After much rumors, on Monday Mother Teresa's “Missionaries of Charity” has released a statement that there is nothing to “freeze”. It is learned that the center has not closed any bank account of Missionaries of Charity. Instead, the agency has asked all branches to stop trading in foreign currency. However, it is true that the Ministry of Home Affairs has raised questions about the need for a central clearance for foreign exchange transactions. The government has postponed the renewal of the clearance on December 25. That is why the company has decided not to do any foreign currency transactions for the time being.
According to a media report, the Missionaries of Charity’s registration under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) was valid up to October 31, 2021. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said the validity was subsequently extended up to December 31, 2021, along with other FCRA associations whose renewal applications were pending renewal. “However, while considering the MoC’s renewal application, some adverse inputs were noticed. In consideration of these inputs on record, the renewal application of MoC was not approved,” the statement said.
The FCRA registration of MoC was valid up to December 31, 2021, and the MHA did not freeze any account of the MoC. “The State Bank of India has informed that MoC itself sent a request to SBI to freeze its accounts,” the statement said.
On Monday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed on Twitter that the Center had closed all the bank accounts of Missionaries of Charity on December 25. As a result, the employees of the company are in trouble. Thousands of patients under the company's services are not getting food and medicine.
Shocked to hear that on Christmas, Union Ministry FROZE ALL BANK ACCOUNTS of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in India!
Their 22,000 patients & employees have been left without food & medicines.
While the law is paramount, humanitarian efforts must not be compromised.
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) December 27, 2021
After the Center finally explained the whole incident, the state's BJP co-observer Amit Malviya tweeted about this.
Missionaries of Charity issues a statement and it is exactly what the Ministry of Home Affairs has said. If the two are on the same page then whose propaganda is Mamata Banerjee peddling? Or is a deliberate devious attempt to spread misinformation? pic.twitter.com/ItmvXeuLfj
— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) December 27, 2021
The Missionaries of Charity is a Catholic religious congregation established in 1950 by Mother Teresa, a Roman Catholic nun who lived and worked in Kolkata for most of her life and won the Nobel Peace Prize for her service to the poor, irrespective of caste and creed.