Vide a public notice of 04th October 2017, FCRA department had made Darpan ID mandatory for all NGOs seeking any FCRA related services. Till now anyone to undertake any activity on online portal of FCRA, including filing of Annual Return (FC4). Well several NGOs have ben facing problem in getting Darpan Id. Some principally felt that it was wrong to share personal details of Adhar of its Trustees on a public platform. Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT) was one such entity, which went to High Court that after SC judgement, there was no need to share these details with Govt, since no personal benefit is being derived by RGCT. Delhi HC directed FCRA Dept to allow RGCT to file return manually.
However since then, FCRA Dept has now reconsidered its stand of compulsory registration on Darpan id and vide a circular dt. 15th January 2019, it has been made optional. Circular can be accessed on following link:
Socio Research & Reform Foundation (NGO)
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