Greenpeace India had its accounts frozen on grounds of having multiple scam schemes found in the NGO which has led to the firm unable to pay its staff and associates or continue their work. But this didn’t slow down the company as its staff is willing to work for yet another month without any pay. The funds accumulated are deemed enough for the organization to be able to function properly for yet another month along with fighting for their cause of supposed righteousness.
“The government has made it impossible for us to operate but our employees are willing to work without pay for one month because they see that the larger commitment has always been to fight against injustice,” said Greenpeace India head Samit Aich.
Greenpeace India is the Indian branch of the global environmental non-profit NGO group Greenpeace, with a presence in 40 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. The Indian branch operates on four broad campaigns namely, stop climate change, sustainable agriculture, preserving the oceans and preventing another nuclear catastrophe.
Greenpeace has taken legal action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government after bureaucrats claimed to have found disarray in the company’s balance sheet and suspended transactions for six months.
Greenpeace India claims to receive 60% of its financial aid from donors across India, 38% of its donation comes from Netherlands-based Greenpeace International and less than 1% from the U.S.-based Climate Works Foundation.
The organization has refused any allegations against accepting money from governments, intergovernmental organizations, political parties or corporations for avoidance of their influence.
The government is also not silent over this and B.K. Prasad, a senior home ministry official also said that prominent charities like Greenpeace itself were in direct violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act – a law that bars overseas donations to NGOs of a “political nature”.
With India, it always is hard to say which side of the coin is right, but we’d like to say, that if Greenpeace is legit and an innocent NGO bent on fighting for righteous causes, then may the force be with them.