Caritas India, an arm of Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI), has been put under “prior approval category” by the NDA government.
“Prior approval category” means that any transaction made by the organisation through Indian banks, will require clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
It is the 17th international NGO to be put under this watch-list, the last one being Ford Foundation.
At least ten of the 17 organisations were put under this category during the UPA’s tenure, revealed an official.
According to a national daily, a senior government official said that the organisation was put under the category after its funds, given to various NGOs, were found to be involved in anti-India activities.
Reportedly, Caritas was also mentioned in the 2012 secret report prepared by the Intelligence Bureau (IB), detailing the activities of NGOs working ‘against’ the economic interests of the country.
The MHA took the decision last week after receiving information from credible sources that the NGO’s funds were being misused, a senior was reported as saying.
"At least 73 per cent Indians are optimistic that as a nation we are headed in the right direction. The global average paints a dismal image, where the majority (58 per cent) feels that they are headed in the wrong direction," the findings showed.
As the country entered the seven-phase voting from April 11, a new survey said on Monday that Indians are most worried about terrorism, followed by unemployment and corruption.
The “What Worries the World Global Survey” by global market research firm Ipsos showed that 45 per cent of Indians are most worried about terrorism, 44 per cent about unemployment and jobs and 42 per cent about financial and political corruption.
Apart from these issues, a significant number of Indians are also concerned about crime and violence (33 per cent) and poverty and social inequality (29 per cent).
“Pulwama terror strike has propelled terrorism to the fore. It was way down in the pecking order in the past waves. Terrorism is bothering Indians most. Likewise, lack of jobs is weighing on the minds of Indians and government,” said Parijat Chakraborty, Service Line Leader, Ipsos Public Affairs, Customer Experience and Corporate Reputation.
“Similarly, more concrete steps are needed for tackling corruption. While strategies are being formulated by the government to address them, our survey shows that Indians are preoccupied with concerns around these macro issues and will like them to be mitigated,” Chakraborty added.
India, however, bucked the global trend of pessimism where 22 countries out of the total of the 28 markets covered in the survey felt their country is on the wrong track.
“At least 73 per cent Indians are optimistic that as a nation we are headed in the right direction. The global average paints a dismal image, where the majority (58 per cent) feels that they are headed in the wrong direction,” the findings showed.
Meanwhile China (94 per cent) inspires the most confidence about its national direction as 9 in 10 Chinese citizens say that the country is moving in the right direction.