Updation of Bank Accounts on FCRA website before 22 June 2017

FCRA Dept has now issued yet another notification yesterday (7th June 2017) ‎see link https://fcraonline.nic.in/home/PDF_Doc/fc_Circular_07062017.pdf ‎stating that all NGOs must ensure that their latest Designated and Utilisation ‎accounts should be updated on the FCRA website. ‎

They have also published names of 2025 NGOs who they consider need to ‎update these details. Time given is 15 days. Following details of the bank ‎accounts should be updated. Please visit the link ‎https://fcraonline.nic.in/home/PDF_Doc/fc_list_07062017.pdf for the list of ‎organizations need to update their bank account.‎
• Name of the Bank
• Branch Code
• Account No.‎
• IFSC Code, etc.‎

Details have to be filled up online through Form FC6.‎

It may be a good idea, that all NGOs should check whether they are on this list, ‎if yes, update immediately. Even if not, suggest that ask your Accounts Dept. to ‎verify if all the accounts are updated with all the required details. In case there ‎are any gaps, say some utilization account details have not been given, it is a ‎good opportunity to update the same. ‎

It seems the purpose of this is to enable Banks to provide feedback within 48 ‎hours to MHA on movement of funds in FCRA accounts. ‎
Socio Research & Reform Foundation (NGO)‎
‎512 A, Deepshikha, 8 Rajendra Place, ‎
New Delhi – 110008‎

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How to file of FCRA annual return?

Sir ,

How to ngo fcra annual return Process Online . Please Full guided .

For It I shall be Much Obliged To You

Thanks and regards
Jyotindra Kumar
Sitamarhi Bihar

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FCRA Renewal : Latest Development

FCRA Dept has been going through a turbulent time as it reviews its internal practices. This is resulting in anxious times for a large number of NGOs whose renewal is still pending, not knowing when and if their FCRA will be renewed.

Now the Dept has finally come out stating that 18,523 such NGOs’ one or more annual returns from FY 2010-11 onwards are not available online, and till the same is not uploaded by them, their FCRA will not be renewed. Fact is that till now, submission of online annual returns were required only from FY 2014-15. However good news is that the Dept has allowed one month time 15th May to 14th June 2017 and that too without any Compounding Fee. Please note this waiver is available only if the returns are uploaded during this window of one month only.

Therefore all those cases whose FCRA is still not renewed, please go through the list available ‎on this link http://www.srr-foundation.org/circulars/fc_list_12052017.pdf. Alternatively you can ‎search it on FCRA website. Search by the registration number, and see which year registration ‎numbers need to be uploaded. This can be done in normal course through your user email id.

If you face any difficulties, please send a mail to fcrenewal-mha@gov.in .

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

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Disclosure in Financial Statements by Companies

Companies Act: Currently all entities are likely to be busy in closing their accounts, in this regard you may like to know about latest requirements for information to be disclosed in Financial Statements.

All companies (including S.25/S.8 companies) would need to disclose following information in their financial statements. Every company shall disclose the details of Specified Bank Notes (SBN), i.e. Notes of Rs 500 (old) & Rs 1000 denominations, in following manner.

The auditor is also required to audit and report if the correct information has been disclosed by the company in its accounts regarding above. Presently this information has been requested only from companies, but it is possible that it may be extended to entities other than companies.

Income Tax: However, please note all assesses have to disclose in their Income Tax Returns (ITRs) total cash deposited by taxpayers in their bank accounts. In fact a new column has been introduced in all ITR Forms to report on cash deposited by taxpayers in their bank accounts during the demonetization period, i.e., from November 9, 2016 to December 30, 2016. However taxpayers who have deposited less than Rs 2 lakh need not fill up this column.

Socio Research & Reform Foundation (NGO)
512 A, Deepshikha, 8 Rajendra Place, New Delhi – 110008
e-mail: socio-research@sma.net.in; website: http://www.srr-foundation.org

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How a foreign non-profit entity can work in India?

Dear Members,

Please provide your/expert inputs in the following areas:
a) Is it legal if any registered society/ organisation based in India hosts another global network body/ organisation? In that case, all financial administration would be managed by host agency and organisation only use address for all official communication with government and other stakeholders.
b) How can a global agency operate in India without any registration? what are the various options available.
c) what are the procedures for opening a liaison office in India?

Looking forward to your kind reply.

Country Coordinator and Representative FFI-India
Centres for Disease Control & Prevention
New Delhi

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Can a foreigner work/volunteer for an NGO?

If a foreigner joins as an unpaid volunteer in a NGO for a long term period more than 180 days or for around 2-3 years on an employment visa or student visa and foreigner is registered with FRRO as per the required rules then is it necessary to pay any remuneration or token amount to the volunteer or intern? Can he/she continue to work on a voluntary basis even though she/he is here on an employment visa? Is there any rule saying minimum amount NGO has to pay ?

Arvind Kumar

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Treatment of FCRA Fund received in Non FC Account

What happen when a NGO receives the FCRA amount in its NON FC accounts?

How it can be send back to the Donor ?


Neeraj Kumar Sinha

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Donation from NRE Account

Dear Members,

Greetings to ALL!

My query is about receipt of individual donations from NRE account to a NGO which does not have FCRA certification…

What can be done if donations of Rs. 2,500 – 10,000 are received in NGO’s account?

I am sure this query must have been answered several times before…please pardon me for asking the same question again…

With kind regards,


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Updating detail of FCRA Bank Accounts

As you may be aware that FCRA Dept had issued a Notice dated 18th July 2016 requiring all ‎organisations to update their Utilisation Accounts on FCRA website. Now the Department has ‎published a list of FCRA registered NGOs who have not updated their bank details till now. ‎

As per this list about 5845 FCRA Registered organizations have not yet updated their banks ‎details. In fact surprisingly this includes 2077 organization where even Designated Bank details ‎are not available with the FCRA department. ‎

We strongly recommend that please go and check these lists and if you find your organisation’s ‎name is also their please ensure that it is immediately updated.‎

Socio Research & Reform Foundation (NGO)
‎512 A, Deepshikha, 8 Rajendra Place, New Delhi – 110008
e-mail: socio-research@sma.net.in; ‎
website: http://www.srr-foundation.org

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Intimation or Approval

Dear SRRF Dialogue Members,

I have one NGO in which they open sub-utilisation accounts for their various projects and intimate the same within time as prescribed in the Act & Rules.

My query is whether NGO can start utilising funds from such intimated accounts after intimation or need to wait for the approval of sub-utilisation account from MHA

Your swift response is awaited along with some cited information as NGO had one mail from MHA which says that NGO should wait for approval

Thanks & regards
CS Swati Singhal Arora
Senior Associate

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