Congratulations and thanks to all who worked behind this !
And special Hats off to Arjuna Rao Chavala.

Tinu Cherian

On Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 11:59 AM, Anirudh Bhati <>wrote:

> Hi all,
> We are very happy to announce that the Ministry of Home Affairs has
> granted us prior permission under the Foreign Contribution
> (Regulation) Act, 2010 (FCRA) to receive funds from the Wikimedia
> Foundation, USA for Chapter programs.
> Through this development, we pass the first hurdle of acquiring
> limited funds from the foundation for running programs and enabling
> volunteers across the country.
> The application was made to the Government on 4 September 2011 and was
> granted on 13 February 2012.
> This would not have been possible without the persistent efforts of
> Arjuna Rao Chavala, the President of Wikimedia India. He worked
> tirelessly over months properly following up with the government and
> did not leave any stone unturned to ensure that we received the
> permissions in time.
> On this occasion, we would also like to thank our consultant M
> Narsimha Rao, Gautam John, Asaf Bartov and Barry Newstead, for their
> help and guidance throughout.
> We are working out the modalities of actual implementation of getting
> funds into Chapter Bank account and will keep you updated.
> On behalf of the Wikimedia India,
> Anirudh Bhati
> Treasurer, Wikimedia India
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