IB exposes int'l NGOs' agenda against Posco, Vedanta

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IB exposes int'l NGOs' agenda against Posco, Vedanta

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR

The recently-submitted secret Intelligence Bureau (IB) report to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Home Ministry alleging that a number of NGOs from the US, the UK, Holland and Germany including Green Peace, Amnesty International and Action Aid of creating hindrances in India’s growth-oriented projects like Posco and Vedanta has posed a threat to the country’s economic growth.

In the report, the IB has reportedly pointed out that US-based NGO Association for India’s Development (AID) was involved in drafting a plan for Posco Pratirodh Sangharsh Samiti (PPSS) to launch an international campaign against the Korean steel giant Posco.

A Delhi-based NGO INSAAF was said to have transferred funds received by it from global donors to non-Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) NGOs and individuals advising and supporting PPSS in violation of the FCRA Act.

The IB has reportedly questioned the integrity of another UK-based NGO Survival International, which has an annual receipt of 1.2 million British pounds and claims that it is financed by members alone. The IB reports, “Interestingly, its only focus on India is the VAl (Vedanta Aluminium) project.”

As reported there are 15 NGOs involved in opposition to VAl and nine of them are FCRA registered. Data disclosed indicates that the nine NGOs have received Rs 64 crore between 2006 and 07 and 2011 and 12 from various US and European NGOs. “The primary ones are Gram Vikas (73 per cent), Seba Jagat (8 per cent) and Friend’s Association for Rural Reconstruction (7.5 per cent),” the IB report reportedly stated.

Similarly, it is also mentioned in the report that apart from funding foreign visit for a group of tribals, some NGOs have also sponsored teams of social study groups to observe opinion poll at gram sabhas that took place to decide the future of Niyamgiri last year.

The report comes in line with the complaints made by the company during the Gram Sabhas regarding NGOs trying to influence the tribals before the opinion poll.

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