Center for Policy Research think tank FCRA license suspended

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of the Interior has suspended the FCRA licensed by prominent public think-tank Center for Policy Research (CPR) for violating the laws, officials said Thursday.
The CPR was under scrutiny following income tax surveys on it and Oxfam India in September last year.
CPR’s Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) license has been suspended for violating the laws, officials said.
Oxfam’s FCRA license was suspended in January last year, after which the NGO petitioned the Home Office for a review.
With the suspension of the license, granted under the FCRA, CPR will not be able to receive funds from overseas.
CPR donors included the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania, the World Resources Institute and Duke University, officials said.
CPR, a non-profit organization, which also receives grants from the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), is a recognized institution of the Department of Science and Technology.
The think tank has been asked to provide clarifications and documents on FCRA funds received from it, officials said. CPR’s FCRA license was last renewed in 2016 and was scheduled to be renewed in 2021.
According to the CPR website, it was one of India’s leading publics politics think tanks since 1973.
CPR is a non-profit, non-partisan, independent institution dedicated to conducting research that contributes to high-quality scholarship, better policy and more robust public discourse on issues impacting life in India, he said.
It brings together India’s top political thinkers and practitioners who are at the forefront of both research and engagement in the policy space, drawing from various disciplines and professional backgrounds, the website states.
CPR conducts advanced and in-depth research on a broad range of policy-relevant issues, with a particular focus on India’s 21st century challenges, he said.
Through its research and policy-making efforts, CPR works closely with policymakers in its goal to position India firmly on the path of building a 21st-century political ecosystem, says the nonprofit’s website .


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