Monday, October 27, 2014

NGOs spending over Rs 20,000 in cash to attract intensive government scrutiny

NEW DELHI: Tightening the screws on Non Government Organisations (NGOs) and associations, the Home Ministryhas said that any association indulging in cash payments in the excess of Rs 20000 will attract "intensive scrutiny" from government.

This follows a detailed inspection lately of records and accounts of associations which have been granted prior permission by the government to receive foreign contributions. "It has been observed that some associations withdraw huge amounts of Foreign Contribution (FC) from their FC designated bank accounts and Utilisation accounts by cash," the Home Ministry said in a circular issued by a Joint Secretary on October 21, which ET has accessed.

he Home Ministry has asked NGOs to incur all expenditure above Rs 20000 by cheque or drafts. "As per the Income Tax Act, any expenditure incurred by certain category of NGOs in respect of which payment is made for a sum exceeding Rs 20000 otherwise than by an account payee cheque drawn on a bank or by an account payee bank draft, shall not be allowed as a deduction under the Income Tax Act," the Circular says.

It adds that the issue of fixing an upper limit for incurring expenditure by associations registered/granted permission under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), 2010 by cash from designated bank accounts has been "under consideration" of the government for some time. "The Government, after considering the issue, advises all FCRA associations that items of expenditure/payments amounting to Rs 20000 should be done by cheque or demand drafts," the Ministry says.

It has been further specified that the records and accounts of associations indulging in cash payments of Rs 20000 or more from the designated bank accounts "are likely to require more intensive scrutiny by government" and the circular has been issued with approval of the competent authority.

Source: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-10-26/news/55446635_1_home-ministry-accounts-expenditure





Monday, October 6, 2014

FCRA Notice to Indian NGOs 2014

The copy of the FCRA notice and the list of the organizations that have been issued notice are given in the link https://app.box.com/s/h6l9fbljkpfa5emlx1nl

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Call for proposals: ICPD Small Grants 2014

Civil society (CS) has a critical role to play in influencing government priorities and positions for the post-2015 regional and global negotiations. To ensure that CS engagement in these processes is strong, meaningful and has impact, IPPF is launching round two of a small grants facility. This fund will support CSOs who are working with their governments, at country level, to develop strong positions in support of sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Source: AWID: http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Calls-for-Participation2/Call-for-proposals-ICPD-Small-Grants-2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Scholarships and fellowships

UGC invites online applications for the award of Various Fellowships, Scholarships and various Research award. Please see the attachment at: https://app.box.com/s/bfpz0dzkk3lyqk33iw1m
or at: www.ugc.ac.in

Sunday, August 3, 2014

UN Agency to support Odisha PTG Empowerment, Livelihood Improvement Programme

Bhubaneswar: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialised agency of the United Nations, has come forward to support the Odisha PTG Empowerment and Livelihood Improvement Programme (OPELIP). This eight-year-long programme would benefit 13 PVTGs living in 12 districts of the State and its cost would be nearly Rs800 crore ($ 130.3 million), of which the IFAD would contribute ($ 51.5 million), said official sources. Development Commissioner Aditya Prasad Padhi on Wednesday chaired a high-level meeting where IFAD Mission Leader AM Alam presented an Aide-Memoire on the project. Commissioner-cum-Secretary, ST & SC Development Sanjeeb Kumar Mishra, Director, Tribal Affairs Akhil Bihari Ota, State Project Director of Odisha Tribal Empowerment and Livelihoods Programme (OTELP) Srikant Prusty and other concerned senior officials were present. It came to fore that 62,360 households including ST and SC and several other households would be benefitted from various interventions undertaken by the OPELIP. These would benefit all the 1,020 concerned villages and over 3,800 Self-Help Groups (SHGs), including the existing 1,027 SHGs, would be empowered and strengthened. The programme involves sustainable development and improvement of natural resources covering 20,000 hectares of arable land. Enhancing food security, improved food and livestock production of around 60,000 households would be achieved. The programme aims at increasing awareness of the PVTG community about entitlement and empowerment. In order to sustain the programme, all the programme interventions would be planned, designed and implemented by involving the targeted households from the beginning. Secondly, the community would be provided handholding support by associating the field NGOs, said an official. As the State Government is agreeing with the IFAD Mission, the programme would be presented to the Union Ministry of Economic Affairs for approval, said the sources. Earlier an IFAD Mission team spent more than a fortnight in Odisha and made an assessment of the whole situation which they intend to carry out further. –

Source: http://www.orissadiary.com/CurrentNews.asp?id=52245

See more at: http://www.orissadiary.com/CurrentNews.asp?id=52245#sthash.8oHw30VC.uT0wNGR9.dpuf



Sunday, July 27, 2014

RGNIYD invites EOI for Empanelling NGOs/Civil Society Organisations to organize programmes


Invitation for Expression of Interest For Empaneling NGOs/Civil Society Organisations

Project Title: Empaneling NGOs/Civil Society Organisations to organize Collaborative/Independent programmes with Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD)

Background: The Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD, Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, is an Institute of National Importance by an act of Parliament No.35/2012 under the Minsitry of Youth Affairs &Sports, Government of India. The RGNIYD was set up in 1993 under the Societies Registration Act XXVII of 1975. RGNIYD Functions as vital resource centre with its multi-faceted functions of offering academic programmes at Post Graduate level encompassing various dimensions of youth development, engaging in seminal research in the vital areas of youth development and coordinating Training Programmes for state agencies and the officials of youth organisations, besides the Extension and Outreach initiatives across the country.

1. RGNIYD would like to empanel reputed NGOs/Civil Society orgnisations to organise capacity building/ training activities of Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development(RGNIYD), Sriperumbudur in various regions of the country. In this context RGNIYD would like to receive Expression of Interest (EoI) from those interested in collaborating with RGNIYD. The Format for submitting EoI is given below;

2. The EoI will be scrutinised by expert committee and only shortlisted organisations will be informed for further action.

3. Mere submitting application will not make you eligible for signing MoU with RGNIYD

4. List and category of training programmes organised by RGNIYD is available in RGNIYD Website: www.rgniyd.gov.in

5. Service providers are requested to mention the category of training programmes they are interested along with region where they are going to be organised

6. Duly filled application form along with necessary documents should be submitted to following address.

Last date for submitting Expression of Interest: 15th the August 2014, 5.00 PM

For more information visit the Link : http://www.rgniyd.gov.in/content/invitation-expression-interest-empaneling-ngoscivil-society-organisations