FCRA Amendment 2020: Explained

Update (31 Dec, 2021)

The Central Government has extended the validity of FCRA Registration certificates which are expiring between 29th September 2020 and 31st March 2021, upto 31st March, 2021 for NGOs who have applied for renewal before expiry of validation (Public Notice No. II/21022/23(22)/2021-FCRA-III) [14]

i.e if an FCRA registration expires between 29th September 2020 and 31st March 2021, it's expiry date will still be taken as 31st March, 2021 (if the organisation has applied for FCRA renewal before the expiry of the validation of the certificate).

The Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Act, 2020 [1] was passed in Lok Sabha on 21 September, 2020 which amends the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 [2]. This amendment came into force from 29 September 2020 [5]. Following is a list of the main amendments in simple words:

FCRA 2010 enables non-profit organisations in India to accept and use donations from outside India. India has a total of 49,949 FCRA organisations out of which 22,605 are active [3].


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