Wednesday, May 25, 2016

MHA officer sent to judicial custody till June 6

A special court today sent an MHA official to jail till June 6 for allegedly issuing FCRA notices arbitrarily to several NGOs for financial gains after CBI submitted that his further custodial interrogation was not required in the case.

Special CBI Judge Vinod Kumar sent accused Anand Joshi, under secretary in the Home Ministry, to 14-day judicial remand after he was produced before the court on expiry of his CBI custody.

In its application before the court, the CBI submitted that the accused be sent to jail as he was no more required for further questioning in the case.

The court also allowed the counsel for the accused to get a copy of the FIR in the case.

According to sources, the CBI had summoned several government officials and other persons in connection with the probe.

Earlier, the special court had extended the CBI custody of Joshi after the agency mentioned that seven new files have been recovered during the probe.

Joshi, who was arrested from west Delhi on May 15, was under CBI custody which ended today.

CBI had earlier claimed that the files relating to several NGOs had gone missing from Home Ministry and they were recovered from his house although he was not supposed to take them away.

It had alleged that Joshi had been issuing notices dishonestly to a large number of NGOs/societies registered under the FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act) 2010, which have been receiving significant amount of foreign contributions, in an arbitrary manner.

It has said some of these organisations are Care India, Snehalya Charitable Trust, Indian HIV/AIDS Alliance and All India Primary Teachers Federation and alleged that the representatives of some of these organisations were called and Joshi demanded and obtained illegal gratification.
Joshi was arrested on May 15 after he allegedly gave

unconvincing answers to the questions posed by a team of Special Crime division of the CBI, including those related to disappearance of files on Sabrang Trust of activist Teesta Setalvad.

Joshi, who had disappeared from his home in Indirapuram in Ghaziabad, was picked up from Tilak Nagar area of West Delhi and taken to the CBI headquarters for questioning.

Subsequently, he was arrested by the agency.

Joshi has rejected the charge and instead accused his seniors of pressuring him to give a clean chit to NGOs. In a note which he had left before leaving home, Joshi claimed he had been subjected to "mental harassment" in recent months.

CBI had alleged that Joshi laundered ill-gotten earnings in various immovable assets as well as certain private firms which were floated by him and that his wife was one of the directors in them.

It alleged even after his transfer from FCRA division, he continued to indulge in corrupt activities on the basis of documents which were in his possession unauthorisedly.

The agency claimed that during the search conducted at Joshi's house, one file pertaining to FCRA about private NGO Care India Solutions for Sustainable Development has been seized and his interrogation was needed to know as to how the official files made way in his house and what was his intention in bringing them.

The matter came to light after files pertaining to alleged FCRA violations by two NGOs run by Setalvad went missing from the Home Ministry. The files were traced and restored to the FCRA division but CBI was asked to investigate the matter.

It was noticed that the files had gone missing when the Home Ministry took a decision to cancel FCRA registration of one of Setalvad's NGOs, Sabrang Trust, sources had said.

Source: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/mha-officer-sent-to-judicial-custody-till-june-6-116052400892_1.html



Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Mandatory Disclosure on Website

Annual audited FCRA accounts

Rule 13 (a): Earlier NGOs receiving more than Rs 1 crore were required to put up a summary of receipts & payments on their website, however the amended rule requires that all NGOs to display audited FCRA accounts including Balance Sheet, Income & Expenditure & Receipts & Payments account for a financial year within 9 months of the year-end. Considering 9 month period ended on 31st December and the rules have been amended effective 14th Dec 2015, there is a school of thought which states that NGOs should display their FCRA accounts on their website by 31st December 2015.

Quarterly donor receipts 

Rule 13 (b): All NGOs receiving Foreign Contribution are required to disclose on quarterly basis following information:

  •  Donor-wise details of FC amounts received in its designated account as well as the date of receipt.

The above information is to be disclosed within 15 days of the quarter-end. Considering these rules were notified on 14th Dec 2015, this information is will become due for 31stDecember quarter and should be on the website by 15th January 2016.

In view of the above amendments, we urge all NGOs receiving FC to display the above information on their official websites, at the earliest. Please do note the above amendments are applicable to all NGOs registered under FCRA or having prior permission, irrespective of the amount received.

Quarterly disclosure for organizations not having their own websites

All FCRA registered / prior-permission entities have to disclose FCRA funds received on theirofficial websites. However in case of organisations which do not maintain any official website, FCRA Dep. has now come to their rescue by asking them to file quarterly returns on FCRA website.

This is how it works. An NGO wanting to post its quarterly details of FCRA funds rec’d should log on to online website of FCRA Dept. https://fcraonline.nic.in/home/index.aspx . Using its user id and password, organizations can post the quarterly return on FCRA website within 15 days of the quarter end.

Information to be posted consists of following:

  •  Name of the donor
  • Type of Donor, i.e. individual or institutional,
  • Address of the Donor
  • Purpose (select out of options like economical, social, cultural, religious, etc)
  • Amount of grant received

The above is for your information and necessary action.

Anand Joshi Sent Notices to At Least 14 NGOs in Oct-Nov

PROBING MISSION CBI gets 5 days to examine MHA undersecretary, alleges during his stint in MHA Joshi indulged in corrupt practices & laundered money into 3 media cos

As many as 14 NGOs, including Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and India HIVAIDS Alliance, were among the trusts `arbitrarily' issued notices by home ministry undersecretary Anand Joshi during October-November 2015, said officials.

Joshi, who was arrested and remanded to five days CBI custody, had also issued notices to Sunita Narain's Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). CBI alleged that during his stint in MHA Joshi had indulged in corrupt practices and laundered money into three media companies -Sreejak Media, Sreejak Radio Media and Sreejak Outdoor Media -he had opened in name of his wife Minakshi Joshi.

A senior MHA official told ET: “Joshi was in-charge of the monitoring unit of FCRA and besides the 14 identified, he may have issued notices to many more NGOs.We are in the process of compiling the list and handing it over the same to CBI for investigations. It is for the agency to establish whether there was any quid pro quo between him and NGOs.“

Other NGOs that were issued notices include Maha Bodhi Society of India, Kolkata, and All India Primary Teachers Federation, New Delhi.Gurgaon-based PHFI was issued no tices in November 2015 for alleged FCRA violation worth `552 crore, while Indian HIVAIDs Alliance was accused of FCRA breach worth `165 crore. Another NGO allegedly harassed by Joshi, as per MHA records, was the Sacred Heart Educational Trust, Kolkata, which received a sum of nearly `11 crore.

Joshi had issued notices to this trust weeks before his removal from FCRA wing in December last year after inspection of their documents, added a home ministry official on the condition of anonymity. According to MHA records, the accounts of Delhi-based NGO, Act Now for Harmony and Democracy were inspected by Joshi on November 2, 2015, for alleged FCRA violations of `5.27 crore.

The arrested bureaucrat, however, alleged senior additional secretary (foreigners) BK Prasad press u r e d h i m t o f avo u r Fo r d Foundation, another NGO which was under home ministry scanner for FCRA violations. Prasad had denied the allegations and has complained to CBI that several files related to NGOs had gone missing from the MHA. The MHA alleged it was Joshi who took away Teesta Setalvad's Sabrang Trust files pertaining to FCRA violations.

Source: http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31816&articlexml=Anand-Joshi-Sent-Notices-to-At-Least-14-17052016002045

MHA official Anand Joshi booked for issuing FCRA notices to NGOs

Anand Joshi, an Under Secretary in the home ministry, was being questioned by the sleuths of Special Crime division of the CBI. The case was slapped against Joshi and some other unnamed persons for allegedly indulging in corrupt practices and arbitrarily issuing notices to several NGOs.

The CBI arrested home ministry official Anand Joshi, who had disappeared after being summoned by the agency four days back, in connection with a case of allegedly issuing FCRA notices arbitrarily to several NGOs for financial gains.

Joshi, an Under Secretary in the home ministry, was being questioned by the sleuths of Special Crime division of the CBI. Joshi, who had disappeared on Wednesday morning from his home in Indirapuram in Ghaziabad, was picked up from Tilak Nagar area of West Delhi and taken to the CBI headquarters for questioning.

CBI Spokesperson Devpreet Singh said the CBI was tracking the accused and based on information that he was in West Delhi area around 5 PM he was arrested. "He has been brought to the CBI headquarter and is being questioned about the allegations against him," she said.

The case was slapped against Joshi and some other unnamed persons for allegedly indulging in corrupt practices and arbitrarily issuing notices to several NGOs, registered under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), which were receiving foreign contributions, including activist Teesta Setalvad's Sabrang Trust.

Joshi has rejected the charge and instead accused his seniors of pressuring him to give a clean chit to NGOs. In a note which he had left before leaving home, Joshi claimed he had been subjected to mental harassment in recent months. The matter came to light after files pertaining to alleged FCRA violations by two NGOs run by Setalvad went missing from the Home Ministry. The files were traced and restored to the FCRA division but CBI was asked to investigate the matter. It was noticed that the files had gone missing when the Home Ministry took a decision to cancel FCRA registration of one of Setalvad's NGOs, Sabrang Trust, sources said. Sabrang Trust's licence was suspended on September 9, 2015 by MHA for alleged multiple violations of FCRA rules, including misuse of funds for personal benefit of trustees.

Source: http://huntnews.in/p/detail/3362668728125976?xlang=en&uc_param_str=dnfrpfbivesscpgimibtbmntnijblauputoggdnw&pos=1463376633017&channel=tag_headlines&chncat=tags_english

‘Joshi offered key MHA info to Ford Foundation’

NEW DELHI: Anand Joshi, the home ministry officer under arrest for issuing arbitrary notices to NGOs under Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA), had secretly contacted a senior Ford Foundation representative in New Delhi in July 2015 and offered to share minutes of a key home ministry meeting that discussed registration of the US-based donor's Delhi office under an Indian law.

Ford Foundation chose to ignore the "offer" and later informed seniors in the home ministry about it.

According to a senior home ministry official, Joshi had also tried to harass leading NGOs like Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and India HIV/AIDS Alliance, both recipients of grants from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, by issuing them a standard questionnaire, the first point of an enquiry against an NGO suspected of violating FCRA provisions, without authorisation from his seniors.

The official said Joshi made a call to Tuhina Sunder, who works at Ford Foundation's Lodhi Estate office, on July 8, 2015, the very day a meeting was held in the ministry to discuss the need for Ford Foundation to register its Indian arm under either FCRA or Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). This was months after the US donor was placed on 'prior permission' list for allegedly funding non-FCRA registered and profit-making entities in India.

The MHA official claimed Joshi told the Ford Foundation officer that he knew of the decision taken at the July 8 meet and could read out its minutes. "He even offered to provide her with an unofficial copy of the minutes if she visited the building where the FCRA division is located," the official said and claimed a recording of the telephone conversation was available with the ministry and would be shared with the CBI.

The Ford Foundation representative reportedly contacted by Joshi did not entertain him. The NGO, the MHA official said, overlooked the overtures and brought up the matter later in meetings with the ministry brass.

When contacted, Ford Foundation did not confirm or deny the call between Joshi and Tuhina. In a statement emailed to TOI, the US-based donor dismissed a recent allegation by Joshi that he was under pressure to favour the foundation for a Rs 250 crore bribe as "outlandish and untrue". "No such overture or suggestion has ever been made and the foundation rejects this allegation completely and unequivocally," it said.

According to sources, Joshi's modus operandi was to identify cash-rich NGOs and issue them standard questionnaires under FCRA without clearance from his bosses. Incidentally, he would also issue notices to smaller NGOs so as not to arouse suspicion. The motive was to ride on the general apprehension among NGOs following the FCRA crackdown on Greenpeace India, Ford Foundation etc and scare them into "negotiating" a settlement with him.

Some of Joshi's "victims" included environmentalist Sunita Narain's CSE, PHFI, Indian HIV/AIDS Alliance and the Sacred Heart Educational Trust (Kolkata).

Source; http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Joshi-offered-key-MHA-info-to-Ford-Foundation/articleshow/52301630.cms

Court sends Home Ministry official to 5-day CBI custody

A Delhi court today sent to five- day CBI custody an under secretary in the Union Home Ministry in connection with a case against him of allegedly dishonestly issuing FCRA notices to several NGOs for financial gains.

Special CBI Judge Vinod Kumar allowed the probe agency to quiz Anand Joshi, who was arrested yesterday from west Delhi, in its custody till May 20.

Seeking Joshi's custody, CBI argued that files relating to several NGOs had gone missing from the Home Ministry and they were recovered from his house and he was not supposed to take them away.

It contended that he was neither cooperating in the probe nor disclosing relevant facts and his custodial interrogation was required to find out how those files came to his house.

CBI alleged in court that Joshi had been issuing notices dishonestly to a large number of NGOs/ societies registered under the FCRA 2010, which have been receiving significant amount of foreign contributions, in an arbitrary manner.

It said some of these organisations are Care India, Snehalya Charitable Trust, Indian HIV/AIDS Alliance and All India Primary Teachers Federation and alleged that the representatives of some of these organisations were called and Joshi demanded and obtained illegal gratification.

It further said when the CBI team had gone to his house, he not present there and even his mobile phone was switched off from May 11 to May 15 and he had left his house leaving a false letter behind.

The custody plea, however, was opposed by Joshi's counsel who said his mobile was not switched off and he had lost his phone in Ujjain and in his 24 years long career he was not even issued an office memo.

Joshi was arrested yesterday after he allegedly gave unconvincing answers to the questions posed by a team of Special Crime division of the CBI, including those related to disappearance of files related to Sabrang Trust of activist Teesta Setalvad.

Joshi, who had disappeared on the morning of May 11 from his home in Indirapuram in Ghaziabad, was yesterday picked up from Tilak Nagar area of West Delhi and taken to the CBI headquarters for questioning.

The case was slapped against Joshi and some other unnamed persons for allegedly indulging in corrupt practices and arbitrarily issuing notices to several NGOs, registered under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), which were receiving foreign contributions, including activist Teesta Setalvad's Sabrang Trust.
Joshi has rejected the charge and instead accused his

seniors of pressuring him to give a clean chit to NGOs. In a note which he had left before leaving home, Joshi claimed he had been subjected to "mental harassment" in recent months.

CBI alleged in the court that Joshi laundered ill-gotten earnings in various immovable assets as well as certain private companies which were floated by him and his wife was one of the directors in them.

It alleged even after his transfer from FCRA division, he continued to indulge in corrupt activities on the basis of documents which were in his possession unauthorisedly.

The agency claimed that during the search conducted at Joshi's house, one file pertaining to FCRA which pertains to private NGO Care India Solutions for Sustainable Development has been recovered and seized and his interrogation was needed to know as to how the official files made way in his house and what was his intention in bringing them.

The matter came to light after files pertaining to alleged FCRA violations by two NGOs run by Setalvad went missing from the Home Ministry. The files were traced and restored to the FCRA division but CBI was asked to investigate the matter.

It was noticed that the files had gone missing when the Home Ministry took a decision to cancel FCRA registration of one of Setalvad's NGOs, Sabrang Trust, sources had said.

Sabrang Trust's licence was suspended on September 9, 2015 by MHA for alleged multiple violations of FCRA rules, including misuse of funds for personal benefit of trustees.

When Home Ministry officials found that the files had gone missing, they conducted an inquiry and identified Joshi as the official who had taken away the files. He was summoned and the files were restored.

An Under Secretary is not allowed to take away files, only officials of the rank of Joint Secretary and above are allowed to take the files home. It is a serious violation, the CBI had said.


Source: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/court-sends-home-ministry-official-to-5-day-cbi-custody-116051600706_1.html

IA official Anand Joshi booked for issuing FCRA notices to NGOs

Anand Joshi, an under Secretary in the home ministry, was being questioned by the sleuths of Special Crime division of the CBI. The case was slapped against Joshi and some other unnamed persons for allegedly indulging in corrupt practices and arbitrarily issuing notices to several NGOs.

The CBI arrested home ministry official Anand Joshi, who had disappeared after being summoned by the agency four days back, in connection with a case of allegedly issuing FCRA notices arbitrarily to several NGOs for financial gains.

Joshi, an Under Secretary in the home ministry, was being questioned by the sleuths of Special Crime division of the CBI. Joshi, who had disappeared on Wednesday morning from his home in Indirapuram in Ghaziabad, was picked up from Tilak Nagar area of West Delhi and taken to the CBI headquarters for questioning.

CBI Spokesperson Devpreet Singh said the CBI was tracking the accused and based on information that he was in West Delhi area around 5 PM he was arrested. "He has been brought to the CBI headquarter and is being questioned about the allegations against him," she said.

The case was slapped against Joshi and some other unnamed persons for allegedly indulging in corrupt practices and arbitrarily issuing notices to several NGOs, registered under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), which were receiving foreign contributions, including activist Teesta Setalvad's Sabrang Trust.

Joshi has rejected the charge and instead accused his seniors of pressuring him to give a clean chit to NGOs. In a note which he had left before leaving home, Joshi claimed he had been subjected to mental harassment in recent months. The matter came to light after files pertaining to alleged FCRA violations by two NGOs run by Setalvad went missing from the Home Ministry. The files were traced and restored to the FCRA division but CBI was asked to investigate the matter. It was noticed that the files had gone missing when the Home Ministry took a decision to cancel FCRA registration of one of Setalvad's NGOs, Sabrang Trust, sources said. Sabrang Trust's licence was suspended on September 9, 2015 by MHA for alleged multiple violations of FCRA rules, including misuse of funds for personal benefit of trustees.


Source: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/mha-official-booked-for-arbitrarily-issuing-fcra-notices-to-ngos/1/669080.html

Monday, May 16, 2016

Missing Teesta file: CBI detains MHA official Anand Joshi

CBI spokesperson Devpreet Singh said the agency had been tracking Joshi and he was detained around 5 pm.

Home Ministry Under Secretary Anand Joshi, who went missing on May 11 — the day he was to appear before CBI for questioning in a corruption case — was on Sunday arrested by the agency. Sources said Joshi was found hiding at a relative’s residence in West Delhi

“He was brought to CBI headquarters and questioned about the allegations against him. Since he was not cooperating with the investigations, he was arrested,” Singh said.

Joshi had alleged corruption in the top brass of the home ministry and claimed he was being harassed and framed as he had refused to favour certain NGOs, which were offering bribes to the tune of several hundred crores. He had disappeared from his home, leaving behind a note for his wife in which he claimed he had been subjected to “mental harassment” in recent months. His family claimed he had been undergoing treatment for depression for nearly two decades. Ghaziabad police had registered a missing person complaint in this regard while CBI had said that it would summon Joshi again for questioning. On May 9, the CBI registered a corruption case against Joshi and claimed searches at his house and office had led to the recovery of Rs 7.5 lakh in cash and documents, including files pertaining to the Home Ministry and the I&B Ministry. He was also accused of being in illegal possession of a file relating to actions under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) against activist Teesta Setalvad’s NGO Sabrang Trust. Raids at his home and three companies owned by his wife led to the recovery of files of several other NGOs, including CARE India. CBI has alleged that Joshi was arbitrarily issuing notices to various NGOs and favoured some for pecuniary gains. He was kept under watch by the home ministry for several months before a complaint was filed with the CBI. Official sources claimed Joshi had sent notices to about 60 NGOs for “violation” of FCRA provisions in November 2015. Some of Joshi’s seniors in the ministry may be questioned over the notices, sources said. Speaking to The Indian Express earlier, Joshi claimed: “I was offered around Rs 200-250 crore to remove Ford Foundation from a blacklist. When I refused, the organisation lodged a complaint with the PMO. Officers in my department, such as Additional Secretary B K Prasad, began pressuring me to give a clean chit to Ford Foundation. When I refused, all these allegations of corruption were levelled against me. I never removed the file on Sabrang Trust either.” Dismissing the allegation, Prasad had said, “he (Joshi) is talking rubbish. This is a matter of CBI investigation. The truth will come out.” A statement issued by Ford Foundation had also rejected Joshi’s allegations.

Source: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/anand-joshi-teesta-setalvad-file-case-cbi-detains-mha-under-secretary/



MHA official who ‘took away’ Teesta file arrested

NEW DELHI: A home ministry under secretary accused of taking away the FCRA file on Teesta Setalvad's Sabrang Trustand arbitrarily issuing notices to many foreign-funded NGOs was arrested on Sunday after the CBI tracked him in Tilak Nagar area of west Delhi.

Anand Joshi, earlier with the ministry's FCRA division, went missing from his home on Wednesday just as CBI prepared to question him as part of its investigation into the corruption charges against him. He had, in a note left behind for his wife, claimed he was facing mental harassment over the past few months.

Joshi was picked up from Tilak Nagar at 5pm "based on information that he was in west Delhi". He was taken to the CBI headquarters for questioning, and arrested later in the evening.

Joshi had been was under surveillance, and, as per CBI sources, was deliberately avoiding joining the probe.

The CBI FIR charged Joshi and some other unnamed persons with allegedly indulging in corrupt practices and arbitrarily issuing notices to several NGOs, registered under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA). Among the NGOs harassed by him were environmentalist Sunita Narain's Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). Narain had even written to the home ministry brass complaining about the standard questionnaire arbitrarily sent to her NGO by Joshi.

Joshi has rejected the corruption charges slapped on him and accused his seniors of pressuring him to give a clean chit to NGOs.

The under-secretary was under surveillance after a key FCRA file pertaining to Sabrang Trust was found missing and later traced to him. He had taken the file home without authorisation and kept it with him for a good three months. The ministry forced him to restore the file sometime in April but put the CBI on his trail.

The CBI last week raided his house and office and recovered several files relating to the home ministry as well as DAVP, where he had worked earlier. The seized documents included files pertaining to NGO Care India, citizenship requests from Afghan nationals, an original PIO card of a Canadian citizen and four DAVP files.

An under-secretary is not allowed to take away files. Only officials of the rank of joint secretary and above are allowed to take files home, though a record of the same must be kept. A senior home ministry official had earlier termed Joshi's act as "a very serious violation".

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/MHA-official-who-took-away-Teesta-file-arrested/articleshow/52285241.cms

MHA official Joshi arrested by CBI in NGO files case

The Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) today arrested Ministry of Home Affairs Under Secretary Anand Joshi, who had gone ''missing'' the day, when he was to be questioned by the agency. Joshi and unknown persons were booked by CBI on May 9, in connection with the charges of issuing Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) notices to several NGOs in an arbitrary manner, with a motive to make financial gains.''Based on a tip-off, Joshi's movements were tracked and he was finally traced in West Delhi's Tilak Nagar area. He was detained at 1700 hrs and brought here at CBI headquarters for questioning. At around 2000 hrs, he was formally arrested,'' a senior CBI official said.The official added that Joshi's family was ''not cooperating'' in the investigation.On May 11, Joshi was asked by the sleuths to come for examination in this same case. However, the case took a new turn, when he didn't turn up for questioning and his wife Minakshi said that she had no knowledge about his whereabouts.When she woke up in the morning, Joshi had already left the house, she added."Till 0200 hrs, we were together. When we woke up this morning, he wasn't there. He was suffering from depression from the last two-three years,'' said Minakshi on May 11.She added that investigation must be done against the senior MHA official.

Source: http://news.webindia123.com/news/Articles/India/20160516/2860704.html

CBI Arrests Missing MHA Officer for 'Taking Bribes' From NGOs

Anand Joshi 'removed files' related to Teesta Setalvad's NGO Sabrang Trust, against whom notice was served for violating FCRA

He went missing from his home on May 11 leaving behind a letter asking his wife to take of children

New Delhi: Ministry of Home Affairs Under Secretary Anand Joshi, accused of arbitrarily issuing notices to NGOs under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) and tampering with official files, was detained by the CBI on Sunday.

He was picked up from Tilak Nagar area of West Delhi.

Joshi was taken to the CBI headquarters for questioning and later he was arrested.

CBI Spokesperson Devpreet Singh said, "He was detained around 5 pm. He has been brought to CBI headquarter and is being questioned about the allegations against him."

Joshi went missing from his home in Indirapuram on May 11 leaving behind a letter asking his wife to take care of their children and alleged that one of his seniors (Additional Secretary BK Prasad) was harassing him mentally for the last few months.

His letter in Hindi reads, "I am going through acute mental harassment for the last few months. I am writing this letter because now the situation has gone too far. I need peace and that is not possible here. I am leaving home and please do not look for me. You are now both a father and a mother to our children."

"The dedication and integrity with which I was serving the nation, I had never imagined that this would happen to me, while serving my nation," his letter reads.

Joshi's wife Meenakshi alleged that his superior is trying to frame him because he refused a bribe.

The CBI had registered a case against Joshi under Section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Corruption Act, after conducting raids at four locations, including Joshi’s residence and office.

"We have seized cash worth Rs 7.5 lakh and certain incriminating documents, including files pertaining to MHA and Ministry of I&B from the premises of the officer during the raid," CBI had said.

Joshi has rejected the charge and instead accused his seniors of pressuring him to give a clean chit to NGOs.

The matter came to light after files pertaining to alleged FCRA violations by two NGOs run by Setalvad went missing from the Home Ministry.

The files were traced and restored to the FCRA division but CBI was asked to investigate the matter.

It was noticed that the files had gone missing when the Home Ministry took a decision to cancel FCRA registration of one of Setalvad's NGOs, Sabrang Trust, sources said.

Sabrang Trust's licence was suspended on September 9, 2015 by MHA for alleged multiple violations of FCRA rules, including misuse of funds for personal benefit of trustees.

When Home Ministry officials found that the files had gone missing, they conducted an inquiry and identified Joshi as the official who had taken away the files.

He was summoned and the files were restored.

An Under Secretary is not allowed to take away files, only officials of the rank of Joint Secretary and above are allowed to take the files home. It is a serious violation, the CBI official said.

Source: http://www.news18.com/news/india/cbi-detains-missing-mha-officer-for-taking-bribes-from-ngos-1243427.html

Friday, May 13, 2016

Govt vs NGOs: Missing MHA babu drops political names, when asked about missing files

CBI has alleged that Anand Joshi as an undersecretary in the home ministry foreigner's division, that deals with cases of foreign funding, arbitrarily sent notices to more than 60 NGOs claiming violation of funding norms.

A day after MHA babu Anand Joshi went missing, there is a buzz in home ministry as to why the officer had disappeared, instead of joining probe. The CBI had registered a case against him on Monday after which he was called in for questioning by the agency. But the officer went missing on wednesday, alleging mental harassment by senior MHA officer.

While BK Prasad, Additional Secretary, foreigners division, against whom, Joshi had levelled allegations of pressuring him to approve Ford Foundation file, maintained that "CBI was investigating the case and truth would come out". Another senior officer in division said "Why was there no complaint of harassment by the undersecretary against the senior officer. Why is a complaint coming in after CBI probe." The officer further said, that when Joshi was asked about missing files, he would drop names of senior BJP veteran, showing off his clout.

The CBI has alleged that Joshi as an undersecretary in the home ministry foreigner's division, that deals with cases of foreign funding, arbitrarily sent notices to more than 60 NGOs claiming violation of funding norms.

Other allegation against the officer were that he had mischievously taken some of these files at home, violating rules that only allows Joint-Secreatary and above to take files home. Some files were at Joshi's home even three months after he was posted out of FCRA division.

FCRA being a sensitive division is monitored by intelligence agency. IB had given input on the officer also, after which the division became alert. Files were found missing and officer was posted out.

According to highly placed sources, files of NGO Care India and photo copies of many important documents were recovered from missing undersecretary residence.

Despite claim of harassment, the Ministry of Home Affairs says it has nor recieved any complaint from either the officer or his family.

The hunt for the officer is on.

Source: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/missing-mha-babu-drops-political-names-when-asked-about-missing-files/1/666583.html

MHA likely to order internal probe on NGO issues

New Delhi: The Home Ministry is likely to order an internal inquiry into the alleged irregularities in its Foreigners Division, which keeps an eye on "violations" of the provisions of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act by NGOs.

A top official said the ministry is awaiting a report from the CBI, which registered a case in connection with FCRA notices to NGOs and missing of some crucial files, before ordering a departmental inquiry to examine the whole issue.

The ministry wants to ensure that all key files and documents related to Foreigners Division are in safe custody, the official said.

Some vital information was gathered by the Intelligence Bureau in last two years about activities of various NGOs following which action was taken against many of them.

The Home Ministry wants that no such key document goes missing, the official said.

Anand Joshi, Under Secretary in the Home Ministry, against whom the CBI has registered a case in connection with FCRA notices to NGOs went missing since yesterday. He was accused of taking away several files of different NGOs, including one related to Care India, a voluntary organisation.

Joshi, however, had claimed on Tuesday that CBI has not found anything from him and denied that he had taken any file to his home.

"All files were found in the Home Ministry itself. It can be verified after checking the CCTV cameras," he had said.

Joshi had claimed that he was pressurised and threatened by Additional Secretary in the Home Ministry B K Prasad to give clean chit to some of the NGOs, including Ford Foundation, which was accused of violating provisions of FCRA. Prasad denied the allegation.

Prasad heads the Foreigners Division of the Home Ministry.

Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/mha-likely-to-order-internal-probe-on-ngo-issues_1884590.html



Government's NGO crackdown under scanner

Anand Joshi, an under secretary in the home ministry, who is being investigated by CBI, mysteriously went missing on Wednesday leaving a note behind.

The case of the 'missing' home ministry official linked to the investigation of activist Teesta Setalvad's NGO Sabrang Trust facing corruption allegations points to a rot within the ministry after it cracked down on foreign funded organisations soon after Narendra Modi-led NDA government took over in 2014.

Anand Joshi, an under secretary in the home ministry, who is being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), mysteriously went missing on Wednesday leaving a note behind addressed to his wife claiming he was facing mental harassment and had made too many enemies while serving the nation.

Joshi was called for questioning to CBI headquarters on Wednesday facing corruption charges while dealing with foreign funded NGOs.


After Joshi's case the functioning officials in the Foreigner's Division that deals with the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) that regulates foreign funded NGOs are also under the scanner.

A home ministry spokesperson did not wish to comment on the matter as investigations are on.

MHA had cracked the whip on several foreign-funded NGOs, including a high-profile international environment activist group cancelling its FCRA registration.

It is alleged that Joshi in November 2015 served 60-70 notices to NGOs arbitrarily without taking proper approvals. Officials who smell a rat suspect the muck could be deep-rooted.

"Many other officers are also under scanner and all files related to FCRA clearances are being accounted for," said an official. "Rules on file movement are also being reviewed," the official added.

Sources say Joshi was later transferred to another division following the notices issued by him. However, there was no clarity whether he could have done so on his own without keeping his seniors informed. An undersecretary is at the bottom of the bureaucratic hierarchy in the central government.

It was the Sabrang Trust missing file that the blew the lid off the suspected dubious working only in March 2016 when the ministry could not trace the file as it prepared cancel FCRA registration notice to the NGO.

Sabrang, an NGO run by Teesta and her husband Javed Anand has been under home ministry scanner for various FCRA violations.

It suspected that he stole the file in December; however officials say it was recovered from Joshi in April. Joshi, on his part has claimed that file was not in his possession.

Facing charges of corruption, Joshi has also hit back making serious allegations against additional secretary BK Prasad who heads the foreigner's division. Prasad calls the charges "rubbish and baseless."

"The CBI is investigating the matter and the truth will come out," he said. Joshi had claimed that he was pressured by his superior to give clean chit to some of the NGOs who were served FCRA notices, including the Ford Foundation. He was last seen around 2am, following which he went to sleep, his wife Minakshi Sharma said at their residence in Indirapuram. "When I woke up around 7.30am, the main door was ajar and he (Joshi) wasn't there. I later found the note he left behind," she said.

Police teams rushed to the senior officer's house and his wife's statement was recorded. The police also took a copy of the note which Joshi left behind, a senior police official said.

Source: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/governments-ngo-crackdown-under-scanner/1/666157.html

Home Ministry Official Goes Missing, Leaves behind Note Alleging Harassment


Ghaziabad: Anand Joshi, an Under Secretary in the Home Ministry who is being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), mysteriously went missing on Wednesday.

The official left a note behind addressed to his wife, claiming he was facing mental harassment and has made too many enemies while serving the nation.

Joshi was called to the CBI’s headquarters on Wednesday to face questioning over alleged corruption while dealing with foreign-funded NGOs.

The controversy follows the Home Ministry’s crackdown on foreign-funded organisations, which raised eyebrows soon after the Narendra Modi-led NDA government took power in 2014.

As well as Joshi, the officials in the Foreigner’s Division who deal with the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) are under the scanner for their regulation of foreign-funded NGOs.

A Home Ministry spokesperson did not wish to comment on the matter as investigations are ongoing.

The Home Ministry has cracked the whip on several foreign-funded NGOs, including a high-profile international environment activist group, cancelling its FCRA registration.

It is alleged that Joshi served 60- 70 notices to NGOs arbitrarily in November 2015 without taking the proper approvals.

He is also accused of stealing a file relating to the Sabrang Trust which went missing in March 2016.

Sabrang, an NGO run by Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand, has been under the Home Ministry’s scrutiny for various FCRA violations.

However, Joshi has claimed that file was never in his possession.

The official has also hit back, making serious allegations against Additional Secretary B K Prasad who heads the foreigner’s division.

Prasad calls the charges against him “rubbish and baseless.”

“The CBI is investigating the matter and the truth will come out,” he said.

Joshi had claimed that he was pressured by his superior to give a clean chit to some of the NGOs which were served FCRA notices, including the Ford Foundation.

Speaking at their home in Indirapuram, his wife said Joshi was last seen at around 2am, following which he went to sleep.

“When I woke up around 7.30am, the main door was ajar and he (Joshi) wasn’t there. I later found the note he left behind,” she said.

Police teams rushed to the senior officer’s house and his wife’s statement was recorded.

The police also took a copy of the note which Joshi left behind, a senior police official said.

Source: https://www.tkbsen.in/2016/05/home-ministry-official-goes-missing-leaves-behind-note-alleging-harassment

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Tata Trusts and Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) Fund Gender Empowerment-focused Six NGOs Across India

Mumbai: Tata Trusts and the Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) have announced names of six NGOs who will be granted funds for research-based impact documentation on gender empowerment. The announcement is made under a livelihood creation project for India through social entrepreneurship and skill development, commended by SAI & Tata Trusts. The organizations who have received the grant are Centre for Unfolding Learning Potentials from Jaipur, Ibtada from Alwar, Ahmedabad Women's Action Group from Ahmedabad, Men Against Violence and Abuse from Mumbai, White Lotus Trust from New Delhi and Dhaatri Resource Centre from Hyderabad.

Commenting on the announcement, Prof. Jacqueline Bhabha, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health and FXB Director of Research, said, “We have chosen the NGOs for receiving the grant based on their significant contributions and factors such as high quality of work, and despite their relatively recent entry, their enthusiasm towards the achievement of their goals in their chosen project. Our focus on the research will be to enhance the impact of civil society organizations working towards gender equality and justice.”

30 organizations were invited to participate in a seminar organised by SAI in Mumbai January. They were chosen on the basis of nominations received from the project’s advisory board and additional knowledge partners drawn from experienced and respected actors in the sector. Prior to attending the workshop, the invitee organizations completed a questionnaire focused on the challenges they faced and their wish list for capacity strengthening resources.

During the six month period from May to October 2016, these six organizations will also receive mentorship from Harvard Faculty and subject experts

Source: http://www.indiaeducationdiary.in/Shownews.asp?newsid=38803



Home Ministry official, Anand Joshi, booked on graft charges

The official stands accused of favouring or harassing NGOs the received monetary contribution from foreign countries.

The CBI has booked an under secretary in the Union Home Ministry on charges of corruption. The official, Anand Joshi, was until recently posted in the Foreigners Division of the ministry and had access to files related to Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).

The official stands accused of favouring or harassing NGOs the received monetary contribution from foreign countries.

On Sunday, the agency had conducted raids at various locations, including the residence of the official, in connection with its probe and has found incriminating documents, property papers and cash of Rs 7.5 lakh in his possession.

Home Ministry sources said the official had been under scanner for several months and was reported to the CBI after it was confirmed that he was taking bribes to favour certain NGOs. Sources said that the accused not only traded FCRA related information with NGOs in exchange of money, but also arbitrarily issued notices to some to allegedly force them to pay up. “He would either charge money for getting FCRA clearances done or for preventing an FCRA notice from being sent,” said an MHA official. He was also allegedly behind some files related to Teesta Setalvad’s NGO Sabrang Trust suddenly going missing from the ministry a few months back. The file was later traced to the officer and restored. The Home Ministry had served a notice to the NGO in connection with an FCRA violation and cancellation of the Trust’s licence. According to the CBI, the raids were conducted at the official’s house in Indirapuram and two other residential premises related to his associates. The official also has a company, in which his wife is a director, in the same area. This premise was also raided. CBI suspects that the company was opened to move bribe money. In a statement, the CBI said, “It was alleged that the public servant while working as Under Secretary in the MHA, had been indulging in corrupt activities and arbitrarily issuing notices to large number of NGOs/Societies registered under FCRA who had been receiving significant amount of foreign contribution. The said officer had allegedly demanded and obtained illegal gratification from some of these organisations, which were laundered through various immovable assets as well as certain private companies.” The statement further said, “Searches were conducted at four locations in the residential and office premises of accused and others. Cash of Rs 7.5 lakh and certain incriminating documents including files pertaining to the MHA and the Ministry of I & B were recovered from the premises of the said officer. The documents are being scrutinised.” Senior Home Ministry officials said Joshi was now in the coordination department and a strict action, “which could go beyond suspension”, was in the offing.

Source: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/home-ministry-official-anand-joshi-booked-on-graft-charges-2792436/

CBI registers case against MHA official Anand Joshi for missing files, graft

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against Anand Joshi, Under Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and some other unnamed persons for allegedly issuing Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) notices arbitrarily to several NGOs for financial gains.

The accused allegedly obtained bribe from some of these organisations through immovable assets and certain private companies, official sources said.

Searches were conducted at the accused official’s house in Indirapuram and two other residential premises where incriminating documents, property papers and cash of Rs 7.5 lakh were recovered, they said.

The CBI, in a statement, said, “It was alleged that the public servant while working as Under Secretary in the MHA, had been indulging in corrupt activities and arbitrarily issuing notices to large number of NGOs/Societies registered under FCRA who had been receiving significant amount of foreign contribution. The said officer had allegedly demanded and obtained illegal gratification from some of these organisations, which were laundered through various immovable assets as well as certain private companies.”

“Searches were conducted at four locations in the residential and office premises of accused and others. Cash of Rs 7.5 lakh and certain incriminating documents including files pertaining to the MHA and the Ministry of I&B were recovered from the premises of the said officer. The documents are being scrutinised,” the statement read further.

The issue came to the fore after files pertaining to the alleged FCRA violations by two NGOs run by social activist Teesta Setalvad went missing from the Home Ministry. The files were traced and restored in the FCRA division but CBI was asked to investigate the matter.

It was noticed that the files had gone missing when the Home Ministry took a decision to cancel FCRA registration of one of Setalvad's NGOs, Sabrang Trust, sources said.

Sabrang Trust's licence was suspended on September 9, 2015 by MHA and it asked for an explanation from the firm, failing which FCRA registration would have been cancelled in 180 days.

Setalvad filed her reply in October and the deadline given by MHA expired in March this year.

When Home Ministry officials found that the files had gone missing, they conducted an inquiry and identified the official who had taken away the files. He was summoned and the files were restored.

A senior Home Ministry official said the government has taken the matter very seriously and hence asked CBI to conduct a probe.

Source: http://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india-cbi-registers-case-against-mha-official-anand-joshi-for-missing-files-graft-328457

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Women and child department projects for odisha NGOs

NGO Project monitoring portal of WCD Odisha

http://ngoprojectmonitoring.wcdorissa.gov.in

a. Government of Odisha projects

Grant-in-Aid/License application

http://ngoprojectmonitoring.wcdorissa.gov.in/NGOVerification.aspx?TL=Reg&LFl=PI

b. Government of India projects

Ministry of social justice, Government of India

http://www.ngograntsje.gov.in

FCRA Renewal trickling in

You will all be glad to know that the FCRA department has started issuing FCRA renewal order for 5 years from 1-11-2016. Some NGOs in our area have already received it. Others are waiting. The order does not have a signature of the issuing authority and the e-mail from FCRA department mentions that it was digitally signed, but the banks are not accepting it without signature. The order copy has not been marked to the banks directly by the department and the NGOs have been asked to hand over a copy to the bank/s, where they have FCRA account/s. They have also not yet published a list of NGOs who have been issued with the renewal order.

Those NGOs who have not yet received the order may constantly watch the official e-mail inbox of the organisation.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

India's curbs on foreign funds do not conform to international law, says UN representative

The government had revoked the licenses of nearly 14,000 NGOs for violations of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act.

A United Nations Special Rapporteur has said that India’s Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, which regulates foreign funding to certain individuals, associations and companies, does not conform to international law, principles and standards.

Enacted in 2010, the FCRA bars “organisations of a political nature” from accepting foreign contributions, which may further be prohibited when the government “is satisfied that the acceptance of foreign contribution… is likely to accept prejudicially… public interest”.

The law has come under scrutiny since the Modi government came to power in 2014, with a crackdown on Non-Governmental Organisations resulting in nearly 14,000 of them having their licenses to receive foreign funding revoked. Prominent among these NGOs include Greenpeace India and Ford Foundation.

Maina Kiai, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, published a legal analysis on the legislation which was submitted to the Union government on April 20.

According to the Special Rapporteur, India’s limitations on access to foreign funding do not meet “the stringent test for allowable restrictions” under international law. He said that FCRA fails all three prongs of the test, which requires that the restrictions be prescribed by law, imposed solely to protect national security or public safety, public order, public health or morals, or the rights and freedoms of others, apart from being “necessary in a democratic society”.

The FCRA, Kiai further argues, does not provide the required precision for clarity and notice. While the Act lists examples of groups that could be defined as having a “political nature”, it does not provide further definitions or examples for the terms “political objectives,” “political activities,” or “political interests.”

“This appears to give the government broad discretionary powers that could be applied in an arbitrary and capricious manner,” the Special Rapporteur said.

The Special Rapporteur also noted that a total ban on access to foreign funding for organisations found to be of a “political nature” or acting against economic or national interest is likely to disproportionately impact certain groups, including those engaged in critical human rights work.

Source: http://scroll.in/article/807273/indias-curbs-on-foreign-funds-do-not-conform-to-international-law-says-un-representative

India’s FCRA does not conform to international standards: UN Special Reporter

The restriction may prove detrimental to the advocacy group engaged in critical human rights work, government accountability and those representing vulnerable and minority populations or views

United Nations Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai has published a legal analysis arguing that India’s Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA) – which regulates foreign funding to individuals, associations and companies – does not conform to international law and standards.

The law has come under scrutiny after the licenses of nearly 14,000 non-government organisations for receiving foreign funds were revoked by the government of India.

The analysis states that access to foreign funding is well within rights under international law. It urges Indian government to approve accreditation to the organisations under FCRA whose licenses were revoked. The analysis has been submitted to the government of India on April 20.

The Special Rapporteurs (SR) is part of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council of UN. The experts are not UN staff but work on a voluntary basis. They are independent from any government or organisation and serve in their individual capacity.

The SR argues that the ability of civil society organisations to access resources, including foreign funding, is a fundamental part of the right to freedom of association under international law, standards, and principles – and more particularly part of the right to form an association.

Kiai further states that India’s criteria to block foreign funding does not meet International law.

“This test requires that restrictions be (1) prescribed by law; (2) imposed solely to protect national security or public safety, public order, public health or morals, or the rights and freedoms of others; and (3) “necessary in a democratic society.” The FCRA fails on all three prongs of the test,” states the press release.

In point to point rebuttal, Kiai states that FCRA required clarity and precision. It provides vague terms which can be easily manipulated.

FCRA lists examples of groups that could be defined as having a “political nature,” but does not provide further definitions or examples for the terms “political objectives,” “political activities,” or “political interests.” “This appears to give the government broad discretionary powers that could be applied in an arbitrary and capricious manner,” the Special Rapporteur writes.

“The definition of ‘political nature’ in the FCRA appears to be overly broad and could encompass almost all potential activities of an organisation, including those that are allowed and even encouraged by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to exist, such as promoting knowledge of basic rights and participation in government.”

“The Human Rights Committee has found that when a State invokes national security and protection of public order as a reason to restrict the right to freedom of association, the State party must prove the precise nature of the threat,” Kiai writes. It is not enough for the State to generally refer to the security situation in the specific area, he adds.

Finally, the SR notes that a total ban on access to foreign funding for organisations found to be of a “political nature” likely to disproportionately impact certain groups. Among these groups, he writes, are those engaged in critical human rights work, those which address issues of government accountability and good governance, and those which represent vulnerable and minority populations or views.

Source: http://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/india-s-fcra-does-not-conform-to-international-standards-un-special-rapporteur-53743



Banks have to report foreign contribution to NGO's within 48 hours

NEW DELHI: Banks will have to report to the central government within two days any information on NGOs getting foreign funds, Rajya Sabha was informed today.

"As per Foreign Contribution ( Regulation) Amendment Rules 2015 notified in Gazette ofIndia on December 14, 2015, the banks shall report to the central government within 48 hours any transaction in respect of receipt and utilisation of any foreign contribution by any person," Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in reply to a written question.

The order is applicable irrespective of whether or not such person is registered or granted permission under the FCRA.

The Minister said it has been decided to bring all FCRA designated bank accounts and utilisation accounts held by the NGOs granted registration or prior permission on the online platform of Public Finance Management Service for accessing these accounts for random scrutiny.

Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/banking/finance/banking/banks-have-to-report-foreign-contribution-to-ngos-within-48-hours/articleshow/52009963.cms

Sunday, April 10, 2016

National CSO Consultation on NCDs in India: 1st announcement

In an effort to prevent and control non-communicable diseases in India, the global NCD Alliance convened a consultation of civil society organizations in July 2015. Following this, an Indian network called Healthy India Alliance has been announced.

The Healthy India Alliance invites you for the first National CSO Consultation on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in India from 25th to 27th April, 2016

at PHD Chamber of Commerce, August Kranti Marg, New Delhi. Please read the details of the Healthy India Alliance National Consultation.

invites Civil Society Organisations to participate 
in the first National CSO Consultation 
on 
Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) in India 
from 25th to 27th April, 2016 
at PHD Chamber of Commerce, August Kranti Marg, New Delhi. 
Registration Fee: INR 2000 + service tax as applicable, per participant 
For additional details, please contact Prachi Kathuria at prachi@hriday-shan.org 

or call on +91-11 41031191 

About HIA: 
In July 2015, the global NCD Alliance founded by 4 international NGO federations and WHO South-East Asia Regional Office convened a Consultation of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) from the Region. The goal was to deliberate on priorities and strategies to advance NCD prevention and control in the Region and the role that CSOs can play in this sphere, especially with respect to the set of 10 national targets adopted by India under the National Action Plan to reduce premature NCD mortality by 25% by 2025. The Healthy India Alliance, comprising of organizations working on NCD issues in India, was formed as an outcome of this meeting. 
HIA aims to expand NGO network to include interested organisations working in the health, development, environment and other allied sectors to ensure multi-sectoral partnerships and networking to promote health and development in India. 
About the Event: 
The first ‘National CSO Consultation on NCDs in India’ has been organized in New Delhi. In addition to plenary sessions and panel discussions, the National event will also include parallel capacity building workshops on advocacy, social media



For additional details, please contact:
Prachi Kathuria
At: prachi@hriday-shan.org or call on +91-11 41031191.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Skill Enhancement Programme (SEP-2016) for the visually impaired boys and girls from all parts of the state of Odisha

NOTICE

Like each year, Milton Charitable Foundation for the Visually Handicapped, Ashoknagar 5th line Square, Berhampur, Ganjam is inviting applications for starting the Skill Enhancement Programme (SEP-2016) for the visually impaired boys and girls from all parts of the state of Odisha from 2nd May to 15th June. During the course, the participants will be imparted basic computer, personality development communication skills, mobility and other living skill. For this purpose, the interested visually impaired boys and girls who have completed class X and higher may contact to the foundation by 20th April 2016 for admission into the mentioned programme.

The contact numbers are: (0680) 2280433, 9861759703 Whatsapp No. 9338689961. Email – helpdesk@mcfvh.org , mcfvhodisha@gmail.com

Friday, April 8, 2016

Ngo Scheme of Financial Assistance to celebrate international day of yoga in all districts of India

Grant in Aid Application for INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA CELEBRATION – 2016 to Ngos in India

Organization: - Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy

(Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India)

Last Date To Apply: - 25thApril, 2016.

About the Department:-

The Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy (CCRYN) is an autonomous body under Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy invites applications from Govt. Departments /Autonomous Bodies/ Universities/ NGOs/ Voluntary Organisations involved in Yoga and Naturopathy activities or Health related activities for conducting One Month Yoga Camp from 21.05.2016 to 20.06.2016 and to celebrate ‘International Day of Yoga’ by organising a relevant programme on 21st June, 2016 in each district of the country with financial assistance/ grant-in-aid on reimbursement basis up to a maximum of Rs.1.00 lakh only.

Eligibilities To Apply:-

Govt. Departments /Autonomous Bodies/ Universities/ NGOs/ Voluntary Organisations

Documents to be submitted with the application:

1. Copy of Registration Certificate

2. Annual Report for the last three years

3. Audited Statement of Accounts for the last three years (2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15)

4. Activities/programmes being conducted by the Organization at present

5. Infrastructural facilities and manpower available with the Organization to conduct camps and to celebrate ‘International Day of Yoga’.

6. Articles of Association, Bye-Laws.

7. Undertaking that it has not applied or/and will not receive any grant for the same purpose or activity from any other Ministry or Department of the Government of India or State Government.

8. ITR for the last three years.

Financial Support for Camp:

1, 00,000 Up to One Lakh

How to Apply for funding

The details along with application form can be obtained from the Office of the Director, CCRYN or can be downloaded from the websites www.ccryn.org or www.indianmedicine.nic.in then Send it to

The Director

Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy

61-65, Institutional Area, Janakpuri, New Delhi-110058

Download Notification and Application here : http://www.ccryn.org/Sheme%20for%20all%20Districts%20of%20India.docx

The last date for submission of duly filled in applications is 25thApril, 2016.



Tuesday, April 5, 2016

USAID/India seeking applications from NGOs for India Partnerships Program

Deadline: 30 March 2017

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced a call for proposals from qualified NGOs (and also for-profit and governmental organizations) to apply for the India Partnerships Program (IPP) under the Annual Program Statement (APS).

The IPP supports testing, adoption and scaling of creative or innovative solutions to meet development challenges in the areas of health, food security, clean energy, gender equality, female empowerment, maternal and child health, prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, affordable health care, water and sanitation access, early grade reading, promotion of clean and renewable energy, forestry, food security, triangular cooperation, gender and financial inclusion.

USAID/India is interested in providing financial or non-financial support to partners to realize concepts and ideas that hold promise in the focus areas.

The purpose of this APS is to announce the competitive process and solicit Concept Paper applications from the private and public sectors for engaging with USAID/India under the IPP. The goals of the IPP are to identify and partner with organizations and institutions who bring innovative ideas and resources of at least a 1:1 match to address jointly defined development challenges. Matching resources may include money, technologies, experience, expertise or other assets that Applicants can demonstrate as beneficial to tackling and resolving a development challenge.

Partnerships developed under this APS should contribute to achieving one or more of USAID/India’s core Development Objectives. USAID/India’s programming focuses on eight key areas. The largest of these is health, where USAID/India focuses on improving maternal and child health; behavior change communication; diagnosis, treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis; health care finance, and access to clean water and sanitation in major cities. Improving early grade reading, increasing access to clean energy, improving food security, financial inclusion and advancing gender equality and female empowerment are also key areas. USAID/India’s Development Objectives are designed jointly with the Government of India (GOI) and advance GOI priority development initiatives like Smart Cities Mission, Swachh Bharat, Campaign to end TB, and increased use of renewable energy technologies.

For more information, visit grants.gov.

For information in India please visit:
https://www.usaid.gov/india/work-with-us/partnership-opportunities
https://www.usaid.gov/india