The Evangelical Fellowship of India urges Christians to write a memorandum to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs. The memorandum should contain suggestions/ views/comments of individuals/institutions/organisations interested in the subject matter of the FCRA Bill, 2006 that was recently introduced in the Rajya Sabha. Two copies of the memorandum should be submitted before 21 March 2007.
Some provisions under the Bill are:
(i) Administrative expenses have been capped at fifty percent of the foreign contribution and any such expenses beyond that limit may be incurred only with the prior approval of the Central Government.
(ii) Association or company engaged in the production or broadcast of audio news or audio visual news or current affairs programmes through any electronic mode or any other mode of mass communication and correspondent or columnist, cartoonist, editor, owner of such Association or company will now be placed in prohibited category for accepting foreign contribution.
(iii) Provision is made to specify the persons who can and the areas where, the purpose for which, and the sources from which foreign contribution can be accepted only with prior permission of the Central Government.
(iv) Registration will be granted for a period of five years with a provision for automatic renewal for a period of five years to all applicants except those who are defaulters.
For more information or ideas on how to write a memorandum, please check the EFI site at http://efionline.org/articles/781.htm. The memorandum that might be submitted to the Committee would form part of its records and would be treated as confidential, therefore it should not be printed, circulated or publicized by anyone, as such an act would constitute a breach of privilege of the Committee. Therefore kindly note that only the points given in the opinion (available on the site) may be used, but please do not submit as is.
Rev. Richard Howell,