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Intelligence Bureau says Foreign-funded NGOs are stalling development

India TV News Desk June 12, 2014 7:27 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: An Intelligence Bureau report has accused "foreign-funded" NGOs such as Greenpeace, Cordaid, Amnesty and ActionAid of "serving as tools for foreign policy interests of western governments" by sponsoring agitations against nuclear and coal-fired power plants across the country.

In its report on foreign-funded NGOs, the IB stated that Greenpeace has violated foreign funding norms by engaging in political activity. The report also accused the foreign NGO of funding NGOs run by Pankaj Singh, an AAP candidate from Sidhi.

The IB report dated June 3 on "foreign-funded NGOs negatively impacting economic development in India" apprised the government that Greenpeace has helped conduct anti-nuclear agitations and mounted "massive efforts to take down India's coal-fired power plants and coal mining activity".

Since 2013, Greenpeace has undertaken protests in five project-affected villages of Mahaan (in Madhya Pradesh) coal block allocated to Essar and Hindalco under the banner of Mahaan Sangarsh Samiti.

Its activists have been targeting coal mining companies specifically Coal India Limited, Hindalco, Aditya Birla group and Essar as they "stand in their way", the report alleged.

The report has also raised questions over nearly $40,000 deposited in two bank accounts of S P Udayakumar, convenor of People's Movement against Nuclear Energy that has been at the forefront of the agitation against the Kudankulam nuclear project.