After a record 1,111 NGOs got FCRA nod in 2023, 30 get clearance in January

Syllabus: GS-II

Subject: Governance

Topic: the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations

Context: In January 2024, the Fo Guang Shan Cultural and Educational Centre, a Taiwan-based Buddhist monastic order in Delhi, received FCRA clearance.

Issue: FCRA grant for NGO’s.


  • The clearance allows Fo Guang Shan to receive foreign funds for its “religious, cultural, economic, educational, and social” programs.
  • In the first month of 2024, a total of 30 NGOs and associations obtained FCRA registration.
  • In 2023, a record 1,111 NGOs were granted FCRA permission, marking the highest since 2014.
  • FCRA registration is mandatory for NGOs to receive foreign donations, requiring a defined cultural, economic, educational, religious, or social program.
  • Ministry data reveals that 13,520 associations received foreign contributions totaling ₹55,741.51 crore in the financial years 2019-2022.
  • As of January 10, 2024, there are 16,987 active FCRA-registered NGOs in India.
  • Nearly 6,000 NGOs saw their FCRA registrations become inoperative from January 1, 2022, as the Ministry refused renewal or NGOs didn’t apply.



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