The Union Home ministry on Friday extended the December 31 deadline for the validity of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) registration of NGOs to March 31.

A notice issued by the Ministry’s Foreign Division said that in continuation to its Public Notice of September 30, 2021, regarding extension of the validity of FCRA registration, the Central government has decided to extend the validity of FCRA registration certificates up to March 31, 2022, or till the date of disposal of the renewal application, whichever is earlier, “in respect of only those entities who fulfil certain criteria”.

It said that FCRA registration certificates of such entities should be expiring between the period of September 29, 2020, and March 31, 2022, and such entities should have applied or to apply for renewal on the FCRA portal before the expiry of the certificate of registration in accordance with rule 12 of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Rules, 2011.

The Ministry said that all FCRA registered associations are therefore advised to take note of the fact that in case of refusal of the application for renewal of the certificate of registration, the validity of the certificate shall be deemed to have expired on the date of the refusal of the application or renewal and the association shall not be eligible either to receive the foreign contribution or utilize the foreign contribution received.

On September 29, the Ministry had extended the validity of FCRA registration certificates of such NGOs whose validity was to expire on September 30 and applied for the renewal.

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