Tamil Nadu NGOs top list of foreign funds beneficiaries
After asserting that anti-Kudankulam nuclear protests were being fuelled by the 'foreign hand' and putting several NGOs under scanner, the government released data in Parliament that shows Tamil Nadu NGOs have received the maximum number of foreign contributions in the past three years.
One TN NGO, that lent its support to the protests, is also facing a CBI enquiry for contributions received by it, says the government.
The data shows TN received 10,119 contributions from across the world with total donations adding up to over Rs 4,800 crore between 2008 and 2011. Over 30,000 contributions were received by all across the country during this period with TN cornering more than 30% of contributions in numbers.
In volume, however, it is Delhi-based NGOs that have received maximum contribution with TN holding the second position. Delhi NGOs received 4,297 contributions with total donations adding up to over Rs 5,800 crore.
The data that was released in reply to a question over foreign contributions received by NGOs in the Lok Sabha also said that cases against 24 NGOs had been referred to the CBI while 10 NGOs were being investigated by state police. The government reply also said, "There were reports that certain NGOs were engaged in anti-national and political activities."
The House was also informed that Coimbatore-based NGO Tamil Nadu Mus;im Munnetra Kazhagam TNMMK) was being investigated by CBI. TNMMK had lent support to the anti-Kudankulam protests and some of its members were also arrested during a September protest. Some other NGOs under investigation by the Tamil Nadu Police include AID India (Chennai), Saccer (Nagercoil) and Centre for Promotion of Social Concern.
The government also informed the House that contributions were received by the NGOs from around 160 countries during the period.
Some other states where NGOs have received large number of contributions include Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Kerala and Maharashtra with all receiving contributions between 4,500 and over 6,000 during the past three years.
- Asian Tribune -