India cancels foreign funding licence of Greenpeace local unit

2015-09-03 21:29

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New Delhi - India's government has cancelled a licence that allowed Greenpeace International's Indian unit receive donations from abroad, the environmental group said on Thursday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government suspended the group's licence in April and blocked foreign funds in many of its bank accounts. The government said Greenpeace misreported funds and spent money to obstruct developmental projects.

The action was part of a wider crackdown - New Delhi has in recent months tightened surveillance on foreign-funded non-governmental organisations, cancelling several of their licences.

"It is yet another attempt to silence campaigns for a more sustainable future and transparency in public processes," Vinuta Gopal, interim co-executive director at Greenpeace India, said in a statement late on Thursday.

The government says it has found holes in Greenpeace's balance sheet. The group rejects the allegations and has launched a legal action against Modi's government.

In May, a New Delhi court allowed Greenpeace to gather domestic donations.

"Since the majority of our funding comes from Indian citizens, most of our work can indeed continue," the Greenpeace statement said.

India's home ministry has also placed the private US Ford Foundation on a watch list.

Reuters could not immediately reach the home ministry for a comment outside regular business hours.

Read more on:    greenpeace  |  india  |  environment

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