CHANDIGARH, Punjab—On September 9, the BJP led Indian government has granted permission to the ‘Sachkhand Sri Harmandir Saheb Sri Darbar Saheb Punjab Association’ for accepting donations from foreign countries. The permission has been granted after registration under “Foreign Contribution Regulation Act-2010” by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
With this, the SGPC will now be able to receive donations from worldwide Sikhs directly into the account pertaining to ‘Sachkhand Sri Harmandir Saheb Sri Darbar Saheb Punjab Association’.
“The decision on FCRA at the Sri Harmandir Sahib is a pathbreaking one which will once again showcase the outstanding spirit of service of our Sikh sisters and brothers,” Indian Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted while sharing the development.
In a press note shared with Sikh24, SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal has welcomed the move while thanking Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal. “The Indian government has fulfilled long-standing demand of the Sikh community. Now, devotees sitting in any corner of the world will be able to make donations directly to Sri Harmandir Sahib,” he added.
It is pertinent to note here that the Indian government keeps a thorough watch over the entities which are permitted to receive donations from foreign countries after getting registered under FCRA.
Internationally, the United States of America and Germany have been openly opposing the Indian government due to its “arbitrary actions” of banning human rights and pro-environment bodies using the powers under this act.