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India blocks foreign funding for health group backed by Gates Foundation

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation team of Bill Gates, with Bill Gates Sr. and his sisters, Libby and Kristi, during their visit to a polio site in Seemapuri, India in November 2008. (Credit: Prashant Panjiar / RIBI Image Library / Flickr)

In its latest bid to crack down on foreign funding of civil society, the Indian government has revoked the license of one of the country’s largest public health organizations to accept foreign contributions.

Largely funded by the government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Delhi-based Public Health Foundation of India is a public-private partnership launched by the government in 2006.

According to a spokesperson, the organization received a letter of notice last week alleging that funds from the Gates Foundation were diverted from its original purpose. Doing so violates registration rules for nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that receive foreign funding, the government said.

“Certain observations have been made by the Ministry [of Home…

Indian NGO loses permit for foreign funds

NEW DELHI: Indian government has cancelled permission for foreign funding for one of the country’s main public health organisations, whose donors include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

It’s the latest move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in cracking down on charities and non-profits that receive funds from overseas and are often criticized for working against national interests.

Rajeev Chhibber, spokesman for the Public Health Foundation of India, said on Friday that the organisation received a letter from the Ministry of Home Affairs saying it lost its registration to get foreign money last week.

Chhibber said the Gates Foundation was among the larger donors to the group, which gets about 45 per cent of its funding from overseas. Other donors include the United Nations and the World Health Organization.

The ministry had specifically asked the group to explain its spending on HIV/AIDS and anti-tobacco programmes.

In a statement, Chhibber said all the programmes run by…

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Home Ministry bars Delhi NGO linked to Gates Foundation from receiving foreign funds

Public Health Foundation of India has submitted documents as it hopes for an early resolution to continue the process of receiving foreign funds.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has barred Delhi-based NGO Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) from receiving foreign funds for violating Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest transparently operated private foundation in the world, is reported to be one of the biggest donors to the NGO.

PHFI, which is registered under FCRA, aims at strengthening training, research and policy development in public health spheres ranging from HIV prevention, access to drugs, tobacco control and immunization to environmental health, universal health coverage, public health cadre development and capacity building of primary care physicians.

According to reports, MHA took the step after they found that PHFI was allegedly violating provisions of FCRA by "diverting" foreign funds for purposes other than thos…

Anti-tobacco efforts cost NGO FCRA nod

The home ministry's revocation of the renewal of PHFI's FCRA licence has rendered the NGO ineligible to receive any funding from abroad.

New Delhi: The government has revoked the registration of Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), an NGO funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act over the alleged misuse of foreign funds for anti-tobacco lobbying, in violation of norms the law lays down.

The home ministry's revocation of the renewal of PHFI's FCRA licence has rendered the NGO ineligible to receive any funding from abroad.

A source said the main charge against the NGO, which has also worked in partnership with the Union ministry of health and family welfare, is that it used foreign funds totalling Rs 43 crore to lobby with parliamentarians, the media and the government on tobacco-control issues, which is not among the five activities permitted under FCRA.

The five activities for which NGOs can receive foreign con…

Government cancels FCRA License of NGO associated with Gates Foundation

The license granted to NGO Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) 2010 has been cancelled by the Ministry of Home Affairs. PHFI was associated with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), which was one of its biggest donors. The cancellation of its license implies that PHFI will not be able get funds from foreign donors. The Home Ministry said that the license has been canceled because there has been misuse of funds received from foreign donors. PHFI is accused of diverting funds received for health research.

Meanwhile, PHFI said that it is aware of the objection raised by the Home Ministry and is working to resolve the issues. PHFI said that the issues relate to its financial reports and utilizations of funds for projects related to tobacco and HIV/AIDS. PHFI has provided the necessary clarification and information to the Home Ministry and has also submitted supporting documents. PHFI President Sreenath Reddy said that …

MHA says PHFI violated law by lobbying MPs, media on tobacco control

NEW DELHI: The government has revoked the registration of Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), an NGO funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, under the Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act over alleged misuse of foreign funds for anti-tobacco lobbying, in violation of FCRA norms.

The home ministry's revocation of renewal of PHFI's FCRA licence has rendered it ineligible to receive any funding from abroad. A source said the main FCRA violation charge against the NGO, which has also worked in partnership with the ministry of health and family welfare, is that it had used foreign funds totalling Rs 43 crore to lobby with parliamentarians, media and government on tobacco control issues, which is not one of the five permitted activities under FCRA.

The five permitted activities for which NGOs can receive foreign contributions include social, cultural, religious, educational and economic. PHFI was registered under FCRA under the head "social and educational"…

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