Missionaries of Charity Deny FCRA Renewal, But Say Bank Accounts Are Not Frozen

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has claimed that the Union government has frozen all bank accounts of the organization founded by Mother Teresa.

The Missionaries of Charity declared Monday, December 27 that they asked their centers not to manage foreign currency accounts as long as the issue of the renewal of the registration of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) of the organization no. has not been resolved. The clarification came after the Home Office said earlier today that FCRA’s application for renewal of the Missionaries of Charity’s registration was denied on December 25 for failing to meet the conditions for eligibility, as some unfavorable contributions had been received.

However, the declaration signed by Sister M Prema, superior general of the famous missionary body set up by Saint Teresa of Calcutta, did not specify whether she had asked the State Bank of India to freeze her accounts, as claimed by the MHA. .

The ministry said the SBI had informed that the organization itself had sent a request to the bank to freeze its accounts. The MHA said the renewal was refused on December 25 for failing to meet the eligibility requirements because some unfavorable inputs had been received. “No request or request for revision has been received from the Missionaries of Charity for the revision of this refusal of renewal,” the statement said.

“We would like to point out that the FCRA registration of Missionaries of Charity has not been suspended or canceled. There is no freezing order by the MHA on any of our bank accounts. We have been informed that our FCRA renewal has not been approved. In order to ensure that there is no expiration, we have asked our Union governments not to manage any of the FC accounts until the issue is resolved , indicated the declaration of the Missionaries of Charity.

The MHA statement came hours after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that the Union government had frozen all bank accounts of the organization founded by Mother Teresa.

“Shocked to learn that at Christmas the Union Ministry froze all the bank accounts of Mother Teresa’s missionaries of charity in India! Their 22,000 patients and staff were left without food or medicine. law is paramount, humanitarian efforts must not be compromised, ”Banerjee tweeted.

The MHA said that MoC’s FCRA registration renewal application was denied on December 25 for failing to meet eligibility requirements under the 2010 FCRA and 2011 Foreign Contribution Regulation (FCRR) rules.

“No request or request for revision has been received from the Missionaries of Charity for the revision of this refusal of renewal,” the statement said.

The registration of Missionaries of Charity under the FCRA was valid until October 31, 2021. The MHA said that the validity was then extended until December 31, 2021 with other FCRA associations whose renewal requests was awaiting renewal.

“However, during the consideration of the MoC renewal application, some unfavorable contributions were noted. In view of these recorded contributions, the MoC renewal application was not approved,” the statement said.

The MoC registration by the FCRA was valid until December 31, 2021 and the MHA did not freeze any MoC accounts. The State Bank of India informed that the Ministry of Commerce itself has sent a request to the SBI to freeze its accounts, “the statement said.

In a statement, the MHA also said it has not frozen any Missionaries of Charity accounts, but the State Bank of India has informed that the organization itself has sent a request to the bank to freeze its accounts. .

The MHA statement came hours after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that the Union government had frozen all bank accounts of the organization founded by Mother Teresa.

“Shocked to learn that at Christmas the Union Ministry froze all the bank accounts of Mother Teresa’s missionaries of charity in India! Their 22,000 patients and staff were left without food or medicine. law is paramount, humanitarian efforts must not be compromised, ”Banerjee tweeted.

The opposition also criticized the government.

Congress leaders Shashi Tharoor and Anand Sharma expressed shock at the action of the Union government. “It is indeed shocking. When Mother Teresa wins a Nobel Prize, India rejoices. When her organization serves the poor and the destitute, the government cuts their funding. It is shameful,” Tharoor wrote on Twitter.

Sharma demanded the Prime Minister’s intervention in the case and an immediate overturn of the decision. “Shocked by the government’s action to freeze the accounts of the Missionaries of Charity. Condemning the cruel, callous and inhuman decision that will hurt the sick and suffering poor the most,” he wrote on the microblogging site.

Trinamool Congressman Rajya Sabha, Derek O’Brien, accused the Union government of “punching” missionaries of charity and resorting to “tampering and concealment ”. He also accused the Union government of “intimidating” the organization and “pressuring it to extract” a statement on the matter.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta, then known as Mother Teresa, began the Missionaries of Charity with about 10 members in October 1950. The Mother and her organization which ran orphanages, homes for the dying and lepers, took over importance after winning the Ramon Magsaysay Peace Prize. Prize in 1962 and Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. This year he completed 71 years of work in India. The work of Mother Teresa, which made headlines and achieved international recognition, was funded by foreign and Indian donors. However, the non-renewal of the FCRA registration means that donations that missionaries received from overseas to continue their charitable work cannot be transferred.

Shawanda H. Saldana