Sworn on India First pledge -Union Minister for Defence, Nirmala Sitharaman calling on the Union Home Minister,  Rajnath Singh, in New Delhi on June 01, 2018.
Sworn on India First pledge -Union Minister for Defence, Nirmala Sitharaman calling on the Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, in New Delhi on June 01, 2018.

Digital India deploys online analytical tools to monitor foreign contributions under FCRA

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched an Online Analytical Tool to facilitate closer monitoring of the flow and utilisation of foreign contributions received by various organisations registered or permitted under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 on 1 June 2018.

This web-based tool enables decision-makers in various Departments of Government to scrutinise source of foreign funds and their actual use in India.  It gives them capacity to take data-driven and evidence-based decisions regarding the compliance of the provisions of the FCRA, 2010.  It has analytical features to conduct big data mining and data exploration.  Its dashboard will be integrated with the bank accounts of the FCRA-registered entities through the Public Financial Management System for updation of transactional data on a real-time basis.

Rajnath Singh launching an Online Analytical Tool to monitor flow of foreign contributions under FCRA, in New Delhi on June 01, 2018.   The Home Secretary, Shri Rajiv Gauba, the Director (IB), Shri Rajiv Jain, the DG (NIC), Smt. Neeta Verma and officials of Ministry of Home Affairs are also seen.

Rajnath Singh launching  Online Analytical Tool to monitor flow of foreign contributions under FCRA, in New Delhi on June 01, 2018.

Rajnath Singh witnessed a presentation on various aspects of the Analytical Tool and appreciated the painstaking work done by all concerned officials.  Home Secretary-Rajiv Gauba, Director (IB)- Rajiv Jain, DG (NIC)-Neeta Verma and officials of Ministry of Home Affairs were present.

There are approximately 25,000 active organisations registered under The FCRA, 2010Foreign Contributions worth Rs.18,065 crores were received by such organisations from foreign donors for various social, cultural, economic, educational and religious activities during financial year 2016-17.

Each FCRA-NGO conducts multiple financial transactions in receiving and spending the foreign contribution.  Therefore, there are hundreds of thousands of such transactions annually which can be monitored effectively through this tool.  It will, therefore, help the stakeholders in  Government to better regulate acceptance and utilisation of foreign contributions.

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