UK peers slam India for ‘blocking’ licence of Missionaries of Charity, NGOs

London, January 07 (KMS): Peers slammed India in the House of Lords for refusing to renew the foreign funding licences of nearly 6,000 organisations, including the Missionaries of Charity founded by Mother Teresa, and Oxfam.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the development comes after the application by Missionaries of Charity to renew its registration under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) was rejected on December 25 by the Indian government.

The debate on the matter started in the House of Lords after an oral question by Lord Harries of Pentregarth, asking what representations the UK government was making to Delhi about the “blocking of overseas funds for the Missionaries of Charity.”

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock even suggested that the UK should get multilateral groups like the Commonwealth Secretariat involved because “sometimes multilateral organisations can be better than getting a lecture from the UK”.