India: Oxfam

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 28 February 2022.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she plans to discuss with her Indian counterpart the government of India's decision not to renew Oxfam's registration under that country's Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).

Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

We are aware that some NGOs have faced difficulties in India due to the use of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) by the Indian Government. We understand that such actions have a significant impact on organisations' ability to operate in India. We continue to support a wide range of local NGO partners in India, including through direct programmes.

HMG officials have discussed issues facing NGOs with the Indian Government. The Home Office Permanent Secretary sought information from his Indian counterpart on the reasons for Indian Government action against Oxfam India during the recent Home Affairs Dialogue on 10 February. The British High Commissioner to India also met the CEO of Oxfam India on 14 January to understand their concerns and offer support. We continue to monitor developments relating to the FCRA, especially impacts on UK Government-funded programmes in India, and the work of British NGOs in India.

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