U.S.-based NGO Compassion International to shut India’s operations

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  • After it was put on the Government’s “prior permission” list for donations, U.S.-based NGO Compassion International (CI), the largest international donor in India, says it will shut down India operations.

  • The Christian charity has been at the forefront of a clash between the Modi government and the Obama administration.

  • The Trump administration’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in his Senate confirmation hearings that he would “look into the issue.”

  • CI asked for strictures to be removed on the organisation that has operated in India for over 30 years, bringing in approximately Rs. 292 crore per year and funds 344 NGOs here.

  • The ‘adverse’ reports of two NGOs funded by CI — Chennai-based Caruna Bal Vikas Trust and Compassion East India — were instrumental in putting the foreign donor on the Home Ministry’s watch list.

  • Indian side had made it clear that CI, which had been accused of funding NGOs unregistered for religious activity, would get no exemption from the FCRA ruling for ‘prior permissions’.

  • Among other regulatory issues, CI’s own mission statement on its website, which says its aim is for “children in poverty to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults” had raised a red flag with the government.

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