Project Assist of National Foundation for Communal Harmony

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Project Assist

National Foundation for Communal Harmony is an autonomous organization under the Ministry
of Home Affairs, Government of India. It was set up in 1992 with the main objective of providing
assistance to the children rendered orphan or destitute during various communal disturbances.
The organization offers physical and psychological rehabilitation of children who are the victims
of communal, caste, ethnic and terrorist violence. Such children are provided with care, education and
training. It also undertakes activities for promoting communal harmony and national integration which
include grant of scholarships, fellowships and studies.

Project Assist is the Flagship scheme of the Foundation which has provision of providing
assistance to the children rendered orphan or destitute in various communal, caste, ethnic or terrorist
violence. The financial assistance is provided to such children for their care, education and training

Project Assist is the Flagship scheme of the Foundation which has provision of providing assistance to the
children rendered orphan or destitute in various communal, caste, ethnic or terrorist violence. The financial
assistance is provided to such children for their care, education and training.Part – A Details of the project
i) Eligibility criteria

■       A child becomes an orphan or destitute in the sense that either both the parents or the surviving parent or
the main bread winner is killed or permanently incapacitated because of communal, caste, ethnic, terrorist
violence.

■       Family is below poverty line as per the criteria laid down by the Planning Commission. The income for
determining the poverty line at the 1999-2000 prices is Rs.22,400/- per family per annum in the rural
areas and Rs.31,600/- per family per annum in the urban areas.

■       Child is not receiving any assistance on regular basis from any other source (one time financial assistance
provided by a state government /union territory administration for such victim is not considered as
another source of assistance for this purpose).

■       Assistance is admissible up to the age of 18 years. In exceptional cases, where the child is pursuing some
vocational or technical course, it can be extended upto the age of 21 years.

ii) Identification of eligible children

■       District Committee under the District Magistrate/Collector or Deputy Commissioner, having members
such as Superintendent of Police, District Social Welfare Officer, District Education Officer, District
Child and Women Development Officer, identifies beneficiaries and verifies their eligibility.

■       District Committee decides about the mode of assistance i.e. through child’s own family, relative,
educational institution, legal guardian, foster parents, children’s home etc.

■       District Committee sends its recommendations to the Foundation in the prescribed form (Annexure- II).

iii) Scale of assistance

General education                          In class A & B cities Rs. 800/- p.m. per child. At other

places Rs. 750/- p.m. per child
Professional/vocational education    Rs. 150/- per month per child in addition to assistance for

general education

iv) Sanction and remittance

■       District Magistrate/Collector/ Deputy Commissioner opens a separate bank account under the name of

“District Committee, National Foundation for Communal Harmony, District___ .” Account is

operated jointly by any two of the officers nominated by the District Magistrate/Collector viz. District
Magistrate/Collector/ Deputy Commissioner, District Social Welfare Officer or the District Treasury
Officer.

■       Assistance is payable in advance annually in the first quarter of the academic year. This is credited to the
account of the recipient maintained in a scheduled bank after due verification. (Since assistance is being

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credited to the bank account of the child periodically, there is no need for identification at the time
of disbursement of assistance by the District Magistrate/Collector to avoid inconvenience etc.) 

■ In the month of April every year, concerned District Magistrate/Collector/ Deputy Commissioner shall
send a report to the Foundation about position of funds sanctioned by the National Foundation for
Communal Harmony under the Project Assist during the last financial year and funds available, if any,
from earlier years in the following proforma. Position of unds for the year ending …………………… Details of amount received from
the Foundation for payment of
assistance to children Details of disbursement Reasons for
non-payments of
balance amount Letter
No. Date

Amount

(Rs.) Date of
payment Amount
paid (Rs.) Amount
balance(Rs.)

v) Recommendations for continuance of assistance

■        District Magistrate/Collector/ Deputy Commissioner furnishes the following certificates to justify
continuation of assistance within one month of the commencement of the next academic session every
year. Fresh applications are not required and should not be sent with the proposal for renewal of
assistance.

a)          Utilization certificate to the effect that the amount of financial assistance released till date under the Project
Assist has been disbursed on______ (date to be mentioned) to the beneficiary;

b)          the child for whom financial assistance now being recommended, is actually studying in an educational
institution or is undergoing training for acquiring skills to better his/ her employment prospects. (Not applicable if
the child is below 5 years of age); and

c)            continuance of further financial assistance to the child beyond___ (period to be mentioned) is

considered essential and hence recommended.

■        Current study certificate from the educational institution (specimen – A at Annexure II), photocopy of
annual examination result card and current income certificate of the family issued by the Tehsildar
(specimen – B at Annexure II). The income certificate once issued shall be valid for a period of three
years. In case, any parent or guardian of the child gets a job during that period that should be declared
voluntarily to the district authorities, who in turn would inform this to the Foundation immediately.

■        Release of financial assistance is subject to furnishing of the above certificates/documents.

vi) Number of children getting assistance

■        As on 31.03.2010, 10431children were covered under Project Assist in nineteen states and a union
territory.

■        A sum of Rs. 4.84 crore was released as assistance to these children during 2009-10.

■        Rs. 35.06 crore has been paid as assistance up to 31.03.2010.

■        486 fresh cases have been approved and 4302 cases renewed for grant of assistance under Project Assist
in the current financial year

vii) Group personal accident insurance for child victims

Insurance cover with the following benefits has been provided to all the children who are getting assistance
under the scheme of assistance w.e.f. 1.3.2002.

Event                                                                                                                                             Compensation (in Rs.)

Death                                                                                                         25000

Loss of 2 limbs or one limb and one eye                                             25000 One hundred percent permanent disablement other than those mentioned 25000
above

Loss of one limb or one eye                                                                   12500

Reimbursement of medical expenses incurred by a child for treatment in a 500
hospital or nursing home and as an indoor patient for an injury sustained in an
accident (based upon medical certificate from the consulting doctor)

Part – B Collaboration with Non-Governmental Organisations
The Foundation collaborates with the following organisations: 

i.         Aashwas, a unit functioning under the Assam Police, Guwahati

Aashwas is an Assam Police Project which is helping the Foundation by identifying child victims of militancy in
Assam who are being provided financial assistance.

ii.           Council for Rehabilitation of Widows, Orphans, Handicapped and Old Persons in Jammu & Kashmir,
Srinagar

Council for Rehabilitation of Widows, Orphans, Handicapped and Old persons, Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir is
working for victims of militancy. The council has been helping the Foundation in identifying child victims of
terrorism in the state of Jammu & Kashmir.

iii.            Society to Save Victims of Violence and Terrorism, Kokrajhar, Assam

The Society is collaborating with the Foundation in implementation of the Project ‘Assist’ in the following
districts of Assam:

1)Barpeta, 2)Baska, 3)Bongaigaon, 4)Chirang, 5)Darrang, 6)Dhubri, 7)Goalpara, 8)Kokrajhar, 9)Nalbari and
10)Udalguri,

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  • How project "Assist' helps victims in psychological rehablitation? Mere financial assistance can not settle a victim psychologically.

    Bashir on 10 May 2011
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    MS.RAYEKA on 02 Jun 2011
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