Many companies in India have foreign shareholding more than 50% due to liberalization of FDI policy. These would be “foreign source” as per section 2(1)(vi) of FCRA. Receipt of donation/contribution by NGO (not registered under FCRA) directly or indirectly by these Indian subsidiaries of Foreign Companies are presently violation of FCRA. Sec. 52 of FCRA states that applicability of FCRA is in addition to any other law in force for the time being.
Clause (iv) of circular No.21/2014 dated 18-6-2014 issued by MCA indicates that Expenditure incurred by Foreign Holding Company for CSR activities in India will qualify as CSR spend of the Indian subsidiary if, the CSR expenses are routed through Indian Subsidiaries and if the Indian Subsidiary is required to do so as per Section 135 of the Companies Act.
In this changed scenario, can one interpret that NGO (without FCRA registration) can receive donation/contributions from Indian Subsidiary of a Foreign Company, without any prior permission from Ministry of Home Affairs?
Looking forward to your considered opinion in this regard.
Thanks & regards,