Probe against 10 NGOs for funding protests

New Delhi: The Centre has ordered an inquiry against at least 10 Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) following reports that they were providing funds received from abroad for fanning political unrest in the country. Government officials said the inquiry has been ordered after the Home Ministry received information that funds to the tune of crores of rupees received by these NGOs have been given to social activists to stage protests and resort to other agitational programmes against government policies thus creating unrest.

"We are trying to find out the source of the fund, to whom these have been given and what kind of unrest they wanted to create. If we get proof, we will definitely take action," an official said. The inquiry has been ordered amidst media reports which suggested that Denmark plans to provide funds to outfits that rally against Indian government policies.

The reports said the Indian Ambassador in Denmark reported that the newly-elected Minister for Development Cooperation, Christian Friis Bach, has voiced plans "to use the Danish official development aid as a tool to generate popular unrest in recipient countries" so that citizens can get their rights by fighting for them.

Friis, a member of the Social Liberal Party, is reported to have cited India`s Right to Food Campaign while explaining his approach. He is reported to have said that a group of citizens sued the government because 400 million people did not have sufficient food, though it was their constitutional right. However, it is not clear whether the inquiry has been ordered after receiving the envoy`s report or before that.