It has been a memorable year for the Centre. We consider it PAC’s ‘year of coming out’. Circumstance and opportunity combined to offer us the levers to link and connect with stakeholders in academics, development and social change all over the world.
Although the year began on a low note with the arbitrary cancellation of our FCRA registration, the experience afforded to us in clearing our name won us friends and admirers from organizations and institutions all over the world. In the event, we emerged stronger and more capable of engaging with the bureaucracy on our own terms, with enhanced dignity and renewed purpose. My sincere thanks are due to all who supported us through this dark phase.
In July 2012, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India advised the cancellation of our registration under FCRA, 2010 due to non-receipt of mandatory annual returns for the years 2006-07 and 2007-08. The fact was that the relevant returns had been duly submitted by us within the due dates.
The Centre took a principled stand of representing against the cancellation in a much disciplined manner by mentioning all the facts to the MHA, GoI in detail. After a series of correspondence over 4 months, the Ministry conducted a detailed on-site inspection of our financial statements and documents and also sought replies on various aspects of our working through a detailed questionnaire which were scrupulously complied.