How to deal with erroneous Bank Deposits?

Dear Sir/Madam

An FCRA registered organization has erroneously given its FCRA bank account number to a local donor. These funds were to be received as local donation. Effectively, Local  donations are credited to FCRA account (Amounting to Rs.2.88 lacs). What is the remedy. What steps should be taken to rectify the mistake.

Thanking you in anticipation.

Paresh S Sarda
1/1170 Sadashiv Peth
Tilak Road, Pune

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FCRA Renewal trickling in

Dear Dialogue members,

You will all be glad to know that the FCRA department has started issuing FCRA renewal order for 5 years from 1-11-2016. Some NGOs in our area have already received it. Others are awaiting. The order does not have a signature of the issuing authority and the e-mail from FCRA department mentions that it was digitally signed, but the banks are not accepting it without signature. The order copy has not been marked to the banks directly by the department and the NGOs have been asked to hand over a copy to the bank/s, where they have FCRA account/s. They have also not yet published a list of NGOs who have been issued with he renewal order.

I have written to the Director, FCRA about all these lacunae. Those NGOs who have not yet received the order may constantly watch the official e-mail inbox of the their organisation.

FCRA consultant
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

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PF withdrawal

Dear Sir

Good evening!!!

Please tell me about how fill up15 G form of Pf withdraw.

Vijkendra Kumar

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Applicability of PF on Volunteers.

Dear Members,

We need counsel about the subject “PF Applicability on Volunteers’ Honorarium Payment. The volunteers are not on rolls and there is no control over their attendance and they work for their village development in association with an NGO for a period of one year. Will that NGO has to contribute towards PF for their payment ranges from Rs.600 – Rs.1200/-? Likewise thousands of volunteers are associated with that NGO.

With Regards,

Prasanna Bollam

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Any limit for quarterly disclosure of FCRA receipts?

As per FCRA 2010, when an organization receives FCRA funds, the details of the amount and the donor are required to upload into the website of the concerned organization. I would like to know the limit prescribed: for example is it 10 lakh above or any foreign funds?


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FCRA Registration Validity extended to 31st October 2016

We are happy to inform everyone that an official Notification dated 29th March 2016 has been brought out by FCRA Dept announcing

  • Validity of all FCRA Registration certificates expiring before 30th September 2016 extended to 31st Oct 2016.
  • Renewal Application date extended to 30th June 2016.

The above means that all persons who apply for renewal before 30th June 2016 would remain valid till 31st October 2016 unless further renewed or rejected by the Dept. before that date.

Any person who does not apply for renewal and whose FCRA certificate is valid, FCRA registration date will expire on 31st October 2016.

Hope this will relieve a lot of anxieties amongst FCRA bodies, who were getting worried that renewal will expire on 30th April 2016….(click here for more details)

Socio Research & Reform Foundation (NGO)
512 A, Deepshikha, 8 Rajendra Place, New Delhi – 110008
e-mail:; website:

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Feedback Report of Workshop – Responsible CSO Boards of the Future

Feedback Report of Workshop
Responsible CSO Boards of the Future
[Saturday, 19th March 2016, India International Centre (Annexe), New Delhi – 110003]

Dear Friends with a special Hello to all the Participants who attended the workshop.

We thank all the participants who attended the workshop which was one of the most interactive workshop organized by SRRF so far. Credit for this goes to all the participants, who engaged the faculty and remained focused throughout the day. Through this communication we share your feedback and other details that we promised during the workshop.

The Feedback forms have been compiled and collated. There were 29 participants, 72% of whom have given their feedback. Feedback required scoring for each session as well as for overall workshop. The feedback gives score of 92% for the overall workshop. A chart of session-wise results is given below.


Following suggestions are given by the participants:

  • Should improve Panel Discussions.
  • Include few more case studies.
  • More interaction on basics.
  • Little more space for participation of participants would have made them more interactive.
  • Corporate could also be involved in some discussions.
  • Small water bottle in the lecture room should be served for every participant.
  • To organize some more workshop covering several other topics like Accounting for NGO’s, Changes and updates related to statutory compliance , Taxation,  CSR .

(Note: SRRF has been regularly organizing training programmes in these areas since the year 2010.)

We will try to consider all your suggestions to further improve.

We have also uploaded the presentations of the workshop at our website including snaps. Please visit SRRF website to get access to the same.

We have also uploaded the snaps of the participants on SRRF facebook page.

Once again I thank you on behalf of SRRF, on being a part of a wonderful and learning workshop on ‘Responsible CSO Boards of the Future’.

With warm regards

Ramanuj Maurya
Socio Research & Reform Foundation (NGO)
512 A, Deepshikha, 8 Rajendra Place, New Delhi – 110008
e-mail:; website:

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Step for Accumulation of Income

Dear Friends,

Can you please with a small information.

We have received a donation from a well wisher which was transferred to our FC account on March 10, 2016.

We are finding it difficult to spend 85% of the find within March 31, 2016.

Please suggest.

Warm regards,
Snigdha Sarkar

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Quarterly disclosure for organizations not having their own websites

As mentioned in an earlier post , all FCRA registered / prior-permission entities have to disclose FCRA funds received on their official websites. However in case of organisations which do not maintain any official website, FCRA Dep. has now come to their rescue by asking them to file quarterly returns on FCRA website.

This is how it works. An NGO wanting to post its quarterly details of FCRA funds rec’d should log on to online website of FCRA Dept. . Using its user id and password, organizations can post the quarterly return on FCRA website within 15 days of the quarter end.

Information to be posted consist of following:

  • Name of the donor
  • Type of Donor, i.e. individual or insttitutional,
  • Address of the Donor
  • Purpose (select out of options like economical, social, cultural, religious, etc)
  • Amount of grant received

The above is for your information and necessary action.


Socio Research & Reform Foundation (NGO)
512 A, Deepshikha, 8 Rajendra Place, New Delhi – 110008

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Indian Companies with foreign shareholding now exempted from FCRA

Current Budget proposals have made changes in FCRA Act.

As per the existing definition of a foreign source, an Indian registered company which has more than 50% shareholding held by foreign sources is to be regarded as ‘foreign source’. However as per the new proposals, as long as the shareholding is within the FDI norms as declared under FEMA then such companies will not be treated as foreign source. This is in line with the proposal already floated by FCRA Dept and earlier discussed on SRRF Dialogue (visit link

It may be of interest that the change is being made effective from the beginning of FCRA 2010. Thus in case anyone has received funds from such companies, need not apply for condonation, considering changes in the Act. Further in future, now such funds will be treated as local and would not fall under FCRA.

It may be of interest to note that considering BJP/Congress have been indicted vide a HC Order on the issue of receipt of donation from Sterlite a subsidiary of Vedanta, discussed earlier on the above link. This amendment with retrospective effect could be to bailout the two political parties by excluding such companies from the very definition of foreign source. It may be noted that currently a Special Leave Petition is pending in the Supreme Court against the HC order.
Socio Research & Reform Foundation (NGO)
512 A, Deepshikha, 8 Rajendra Place, New Delhi – 110008

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