hope Ministries||Ashalaya, Row House No. A-37, Sector-12, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, Raigarh, Maharashtra-410210||83850048||455393|
|Crown Of Life Ministries||Behind The rasna Hotal,Bhosle Galli,,Panhala416114||83860225||414963|
|ANUGRAHA ARADHANA SEWAKAI SANSTHA||A-10, MANAVSEWA NAGAR, SEMINARY HILLS,NAGPUR440006||83870206||925837|
|Central District South India Assemblies of God||3, Vivekananda Nagar, 3rd Cross, Bangalore,Karnataka-560033||94420333||282013|
|India for Christ Ministries||No 739, 4th Main Road, A. Munireddy Layout,,Horamavu Main Road, Dodda Banaswadi,560043||94420544||832201|
|PREMSAGAR SEVA SADAN||C/o Faith Assembly of God Church Vignana Nagar Main Road,New Thippasandra Post560075||94420593||1354401|
|Devanahally Mission of the Marthoma Church||Budigere Road Devanahally, Bangalore,Karnataka-562110||94420761||1956489|
|ASHRAYA TRUST||NO 388 CHOWRAPPA LAYOUT MARIYANAPALYA H A FARM POST,BANGALORE560024||94421443||197363|
|Treasurers Account||The Methodist Church in India, ETCM Hospital, Kolar, Karnataka 563101||94570008||2032969|
|Comprehensive Rehabilitation Organisation And Service Society||PB No.5 B.E.M.L Nagar, Kolar Gold Fields,Karnataka-563115||94570079||1379886|
|Nabajyoti Girls Hostel||Mission Compound, Bolangir ,Orissa-767001||104840008||793746|
|Diocese Of Sambalpur||Balangir, Orissa,-||104840013||1374031|
|New Life Movement India||At/Po- Mohana, Gajapati,Orissa-761015||104930007||862059|
|Allocation of Development to Vulnerable in and Evangelical Nurture Trust(ADVENT)||At/Po-Kurmingia, Via-Kalinga,, Distt.- Kandhamal,,Orissa-762022||105030023||669462|
|India Good News Association||183-a Katra Mission , Allahabad,Uttar Pradesh-211002||136230028||2010096|
|Fellowship Of Free Baptist||, Gorakhpur,Up-||136470004||770759|
|Asian Sahyogi Sanstha India||42 Jail Road, Gita Vatika, Gorakhpur,U P-273006||136470036||344809|
|The Alliance||37, Cantonment Road,, Publishing House,,Lucknow , U.P.-226001||136550282||1314837|
|ETERNAL GRACE TRUST||LOHANDIKALA POST AMOI,MIRZAPUR231001||136590041||635165|
|New Life League||, Dist. Varanasi,Uttar Pradesh-||136760006||324696|
|Diocese Of Durgapur||Bishops House, Bankura,West Bengal -722101||146920018||1910215|
|Peniel Gospel Team||, Darjeeling,Wb-||146980057||1278687|
|Ghatal Missionary Baptist Fellowhip||Kuirpai, Khirpai, Dist- Midanapore,West Bengal-721232||147040334||777171|
|Bengal Baptist Fellowship||24 Parganas, West Bengal 743 503,-||147110073||574267|
|Council Of Church Of God||, Wb,-||147120258||1798861|
|Asian Outreach India||2nd Mile Sevoke Road, Shastri Nagar,Siliguri -734401.-||147120293||1345676|
|Compassion East India||AQ 12, Sector IV and V,Salt Lake City, Kolkata||147120584||134085708|
|Reformed Presbyterian Church||Peace Lane, Churachandpur,Manipur-795128||194160022||759837|
|Evangelical Free Church of India||P.O Madanriting, 21, East Khasi Hills, Shillong,Meghalaya-793021||214250001||812037|
|Nav Jeevan Seva Mandal||534, Sfs, Block-c Sector 19, Rohini ,New Delhi-110085||231650163||6219453|
|Marathoma Syrian Church||53/12, W.e.a. Karol Bagh, New Delhi,-110005||231650397||1043627|
|Association of Revival Tebernacle||111(RPS),D.D.A. Mansarovar Park, Shahadra,Delhi-110032||231660385||1381465|
|Bethesda Charitable Endeavors||462, 2nd floor Indra Vihar, Mukherjee Nagar,Delhi110009||231661061||622663|
|Baptist Church Of Mizoram||Serkawn, Zotlang P.O, Lunglei,Mizoram-796691||304340001||892511|
|Mission Evangelistic Association||Kusumdih, P O Ansol,Dumka814101||337700013||843629|
|Bharatnya Charisti Seva Dal Trust||Lalgarh, Madupur, Dumka,Jharkhand-815353||337700017||1598063|
|Medical Ambassadors||194, Indira Nagar Colony, Post New Forest, Dehradun,Uttaranchal-248006||347900041||586173|
|Bharat Susamachar Samiti||Kulhan P.O., Sahastradhara Road,,Dehradun, Uttranchal-248001||347900050||2488285|
|Himalaya Inland Mission||Landour, Mussoorie,Uttaranchal-||347900065||718525|