Greenpeace India Says It Will Continue Environmental Campaign Despite Indian Government Not Allowing Foreign DonationsGreenpeace India said that it would continue campaigning for clean air and against coal mining in protected forests in the country even though the government had revoked its permission to receive foreign donations. The India government has declared economic development a priority. Other NGOs whose work runs contrary to Government's priorities have also been affected by India's actions. Some say that the dissent has been against a number of NGOs. Greenpeace India has had to cut its budget by about 30 percent and cut staff by about 20 percent. It has tried to increase its domestic contributions from about 75,000 donors. It has disputed various Government's charges and calls the actions arbitrary.
"... In an order canceling the group’s registration under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, the Ministry of Home Affairs said that Greenpeace had “prejudicially affected the economic interest of the state.” Greenpeace India learned of the cancellation on Thursday. ..."
"... Particularly affected, Mr. Kothari said, will be the organization’s high-profile efforts, exemplified last year by activists who scaled the Mumbai office building of an energy company involved in mining and hung a banner that read, “We Kill Forests.” ..."
"... The group’s public troubles with the government began in January, when one of its campaigners was barred from flying to Britain to brief members of Parliament about the harmful environmental effects of possible coal mining projects in central India. The government later said that the woman’s actions were prejudicial to the national interest and could have led to economic sanctions against India. ..."
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