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The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre why it has tasked the Ministry of Home Affairs instead of the Ministry of Finance to check the inflow and outflow of foreign funds to non-governmental organisations under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, or FCRA, reported The Hindu.

A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and CT Ravikumar posed the question on petitions challenging the amendments to the FCRA in September last year that have made the rules stricter.

The FCRA regulates foreign donations and ensures it does not affect the internal security of the country. The 2020 amendment made Aadhaar mandatory for all office-bearers of non-governmental organisations that seek foreign contributions.

The new rules require any organisation that wants to register itself under the FCRA to have existed for at least three years and to have spent a minimum of Rs 15 lakh on its core activities during the last three financial years for the benefit of the society.

The NGOs are also required to submit commitment letter from their donors, specifying the amount of foreign contributions and the purpose for which they are proposed to be given.

On Tuesday, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta claimed that inputs from the Intelligence Bureau have shown that foreign funds were being used to finance activities to destablise peace and…

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