Prominent public think-tank Centre for Policy Research has stated it will “discover all avenues of recourse” after its Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) licence was suspended earlier right now by the Union Home ministry over alleged violations of Income Tax legal guidelines. The suspension means the suppose tank won’t be able to obtain international funding.
The non-profit, a recognised establishment of the Department of Science and Technology, receives grants from the Indian Council for Social Science Research. Its donors embody the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania, the World Resources Institute and the Duke University.
In a press release, the CPR stated the IT division a survey on its premises in September final yr. “As a part of the survey follow-up course of, CPR obtained a number of notices from the division.
Following the method, detailed and exhaustive responses have been submitted to the division. CPR has and continues to cooperate totally with the authorities past our objects of affiliation and compliance mandated by regulation,” the assertion learn.
“In the sunshine of the present MHA order, we are going to discover all avenues of recourse obtainable to us. Our work and institutional function is to advance our constitutional targets and defend constitutional ensures. We ae completely assured that the matter will probably be resolved speedily, in equity and within the spirit of our constitutional values,” the assertion added.
The CPR has been requested to supply paperwork for the FCRA funds it receives. Its license was due for renewal in 2021.
In its assertion, the CPR stated it conducts superior and in-depth analysis on a variety of policy-relevant points, with a give attention to India’s Twenty first-century challenges.
Over the final 5 many years, the CPOR stated it has labored with a number of authorities departments, together with the ministries of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Rural Development and Jal Shakti. The state governments it had partnered on numerous tasks embody that of Rajasthan, Punjab, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Meghalaya nd others.
“Through their analysis and writing, CPR students have made pioneering contributions to public coverage in India,” the assertion learn.
In January final yr, the FCRA licence of non-profit Oxfam was suspended, after which it filed a revision petition with the house ministry.
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