1. WHETHER GOVERNMENT SERVANTS,JUDGES, POLITICAL PERSONS CAN BE ON
THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE/BOARD
Yes. The legal entity of a ‘person’ under FCRA, 2010 is distinct from an individual person. Therefore, individuals who cannot receive foreign contribution may happen to be on the executive committees/boards of such an association. There is no legal disqualification of an organisation if political or debarred persons are on the board of an organisation. However,
it is advisable to ensure that such persons are not the key functionaries of the organisation or engaged in direct management
2. CAN FOREIGNERS BE ON THE BOARD OF AN ORGANISATION
The FCRA Act and the Rules are silent about admission of foreign on the Board of an FCRA Registered organization. However, as per the FAQ issued by the ministry of Home Affairs, foreigners as a board member in a governing structure are permitted with the prior approval of Central government only if such member is admitted due to certain conditions.
Further The FAQ issued by MHA has mentioned the Following content regarding the foreigner as a board members:
Organizations having foreign nationals, other than of Indian origin, as members of their executive committees or governing bodies are generally NOT permitted to receive foreign contribution. However, foreigners may be allowed to be associated with such associations in an ex-officio capacity, if they are representing multilateral bodies, foreign contribution from whom is exempted from the purview of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010, or in a purely honorary capacity depending upon the person’s stature in his/her field of activity.
Relaxation may be considered on case to case basis by an authority higher than the competent authority, if any of the following grounds is met:
It may be noted that the above five type of foreigners are generally eligible to be on the board of organisations with prior permission. However, the Central Government may also permit other category of foreigners on case to case basis. It may also be noted any category of foreigner shall be appointed/elected only after receiving prior permission.
3. A FOREIGNER OF INDIAN ORIGIN CAN BE A BOARD MEMBER
It may be noted that a foreigner of Indian origin can be a Board Member without prior approval. In other words, an NRI having a OCI or PIO status can become board members even if they are foreign citizen without having Indian passport.