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Vidyanjali – School Volunteer Programme is an initiative for Volunteers

Vidyanjali – (School Volunteer Programme) is an initiative of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of School Education & Literacy to enhance community and private sector involvement in Government run elementary schools across the country under the overall aegis of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.

This programme has been envisaged to bring together people willing to volunteer their services at schools which really need them. The volunteers will act as mentors, confidantes and communicators with children.

In consonance with this objective, MyGov in collaboration with Ministry of Human Resource Development has developed a mobile application for schools and other educational institutions to engage interested citizens in volunteering for such on-ground engagements.

The application will enable interested volunteers to connect with government educational institutions including schools to mentor students. This mobile application would act as a nexus between the volunteers and government bodies under a Volunteer Management Program. Through this mobile application, mentors can interact with institutions directly and can contribute in the institution’s activity with relevant knowledge and skill set.

The application is an interactive mobile platform which facilitates communication between the two stakeholders helping institutions to post their academic and non-academic requirements seeking suitable volunteers for the specified role. The prospective volunteers, users of the application, would be able to show their interest based on the available volunteering opportunities viewing the list ordered basis fetched user location. The application would boast of a separate dashboard for institutions and volunteers both, which would be inclusive of a map enabling feature of locating both the institution and the volunteer. The exact locations of volunteers and institutions would be view-able through pin markers on the map.

The volunteer application would allow two-way search from the end of both the stakeholders. A volunteer would be able to seek activities and show his/her interest in the listed activities. Similarly, an institution would be able to search for volunteers who are using the app meeting their requirement, request for a volunteer, review a volunteer profile, and schedule a meeting for further action and appointment.

Hence, the application would help connect keen volunteers with educational institutions for being able to associate and work with the institution on need basis plugging in the vacant spaces. This would not only bring satisfaction to the volunteers but also make the students’ experience seamless. An application to this effect would serve as a successful and innovative alternative to resolve temporary issues of missing or incompetent human resource faced by educational institutions.
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विद्यांजली – शैक्षिक संस्थानों के साथ स्वयंसेवकों को जोड़ने स्कूल स्वयंसेवी कार्यक्रम

विद्यांजली – (स्कूल स्वयंसेवी कार्यक्रम) सर्व शिक्षा अभियान के समग्र तत्वावधान में देश भर में सरकार द्वारा संचालित प्राथमिक विद्यालयों में समुदाय और निजी क्षेत्र की भागीदारी बढ़ाने के लिए मानव संसाधन विकास मंत्रालय, स्कूल शिक्षा और साक्षरता विभाग की एक पहल है।

इस कार्यक्रम द्वारा उन लोगों में एक साथ लाने का उद्देश्य है, जो उन स्कूलों में स्वयंसेवा करने को तैयार हैं जहाँ वास्तव में उनकी ज़रूरत है। स्वयंसेवक बच्चों के साथ सलाहकार, विश्वासपात्र और संवादकर्ता के रूप में कार्य करेंगे।

इस उद्देश्य के अनुरूप, माईगोव ने मानव संसाधन विकास मंत्रालय के सहयोग से स्कूलों और अन्य शैक्षणिक संस्थानों में स्वयंसेवा के लिए इच्छुक नागरिकों को इस तरह के ज़मीनी कार्यों में संलग्न करने के लिए एक मोबाइल एप्लिकेशन विकसित की है।

यह एप्लिकेशन इच्छुक स्वयंसेवकों को स्कूलों सहित सरकारी शैक्षिक संस्थानों से जोड़ने में सहायक होगा। यह मोबाइल एप्लिकेशन स्वयंसेवी प्रबंधन कार्यक्रम के अंतर्गत स्वयंसेवकों और सरकारी निकायों के बीच गठजोड़ के रूप में कार्य करेगा। इस मोबाइल एप्लिकेशन द्वारा मेंटर्स संस्थाओं के साथ सीधे संपर्क कर सकते हैं और संबंधित ज्ञान और कौशल से संस्था की गतिविधि में योगदान दे सकते हैं।

यह एप्लिकेशन एक इंटरैक्टिव मोबाइल प्लेटफॉर्म है जो संस्थानों द्वारा निर्धारित शैक्षणिक और गैर-शैक्षणिक भूमिका में उपयुक्त स्वयंसेवकों की मांग को पोस्ट करने में सहायता के लिए दो हितधारकों के बीच संपर्क सुविधा प्रदान करता है। भावी स्वयंसेवक, एप्लिकेशन के उपयोगकर्ता अपने वर्तमान स्थान के आधार पर प्राप्त सूची को देखकर उपलब्ध स्वैच्छिक अवसरों में अपनी रुचि दिखा सकेंगे। एप्लिकेशन का संस्थानों और स्वयंसेवकों, दोनों के लिए एक अलग डैशबोर्ड का दावा है , जिसमें संस्थान और स्वयंसेवक दोनों को ढूंढने की सुविधा वाला मानचित्र होगा। मानचित्र पर पिन मार्कर्स के माध्यम से स्वयंसेवकों और संस्थानों की सटीक स्थिति दिखेगी ।

स्वयंसेवक एप्लिकेशन दोनों हितधारकों की ओर से दो तरफा खोज की अनुमति देगा। स्वयंसेवक गतिविधियों की खोज करके सूचीबद्ध गतिविधियों में अपनी रुचि दिखा सकेगा। इसी तरह, एक संस्था उसकी जरूरतों को पूरा करने वाले ऐसे स्वयंसेवकों की खोज कर सकेगी जो एप का उपयोग कर रहे हैं, स्वयंसेवक के लिए अनुरोध कर सकेगी, स्वयंसेवक प्रोफ़ाइल की समीक्षा कर सकेगी, और आगे की कार्रवाई और नियुक्ति के लिए मीटिंग का आयोजन कर सकेगी।

इसलिए, यह एप्लिकेशन शैक्षिक संस्थानों के साथ इच्छुक स्वयंसेवकों को जोड़ने और रिक्त स्थानों को भरने के लिए संस्था के साथ सहयोग करेगा। इससे न केवल स्वयंसेवकों को संतोष प्राप्त होगा बल्कि विद्यार्थियों को भी सहज अनुभव होगा। इस आशय की एक एप्लिकेशन शैक्षिक संस्थानों के सामने आने वाले अनुपस्थित या अक्षम मानव संसाधन जैसे अस्थायी मुद्दों को हल करने के लिए एक सफल और अभिनव विकल्प के रूप में काम करेगी ।

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Scheme for Incentive to Parents of Girl Child

The Government is not implementing / proposes to implement any scheme to provide incentives to the parents of girl child/ daughter in the country. However, ‘Jansankhya Sthirtha Kosh’ (an autonomous body under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) is providing financial benefits to the couples under the ‘Prerna Scheme’. The details of the Scheme are given below:-

Scheme: Prerna Strategy:
In order to help push up the age of marriage of girls and space the birth of children in the interest of health of young mothers and infants, Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh (National Population Stabilization Fund) – an autonomous body of the MoHFW, Govt. of India has launched PRERNA, a Responsible Parenthood Strategy in all districts of seven focus states namely Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Rajasthan.
The strategy recognizes and awards couples who have broken the stereotype of early marriage, early childbirth and repeated child birth and have helped change the mindsets of the community.
In order to become eligible for award under the scheme, the girl should have been married after 19 years of age and given birth to the first child after at least 2 years of marriage. The couple will get an award of Rs.10, 000/- if it is a Boy child or Rs.12, 000/- if it is a Girl child. If birth of the second child takes place after at least 3 years of the birth of first child and either parent voluntarily accept permanent method of family planning within one year of the birth of the second child, the couple will get an additional award of Rs.5,000/- (Boy child) / Rs.7,000/- (Girl child). The amount of award is given in the form of National Saving Certificate (NSC). The scheme is meant only for BPL families.

Important Conditions:
1. Couple must belong to BPL family
2. Age of lady should not exceed 30 years
3. The girl should have been married after 19 years
4. First child birth after at least 2 years of marriage
5. Second child birth after at least 3 years of the first child birth
6. Either parent voluntarily accepts permanent method of family planning within one year of the second child birth
If above four (S.N. 1-4) conditions are fulfilled then payment of award:
Rs. 10,000/- if boy child
Rs. 12,000/- if girl child
If all above six (S.N.1-6) conditions are fulfilled then payment of award:
Rs. 15,000/- if both are boys
Rs. 17,000/- if one boy & one girl child
Rs. 19,000/- if both are girls

Certificates Required:

  1. BPL certificate of the couple
  2. Date of birth certificate of Mother (Schools/Board/Registrar of birth/death)
  3. Marriage Certificate of the couple (Registrar of marriages/appropriate govt. officer/delegated authorities)
  4. Birth Cert. of 1st child (Registrar / appropriate govt. officer registering births/death)
  5. Birth Cert. of 2nd child, if any. (Registrar / appropriate govt. officer registering births/death)
  6. Sterilization Certificate (NSV/LTT), if any, ( Govt. Hospital)
  7. Character Cert. (Gram Panchayat)
  8. Note: Photocopies of all relevant documents should be attested by a gazetted officer.

Check List for Administrators and Organizations Partnering JSK:

  1. The selection process should involve the community at all stages. However vital events like date of birth and sterilization etc have to be checked / certified through government sources only. The community should be satisfied about the selection and the selected couples should be worthy of being seen as Role Models for Responsible Parenthood.
  2. While identifying the eligible couples, there is a need to examine the reason for the girl’s marriage at 19 years. If the reason supports the girl’s health, education or skill learning then the selection is worthwhile. In case it was due to extraneous factors, the girl should not be included. It is very important that the PRERNA ‘Role models’ should inspire confidence and not create controversy.
  3. The upper age limit for eligible married women should be below 30 years. There is no age limit for the husband but younger is better.
  4. Care needs to be taken while selecting an eligible couple. The girl’s marriage should be 19 years (not 18) and the first child should be born when the mother’s age is more than 21 years. Likewise the second child should be born after a 3 years gap and there should be documentary evidence of sterilization after the second child.
  5. Marriage and Birth registration is compulsory. In case supporting documents are not available, proper certification regarding birth and marriage from authorized sources is necessary to claim the Award.
  6. The eligible couples should not have any criminal record which points to unsuitability.
  7. Payments are made in the form of a National Saving Certificate to be issued by the local post office and given by the Collector personally along with wide press coverage and messages about the health of the mother and health of the child. (JSK will supply material relevant to the district on request). JSK-Prerna Strategy 3
  8. The strategy can be implemented by NGO’s or Community level organizations or through Anganwadi workers, ANMs, ASHAs. Funds will be released after the couples are selected and documents have been checked by JSK.
  9. Rupees 500 per awardee couple will be paid to the organization that helped identify the couples and got the authentication done on the recommendation of the District Collector/CM&HO. This amount would be paid only at the award ceremony.
  10. The amount of award will be transferred in the dedicated bank account “JSK-PRERNA” opened in respective State Health Society, through cheque/electronic.
  11. Payment to Post Office would be through account payee cheque for purchasing National Saving Certificates (NSCs).
  12. The award ceremony should be organized within the month when award amount received.
  13. A team to be constituted by District Collector for verification of 10% of total cases and verified list sent to JSK.
  14. List of the beneficiaries to be counter signed by the District Collector after verification from CMO/CM&HO/Civil Surgeon.
  15. A verification certificate may be issued by the district collector office

Partners: JSK seeks to implement its strategy in all districts of seven states namely Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh with different partners.

The Health Minister, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.

(http://pib.nic.in Ministry of Health and Family Welfare 20-March-2015)

NGO of Teesta’s lawyer quizzed on foreign funds – Times of India


Times of India

NGO of Teesta's lawyer quizzed on foreign funds
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NGO of Teesta’s lawyer quizzed on foreign funds – Times of India


Times of India

NGO of Teesta's lawyer quizzed on foreign funds
Times of India
NEW DELHI: The Union home ministry has sent a questionnaire to human rights lawyer and former additional solicitor general Indira Jaising's NGO, Lawyers Collective, seeking details of its bank accounts including the designated FCRA account, amount of …
Notice to Jaising's NGO Over Aid Received When she was ASGThe New Indian Express
Notice to Indira Jaising's NGO for FCRA 'violation'Daily News & Analysis
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Action against 13000 NGOs is to gain political popularity by ruling Government

“Still some criminals and their supporters are still misusing social funds, resources and money in NGOs but Government is not taking action and not interested to. Ruling central Government and its supporter corporates only want to just make environment against NGO concept to gain complete power over governance of country so creating such scenerio.”

In India Government disapprove license and recognition of 4470 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), in addition to the 8875 NGOs’ licenses were revoked for violation of the rules on foreign funds. The action taken against the NGOs who are violating the rules and guideline of Government in not new but Central Government wants a popularity to spread this as ‘news’ widely that it is taking action such NGOs like Greenpeace and Ford Foundation who are providing foreign fund to change and affect the political condition in India.
Taking action against such foreign funding based NGOs and funding agencies may be right in some way because there was a interpretation in the political activities by the foreign funding in India. But on the other hand maximum of the NGOs are not taking part in such ‘activities’ as the Government has taken action against few NGOs for misusing (according to the Government) foreign funds for political purpose.

Apart from taking action against such NGOs who are part of the activity that Central Government is taking action on foreign interference in India politics, there is lot of other malpractices are being made by some NGOs misusing the foreign funds for personal and business purpose. There are many complaints against such NGOs who are misusing foreign funds and using it personally in-spite of social purpose, but Government agencies, Home Ministry, Income tax department, police department and other related authorities have not taken any action against the financial offenders. So it is very clear that Government has not changed its system against corruption (as claimed before) in its departments and it is not improved real action pattern against such matters. So to provide notices in FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act) violation matter it is just a stunt publicity to gain popularity in ‘Rashtrwadi’ voters, targeting the further elections of some north Indian states. If Central Government and its bureaucracy is really honest to take action against violation of rules then they must take action against such NGOs and persons who are running these NGOs where they are misusing the funds for personal purpose.
Out of the 20 lakh NGOs very few are in working condition. Among these working NGOs many of them are certainly questionable, they are not transparent, not democratic and using money for business and making personal assets. Some of the NGOs are using money for real and declared purpose. Government is not taking action against such criminals and their supporters who are not following certain laws and rules and fraudly making money that they are getting in the name of their NGOs. Just making a propaganda against (all) NGO just due to ‘concept, concern and action of NGO related persons’ the ruling party lost its position in Delhi election. Some political supporters of the ruling party are against NGO sector and NGO concept just due to this reason that they had loost in Delhi. One thing must be clear that if anyone or NGOs speak in favour of society, welfare, development and on improvement of social situation and society that means are they wrong? The ruling party is making such circumstances that NGO or NGO pattern is wrong. The persons won in Delhi election and came in ruling of Delhi they are transparent and honest on their part, if some one were wrong, they lost. The persons emerged and are in Delhi ruling never supported them, as the Central ruling party is supporting many offenders those have equal offenses of some political persons who went in jail or under prosecution.
One thing must be clear that the NGO persons, members, activists, political persons, religious persons, saints, government officials, judiciary persons and all are from the society where we exits, so it is obvious that the character of the persons in all sectors including NGO is developed and based on the situation of the society. The character of the persons emerged out of the society for various sectors and departments can be unfair, fair or completely fair. So how only NGOs are being identified as part of this wrong practices, in this reference what about police, judiciary, media, political, religious and other persons in different sector? Same, so if the persons in a sector are honest the part of that sector will improve otherwise it will not. So like the situation of the system it is required to change it in a positive way, and NGOs are not exception of this process. Still there are many NGOs and many activists working in positive way and in positive patters on that basis our society is moving towards right direction. Specially the persons from new generation are more positive in this positive process to improve the society. So fair NGO concept is acceptable concept for the change makers of society.
Participation of NGOs in development work in India is negligible. Share of development assistance in comparision to other countries is less in India. But the main factor is that many of these NGOs involved in activities that are essential for the survival of our democracy, such as holding governments and institutions accountable and defend the rights of marginalized and voiceless people. NGO are part of the ideas to strengthen democratic governance. In India there is a group of some corporates and politicians who want to establish their control over economy through ruling they are defaming the NGO sector to make their way clear so they can move ahead to complete ruling and governance.
In India there is a limited civil society space, and in the process to get total control over governance and principles of democracy, such as participation, human rights, transparency and accountability they do not want to emerge the NGO concept. In this way India will be like the countries such as Saudi Arabia, black holes are human rights, because there is no space for civil society. NGOs in India have an important role in maintaining situation of the socio-economic and human right issues. Most of the foreign funds provided to NGOs in India is for financial improvement and upliftment of livelihood of poor and marginalised Indians, so nothing is wrong to get it and use it for the said purpose in society. And in some human rights and democratic value issues the persons working with or running the NGOs take participation in human rights and other democratic and ethical rights issue nothing is wrong on political part. If it is not explained and taken on that part where some opposition party or parties are supported by some particular foreign funding groups then it must be increased transparently as the priority of the head of ruling team of Government is to improve the condition of India in global context.
(Analysis by: Ritu Raj)

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