The show cause notices were issued on July 8 and the NGOs have time till July 23 to reply. In May, 18,523 NGOs were given a one-time opportunity by the Home Ministry to give details of their income and expenses by June 14.
These NGOs, registered under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, or FCRA, which allows them to receive foreign donations, were told to submit their annual returns for five years -- 2010-11 to 2014-15.
The Home Ministry said in a circular that as a one-time measure, all NGOs were given an opportunity for one month to file their missing annual returns by June 14 without paying any penalty.
The NGOs have been requested to reply by July 23, failing which it will be presumed that they have nothing to say and action will be taken by the Home Ministry under the FCRA, it said.
According to the FCRA, renewal of registration for receiving foreign funds cannot be granted unless the annual returns are uploaded on the FCRA website by the organisation. Over 20,000 NGOs are registered under the FCRA.