Cyber crimes against children can now be reported at the POCSO e-Box

Child victims of cyber crimes can now lodge their complaints at National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)'s POCSO e-box...

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Cyber crimes against children can now be reported at the POCSO e-Box

Child victims of cyber crimes can now lodge their complaints at National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)'s POCSO e-box. Considering the growing menace of cyber crimes targeting children, NCPCR has now enhanced the scope of POCSO e-box to handle cyber bullying, cyber stalking, morphing of images and child pornography.

Child victims themselves or their friends, parents, relatives or guardians can report cyber crimes by pressing the e-box button available at the Commission's website, www.ncpcr.gov.in  They can also register their complaints on email id: pocsoebox-ncpcr@gov.in  or mobile no.: 9868235077.

Child abuse is finding new forms and channels through mobile and digital technologies. In India about 134 million children have access to mobile phones and the number is growing very fast with even faster access to internet. While this provides opportunities for accessing useful material for learning purposes, lack of digital literacy and online safety measures expose children to hazards of cyber crime.

POCSO e-box is an easy and direct medium for reporting of child sexual abuse under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.

Developed by NCPCR, POCSO e-box was launched by Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi last year.

Govt may penalise NGOs who fail to file FCRA returns

The Union Home Ministry warned 1,927 NGOs about initiating a penal action if they fail to verify their foreign contribution designated bank accounts.

 The Union Home Ministry warned 1,927 NGOs about initiating a penal action if they fail to verify their foreign contribution designated bank accounts. Over 20,000 voluntary organisations are registered with the government for getting foreign aid.
 
According to the rules, voluntary organisations need to be registered under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) to receive overseas financial aid. It should be received in a single designated bank account.
 
The ministry has already asked 2,025 NGOs to validate their accounts within the fortnight on June 7 and provide audited statements of their accounts, including income and expenditure statements.
 
The Home Ministry is likely to penalise more than 10,000 NGOs who have failed to give annual statements of their accounts. It has already given a one-time opportunity to 18,523 NGOs in May to provide details of their income and expenses for five years, reported a leading news agency.

Source:  http://www.indiainfoline.com/article/news-top-story/ngo-govt-may-penalise-ngos-who-fail-to-file-fcra-returns-117062400092_1.html

Home Ministry Threatens to Penalise 1,900 NGOs Over FCRA Compliance

New Delh: The Union home ministry has warned over 1,900 NGOs of penal action for their failure to validate their foreign contribution designated bank accounts.

All eligible non-government organisations (NGOs) should receive donations from abroad in a single designated bank account, according to rules. Voluntary organisations have to be registered under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act or FCRA to receive financial aid from abroad.

On June 7, the ministry asked 2,025 NGOs to validate their accounts within the fortnight.

"It is, however, seen that a large number of associations have still not validated their foreign contribution designated bank accounts," the home ministry said this week in its notice to defaulting NGOs.

Asking NGOs to validate their bank accounts immediately, the notice added, "Please note that non-compliance may lead to penal action as per the FCRA rules."

A total of 1,927 NGOs have not yet verified their bank accounts, according to the ministry.

In another order, all NGOs receiving foreign grants have been asked to give audited statements of their accounts, including income and expenditure statements with the government.

Such NGOs are mandated to give the details for every financial year beginning April 1 within nine months of closure of the financial year.

Over 20,000 voluntary organisations are registered with the government for getting foreign aid.

The home ministry is mulling the future course of action against more than 10,000 NGOs who have failed to give annual statements of their accounts.

A total of 18,523 NGOs were in May this year given a one- time opportunity to provide details of their income and expenses for five years – 2010-11 to 2014-15 – by June 14.

However, only 8,267 NGOs filed returns for all the five years. The remaining 10,256 NGOs have still not filed all the returns and may lose their registration, official sources have said.

Source: https://thewire.in/150732/ngos-penal-action-home-ministry-fcra/

Friday, June 23, 2017

Govt reminder to NGOs: Validate accounts for foreign funds

The Union home ministry has sent a reminder to NGOs and associations that have failed to validate their foreign contribution designated bank accounts as well as utilisation accounts despite its instructions on June 7.

Citing its June 7 circular calling upon all associations that have not validated their foreign contribution designated accounts to comply with the FCRAFCRR provisions in this regard, the home ministry, in a fresh circular issued on Wednesday , asked them to do so immediately and send details like name of the bank, branch code, account number, IFSC etc online in form FC-6.

"It is... seen that a large number of associations have still not validated their foreign contribution designated accounts," it said and listed 1,927 defaulting NGOs.

On June 7, this list had 2,025 associations. This means only 98 NGOs have complied with the June 7 instruction asking them to validate their FCRA designated accounts and utilisation accounts within 15 days.

"Please note that non-compliance may lead to penal action as per the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010, and rules made thereunder," the circular warned.

All associations registered under Section 12 of FCRA, 2010, must receive foreign contributions in a single FCRA designated account.Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Rules further require all banks to report to the Centre all such receiptutilisation of foreign funding by the associations within 48 hours.

The MHA, in its June 7 circular, had pointed out that nonvalidation of foreign contribution designated accounts by many associations was causing problems for banks to comply with the provisions of FCRA and FCRR relating to reporting of receipts and utilisation of foreign funding by such associations within 48 hours.

Source: http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31808&articlexml=Govt-reminder-to-NGOs-Validate-accounts-for-foreign-23062017019031

Govt warns over 1,900 NGOs of penal action for not filing FCRA returns

The Union home ministry has warned over 1,900 NGOs of penal action for their failure to validate their foreign contribution designated bank accounts

 

New Delhi: The Union home ministry has warned over 1,900 NGOs of penal action for their failure to validate their foreign contribution designated bank accounts.

All eligible non-government organisations (NGOs) should receive donations from abroad in a single designated bank account, according to rules.

Voluntary organisations have to be registered under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act or FCRA to receive financial aid from abroad.

On 7 June, the ministry asked 2,025 NGOs to validate their accounts within the fortnight. "It is, however, seen that a large number of associations have still not validated their foreign contribution designated bank accounts," the home ministry said this week in its notice to defaulting NGOs.

Asking NGOs to validate their bank accounts immediately, the notice added, "Please note that non-compliance may lead to penal action as per the FCRA rules."

A total of 1,927 NGOs have not yet verified their bank accounts, according to the ministry.

In another order, all NGOs receiving foreign grants have been asked to give audited statements of their accounts, including income and expenditure statements with the government.

Such NGOs are mandated to give the details for every financial year beginning 1 April within nine months of closure of the financial year. Over 20,000 voluntary organisations are registered with the government for getting foreign aid.

The home ministry is mulling the future course of action against more than 10,000 NGOs who have failed to give annual statements of their accounts. A total of 18,523 NGOs were in May this year given a one- time opportunity to provide details of their income and expenses for five years -- 2010-11 to 2014-15 -- by 14 June.

However, only 8,267 NGOs filed returns for all the five years. The remaining 10,256 NGOs have still not filed all the returns and may lose their registration, official sources have said.

Source: http://www.livemint.com/Politics/3fZQd2eetO7KREwj61akaL/Govt-warns-over-1900-NGOs-of-penal-action-for-not-filing-FC.html

Home ministry warns over 1,900 NGOs of penal action

New Delhi, Jun 23 () The Union home ministry has warned over 1,900 NGOs of penal action for their failure to validate their foreign contribution designated bank accounts.

All eligible non-government organisations (NGOs) should receive donations from abroad in a single designated bank account, according to rules. Voluntary organisations have to be registered under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act or FCRA to receive financial aid from abroad.

On June 7, the ministry asked 2,025 NGOs to validate their accounts within the fortnight.

"It is, however, seen that a large number of associations have still not validated their foreign contribution designated bank accounts," the home ministry said this week in its notice to defaulting NGOs.

Asking NGOs to validate their bank accounts immediately, the notice added, "Please note that non-compliance may lead to penal action as per the FCRA rules."

A total of 1,927 NGOs have not yet verified their bank accounts, according to the ministry.

In another order, all NGOs receiving foreign grants have been asked to give audited statements of their accounts, including income and expenditure statements with the government.

Such NGOs are mandated to give the details for every financial year beginning April 1 within nine months of closure of the financial year.

Over 20,000 voluntary organisations are registered with the government for getting foreign aid.

The home ministry is mulling the future course of action against more than 10,000 NGOs who have failed to give annual statements of their accounts.

A total of 18,523 NGOs were in May this year given a one- time opportunity to provide details of their income and expenses for five years -- 2010-11 to 2014-15 -- by June 14.

However, only 8,267 NGOs filed returns for all the five years. The remaining 10,256 NGOs have still not filed all the returns and may lose their registration, official sources have said. AKV MIN

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/home-ministry-warns-over-1900-ngos-of-penal-action/articleshow/59283843.cms

Govt reminder to NGOs: Validate accounts for foreign funds

The Union home ministry has sent a reminder to NGOs and associations that have failed to validate their foreign contribution designated bank accounts as well as utilisation accounts despite its instructions on June 7.

Citing its June 7 circular calling upon all associations that have not validated their foreign contribution designated accounts to comply with the FCRAFCRR provisions in this regard, the home ministry, in a fresh circular issued on Wednesday , asked them to do so immediately and send details like name of the bank, branch code, account number, IFSC etc online in form FC-6.

"It is... seen that a large number of associations have still not validated their foreign contribution designated accounts," it said and listed 1,927 defaulting NGOs.

On June 7, this list had 2,025 associations. This means only 98 NGOs have complied with the June 7 instruction asking them to validate their FCRA designated accounts and utilisation accounts within 15 days.

"Please note that non-compliance may lead to penal action as per the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010, and rules made thereunder," the circular warned.

All associations registered under Section 12 of FCRA, 2010, must receive foreign contributions in a single FCRA designated account.Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Rules further require all banks to report to the Centre all such receiptutilisation of foreign funding by the associations within 48 hours.

The MHA, in its June 7 circular, had pointed out that nonvalidation of foreign contribution designated accounts by many associations was causing problems for banks to comply with the provisions of FCRA and FCRR relating to reporting of receipts and utilisation of foreign funding by such associations within 48 hours.

Source: http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31808&articlexml=Govt-reminder-to-NGOs-Validate-accounts-for-foreign-23062017019031

 

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