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Christians organizations get lion's share of foreign funds

Inder Sawhney
Times of India
August 16, 1999


    Title: Christians organizations get lion's share of foreign funds
    Author:  Inder Sawhney
    Publication: Times of India
    Date: August 16, 1999
    
    NEW DELHI: Christian missionaries and allied
    groups continue to be largest recipients of
    foreign funds. They received Rs 15.88 crore
    (75.69 per cent of the total foreign funds) in
    April-June this year compared with Rs 11.41 crore
    during the corresponding period last year and Rs
    12.67 crore in the first quarter.
    
    A study of the receipt of foreign funds by
    religious/ non-political organisations and other
    groups in April-June, based on Intelligence
    reports gathered by the Home ministry, indicates
    a sharp increase to Rs 20.98 crore compared with
    Rs 14.02 crore during the corresponding period in
    1998.
    
    The US with donations of Rs 4.10 crore (as
    against Rs 2.26 crore during the same period in
    1998) displaced Germany as the leading donor. In
    the first quarter of 1999 also, the US was the
    highest donor with Rs 3.31 crore.
    
    In the second quarter of this year, Kerala
    received the largest amount (Rs 3.09 crore)
    followed by Himachal Pradesh (Rs 2.87 crore) ,
    West Bengal (Rs 2.73 crore) Maharashtra (Rs 1.69
    crore), Andhra Pradesh Rs 1.3 crore and Karnataka
    Rs 1.2 crore. Rajasthan was the lowest,
    accounting for a mere Rs 4,000.
    
    Non-political organisations were the other major
    recipients of foreign funds (Rs 1.38 crore)
    followed by Muslim organisations which got Rs
    64.13 lakh compared with Rs 23.06 lakh received
    by them in the second quarter of 1998.
    
    According to the study, there was a fall in the
    receipt of funds by non-denominational
    organisations, including ``pseudo-religious''
    bodies. They received Rs 22.99 lakh in the second
    quarter of this year against Rs 70.99 lakh in the
    corresponding period last year.
    



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