Section 12A in The Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010

Title: Power of Central Government to require Aadhaar number, etc., as identification document.

Description: 1[12A. Power of Central Government to require Aadhaar number, etc., as identification document.--Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, the Central Government may require that any person who seeks prior permission or prior approval under section 11, or makes an application for grant of certificate under section 12, or, as the case may be, for renewal of certificate under section 16, shall provide as identification document, the Aadhaar number of all its office bearers or Directors or other key functionaries, by whatever name called, issued under the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 (18 of 2016), or a copy of the Passport or Overseas Citizen of India Card, in case of a foreigner.] 1. Ins. by Act 33 of 2020, s. 7 (w.e.f. 29-9-2020).

Title: Suspension of certificate.

Description: (1) Where the Central Government, for reasons to be recorded in writing, is satisfied that pending consideration of the question of cancelling the certificate on any of the grounds mentioned in sub-section (1) of section 14, it is necessary so to do, it may, by order in writing, suspend the certificate 1[for a period of one hundred and eighty days, or such further period, not exceeding one hundred and eighty days, as may be specified] in the order. (2) Every person whose certificate has been suspended shall— (a) not receive any foreign contribution during the period of suspension of certificate: Provided that the Central Government, on an application made by such person, if it considers appropriate, allow receipt of any foreign contribution by such person on such terms and conditions as it may specify; (b) utilise, in the prescribed manner, the foreign contribution in his custody with the prior approval of the Central Government 1. Subs. by s. 8, ibid., for "for such period not exceeding one hundred and eighty days as may be specified" (w.e.f. 29-9-2020).

Title: Cancellation of certificate.

Description: (1) The Central Government may, if it is satisfied after making such inquiry as it may deem fit, by an order, cancel the certificate if (a) the holder of the certificate has made a statement in, or in relation to, the application for the grant of registration or renewal thereof, which is incorrect or false; or (b) the holder of the certificate has violated any of the terms and conditions of the certificate or renewal thereof; or (c) in the opinion of the Central Government, it is necessary in the public interest to cancel the certificate; or (d) the holder of certificate has violated any of the provisions of this Act or rules or order made thereunder; or (e) if the holder of the certificate has not been engaged in any reasonable activity in its chosen field for the benefit of the society for two consecutive years or has become defunct. (2) No order of cancellation of certificate under this section shall be made unless the person concerned has been given a reasonable opportunity of being heard. (3) Any person whose certificate has been cancelled under this section shall not be eligible for registration or grant of prior permission for a period of three years from the date of cancellation of such certificate.

Title: Surrender of certificate.

Description: 1[14A. Surrender of certificate.--On a request being made in this behalf, the Central Government may permit any person to surrender the certificate granted under this Act, if, after making such inquiry as it deems fit, it is satisfied that such person has not contravened any of the provisions of this Act, and the management of foreign contribution and asset, if any, created out of such contribution has been vested in the authority as provided in sub-section (1) of section 15.] 1. Ins. by Act 33 of 2020, s. 9 (w.e.f. 29-9-2020)

Title: Management of foreign contribution of person whose certificate has been cancelled or surrendered.

Description: (1) The foreign contribution and assets created out of the foreign contribution in the custody of every person whose certificate has been cancelled under section 14 1[or surrendered under section 14A] shall vest in such authority as may be prescribed. (2) The authority referred to in sub-section (1) may, if it considers necessary and in public interest, manage the activities of the person referred to in that sub-section for such period and in such manner, as the Central Government may direct and such authority may utilise the foreign contribution or dispose of the assets created out of it in case adequate funds are not available for running such activity. (3) The authority referred to in sub-section (1) shall return the foreign contribution and the assets vested upon it under that sub-section to the person referred to in the said sub-section if such person is subsequently registered under this Act. 1. Ins. by s. 10, ibid. (w.e.f. 29-9-2020).