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NON-FCRA PROJECT: SCHEME OF ASSISTANCE TO NGOS FOR THE WELFARE PROJECTS OF OBCS.

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The programme of giving grant-in-aid to Voluntary Organizations under the Backward Classes sector has been taken up by the Govt. of India during the Ninth Five Year Plan. The main purpose behind the scheme of grant-in-aid to voluntary organisation for taking up welfare activities among the OBCs is, to improve the educational and socio-economic conditionsof these communities through voluntary efforts.
The aim of the scheme is to involve the voluntary sector to improve educational and socio economic conditionsof the target group i.e. OBCs, with a view to upgrade skill to enable them to start income generating activities on their  own or get gainfully employed in some sector or the other. The principle that good voluntary organisationsshould not only be assisted but also consciously built up, has been the guiding spirit behind the formulation of the scheme.

TARGET GROUP AND ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA OF OBCs
The NGOs will select only such OBCs as indicated below :-
A. The beneficiaries should belong to OBCs as per notified list in the Central List of Backward Classes.
B. The beneficiaries whose parents / guardians income from all sources including the income of the beneficiary does not exceed Rs. 1.00 Lakhs annually will be eligible for availing the benefit under the scheme.
SCOPE
Assistance under the scheme willbe given to eligible voluntary organisations fulfilling the eligibility conditions laid down as under:-
In order to be eligible forassistance under this scheme, an Organisation should have the following characteristics:
1. It is a registered body under an appropriate Act so that it gets a corporatestatus and a legal personality and a group liability is established for its activities.
2. It has an appropriate administrative structure and a duly constituted managing /executive Committee.
3. The aims and objects of the organisation and programmes in fulfillment of those aims and objects are precisely laid down ;
4. The organisation is initiated and governed by its own members on democratic principles, without any external control ; and
5. It should not run for profit to any individual or body of individuals.
The Ministry will identify reputed and established NGOs which could be asked to set up facilities in those areas where various facilities for OBCs have not developed and rural and other inaccessible areas either themselves or in partnership with other NGOs.

TYPE OF ACTIVITIES COVERED
Assistance under the scheme will be admissible for establishing centers and developing services which may equip the OBCs by upgrading their skills to enable them to start income generating activities either through self-employment or wage-employment.

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIVE ACTIVITIES:
1. CARPENTARY
2. COMPUTER CENTER
3. CRAFT CENTER
4. DARI MAKING TRAINING
5. DIESEL PUMP SET REPAIRTRAINING
6. ELECTRICIAN TRAINING
7. FRUIT PRESERVATION TRAINING
8. GEM CUTTING TRAINING
9. MOTOR WINDING & FITTINGTRAINING
10. PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING
11. PLUMBING TRAINING
12. PRINTING, COMPOSING &BOOK BINDING TRAINING
13. SCOOTER / MOTOR CYCLE /AUTORIKSHAW REPAIR TRAINING
14. SPINNING & WEAVINGTRAINING
15. TYPING & SHORTHAND CENTER
16. TIE & DIE TRAINING
17. LEATHER ART TRAINING
18. SPRAY PAINTING & DENTINGTRAINING
19. WELDING & FITTER TRAINING
20. TV, VCR, RADIO REPAIRTRAINING
Note: The above is not exhaustive but merely an illustrative list of activities.

EXTENT OF ASSISTANCE
The quantum of assistance shall be determined in each case on merit.
The Government of India may, however, meet 90% of the approved expenditure on any or all of the following items.The remaining expenditure is to be met by the concerned voluntary organisation from its own sources.
Recurring / non-recurring grant will be sanctioned as per norms developed by the Ministry for following admissible items:-
(a) Rent for the building inwhich the project is being run;
(b) Purchase of furniture;
(c) Purchase of equipment andmachinery;
(d) Honorarium to the staff;
(e) Stipends to students andtrainees;
(f) Material for use in learningthe skills and creating awareness;
(g) Stationary;
(h) Contingencies which includesTA/DA and other such expenditure.
The above is not exhaustive but merely an illustrative list of items for which assistance may be provided.
How does an NGO apply forassistance?
All applications for new projects need to be routed through the designated Nodal Agency/State Government.
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