The Union Ministry of Home Affairs on 9 April 2015 suspended the registration of Greenpeace India Society (GIS) for 180 days for acting against public and economic interests of the country.
The ministry took the decision after an on-site inspection of the accounts and records of GIS in September 2014 which revealed it has utilised its funds received from foreign sources for unauthorised purposes as per the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA), 2010, under which it is registered in India.
GIS’s all seven bank accounts in IDBI Bank, ICICI Bank and Yes Bank have been frozen as per the order.
The order also allowed GIS to make representation against the order within thirty days to the Secretary, Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
About Greenpeace India Society (GIS)
• It is an Indian chapter of Greenpeace International, which is a non-profit environmental organization having presence in 40 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.
• GIS has been working on various issues related to the environment in India since 2001.
• The organisation’s work is focused on four broad campaigns viz., stop climate change, sustainable agriculture, preserving the oceans and preventing another nuclear catastrophe.
When: 9 April 2015