The Lok Sabha unanimously approved the Foreign Contribution Regulation Amendment Bill 2020 on Monday, which mandates the Aadhaar number of office-bearers for registration of NGOs and a ban on public servants receiving funds from abroad.
Once the bill is approved by the Rajya Sabha and consent is obtained from President Ram Nath Kovind, public servants will be barred from receiving funds from abroad.
Furthermore, the Bill proposes that no more than 20% of the total foreign funds received can be spent on administrative expenses. Currently, the limit is 50%.
Concern was expressed by various opposition members about the FCRA Amendment Bill, 2020, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityananda Rai said that the law was not against any religion or NGO.
Minister of State for Home Nityananda Rai assured that this bill is not against any NGO. This amendment does not attack any religion. This is for a self-sufficient India.
Rai said that the law does not violate the rights of any organization. He said that if they follow the law and do not deviate from their objective then they are not going to face any problem.
The minister said that the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) is a national and internal security law and ensure that foreign funds do not dominate India's public, political, and social discourse.
Opposing the bill, various political parties including Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), and Trinamool Congress (TMC) demanded its withdrawal.
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary said that the purpose of the bill is to save the PM-Cares fund. Along with this, he also questioned the need to make Aadhaar card mandatory.