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Sep 14, 2017 04:43 PM IST | Source: CNBC-TV18

Tobacco lobby used PHFI as an enemy: Srinath Reddy

In April, the ministry of Home Affairs cancelled the FCRA license of the Public Health Foundation of India or the PHFI which is India's largest public health advocacy group. Nearly four months since losing the license, Srinath Reddy, the President of PHFI spoke to CNBC-TV18's Archana Shukla on what he thinks caused the license to be cancelled and what lies ahead for the group.

In April, the ministry of Home Affairs cancelled the FCRA license of the Public Health Foundation of India or the PHFI which is India's largest public health advocacy group. FCRA stands for Foreign Contribution Regulation Act and this license allows NGOs to receive foreign funds. The reason given by the home ministry for the cancellation of PHFI's license was undisclosed bank accounts, misreported donations and allegations that it used foreign funds to lobby parliamentarians for the anti-tobacco camp. Nearly four months since losing the license, Srinath Reddy, the President of PHFI spoke to CNBC-TV18's Archana Shukla on what he thinks caused the license to be cancelled and what lies ahead for the group.

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