PHFI allowed foreign funding, with riders

Published in Times of India | On February 9, 2018 | By Bharti Jain

New Delhi: The home ministry order allowing Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) to receive foreign contributions once again, albeit with its prior nod, comes also with the rider that it will report utilisation of all its foreign funding receipts to the health ministry on a quarterly basis.

Besides, a committee will be set up by the health ministry under an officer not below the rank of joint secretary and comprising a representative each of the home ministry and concerned state governments, to take a quarterly review of PHFI’s foreign contribution receipts, each of which must be pre-approved by the home ministry, as well as their utilisation.

PHFI has already given an undertaking to the home ministry that it will utilise fresh foreign contributions as well as foreign funds lying unutilised in its FCRA accounts in accordance with FCRA provisions.

Explaining the rationale behind requiring PHFI to report to the health ministry, the January 25 home ministry order said the health ministry had contributed Rs 65 crore towards the corpus fund of PHFI for setting up Indian Institutes of Public Health.

TOI was the first to report on February 1 that PHFI would be allowed to receive foreign funding through the prior permission route, with riders.

PHFI’s registration under the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act, 2010 (FCRA) will not be restored just yet and the inquiry into alleged FCRA violations will continue.