“We certainly are disappointed that the application for the renewal has been refused. However, we are committed to the cause of women’s empowerment and will continue doing so. We also work in partnership with the government for many of our programmes. We will consider appealing within the prescribed provisions and hope that it will be granted” said Pragya Mohanty, general secretary, YWCA-Delhi.
ET on Thursday was the first to report on cancellation of FCRA certificate of YWCA, Delhi and two others on alleged violations of FCRA Act. Government sources maintained the FCRA licence of YWCA, Delhi was cancelled due to alleged misuse of foreign grants. However, YWCA, India’s FCRA licence was renewed for five years till 2028. In an email response, YWCA (India), general secretary, Dhiya Ann Mathew said, “YWCA, India FCRA is renewed and cleared.”
She further stated that YWCA Delhi is one of the 85 local associations that comes under the YWCA of India whose FCRA licence has been cancelled. “Although the local associations have autonomous governing bodies, they report to the national body which is the YWCA of India,” Mathew said. The women’s rights group is spread across India and is one of the oldest organisations working for the upliftment and welfare of women..
Besides YWCA, Programme For Social Action (PSA) FCRA certificate was revoked in June this year. PSA chief functionary Aashima Subberwal, in an email response, stated, “We are baffled and shocked about the decision of the Home Ministry to refuse FCRA renewal to PSA. In plain reading, one of the two reasons cited is also technically wrong since PSA had filed our renewal application very much on time.”