In yet another move that has sparked a BJP vs Congress face- off, the Centre has cancelled the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) licence of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF), a non-government organisation associated with the Gandhi family, for alleged violations of the law, officials said.
In a report by PTI, The action came after investigations carried out by an inter-ministerial committee formed by the home ministry in 2020.
“Yes, the FCRA licence of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation has been cancelled after an investigation against it,” an official said.
Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi is the chairperson of RGF while other trustees include former prime minister Manmohan Singh, former finance minister P Chidambaram, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
Set up in 1991, RGF worked on a number of critical issues including health, science and technology, women and children, disability support, etc., from 1991 till 2009. It also worked in the education sector, according to its website.
Reacting to the Centre’s move, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh Issued a statement , saying a move to divert attention from day-to- day issues
Statement by Sh. Jairam Ramesh, MP and General Secretary Incharge of Communications.
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