SBI says NGOs can apply for opening FCRA a/c in New Delhi main branch from any SBI branch

NEW DELHI: The State Bank of India (SBI) has informed the home ministry that it sent three mails between December 2020 and March 2021 to almost 23,000 NGOs and associations, clarifying that their functionaries need not visit the national Capital to open the mandatory account at its New Delhi main branch (NDMB) to receive foreign funds, and could instead approach any SBI branch.
In a letter written to the joint secretary in FCRA wing of ministry of home affairs (MHA) on Wednesday (June 9), the SBI deputy general manager said the bank had clarified to the NGOs registered or granted prior permission under FCRA, that they could approach a SBI branch of their choice or one near to them for opening the dedicated FCRA account.
He said that a communication to this effect was shared on mail with almost 23,000 entities on December 22, 2020; February 22, 2021; and March 18, 2021.
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