Odisha will provide financial assistance to the Missionaries of Charity, the Catholic religious order and the philanthropic organization created by Mother Teresa, after being prevented from accessing foreign donations for not fulfilling the eligibility requirements under Indian laws .
In a statement, the office of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said it would donate 78.76 lakh rupees from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to 13 institutions operated by the Odisha Charity.
The charity created by the Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 1950 is headquartered in Calcutta. He manages several homes for lepers and orphanages in Odisha.
Mr. Patnaik called on all district fundraisers to ensure that funds reach 13 institutions run by the association in eight districts, where more than 900 people are being treated.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asked the district collectors to be in regular contact with the organizations run by the Missionaries of Charity in Odisha. He asked them to make sure that no one in these organizations suffers, especially food security and health-related distress. Wherever necessary, funds from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund can be used for this purpose, “Patnaik said in a statement sent from his office.
The Home Office rejected on December 25, Christmas, a request from the Missionaries of Charity to receive funds from donors abroad. To use these funds, nonprofits need permission under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, or FCRA, but the Mother Teresa Charity had said their request to renew that license had been rejected.
To ensure there is no expiration, the charity then instructed its centers not to maintain foreign contribution accounts until the issue was resolved.
The FCRA’s denial of permission has been criticized by activists as a way for the government to clamp down on organizations whose work or officials are not seen as sufficiently supportive of the center.
The Home Office had denied that it did not freeze the Missionaries of Charity bank accounts, claiming that the State Bank of India informed that the charity itself had sent a request to the bank to freeze his accounts.