Centre examining if Emirates Red Crescent permitted to function in India


The other day, the Kerala government had given an explanation to the Centre regarding the Life Mission controversy.

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New Delhi: The central government is investigating deeper into the Life Mission project controversy in Kerala. The Centre is examining if Emirates Red Crescent is permitted to function in India.

The Centre will also examine the visa of the official who came to Kerala to sign the Life Mission project. There are doubts if visa norms were violated.

The other day, the Kerala government had given an explanation to the Centre regarding the Life Mission controversy. After examining this, the Centre evaluated that there were lapses from the state government.

The Centre had clarified that the state government must acquire permission from it before accepting funds from overseas and that an investigation will be held. The Centre is examining the permit of Emirates Red Crescent as follow up to this investigation. The central government has initiated a preliminary probe in this regard.

Humanitarian agencies from overseas are not allowed to operate in India without the permission of the Union Home Ministry. They must also be registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulations Act (FCRA). It is in this context that the Centre is examining the activities of Emirates Red Crescent.

It must be noted that the Emirates Red Crescent is the United Arab Emirates (UAE) affiliate of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Its main objectives are to carry out Red Cross operations on a systematic basis throughout the UAE.

Only the Red Cross is permitted to function in India. The Centre is also examining if this permit can be used by Emirates Red Crescent to function in India.

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