In Dec’17 FCRA Department had ordered NGOs to open their FCRA bank account with the banks integrated with Govt PFMS system within one month of its notice dated 21/12/2017. Most NGOs opened or shifted their bank account to PFMS compliant bank till June 2018, remaining NGOs were served a show-cause notice.
The FCRA Department has now come out with an order suspending FCRA of 156 NGOs for not complying with the orders. Their FCRA has been suspended for a period of 180 days.
During the suspension period, the NGOs cannot withdraw or deposit any foreign contribution in their bank accounts. Donor agencies funding these NGOs should not disburse any more funds till the FCRA registration is restored.
It also seems that some of these have already changed the bank, though the details have not been updated in FCRA database. FCRA Dept has stated that in case there are NGOs who already have migrated to a PFMS compliant bank and its name still appears on the list, they should send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org enclosing proof of bank letter.
In case NGOs have not done so, they can still do so, and then request FCRA Department to restore your FCRA.
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