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FCRA Registration Online Application

What are the documents to be enclosed with the application?

(a) Following documents should be enclosed with the application for grant of Registration:


(i) Hard copy of the online application, duly signed by the Chief Functionary of the association;

(ii) Certified copy of registration certificate or Trust deed etc., as the case may be;

(iii) Activity Report indicating details of activities during the last three years;

(iv) Copies of audited statement of accounts for the past three years (Assets and Liabilities, Receipt and Payment, Income and Expenditure);

(v) If functioning as editor, owner, printer or publisher of a publication registered under the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867, a certificate from the Registrar of Newspapers for India that the publication is not a newspaper in terms of section 1(1) of the said Act.

(vi) Fee of Rs. 2000/- by means of demand draft or banker’s cheque in favor of the "Pay and Accounts Officer, Ministry of Home Affairs", payable at New Delhi.


(b) Following documents should be enclosed with the application for grant of Prior Permission:


(i) Hard copy of the online application, duly signed by the Chief Functionary of the association;

(ii) Certified copy of FCRA registration certificate or Trust deed etc., as the case may be;

(iii) Commitment letter from foreign donor specifying the amount of foreign contribution and the purpose for which it is proposed to be given;

(iv) Copy of the project report for which foreign contribution is solicited/being offered and is proposed to be utilized;

(v) If functioning as editor, owner, printer or publisher of a publication registered under the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867, a certificate from the Registrar of Newspapers for India that the publication is not a newspaper in terms of section 1(1) of the said Act.

(vi) Fee of Rs. 1000/- by means of demand draft or banker’s cheque in favor of the "Pay and Accounts Officer, Ministry of Home Affairs", payable at New Delhi.


Note: The hard copy of the on-line application along with all the documents mentioned above must reach the Ministry of Home Affairs, Foreigners Division (FCRA Wing), NDCC-II Building, Jai Singh Road, New Delhi – 110 001 within thirty days of the submission of the on-line application, failing which the request of the person for grant of registration or prior permission, as the case may be, shall be deemed to have ceased.

How to find the status of pending application for registration/prior permission. ?

Status of pending applications for grant of registration or prior permission may be checked on-line from the Ministry of Home Affairs web-site – http://mha.nic.in/fcraweb/fc_online.htm. One needs to fill in the numbers on acknowledgement letter or any correspondence from MHA (Foreigners Division) in the blank format which pops up on the screen after selection of status enquiry icon (registration/prior permission, as the case may be)

What are the offenses and penalties under FCRA, 2010?

Section 11 of the FCRA, 2010 prescribes that no person, save as otherwise provided in the Act, shall accept foreign contribution unless such person obtains a certificate of registration or prior permission of the Central Government. Therefore, acceptance of foreign contribution without obtaining registration or prior permission from the Central Government constitutes an offense under the Act and is punishable.


The provisions of FCRA, 2010 regarding offenses and penalties are ‒


Section 33: Making of false statement, declaration or delivering false accounts:


Any person, subject to this Act, who knowingly, —


(a) gives false intimation under sub-section (c) of section 9 or section 18; or


(b) seeks prior permission or registration by means of fraud, false representation or concealment of material fact, shall, on conviction by a court, be liable to imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years or with fine or with both.


Section 34: Penalty for article or currency or security obtained in contravention of Section 10:


If any person, on whom any prohibitory order has been served under section 10, pays, delivers, transfers or otherwise deals with, in any manner whatsoever, any article or currency or security, whether Indian or foreign, in contravention of such prohibitory order, he shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both; and notwithstanding anything contained in

the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, the court trying such contravention may also impose on the person convicted an additional fine equivalent to the market value of the article or the amount of the currency or security in respect of which the prohibitory order has been contravened by him or such part thereof as the court may deem fit.


Section 35: Punishment for contravention of any provision of the Act:


Whoever accepts, or assists any person, political party or organization in accepting, any foreign contribution or any currency or security from a foreign source, in contravention of any provision of this Act or any rule or order made thereunder, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years, or with fine, or with both.


Section 36: Powers to impose additional fine where article or currency or security is not available for confiscation:


Notwithstanding anything contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, the court trying a person, who, in relation to any article or currency or security, whether Indian or foreign, does or omits to do

any act which act or omission would render such article or currency or security liable to confiscation under this Act, may, in the event of the conviction of such person for the act or omission aforesaid, impose on such person a fine not exceeding five times the value of the article or currency or security or one thousand rupees, whichever is more, if such article or currency or security is not available for confiscation, and the fine so imposed shall be in addition to any another fine which may be imposed on such a person under this Act.


Section 37: Penalty for offenses where no separate punishment has been provided:


Whoever fails to comply with any provision of this Act for which no separate penalty has been provided in this Act shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine or with both.


Section 38: Prohibition of acceptance of foreign contribution:


Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, whoever, having been convicted of any offense under section 35 or section 37, insofar as such offense relates to the acceptance or utilization of foreign contribution, is again convicted of such offense shall not accept any foreign contribution for a period of three years from the date of the subsequent conviction.


Section 39: Offenses by companies:


(1) Where an offense under this Act or any rule or order made thereunder has been committed by a company, every person who, at the time the offense was committed, was in charge of, and was responsible to, the company for the conduct of the business of the company, as well as the company, shall be deemed to be guilty of the offense and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly; Provided that nothing contained in this subsection shall render such person liable to any punishment if he proves that the offense was committed without his knowledge or that he had exercised all due diligence to prevent the commission of such an offense.


(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), where an offense under this Act or any rule or order made thereunder has been committed by a company and it is proved that the offense has been

committed with the consent or connivance of, or is attributable to any neglect on the part of, any director, manager, secretary or other officer of the company, such director, manager, secretary or other

officer shall also be deemed to be guilty of that offense and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.


Explanation – for the purposes of this section,‒


(a) "company" means any body corporate and includes a firm, society, trade union or other association of individuals; and


(b) 'director" in relation to a firm, society, trade union or other association of individuals, means a partner in the firm or a member of the governing body of such society, trade union or other association of individuals.


Section 40: Bar on prosecution of offenses under the Act:


No court shall take cognizance of any offense under this Act, except with the previous sanction of the Central Government or any officer authorized by that Government on this behalf.


Section 41: Compounding of certain offenses:


(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, any offense punishable under this Act (whether committed by an individual or association or any officer or employee thereof), not being an offense punishable with imprisonment only, may, before the institution of any prosecution, be compounded by such officers or authorities and for such sums as the Central Government may, by notification in the official gazette, specify on this behalf.


(2) Nothing in sub-section (1) shall apply to an offense committed by an individual or association or its officer or other employee within a period of three years from the date on which a similar offense committed by it or him was compounded under this section.


Explanation – For the purposes of this section, any second or subsequent offense committed after the expiry of a period of three years from the date on which the offense was previously compounded, shall be deemed to be a first offense.


(3) Every officer or authority referred to in sub-section (1) shall exercise the powers to compound an offense, subject to the direction, control and supervision of the Central Government.


(4) Every application for the compounding of an offense shall be made to the officer or authority referred to in sub-section (1) in such form and manner along with such fee as may be prescribed.


(5) Where any offense is compounded before the institution of any prosecution, no prosecution shall be instituted in relation to such offense, against the offender in relation to whom the offense is so compounded.


(6) Every officer or authority referred to in sub-section (1), while dealing with a proposal for the compounding of an offense for a default in compliance with any provision of this Act which requires by

an individual or association or its officer or other employee to obtain permission to file or register with or deliver or sent to, the Central Government or any prescribed authority any return account or other document, may, direct by order, if he or it thinks fit to do so, any individual or association or its officer or other employee to file or register with, such return, account or other document within such time as may be specified in the order.


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