Rob Butler, Member of UK Parliament, has raised questions in the Parliament on the suspension of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) licenses of Indian Christian organizations by the Indian Government. He said that some Christian charities in India have been banned from using overseas funding. So what steps the Church of England is taking in India, he asked.
On September 20th, the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020 was introduced in the Lok Sabha. The amendments broadly redefined terms related to acceptance, transfer, and utilization of foreign contributions to charitable organizations under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), 2010. Under this Act, the Indian Government has revoked permission for more than 16,000 non-governmental including religious organizations to receive foreign funding.
Though several Hindu organizations also banned under the FCRA from receiving foreign funding, only Christian and Muslim organizations severely protesting against the Indian Government at international forums. As a result, major churches and Christian organizations are pressurizing the leaders of the respective countries to take necessary action against this issue.
In 2019, the United State Commission on International Religious Freedom asked the Trump administration to designate India a “country of particular concern” and impose targeted sanctions. However, looking at the Indian laws and authenticity of the data provided by the commission, the State Department, led by Mike Pompeo, did not take up the recommendation.