Over-Regulation of The Civil Society: Unpacking the FCRA 2020

In this Explainer, our Legal Reporter Shravani, unpacks the substantive and procedural issues with the recent Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Amendment Act, 2020. FCRA 2020 seeks to regulate foreign funding of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in order to increase transparency and ensure accountability. However, the amendment creates challenges that hinder the proper functioning of NGOs, especially those at grassroots by over-regulating the sector.

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Part II: NLAT: Lack of Transparency, Accountability & Other Concerns

NLAT prima facie promises safety for all applicants as they can appear for it from their homes through an online interface. However, in this part, we shall analyze the mode and timeline of the examination to argue that contrary to the Notification’s claims, the examination is not fair, accessible or transparent. 

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