Missionaries of Charity, the organisation founded by Mother Teresa, has clarified that none of its bank accounts have been frozen by the ministry of home affairs (MHA).
“…there is no freeze ordered by the Ministry of Home Affairs on any of our bank accounts,” Missionaries of Charity said in a statement.
“Bank transactions are working fine. Everything is fine,” Missionaries of Charity spokesperson Sunita Kumar was quoted as saying by India Today.
This clarification from the organisation came after West Bengal chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee alleged that all bank accounts of the organisation were frozen by the Centre.
“Shocked to hear that on Christmas, Union Ministry FROZE ALL BANK ACCOUNTS of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in India!” Mamata Banerjee had tweeted.
Shocked to hear that on Christmas, Union Ministry FROZE ALL BANK ACCOUNTS of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in India!— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) December 27, 2021
Their 22,000 patients & employees have been left without food & medicines.
While the law is paramount, humanitarian efforts must not be compromised.
Meanwhile, the MHA also responded to the allegations by issuing a statement saying it had not frozen bank accounts of Missionaries of Charity.
“Ministry of home affairs didn’t freeze any accounts of Missionaries of Charity (MoC). State Bank of India (SBI) has informed that MoC itself sent a request to SBI to freeze its accounts,” the MHA said.