Dana Majhi under scanner for receiving foreign donation

By Subash Mohapatra

BHUBANESWAR: Dana Majhi, a tribal farmer from Odisha’s Kalahandi district, is under scanner of Ministry of Home Affairs for receiving foreign contribution without prior approval from concern authorities.

dana-majhi-with-cheque-at-baharin-embassyDana, who brought international attention for carrying his dead wife on his shoulders for 12kms after denial of hearse van in Odisha’s Kalahandi District, is under scanner for allegedly violating foreign contribution and tax laws.

Weeks after his photograph published in national and international media outlets, help has poured in, from individuals and organisations.

Dana Majhi received Rs 9 lakh bank cheque donated by Bahrain Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa at the Bahrain Embassy in New Delhi on 15 September this year.

The officials of the Bahrain Embassy had handed over the bank cheque to Dana Majhi who was present in Delhi along with his daughter after flying from Bhubaneswar.

His travel to the national capital was supported by KISS founder and social worker Achyuta Samanta who had forwarded his case to the King of Bahrain.

Earlier, Bahrain Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has extended financial help to the family drowned in grief.

Incidentally, two representatives from KISS had accompanied Majhi to Delhi on his maiden air travel to collect the cheque from Bahrain embassy as he had not even seen the state capital of Bhubaneswar earlier.

Foreign contribution Regulation Act controls foreign donations. It reads that no person having a definite cultural, economic, educational, religious or social programme shall accept foreign contribution unless such person obtains a certificate of registration from the Central Government.

The law further reads, if  it  is  not  registered  with  the Central  Government  under  that  sub-section,  accept  any  foreign  contribution  only  after obtaining the prior permission of the Central Government and such prior permission shall be valid for the specific purpose for which it is obtained and from the specific source.

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