The Center froze the bank accounts of Missionaries of Charity, says Mamata; all is well, clarifies the group

After CM Mamata Banerjee of West Bengal alleged on Monday afternoon that all of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity bank accounts had been frozen by the Center, the spokesperson for the group said she was not aware and that “everything is fine”.

“We haven’t been told anything about it. I’m not aware of it at all. The Indian government hasn’t told us anything. The banking transactions are working fine. Everything is fine,” said Sunita Kumar, spokesperson for the Missionaries. of Charity.

WHAT DID MAMATA BANERJEE SAY?

The Center has frozen all the bank accounts of Missionaries of Charity founded by Mother Teresa, Mamata Banerjee said Monday.

She said the move left the 22,000 Missionaries of Charity patients and staff without food and medicine.

“Shocked to hear this on 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,” he said. – she tweeted.

“While the law is paramount, humanitarian efforts must not be compromised,” Banerjee added.

STATEMENT ON GOVERNMENT ISSUES

Responding to allegations by Mamata Banerjee and others, the Union Home Office issued a statement claiming that it did not freeze Missionaries of Charity bank accounts but refused renewal of the registration of the group with the FCRA.

The ministry said: “The request under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act [FCRA] for the renewal of the FCRA registration of Missionaries of Charity (MoC) was refused on December 25, 2021, for not having fulfilled the eligibility conditions under the FCRA 2010 and the rules of regulation of foreign contributions (FCRR) 2011. No request / request for revision has been received from missionaries of Charity for consideration of this refusal of renewal. “

“The MoC registration was valid until October 31, 2021. The validity was then extended until December 31, 2021 with other FCRA associations whose renewal requests were pending. The MHA did not freeze any accounts. of the MoC, ”the ministry added.

In 2020, the Foreign Contribution Regulation (Amendment) Act (FCRA), 2020 was passed by Parliament, making the provisions of the law more stringent. The FCRA is a law that regulates foreign donations and ensures that such contributions do not adversely affect the internal security of India. Without FCRA registration, an organization cannot receive foreign donations. READ WHY NGOs WERE SCEPTICAL ABOUT THE NEW AMENDMENT HERE

Reacting to the ministry statement, TMC MP Derek O’Brien tweeted: “After a dirty job on Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity on December 25th, now MHA is doing what he does best: SPIN DOCTORING & A COVER UP. India has an opposition that will fight the good fight. And I have a leader who will always stand up for the oppressed.

REACTIONS TO NEWS FROM FROZEN ACCOUNTS

After reports surfaced that the Center had frozen the bank accounts of Missionaries of Charity in India, organizations and individuals, with the exception of Mamata Banerjee, issued statements expressing their views on the matter. topic.

Surjya Kanta Mishra, secretary of the State Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) West Bengal, said: “Yesterday, Christmas Day, the Union Ministry froze all the bank accounts of the missionaries of Mother’s charity. Teresa. The government froze all accounts in India. , including cash on hand. Their 22,000 patients, including employees, are left without food or medicine.

Meanwhile, the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Calcutta, Father Dominic Gomes, said: “By freezing the bank accounts of the congregations of missionaries of charity, government agencies have offered a cruel Christmas present to the poorest in the world. poor … The scarecrow of “conversion”, always invoked as justification, is more than manifestly false and stuns the mind with its unbelief. “

Angelina Jasnani, president of the Catholic Association of Bengal, released a statement saying: “Today a lifeline for those in need has been broken … The Union Home Ministry must find a way to ensure that the poor do not suffer … By freezing bank accounts, noble work has come to a halt and the poor will again find themselves vulnerable and exploited. “

(With PTI entries)

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