There is no lack of NGOs in India who work for the betterment of society by supporting underprivileged people, but the number of NGOs who focuses on environmental issues, is certainly low as compared to rest of them. And people who try to take some initiative in that direction are not supported thoroughly and its lively example was seen in news recently when a member of Green Peace International was denied to grant visa for a visit to India in spite of having all the essential documents and valid business visa. The organization is active in more than 50 countries.
Aaron Gray-Block is an active member of Green Peace International who was about to visit India on his Australian passport and attend a series of meetings with his staff and learn about current campaigns of Green Peace India. He was barred from entering India on June 6, 2015 without giving any formal reason by the immigration officials. As being the director of Green Peace India, Divya Raghunandan said that the organization is seeking a full explanation from the Ministry of Home Affairs and added, “Our colleague has a valid business visa, and yet he was prevented from entering India with no reason given.”
Gray was deported to Kuala Lumpur and passport was given back to him after his landing on that land from where he went back to Australia. The director, Divya Raghunandan further clarified that they support the free movement of people across the world, which is crucial to the work of business as well as charities. Greenpeace International is a global organization that helps to find solutions to environmental problems. There is absolutely no reason why one of its staff members should be treated in such an arbitrary way. They were forced to wonder if all international staff of Greenpeace will now be prevented from entering the country. If Home Minister Rajnath Singh has a stand on this, then they would like him to state it clearly.