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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