Greenpeace poses potential threat to India's economy, says IB

The Intelligence Bureau, in a report submitted to the Prime Minister's Office, has named international environment NGO Greenpeace as a potential threat to the nations economic security with plans to create obstacles in India's energy plans.

 Greenpeace poses potential threat to Indias economy, says IB

A file photo of Greenpeace volunteers

According to a report in The Indian Express, the report cites various incidents including protests against nuclear and coal power plants in the country, and also accuses the organisation of recieving foreign funding in violation of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act of 2010 (FCRA).

“It is assessed to be posing a potential threat to national economic security… growing exponentially in terms of reach, impact, volunteers and media influence,” it notes. The efforts are focused on “ways to create obstacles in India’s energy plans” and to “pressure India to use only renewable energy”, The Indian Express quotes the IB report as saying.

Greenpeace, however, maintains it does not recieve any funding from government bodies or corporates and relies only on individual contributions to fund their campaigns.

Communications Director Bharati Sinha told the daily that in FY 2013-14, the organisation raised Rs 20 crore from 3 lakh individual supporters. “Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organisation that does not accept any donation from corporate or government entities. In the year 2013-2014, Greenpeace India raised around Rs 20 crore from over 3 lakh individual supporters in India.”

Among the other allegations against Greenpeace are that it funds 'sympathetic reports' and that it financed an Aam Aamdi Party candidate in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.

In an earlier report, the Indian Express had quoted a classified Intelligence Bureau document that such protests by NGOs harms the country's GDP by 2-3 percent. "The negative impact on GDP growth is assessed to be 2-3 per cent per annum," the 3 June report says, according to The Indian Express.

"A significant number of Indian NGOs (funded by some donors based in the US, the UK, Germany, The Netherlands and Scandinavian countries) have been noticed to be using people centric issues to create an environment which lends itself to stalling development projects."

Former Environment Minister Veerappa Moily said it was worrying if the I-B report was true. "NGOs cannot hamper development in the country," Moily said, when asked about the report.

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Updated Date: Jun 11, 2014 16:06:52 IST