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Foreign funds surge under NDA rule

Foreign donations to Indian NGOs have surged since the NDA government came to power.

As per figures available with the Home Ministry, which regulates the flow of foreign funds to NGOs and associations in India, the 2015-16 fiscal saw a flow of ₹17,208 crore from foreign donors, the highest in five years. There were donations of ₹14,525 crore in 2014-15 and ₹13,092 crore in 2013-14. In 2012-13, the foreign donations received totalled ₹9,423 crore, and in 2011-12, ₹10,334 crore.

There are 33,000 NGOs registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) that are required to file their annual returns with the Home Ministry, but only 19,000 received funds last year.

Of the 16 major donors, at least 14 are Christian organisations, most of them based in the U.S.

Last year, the Home Ministry put Colorado-based Christian NGO Compassion International on its "watchlist" as it was accused of funding Indian NGOs involved in religious conversions.

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