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Foreign funding to Orissa NGOs on rise

Foreign funding to Orissa NGOs on rise

Author: Correspondent
Publication: Odisha Today
Date: July 10, 2009
URL: http://www.odishatoday.com/orissa_2/Foreign_funding_to_Orissa_NGOs_on_rise_100709-87634871254762514656426545.html

With rightwing Hindu nationalist, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha and its all affiliated bodies alleging large scale foreign funding was responsible for conversion and subsequent violence in tribal dominated Kandhamal, the issue might snowballed into a major controversy as 1,007 NGOs from Orissa receiving funds from outside, mostly from western countries.

The NGOs received funds under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976. Though, the Government blacklisted as many 25 NGOs but it has completely failed in restricting foreign funds to other NGOs.

Official record says Orissa has 1, 05,927 registered NGOs while 1007 NGOs receiving foreign grants.

"It was shocking that the figure has been rising and the large scale conversion has been possible because of foreign funds," alleged a VHP leader.

The VHP and others have been demanding complete ban on foreign funding to NGOs working in Orissa, mostly in tribal areas, he said adding the State Government yet to act on this issue.

"It has been probed that the western countries funding NGOs in Orissa to convert tribal Hindu into Christianity," VHP State general secretary Gouri Prasad Rath said.

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