Kolkata: The Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa, has clarified that there is no freeze on its bank accounts.
The clarification came hours after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee posted a tweet claiming that the Centre had put a freeze on all bank accounts of the organization.
In its statement, the Missionaries of Charity clarified that its FCRA registration has neither been suspended nor cancelled. “Further there is no freeze ordered by the Ministry of Home Affairs on any of our bank accounts,” it said.
However, their FCRA renewal application has not been approved.
“Therefore, as a measure to ensure there is no lapse, we have asked our centres not to operate any of the FC accounts until the matter is resolved,” the statement added.
On Monday, Banerjee had expressed shock in her tweet and claimed that 22,000 patients and employees of Missionaries of Charity in India have been left without food and medicines.
Her tweet had triggered an intense discussion on social media, with users calling the move “a cruel Christmas gift” to the “poorest of poor”.
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