NEW DELHI, March 4 (PTI): Seventy-seven NGOs have been put under Government�s watchlist and their names have been circulated to Indian missions abroad which have been told to keep a check on visas being considered for members of these organizations, official sources told PTI.
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The Government action comes close on the heels of four NGOs being put under the scanner for allegedly fuelling protests against the Kudankulam nuclear project in Tamil Nadu.
The list of 77 �suspect� NGOs prepared by the Home Ministry was handed over to the External Affairs Ministry, official sources said.
The list was prepared by the Home Ministry after a discreet probe by security agencies with the help of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and Central Economic Intelligence Bureau. The investigation had centered on looking at the role of NGO�s based in the United States and European Union.
However, Union Home Secretary R K Singh has denied that 77 NGOs were being probed. �It is incorrect to say that 77 NGOs are being investigated. We are looking into the accounts of 12-13 Indian NGOs with regard to allegation of funds diversion,� Singh had said.
According to the minutes of the meeting, the MEA official informed the meeting that the list provided by the Home Ministry had been circulated for �appropriate action�.