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FCRA refusal by govt will hamper humanitarian work during Covid: Oxfam India

A day after the Ministry of Residence Affairs (MHA) refused to resume the registration of Oxfam India beneath the Overseas Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), the organisation mentioned the motion would hamper its humanitarian work in 16 states, together with the organising of oxygen crops and different Covid aid work.

“The Authorities of India’s determination to refuse renewal of Oxfam India’s Overseas Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) registration will severely have an effect on the organisation’s ongoing essential humanitarian and social work in 16 states throughout the nation. This contains organising of oxygen crops, offering lifesaving medical and diagnostic tools similar to oxygen cylinders and ventilators and supply of meals to essentially the most weak communities through the Covid-19 pandemic,” Oxfam mentioned in an announcement.

At midnight on December 31, 2021, the FCRA registration of Oxfam India together with 5,932 different NGOs lapsed. MHA sources mentioned whereas 5,789 of those NGOs had not utilized for renewal, the purposes of the remaining had been rejected on account of “numerous irregularities”. Oxfam India and Indian Medical Affiliation (IMA) have been amongst such NGOs.

“Oxfam India has been working in public curiosity with the federal government, communities and frontline employees within the nation for many years now. Through the Covid-19 pandemic, Oxfam India joined palms with well being departments, district administrations and ASHA employees throughout the nation to offer life-saving tools and help. We’re additionally working with numerous state governments to make sure bridging the educational hole in class schooling on account of Covid-19,” Amitabh Behar, CEO of Oxfam India, mentioned.

“We now have labored to boost girls livelihood and labored with forest dwellers to make sure that they don’t seem to be denied their rights. We now have labored in a number of the most flood-prone districts to make communities resilient and supply a long-lasting resolution. The Ministry of Residence Affairs determination to disclaim renewal of FCRA registration will severely hamper these collaborations which have been offering aid to those that wanted it essentially the most throughout occasions of disaster,” he added.

Behar, nonetheless, mentioned the ministry’s actions wouldn’t “cut back Oxfam India’s dedication to serve the weak communities in-country and uphold values enshrined within the Indian Structure”. “Oxfam India will attain out to the MHA and can urge them to carry the funding restrictions to make sure weak communities preserve receiving the help they want at this important time of pandemic,” Behar mentioned.

In accordance with Oxfam, beneath its Mission Sanjeevani initiative, Oxfam India supplied six Oxygen producing crops and distributed over 13,388 lifesaving medical tools similar to oxygen cylinders, BiPAP Machines, concentrators, and ventilators, over 116,957 security and PPE kits, over 9929 diagnostic tools similar to thermometers and oximeters, and 20,000 testing kits in 16 states.

“We reached to over 141 district-level hospitals, 171 Major Well being Centres, and 167 Group Well being Centres,” it mentioned.

It mentioned it educated and supplied security kits to over 48,000 ASHA employees in 9 states and delivered meals ration to over 5.76 lakh folks. It additionally claimed to have made money transfers to over 10,000 folks to the tune of Rs 3.53 crore to assist them with their instant wants through the pandemic.

“Since March 2020, Oxfam India was on the forefront each time Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to as upon NGOs and civil society to affix the battle in opposition to Covid-19 by serving to the federal government to strengthen well being providers and speed up the tempo of vaccination drive. The Supreme Courtroom additionally acknowledged the contribution of NGOs in offering aid through the pandemic,” Oxfam India mentioned.

The organisation mentioned other than this it has labored extensively with tribal communities, educating woman youngsters and serving to folks throughout pure disasters similar to cyclones, floods and landslides.

Invoking its lengthy legacy, the organisation mentioned, “Whereas Oxfam India grew to become a totally Indian organisation in 2008 with distinguished residents of India as its board members, Oxfam had been working in India since 1951. All through these seven many years, the organisation has all the time upheld Indian legal guidelines, propagated nation’s constitutional values and labored tirelessly for the folks of India.”

The organisation first got here to India in 1951 to offer famine aid in Bihar. Since then, it has been concerned with Amul cooperative motion, helped recruit medical doctors and medical college students to offer medical help to refugees coming in India from East Pakistan in 1971, supplied essential aid materials to communities on the Indian aspect of the border throughout Kargil conflict and supplied aid and rehabilitation throughout Tsunami.

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