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Activists angry as India targets foreign funding

Activists angry as India targets foreign funding

An Indian activist group says the government has frozen its bank account as part of a broader crackdown on rights groups that receive foreign funding and have criticized India's policies.
The New Delhi-based Indian Social Action Forum says it has received a letter from the Home Ministry freezing the 6 million rupees ($109,000) in its bank account and describing its activities as "prejudicial and against (the) public interest."
Ramesh Sharma is an official with the forum who said Wednesday it is now required to ask the ministry's permission if it wants to spend its own money.
A home ministry official denied targeting activists based on the opinions they express and said the government was just acting against organizations that did not have the proper approval to receive foreign funding.


Updated : 2021-07-29 23:15 GMT+08:00