Kolkata | Jagran News Desk: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed shock on Monday, claiming that that Union Ministry “froze all bank accounts of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in India.” The Trinamool Congress chief added, “Their 22,000 patients & employees have been left without food and medicines. While the law is paramount, humanitarian efforts must not be compromised.”

Later on Monday, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor also joined the bandwagon and called the freezing of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity's bank accounts 'disgraceful'.

MHA denies Opposition's charge

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) released a statement saying that Missionaries of Charity itself sent a request to the bank to freeze its accounts.

The registration of Missionaries of Charity, registered under FCRA vide Registration No 147120001, was valid up to October 31, 2021.

The Home Ministry said that the validity was subsequently extended up to December 31, 2021, along with other Foreign Contribution Regulation Act related organisations whose renewal applications were pending renewal. The central government, reportedly noticed "adverse inputs" while considering renewal of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act application of the organisation.

“In consideration of these inputs on record, the renewal application of MoC was not approved. The FCRA registration of MoC was valid up-to 31st December 2021,” the release said.

“MHA did not freeze any accounts of MoC. State Bank of India has informed that MoC itself sent a request to SBI to freeze its accounts,” it added.

Posted By: Mukul Sharma