Cancellation of the decision within fifteen days of the government’s refusal to renew its registration to accept and use foreign funds.

January 10, 2022

Missionaries of Charity nuns distribute food to needy people on “Peace Day” to mark the anniversary of Mother Teresa’s death at Mother House in Calcutta, India on September 5, 2021 (Photo: Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP)

By Saji Thomas
The Indian government reinstated the Missionaries of Charity (MC) Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) registration allowing the world famous charity to receive and use foreign funds.

“I am delighted that the Indian government has reinstated our FCRA license,” said Sunita Kumar, spokesperson for MC, a congregation founded by Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata.

The change in decision comes less than two weeks after the Federal Interior Ministry refused to renew MC’s FRCA registration citing “unfavorable contributions”.

“We weren’t expecting our registration to be canceled, but it happened,” Kumar told UCA News on January 8, a day after the government reinstated the charity’s license on its website. among the legal entities authorized to receive foreign donations in the country. .

“We are pleased that the restoration of our license has happened without too much delay,” said Kumar.

The congregation has struggled to continue its charitable work since news broke on Christmas Day that its request to renew FCRA’s registration had been “denied.”

The ministry released a statement on Dec. 27 saying the charity did not meet “eligibility requirements” under the FCRA and cited “adverse contributions” for its decision without further details.

The congregation confirmed this the same day while announcing that “as a measure to ensure that there is no failure, we have asked our centers not to operate any of the CF [foreign contributions] accounts until the matter is resolved.

However, the government had authorized the MC to manage its FC accounts until December 31.

Since then, the congregation has faced difficulties in mobilizing resources for its daily activities such as feeding and providing medical facilities to inmates of its orphanages, homes for the elderly and the destitute.

“The government’s decision to revoke our foreign funding has affected our lives tremendously,” said Michael S, inmate and volunteer at MC’s Nirmal Hriday Orphanage in Varanasi in central India’s Uttar Pradesh state.

UCA News had reported how the orphanage, which houses around 100 inmates, was struggling to maintain its regular supply of food, nutritional supplements and medicine.

The government’s action has harmed the well-being of poor Hindus who make up nearly 99 percent of the members of MC homes or orphanages, most of them abandoned by their families.

“Locking in their funds to have a life of dignity in such orphanages is a cruelty that cannot be explained in words,” said Michael.

The cancer patient and a leg amputee described how the center where he serves “even had to cancel plastic surgeries and other emergency procedures for several of its inmates.”

A worried Odisha chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, ordered his officials to release some US $ 100,000 to the 13 MC institutions operating in his eastern Indian state, promising more if needed.

“We are immensely indebted to him for coming to the rescue,” Kumar said while also thanking all those who have supported the charity in this time of crisis.