FCRA Inflows into India from Gospel For Asia since 2006: A Comprehensive Compilation

Introduction

Mainstream as well as Social Media are agog with the news item of income tax raids on properties announced to be belonging to “Believers Church”. These raids appear to be massive, involving officials from various States. While the media will come up with Breaking stories (typically based on hand-outs as they are incapable of doing anything worthwhile themselves), let us focus on FCRA data. This is the purpose of this Post.

Very importantly, the Ministry of Finance issued a Note on November 6, 2020 via the Press Information Bureau of Government of India which is available here. Although it did not mention the name of the ‘Group’ that was raided, we shall proceed with the logical assumption that the Group here refers to ‘Gospel For Asia’. The PIB Note specifically mentioned the following:

  1. The group operates about 30 trusts, registered across the country, and most of them exist only on paper and have been found to be used for routing the unaccounted funds and for accommodation transactions. 
  2. The modus operandi of the group is to systematically inflate expenses with the help of other parties, who would return the inflated amount in cash through domestic hawala channels to the functionaries of the group.
  3. The evidence found so far indicate that the siphoning of funds in cash may be running into hundreds of crores of rupees. 

Given these official remarks, it is important that the readers of indiahap blog be kept abreast of the total, officially known foreign fund inflows to ‘The Group’ via FCRA. Obviously, we would not know if foreign funds came to the group outside of FCRA. Such (if any) are beyond our purview.

Background

  1. This September 2014 story on Indiafacts broke new ground and 
    1. revealed the existence of more than ten Limited Liability Companies (LLC) related-to/controlled-by Gospel For Asia-Texas-USA in Texas-USA.
    2. identified the four chief FCRA-NGOs, all located in Tiruvalla, Kerala, which were the primary recipients of foreign contributions (FC) from Gospel For Asia (GFA) (Worldwide). 
  2. This March 2016 Post examined the 2014-15 FC4 of the four Tiruvalla entities and also identified the existence of limited liability companies related to GFA in Canada as well.
  3. This December 2016 Post broke the news of the rechristening of Gospel For Asia, India as Ayana Charitable Trust.
  4. This Post of May 2018 had two Parts. In Part-A, it provided names of Functionaries of the four FCRA-NGOs of Tiruvalla and surmised that their FCRA registration was likely to have been cancelled some time between July and October 2017. In Part-B, it demonstrated how GFA-Worldwide had ‘activated’ nearly ten FCRA-NGOs which were dormant earlier, by sending large amounts of FC to these entities which stayed unscathed in the FCRA cancellation exercise.
  5. Note that although the FCRA registration of the four Tiruvalla entities was likely cancelled in 2017, their FC4 returns for 2016-17 are not available on the FCRA website. However, their quarterly FCRA returns are available. Thus, the entries for 2016-17 in the following Tables are obtained from these quarterly returns. 
  6. Gospel For Asia (GFA) was started in 1979 in Texas to serve the people of India and its neighbouring countries.

Summary of Post

  1. The Grand Total of foreign funds ‘donated’ by entities related to Gospel For Asia (worldwide) into Indian FCRA-NGOs from April 2006 until June 2020 is Rs. 48288405792 (Rs. 4829 Crore), of which the four erstwhile FCRA-NGOs in Tiruvalla received Rs. 4251 Crore, while the remaining Rs. 578 Crore was received by the ten ‘activated’ FCRA-NGOs spread in Coimbatore, Kanchipuram, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, New Delhi and Rayagada.
  2. Not unexpectedly, a prominent faith mouthpiece quotes ‘The Group’ as calling the income tax raid as ‘persecution’.
  3. Notwithstanding all the FCRA details presented herein, we contend that Universal Religious Freedom (as it is understood and employed by the Western World, United Nations etc.), particularly within the 10/40 Window and among the 4/14 Windowed populace is a sick concept and is best rechristened as Universal Religious Free Doom.

Acknowledgements

  • We sincerely thank the FCRA Wing of the Ministry of Home Affairs for providing online all the FCRA returns for anyone to view, without having to use the ill-purposed, so-called Right To Information Act.
  • While we have taken utmost care in data entry into the Tables below, there could be a few human errors. We would appreciate if these could be pointed out via the Comments section and we shall be happy to get them reviewed and revised, if needed.

Observations on the Inflows presented in the Tables below

  1. In 2014-15, Believers Church India reported a FC directly from abroad as Rs. 1255880324, while the sum of the individual FC reported in the FC4 for that year was only Rs. 1253005080, i.e., the difference was more than Rs. 28 lakh. While individual FC below Rs. 20000/- need not be declared in the FC4, it is somewhat difficult to believe that more than 140 foreign individuals/institutions each donated Rs. 20000/- to BCI that year.
  2. In 2008-09, Last Hour Ministry (LHM) reported receiving a FC of Rs. 8 Crore from GFA-Tiruvalla. Thus, the relationship between LHM & GFA-Tiruvalla is established beyond any doubt.
  3. Sums of such magnitudes and ‘machinations’ (of the kind described in the PIB Note) could not have been unknown within both the Banking circles and the FCRA Wing of the Ministry of Home Affairs. We shall desist delving further on this matter and urge the readers to think over it themselves.
  4. The ten FCRA-NGOs which were dormant until 2013 and which started getting FC from GFA-Worldwide since 2014 have active FCRA status, even as of now. Even after our expose of May 2018. In the recent past, they have been getting FC from a ‘GFA World’ in UK as well as from the Texan and Ontarion LLCs related to GFA.

Table 1: Foreign Contributions received by Ayana Charitable Trust since 2006. All amounts are in INR. Grand Total of FC since 2006 is Rs. 1607 Crore.

Table 2: Foreign Contributions received by Believers Church India since 2006. All amounts are in INR. Grand Total of FC since 2006 is Rs. 1869 Crore.

Table 3: Foreign Contributions received by Last Hour Ministry since 2006. All amounts are in INR. Grand Total of FC since 2006 is Rs. 393 Crore.

Table 4: Foreign Contributions received by Love India Ministries since 2006. All amounts are in INR. Grand Total of FC since 2006 is Rs. 381 Crore.

Table 5: Foreign Contributions received by ten GFA-related FCRA-NGOs since 2006. All amounts are in INR. Grand Total of FC since 2014 is Rs. 578 Crore.

FCRA Inflows into India from Gospel For Asia since 2006: A Comprehensive Compilation

Gospel For Asia: Some updates via India and Canada

This Post, due in part to our laziness, has become a tale of two parts. The parts are
disjointed. Part-A could be of interest to foreigners and Part-B could be of interest to Indians. Indian Government should, ideally be interested in both the Parts. Nothing that it does not know is written here. After all, the data presented and discussed here is sourced from its publicly available, FCRA website. We are grateful to the FCRA Wing, Ministry of Home Affairs for making available this wonderful resource for public view without having to go through RTI.

Part-A

One of our earlier Posts on Gospel For Asia (GFA) had an update which referred to a new Canadian entity sending ‘donations’ to GFA related FCRA-NGOs in India. It was Little Hills, Stoney Crook, Ontario, Canada.

More Canadian entities which ‘donate’ to FCRA-NGOs of Gospel For Asia seem to have sprung up in 2015-2016. The same can be identified from the Quarterly returns filed by
Believers Church India (KL/52930220) at https://fcraonline.nic.in/fc_qtrfrm_report.aspx
.

These are listed below.

Name of Canadian entity Address Amount sent to India in Year 2016 (Rs.)
Lift up their Voices 1 King Street West. 10th Floor, Hamilton, ON L8P 1A4 , Canada 31900536
The Sick Healed 1 King Street West. 10th Floor, Hamilton, ON L8P 1A4 , Canada 34322242
Little Hills 77-238, Highway 8, Stoney Creek, Ontario L8G1E1, Canada 222756972
The Blind See Hamilton, ON L8P1A4, Canada, 41986122.63
Lame Walk King Street West, 10th Floor, Hamilton, ON L8P1A4, Canada, 38657563.30

We are amused by the names of these Canadian entities which are reminiscent of the 13 limited liability companies (LLC) that GFA had opened in Texas circa 2011 and through which it nourished four FCRA-NGOs in Tiruvalla, Pathanamthitta District, Kerala. Read this September 2014 original expose for that story.

Further information about the above businesses can be found at:

  1. The Blind See
    https://www.ic.gc.ca/app/scr/cc/CorporationsCanada/fdrlCrpDtls.html?corpId=9646906

  2. The Lame Walk
    https://www.ic.gc.ca/app/scr/cc/CorporationsCanada/fdrlCrpDtls.html?corpId=9646850
  3. Little Hills
    https://www.ic.gc.ca/app/scr/cc/CorporationsCanada/fdrlCrpDtls.html?corpId=9403647

  4. The Sick Healed
    https://www.ic.gc.ca/app/scr/cc/CorporationsCanada/fdrlCrpDtls.html?corpId=9648895

  5. Lift up their Voices
    https://www.ic.gc.ca/app/scr/cc/CorporationsCanada/fdrlCrpDtls.html?corpId=9648887

The addresses of all the above businesses on the Canadian Government website is given as: 1 King Street West, 10th Floor, Hamilton ON L8P 1A4, Canada. The Directors of all of them are the same three persons. The businesses have all been incorporated between August 2015 and February 2016.

A trivia: We notice that the addresses of some of these entities provided in our quarterly FCRA returns and that provided in the Canadian Government website do not match. As long as our Government does not check the antecedents, aims and objectives of the foreign donor (current FCRA law does not allow such checks), such ‘mistakes’ will happen. In any case, address mismatch is the least of the risks that FCRA poses to our Great Nation.

Part-B

The FC4 returns of the four FCRA-NGOs directly associated with Gospel For Asia, for the financial year 2015-16 are now available at the FCRA website.

The following are gleaned from those returns.

FCRA-NGO Reg. No. Unspent from 2014-15 [Rs. Crore] Bank Interest [Rs. Crore] Direct Foreign Remittance in 2015-16 [Rs. Crore]
Love India Ministries KL/52930228 83.4 10.9 76.2
Last Hour Ministry KL/52930227 108.5 17.6 103.5
Ayana Charitable Trust KL/52850064 237.7 27 826.2
Believers Church India KL/52930220 36.6 27 342.7

Ayana’s receipt of Rs. 826.2 Crore, totally from abroad, in a single year is a Record.

The total Bank Interest itself comes to around Rs. 82 Crore. This could amount to a Principal amount of around Rs. 1000 Crore [in Bank Fixed Deposits etc.]. We have discussed this matter earlier.

As we outed earlier, Ayana Charitable Trust is the new name for Gospel For Asia in India.

Ayana Charitable Trust has received foreign funds of approximately Rs. 129.2 and Rs. 693.1 Crores under ‘Religious’ and ‘Social’ categories respectively.

Believers Church India (BCI) has received foreign funds of approximately Rs. 102.9 and Rs. 239.7Crores under ‘Religious’ and ‘Social’ categories respectively. Interestingly, BCI says that it received an additional Rs. 500 Crore FC (foreign contribution) from a Local Source. The identity of this ‘local source’ is not mentioned in the FC4 return. Could it be Ayana Charitable Trust? We do not know. It can be any entity which has a FCRA registration. However, very few will have a resource of Rs. 500 Crore to spare for another FCRA-NGO. LoL!

A preliminary examination of the FC4 returns reveals that just TWO remittances (to Love India Ministries, LIM) have come from Gospel For Asia-Texas. All other remittances to LIM, Last Hour Ministry (LHM), Believers Church India, and Ayana Charitable Trust (ACT) have come from various other offices of Gospel for Asia, including those in UK, Germany, Australia, Canada and Hong Kong. The only other remittances from Texas are from those LLCs associated with GFA.

Rhetoric

Why are our Governments (State Governments too need to share a large portion of the blame) allowing evangelical forces to operate freely in India? Does India need their money? Their so-called Love and Compassion? Nah. Certainly Not.

We are simpletons. We just gape at the vast sums of money pouring into FCRA behemoths of our Nation, for purposes we have no clue about. We study their Annual Returns. Quarterly Returns. We write blog posts. A dozen people RT us. Where is the transformation we seek?

We are told that We Make in India. Hmm… Really? This way? We are aghast. We wring our hands in despair.

Thanks for reading thus far. Now go back to discussing UP politics, latest Khan movie and some tripe on cricket. While Love grows like mushrooms in your backyard.

Gospel For Asia: Some updates via India and Canada

Gospel for Asia-India (KL/52850064) changed its name in FCRA

This Post is long overdue. Wanted to write a longer one with lots of updates, but due to paucity of time, will write a short note on one essential point.

For a background to this Post, read:

  1. https://indiahap.wordpress.com/2016/03/05/additional-fcra-ngos-receiving-funds-from-gospel-for-asia-inc/
  2. https://indiahap.wordpress.com/2016/03/17/gospel-for-asias-fcra-returns-for-2014-15/

As always, we distinguish between Gospel For Asia-International (Texas, Canada, Germany, Australia, …) (abbreviated to GFA) and Gospel For Asia-India (abbreviated to GFAI).

GFAI *was* located in P.O. Box. 4, Manjadi P.O., Tiruvalla, Pathanamthitta District, Kerala-689105 with FCRA registration number of KL/52850064.

GFAI recently changed its name to “Ayana Charitable Trust-House No. 303/3, Thengumtharayil, Kuttapuzha P.O., Pathanamthitta District, Kerala-689103”. The FCRA registration number, obviously, remains the same, i.e., KL/52850064.

The same was noticed by keen observers around October 2016.

Minutiae:

  1. FCRA details of the other three long-standing recipients of FCRA donations from GFA, i.e., Believers Church India, Last Hour Ministry & Love India Ministries remain unchanged.
  2. Ayana in Samskrutam, may mean either ‘refuge-place’ or ‘movement’, we are told. We have no more idea on this.

In this regard, we would like to offer a suggestion to the Ministry of Home Affairs. The FCRA wing of Ministry of Home Affairs,  has been doing yeoman service in publicly displaying all FC6/FC4 returns on its website (without needing to file the idiotic RTI). However, when a FCRA-NGO changes its name [or its address], then *all* the annual returns filed by it prior to the change in name/address also display the new name/address. Some years ago, we had noticed a similar ‘phenomenon’ with the evangelical organization in Rangareddy district, Telangana called “Operation Mobilization India” whose name on FCRA website got suddenly changed to “Operation Mercy India Foundation” in/around late 2014/early-2015 [both bearing the same Registration No: TS/10220133 at the same address, i.e., Logos Bhavan, Jeedimetla, Rangareddy District, Telangana, where seven FCRA-NGOs are co-located].

FCRA annual returns are sacred. In software engineering, a routine practice is Version Control. The FCRA Wing is suggested to follow such essential practices, so that independent examiners of open source, public information are not led astray.

Summary: Gospel For Asia-India (KL/52850064) is no longer known by that name in FCRA records. It has been rechristened (LOL) to: Ayana Charitable Trust (KL/52850064).

 

Gospel for Asia-India (KL/52850064) changed its name in FCRA