Citizens' Issues
Ford Foundation-funded NGOs not registered under FCRA: Minister
The Ford Foundation had funded some NGOs which are not registered under the provisions of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA), 2010, as well as the Sabrang Trust which is linked to activist Teesta Setalvad, parliament was told on Tuesday.
 
"There are inputs from security agencies that some amounts have been credited from Ford Foundation to some NGOs which are not registered under the provisions of FCRA, 2010. Hence, to keep a watch on such recipients, the credits from Ford Foundation have been put under prior permission category under FCRA, 2010," Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju told the Lok Sabha.
 
Setalvad is associated with two NGOs, namely Citizen for Justice and Peace, and Sabrang Trust, which are registered under FCRA, 2010. As far as funding from Ford Foundation is concerned, only Sabrang Trust has been funded, he said.
 
Last month, the government put international donor Ford Foundation on the watchlist for funding organizations not registered under the FCRA.

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Dawood hasn't been located, says government
The location of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim was not known to the government and extradition proceedings against him will start once he is traced, parliament was informed on Tuesday.
 
Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha that Dawood was an accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case and a red corner notice was pending against him.
 
He said the UN Security Council has also issued a special notice against him.
 
"The subject (Dawood) has not been located so far. Extradition process with regard to Dawood Ibrahim would be initiated once the subject is located," he said.
 
The government has made requests in respect of fugitives wanted by Indian authorities in terrorist cases, namely Willy Naruenartwanich to Thailand, Usmani Ghani Khan to Saudi Arabia, Abdul Wahid Siddibapa to the United Arab Emirates, Velu alias Boopalan alias Dileepan alias Niranjana and Mohammad Hanif Tiger alias Mohammad Hanif Umerji Patel to Britain for expeditious extradition, Chaudhary added.
 

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Government supports non-discriminatory access to Internet: Minister
Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Tuesday that the government stands for ensuring "non-discriminatory" access to Internet.
 
"Government stands for ensuring non-discriminatory access to Internet for all citizens of the country," Prasad said in the Rajya Sabha, as a calling attention motion was taken up on net neutrality.
 
"Current debate on net neutrality should be seen from this perspective... while resolving the issue harmoniously and consistently with constitutional principles," he said.
 
The minister added that a final decision on net neutrality will be taken by the government.
 
"Whatever be the outcome of the consultation paper (of TRAI) the decision will be taken by government," he informed the Rajya Sabha.
 
In March, telecom regulator TRAI released a paper inviting comments from users and companies on how over-the-top services should be regulated in the country. It asked stakeholders to send suggestions by April 24 and counter-arguments by May 8.
 
A six-member panel of the department of telecommunications (DoT) is also conducting a study on the issue and is likely to submit its report by mid-May.
 
The minister added: "Internet is one of the finest creations of human mind, it must belong to mankind, not to few".
 
Net neutrality means that governments and Internet service providers should treat all data on the Internet equally - therefore, not charging users, content, platform, site, application or mode of communication differentially.

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