WASHINGTON: The United States has expressed concern over Indian action against the Ford Foundation and Greenpeace, seeking clarification from New Delhi. 

State Department spokesperson Marie Harf asserted at press conference, “We are aware that the Ministry of Home Affairs suspended the registration of Greenpeace India and has placed the Ford Foundation on a prior permission watch list.”

In a response to a question at press conference, she said, “We remain concerned about the difficulties caused to civil society organizations by the manner in which the Foreign Contributions Regulations Act has been applied.”

“We are concerned that this recent ruling limits a necessary and critical debate within Indian society, and we are seeking a clarification on this issue with the appropriate Indian authorities,” Harf said.

Earlier, the Indian Home Ministry had placed the Ford Foundation, one of the most powerful international funding organisations, on a watch list in ‘national interest and security’ of the country.

On April 9 this year, the government announced that it has temporarily suspended the registration of Greenpeace India under the foreign contributions law for under-reporting such funding and conducting transaction of such funds without informing the authorities as required by the law.

(With IANS Inputs)