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    Dear All, Sub: Attention of Indian NGOs, Individual Social workers and all those in Developmental / Social Service Sector in India and Abroad. Please find
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 19 8:26 AM
      Dear All,
      Sub: Attention of Indian NGOs, Individual Social workers and all those in Developmental / Social Service Sector in India and Abroad.
      Please find enclosed here with two mails received i.e. one from CANA regarding. National Policy on the Voluntary Sector which may be of use to you and another mail received from INDIA DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION which is shocking and thought provoking that in India 2,60,000 (2.6 Lakhs) die of poor living conditions.
                  We request you to spare a few minutes of your valuable time for the welfare of fellow human beings by forwarding this mail to all your friends etc.
      A SAD TRUTH -  A Preventable disaster
      1,70,000 children (<15years) infected with HIV/AIDS in India .
      57,000 children are getting infected every year in India
      Every day a big number of HIV infected children are dieing without having a access to proper treatment of opportunistic infections precipitated by starvation.
      Thanking you all,
      Yours faithfully,
      Rtn. PHF., Dr. K.I. Jacob, B.Sc., M.B.B.S., PhD.,
      Chief Executive,
      St. Paul 's Trust.
      100,00,00,000 (100 Crores i.e. 1 Billion) good deeds on a single day.
      Is It Possible ? Yes
      Let us all get prepared for celebrating Mother Theresa’s Birthday on 26th August in a fitting manner i.e. for achieving the stupendous task of alleviating poverty / starvation deaths from this World, a cause so near and dear to Mother’s Heart. You will be receiving 3 more circulars from our side as to how you can celebrate mother’s birthday for alleviating poverty / starvation death by doing a good deed on that day
      If one out of every 6 persons in the World can do a good deed on 26th August, you know that the total number of good deeds done on that day will be 100,00,00,000 (100 Crores i.e. 1 Billion), because the World population is 6.7 Billions and 6.7 Billions divided by 6 is approximately one Billion. If one Billion good deeds can happen on 26th August, poverty / starvation deaths can be eliminated on a single day.
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      Dear Frineds
      Greetings from CANA!
      Please find attachment on National Policy on the Voluntary Sector which is issued by Voluntary Action Cell, Planning Commission, Government of India in May 2007. Hope this may be useful to you.
      Ban Makan
      Executive Director
      Voluntary Action Cell
      Planning Commission
      Government of India
      May 2007
      Government of India
      Planning Commission
      (Voluntary Action Cell)
      1. Preamble
      This Policy is a commitment to encourage, enable and empower an
      independent, creative and effective voluntary sector, with diversity in form
      and function, so that it can contribute to the social, cultural and economic
      advancement of the people of India.
      The voluntary sector has contributed significantly to finding innovative
      solutions to poverty, deprivation, discrimination and exclusion, through
      means such as awareness raising, social mobilization, service delivery,
      training, research, and advocacy. The voluntary sector has been serving as
      an effective non-political link between the people and the Government. This
      policy recognizes the important role that the voluntary sector has to play in
      various areas and affirms the growing need for collaboration with the
      voluntary sector by the Government, as well as by the private sector, at the
      local, provincial and national levels.
      2. Scope of the Policy
      In the Policy, voluntary organizations (VOs) mean to include organizations
      engaged in public service, based on ethical, cultural, social, economic,
      political, religious, spiritual, philanthropic or scientific & technological
      considerations. VOs include formal as well as informal groups, such as:
      community-based organizations (CBOs); non-governmental development
      organizations (NGDOs); charitable organizations; support organizations;
      networks or federations of such organisations; as well as professional
      membership associations.
      To be covered under the Policy, VOs should broadly have the following
      a) They are private,
      i.e., separate from Government
      b) They do not return profits generated to their owners or directors
      c) They are self-governing,
      i.e., not controlled by Government
      d) They are registered organizations or informal groups, with defined aims
      and objectives.
      3. Objectives of the Policy
      The specific objectives of the policy are listed below:
      3.1.1 To create an enabling environment for VOs that stimulates their enterprise
      and effectiveness, and safeguards their autonomy;
      3.1.2 To enable VOs to legitimately mobilize necessary financial resources from
      India and abroad;
      3.1.3 To identify systems by which the Government may work together with VOs,
      on the basis of the principles of mutual trust and respect, and with shared
      responsibility; and,
      3.1.4 To encourage VOs to adopt transparent and accountable systems of
      governance and management.
      The following paragraphs describe how these objectives are to be achieved.
      4. Establishing an Enabling Environment for the Voluntary Sector
      4.1 The independence of VOs allows them to explore alternative paradigms of
      development to challenge social, economic and political forces that may work
      against public interest and to find new ways to combat poverty, deprivation
      and other social problems. It is therefore crucial that all laws, policies, rules
      and regulations relating to VOs categorically safeguard their autonomy, while
      simultaneously ensuring their accountability.
      4.2 Voluntary organizations may be registered as societies, as charitable trusts,
      or as non-profit companies under Central or State laws. Some States have
      adopted the Societies Registration Act (1860), with amendments, while
      others have independent laws. Similarly, laws relating to charitable trusts
      vary across States. Over time, many of these laws and their corresponding
      rules have become complex and restrictive, thus leading to delays,
      harassment and corruption. As the nodal agency for interface between the
      Government and the Voluntary Sector, the Planning Commission will
      encourage State Governments to review prevailing laws & rules and simplify,
      liberalise and rationalise them as far as possible. In order to facilitate
      registration of non-profit companies, the Government will examine measures
      to simplify procedures under section 25 of the Companies Act (1956),
      including those for license, registration, and remuneration to memberemployees.
      4.3 The Government will also examine the feasibility of enacting a simple and
      liberal central law that will serve as an alternative all-India statute for
      registering VOs, particularly those that wish to operate in different parts of
      the country and even abroad. Such a law would co-exist with prevailing
      central and state laws, allowing a VO the option of registering under one or
      more laws, depending on the nature and sphere of its activities.
      4.4 There has been much public debate on the voluntary sector, particularly its
      governance, accountability, and transparency. It is widely believed that the
      voluntary sector must address these issues through suitable self-regulation.
      The Government will encourage the evolution of, and subsequently accord
      recognition to, an independent, national level, self-regulatory agency for the
      voluntary sector.
      4.5 At the same time, there is need to bolster public confidence in the voluntary
      sector by opening it up to greater public scrutiny. The Government will
      encourage Central and State level agencies to introduce norms for filing
      basic documents in respect of VOs, which have been receiving funding by
      Government agencies and placing them in the public domain (with easy
      access through the internet) in order to inculcate a spirit of public oversight.
      4.6 Public donation is an important source of funds for the voluntary sector and
      one that can and must increase substantially. Tax incentives play a positive
      role in this process. Stocks and shares have become a significant form of
      wealth in the country today. In order to encourage transfer of shares and
      stock options to VOs, the Government will consider suitable tax rebates for
      this form of donation. The Government will also simplify and streamline the
      system for granting income tax exemption status to charitable projects under
      the Income Tax Act. At the same time, the Government will consider
      tightening administrative and penal procedures to ensure that these
      incentives are not misused by paper charities for private financial gain.
      4.7 International funding of voluntary organizations plays a small, but significant
      part in supporting such organizations and their work in the country. An
      organization seeking foreign funding must be registered under the Foreign
      Contribution (Regulation) Act. This law prescribes stringent screening norms
      that often restrict the ability of VOs to avail foreign funds. When approved,
      there are problems like funds must be held in a single bank account, thus
      presenting enormous difficulties to VOs working at different locations. The
      Government will review the FCRA and simplify its provisions that apply to
      VOs, from time to time, in consultation with the joint consultative group to be
      set up by the concerned Ministry (as suggested under para 5.4).
      4.8 The Central Government has framed guidelines for bilateral agencies to give
      direct assistance to voluntary organizations for projects of social and
      economic importance. It controls access to such funds and their utilisation,
      both through the FCRA and through regulation by the Department of
      Economic Affairs. This system needs to be simplified in consultation with the
      joint consultative group to be set up by the concerned Ministry (as suggested
      under para 5.4).
      4.9 The Government will encourage all relevant Central and State Government
      agencies to introduce pre-service and in-service training modules on
      constructive relations with the voluntary sector. Such agencies should
      introduce time bound procedures for dealing with the VOs. These would
      cover registration, income tax clearances, financial assistance, etc. There
      would be formal systems for registering complaints and for redressing
      grievances of VOs.
      5 Partnership in Development
      5.1 The voluntary sector can play an important role in the development process,
      particularly through community participation. VOs can offer alternative
      perspectives; committed expertise; an understanding of the local
      opportunities and constraints; and perhaps most importantly, the capacity to
      conduct a meaningful dialogue with communities, particularly those that are
      disadvantaged. It is therefore essential that the Government and the
      Voluntary Sector work together. Where feasible, such partnership may also
      include other entities such as
      panchayati raj institutions, municipalities,
      academic institutions, and private sector organizations.
      5.2 Partnership between Government and VOs implies identifying shared goals
      and defining complementary roles. It must be based on the basic principles
      of mutual trust and respect, with shared responsibility and authority. These
      principles must be explicit in the terms and conditions of the partnership.
      They must also be evident in the formal and informal systems of
      5.3 This Policy recognizes three instruments of partnership, viz
      ., (i)
      consultation, through a formal process of interaction at the Centre, State and
      District level; (ii) strategic collaboration to tackle complex interventions where
      sustained social mobilization is critical over the long term; and (iii) project
      funding through standard schemes. The Government will ensure that these
      three instruments of partnership are given due attention in Annual Plans
      prepared by Ministries and States. The action that will be taken in respect of
      each of the three instruments is discussed in the following paragraphs.
      5.4 The Government will encourage setting up of Joint Consultative Groups /
      Forums or Joint Machineries of government and voluntary sector
      representatives, by relevant Central Departments and State Governments. It
      will also encourage district administrations, district planning bodies, district
      rural development agencies,
      zilla parishads and local governments to do so.
      These groups will be permanent forums with the explicit mandate to share
      ideas, views and information and to identify opportunities and mechanisms of
      working together. The Government will introduce suitable mechanisms for
      involving a wide cross-section of the voluntary sector in these Groups /
      5.4.1 The expertise of the voluntary sector will also be utilized, by including experts
      from VOs in the committees, task forces, and advisory panels constituted by
      the Government from time to time to help address important issues.
      5.5 The country faces a number of complex problems that require adaptive,
      multi-sectoral solutions where sustained social mobilization is particularly
      important. These include poverty alleviation, skill promotion,
      entrepreneurship development, empowerment of women, population
      stabilization, combating HIV/AIDS, managing water resources, elementary
      education and forest management, to name a few. Such areas urgently
      require strategic collaboration between the Government and VOs, through
      national level programmes that are long-term in duration, and utilize multiple
      strategies, methodologies and activities to achieve their objectives. The
      Government will identify national collaborative programmes to be
      implemented in partnership with VOs. Each national collaborative
      programme will involve a finite set of reputed, medium or large VOs with a
      proven track record, and the ability to work on a reasonably large scale. The
      Government will ensure that such national collaborative programmes are
      given due importance in Plan documents.
      5.6 The third instrument of partnership between the Government and the
      voluntary sector is project funding. A large number of Government agencies
      operate schemes for financial assistance to VOs. These schemes usually
      deal with activities such as surveys, research, workshops, documentation,
      awareness raising, training, creation and running of public welfare facilities,
      and so on. Project grants are a useful means for the Government to promote
      its activities without its direct involvement. They are also a valuable source of
      support to small and medium VOs. Nevertheless, there are legitimate
      concerns regarding the effectiveness of grant-in-aid schemes. Out-dated
      design of funding schemes, arbitrary procedures, selection of unsuitable
      VOs, poor quality of implementation, and misuse of funds are some of the
      reasons for the possible defeat of the objectives of such funding. Concerned
      Government agencies would be encouraged to ensure proper accountability
      and monitoring of public funds distributed to VOs.
      5.6.1 Some Central agencies have achieved good results by decentralizing the
      process of project funding. Rather than administering various schemes
      directly, they appoint regional or State level intermediary organizations to do
      so on their behalf. This allows for closer interaction for better selection and
      monitoring of VOs. Intermediaries could include umbrella VOs, professional
      or academic institutes, State Government agencies, or multi-stakeholder
      standing committees. The Government will review the experience of such
      decentralized funding and make suitable recommendations to Central
      5.6.2 There is reason to believe that accreditation of VOs will lead to better funding
      decisions and make the funding processes more transparent. Further,
      accreditation may provide incentives for better governance, management
      and performance of VOs. No reliable accreditation system is in place at
      present. The Government will encourage various agencies, including those in
      the voluntary sector, to develop alternative accreditation methodologies. It
      will allow time for such methodologies to be debated and gain acceptability in
      the voluntary sector, before considering their application to Government
      funding of VOs.
      6. Strengthening the Voluntary Sector
      6.1 The Indian society has a well-established tradition of philanthropy. While a
      regime of tax concessions facilitates donations to charitable organizations,
      there is considerable untapped potential to channelise private wealth for
      public service. The Government will support and encourage existing, as well
      new, independent philanthropic institutions and private foundations to provide
      financial assistance to deserving VOs. It will also promote a dialogue among
      public and private grant makers so that they may take advantage of the best
      practices in grant making and fund-raising strategies.
      6.2 Accountability to all stakeholders and transparency in functioning are key
      issues in good governance. The voluntary sector is expected to set its own
      benchmarks in these areas. Since VOs vary in their objectives and activities,
      it would be impractical to expect uniform norms for accountability and
      transparency. The Government will encourage support organizations, and
      VO networks & federations to facilitate discussion and consensus building on
      these issues. It will also encourage such agencies to advise and assist VOs
      to adopt norms that they find acceptable and useful. The Government will
      recognize excellence in governance among VOs by publicizing best
      6.3 Training is a crucial requirement for people working in the voluntary sector.
      However, this is often neglected on account of limited availability of good
      quality training courses that are reasonably priced. The Government will
      support and encourage organizations that train aspirants to enter the
      voluntary sector, as well as those already working in the sector. It will make
      available physical facilities currently available with its training institutes as a
      measure of such support.
      6.4 Innovation in institutional, technical and social approaches to development
      problems is an essential ingredient of voluntary action. The Government will
      encourage and recognize innovative & pioneering work.
      6.5 Databases of VOs working in different fields and at different levels are useful
      for communication within the voluntary sector, as well as between the
      voluntary sector and the public & private sector. The Government will
      commission suitable agencies to prepare and update such databases.
      6.6 Information on Government policies and programmes is often difficult for VOs
      to access. The websites of various Government agencies will be re-designed
      to provide links to key documents and databases, including those related to
      project funding schemes.
      6.7 The Government will encourage involvement of volunteers in public services,
      such as, at family welfare centers, primary health centers, hospitals, schools,
      vocational training centers, sanitation campaigns, etc.
      This National Policy on the Voluntary Sector-2007 is the beginning of a process to
      evolve a new working relationship between the Government and the Voluntary
      Sector, without affecting the autonomy and identity of VOs.

      Dr.K.I.Jacob, B.Sc.,M.B.B.S.,P.hd., Chief Executive,
      St.Paul's Trust,
      D/No. 5-3-4, Opp. M.R.O. Office,
      Samalkot - 533 440
      Phone: 0884 - 2327 634
      Fax: 0884 - 2329 699

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