Nai Roshni Scheme (6 M)onth Course

Nai Roshni Scheme For women empowerment

Nai Roshni Scheme Details :-

Nai Roshni Scheme For women empowerment, Ministry started “Nai Roshni”, a Leadership Development Programme for Minority Women in 2012-13. The objective of the scheme is to empower and instill confidence among minority women, including their neighbours from other communities living in the same village/locality, by providing knowledge, tools and techniques for interacting with Government systems, banks and other institutions at all levels.
Empowerment of women per se is not only essential for equity, but also constitutes a critical element in our fight for poverty reduction, economic growth and strengthening of civil society. Women and children are always the worst sufferers in a poverty stricken family and need support. Empowering women, especially mothers, is even more important as it is in homes that she nourishes, nurture and moulds the character of her offspring.


Nai Roshni Scheme The effort would embolden minority women to move out of the confines of their home and community and assume leadership roles and assert their rights, collectively or individually, in accessing services, facilities, skills, and opportunities besides claiming their due share of development benefits of the Government for improving their lives and living conditions.
“Nai Roshni” programme is run with the help of NGOs, Civil societies and Government Institutions all over the country. It includes various training modules like Leadership of women, Educational Programmes, Health and Hygiene, Swachch Bharat, Financial Literacy, Life Skills, Legal Rights of Women, Digital Literacy and Advocacy for Social and behavioural change.

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Object Nai Roshni Scheme (6 M)onth Course :-

1 Objective
The objective of the scheme is to empower and grow confidence among
minority women, including their neighbours from other communities living in
the same village/locality, by providing knowledge, tools and techniques for
interacting with Government systems, banks and other institutions at all levels.
Besides this, other motto of this scheme is the empowerment of women from
the minority communities and emboldening them to move out of the confines
of their home and community and assume leadership roles and assert their
rights, collectively or individually, in accessing services, facilities, skills, and
opportunities besides claiming their due share of development benefits of th
Government for improving their lives and living conditions. Nai Roshni Scheme (6 )month Course)

Vision

Empowering the minority communities and creating an enabling environment for strengthening the multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-lingual and multi-religious character of our nation.

Mission

To improve the socio-economic conditions of the minority communities through affirmative action and inclusive development so that every citizen has equal opportunity to participate actively in building a vibrant nation. To facilitate an equitable share for minority communities in education, employment, economic activities and to ensure their upliftment.

“Nai Roshni”
The Scheme for Leadership Development of Minority Women

  1. Background
    1.1 The status of women in the country, particularly those from the
    disadvantaged sections of the society, is unfavourable. A girl child suffers from
    discrimination even before birth and also after birth in the allocation of
    household resources such as food, education, access to health care and at
    puberty, sometimes coerced into early marriage. Most women in the rural areas
    suffer from double burden of carrying out less quantifiable work like cooking,
    fetching water, sending children to school along with agriculture labour, feeding
    cattle, milking cows etc., while the men folk perform defined activities like
    selling milk and grains produced by the household. Women in the minority
    communities fare badly too. They are not just a minority, but the ‘marginalized
    majority’ and are sidelined in decision making in the family, and usually cut off
    from full involvement in the workings of the community and form an equal share
    in the rewards from social institutions.
    1.2. Empowerment of women per se is not only essential for equity, but also
    constitutes a critical element in our fight for poverty reduction, economic growth
    and strengthening of civil society. Women and children are always the worst
    sufferers in a poverty stricken family and need support. Empowering women,
    especially mothers, is even more important as it is in homes that she nourishes,
    nurture and moulds the character of her offspring.
    1.3. A report of the High Level Committee on the social, economic and
    educational status of the Muslim community of India (popularly known as the
    Sachar Report) had highlighted the fact that India‟s largest minority group, the
    Muslim numbering 13.83 Crore, have been left out of the development
    trajectory and within this group Muslim women are doubly disadvantaged.
    1.4. Keeping this in view, Ministry of Minority Affairs has reformulated the
    scheme in 2011-12 and renamed it as “Scheme for Leadership Development
    of Minority Women”. The implementation of the Scheme started in 2012-13.
    1.5 Based on experience in the first year of implementation, it was felt to bring
    in certain modifications to ensure its reach to the target groups and effective
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    implementation at ground level, and therefore an appraisal was made by the
    Standing Finance Committee in on 6th March 2013. As per their
    recommendations, the scheme has been revised as follows for continuation
    during 12th Five Year Plan:
  2. Target Groups
    2.1 Target Group includes women belonging to all minorities notified under
    Section 2 (c) of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992 viz. Muslims,
    Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Zoroastrians (Parsis) and Jains. However, to
    further strengthen the mosaic of plurality in the society and bring about
    solidarity and unity through their own efforts to improve their lot, the scheme
    permits a mix of women from non-minority communities not exceeding 25% of
    a project proposal. Efforts should be made by the Organization for having a
    representative mix of women from SCs/STs/OBCs, women with disabilities and
    other communities under within this 25% group.
    2.2 Efforts will be made to persuade Elected Women Representatives (EWRs),
    from any community, under the Panchayati Raj institutions to be included as a
    trainee.
  3. Objective
    3.1 The objective of the scheme is to empower and instill confidence among
    minority women, including their neighbours from other communities living in the
    same village/locality, by providing knowledge, tools and techniques for
    interacting with Government systems, banks and other institutions at all levels.
    3.2 Empowerment of women from the minority communities and emboldening
    them to move out of the confines of their home and community and assume
    leadership roles and assert their rights, collectively or individually, in accessing
    services, facilities, skills, and opportunities besides claiming their due share of
    development benefits of the Government for improving their lives and living
    conditions.
  1. Eligible Organizations
    4.1. Nurturing/hand holding service envisaged in the scheme being linked
    with advocacy is a field intensive activity. It requires continuous involvement
    and availability of facilitators at the doorsteps of the target group. The
    personnel of the Organization implementing the scheme would be required to
    visit the village/locality periodically for providing nurturing/handholding service
    to the group of women imparted leadership development training so that they
    are guided in the use of tools and techniques taught to them and are able to
    extract the benefit from their efforts. Such field intensive activities are best
    suited for highly motivated and dedicated community based organizations. Due
    to the very nature of women‟s household activities requiring them to stay close
    to their home, it is important that the organization implementing this scheme
    have the experience, personnel and resources to carry out trainings in the
    village/locality where the women reside.
    4.2 The organization should also have prior experience and resources to
    arrange residential training in recognized Government training institutes or their
    own facility. It is, therefore, necessary that organizations having the reach,
    motivation, dedication, manpower and resources to carry out such trainings in
    the villages/localities and also arrange residential training courses are eligible
    to participate in the implementation of the scheme. This does not preclude
    Central and State Government‟s training institutes including universities and
    institutes of higher learning in participating in the implementation of this
    scheme.
    4.3 Organizations which would be eligible for applying for financial
    assistance under this scheme are given below:
    (i) Society registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
    (ii) Public Trust registered under any law for the time being in force.
    (iii) Private limited non-profit company registered under Section 25 of the
    Indian Companies Act, 1956.
    (iv) Universities/ Institutions of higher learning recognized by University
    Grants Commission (UGC).
    (v) Training institutes of Central and State Government/UT Administration
    including Panchayati Raj Training institutes.
    (vi) Duly registered Cooperative Societies of Women/ Self Help Groups.
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    4.4 Hereinafter „organizations‟ would mean the organizations mentioned
    above including non-governmental organization (NGOs) falling within the above
    definition.
  2. Implementation of Projects
    5.1 The leadership development training scheme shall be implemented by the
    Ministry of Minority Affairs through selected organizations.
    5.2 The selected organizations should implement the project directly through
    their organizational set-up in the locality/village/area.
    5.3 The onus of implementing the project properly and successfully would rest
    with the organization assigned with work by the Ministry.
  3. Leadership Development Training Modules
    6.1. New leadership training modules would cover issues relating to
    Leadership of women, Educational Programmes, Health and Hygiene,
    Swachch Bharat, Financial Literacy, Life Skills, Legal rights of women, Digital
    Literacy and Advocacy for Social and Behavioural change. The suggested
    contents for the above issues is given in Schedule -I. The Training Modules
    are available on Ministry‟s website www.minorityaffairs.gov.in.
    6.2 These modules provide a basic framework to develop training programmes.
    However, specific training modules based on local issues/needs may be
    developed by implementing agency within the given framework in local
    language.
    6.3 The training module will be structured in such a manner that training inputs
    are given in short phases.
    6.4 The training module will also use audio-visual aids and case studies for
    making it more interesting and comprehensible. Qualities of leadership like
    organizational capacity, communicable skill, self development and articulation,
    communication and public speaking, organizing capabilities, negotiation and
    conflict resolutions etc. will form integral part of the training. Group exercises
    and discussions will be incorporated in the training modules to encourage
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  1. active participation and make the scheme more lively and interactive. Experts
    should be invited to speak on relevant issues as per the training programme.
    6.5 In case the need arises, the Ministry may engage outside
    expert/consultant/agency to prepare suitable training modules/material for
    leadership development of women from the minority communities .
    6.6 The Sanctioning Committee will also function as the Committee for
    recommending/approving training modules prepared by outside
    expert/consultant/agency.
  2. Various Activities to be carried out by the Organizations
    7.1. Selection of villages/ urban localities: Villages/ urban localities in
    rural/urban areas having a substantial percentage of minority population shall
    be selected by the organization for conducting the leadership development
    training programme. A list of villages where the village/urban locality trainings
    are proposed to be conducted should be submitted to the Ministry along with
    the percentage of minority population.
    7.2 Identification of women for training and selection criteria: Organization
    selected for carrying out training for leadership development of minority women
    would have the responsibility to motivate, identify and select women to be
    trained in accordance with the criteria of the scheme from villages/localities
    having a substantial minority population. The Organizations will involve Head of
    Gram Panchayat/Municipal Body/ Local Authority for identification/ selection of
    women trainees. The details of the trainees will be submitted by the
    organization before start of training through the Online Application
    Management System (OAMS) for Nai Roshni, once the project is approved.
    7.3 Eligible Women Trainees: Although there will be no annual income bar,
    woman/parent or guardian of woman having annual income not exceeding
    Rs.2.50 lakh from all sources would be given preference in selection. They
    should be between the age group of 18 years to 65 years.
    7.4 Aadhaar / UID number: All citizens in the country are being given a unique
    identity (UID) number called Aadhaar. Aadhaar number should be collected by
    the organization wherever it has been issued and indicated against the name of
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    the woman selected for training. The organizations shall also assist the women
    trainees in obtaining their Aadhaar Number from the office of District
    Collectors/District Magistrate or any other institute, organization authorized for
    this purpose by the Central/ State Government/s, Unique Identification
    Authority of India (UIDAI) etc .
    7.5 Types of Trainings: There will be two types of leadership development
    trainings viz. Non-residential and Residential, and the criteria for selection of
    women for each type of trainings are as follows:-
    (a) Non-residential Leadership Development Training in the
    village/urban locality: Up to 25 women in one batch from a village/ urban
    locality who are dedicated, motivated and committed to work for the
    betterment of the welfare of women from the minority communities in
    particular and the society in general, would be imparted leadership
    training. At least 10% of the total women in a group of 25 women should
    have passed Class X or its equivalent. This may be relaxed to Class V
    level or its equivalent in case women who have passed Class X are not
    easily available. Organizations would be required to give proposal for this
    training in sets of five batches of trainees.
    (b) Residential Leadership Development Training:
    Out of a group of 25 women (one batch) for residential training, not more
    than five women from a single village/urban locality may be selected for
    residential leadership development training. They should possess at least
    Class XII certificate or its equivalent, which may be relaxed to class X
    certificate holder or its equivalent, in case Class XII pass are not easily
    available and should be dedicated, motivated, physically fit and healthy
    and committed to work for the betterment of the welfare of women from
    the minority communities in particular and society in general. After their
    advanced training they should be expected to become community-based
    leaders/trainers in the village and assume leadership role as envisaged in
    the scheme. They would also be available to Government agencies and
    organizations for furtherance of the objectives of the scheme.
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    7.6 Conduct of the Trainings
    1) Taking into consideration the fact that most women, especially in the rural
    areas are required to stay close to their home and are not able to venture
    far out and also the fact that there would still be some educated and
    young women who would like to dedicate themselves to work for the
    betterment of women folk in particular and the community in general, the
    two types of trainings are provided under this scheme.
    2) It is envisaged that women imparted leadership development training
    would work towards achieving the objectives of the scheme.
    3) The organization shall carry out nurturing and handholding for a
    period of one year to ensure that the empowered women folk are able to
    act as a pressure group to take up their grievances/problems with the
    village/block/district/State authorities relating to availability of basic
    infrastructure and services identified during formulation of the project as
    requiring improvement or provisioning in the village/locality.
    4) The organization would need to ensure that facilitators engaged for
    nurturing/handholding service visit the village/urban locality as stipulated,
    carry out their assignments diligently, report the monthly progress and are
    assisted by the organization whenever the need arises.
    5) The training programmes shall be conducted in the manner given below:-
    (a) Non-residential Training in the Village/Urban Locality: The training
    shall be conducted in the village/locality by using existing facilities or
    rented permanent structure. The duration of the training shall be for six
    days and each day will be of six hours. Each batch of 25 trainees will
    be trained separately. Care should be taken to ensure that the dates for
    training are fixed in order to avoid religious/festive occasions and
    demands of seasons. Printed training material in local language would be
    prepared by the organization within the framework of training modules. To
    incentivize the training course, allowance/stipend to partially
    compensate/offset the loss of income/wage would be given to the selected
    women trainees along with a meal and crèche arrangement for their
    children while the training is ongoing during the day. The implementing
    agency would open the account in the banks for those women
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    trainees who do not have their own accounts and transfer the
    stipend amount to their bank accounts electronically. At least twothird of the trainers engaged by the Organization shall be women and they
    should be able to deliver their inputs in the local language of the area on
    the topics given in the training module.
    (b) Residential Leadership Development Training: Selected eligible
    women would be imparted leadership training in residential training
    institutes. For approving residential trainings in training institutes of
    organizations, the institute concerned must have boarding/lodging
    arrangements for at least 25 women in a secured location. Printed training
    material in local language would be prepared by the organization within the
    framework of training modules. Each batch of 25 trainees will be trained
    separately. Care should be taken to ensure that the dates for training are
    fixed to avoid religious/festive occ asions and demands of seasons. The
    entire training fees, training materials, boarding, food, refreshment and
    travel expenses would be covered under the scheme. The trainees would
    be also given allowance/stipend for the duration of the training period. The
    implementing agency would open the account in the banks fo r those
    women trainees who do not have their own accounts and transfer the
    stipend amount to their bank accounts electronically. The organization
    carrying out training for leadership development of minority women would
    be responsible to select women who are capable of becoming trainers and
    assume leadership role to be trained in accordance with the criteria of the
    scheme.
    7.7 Workshop: Training organization, in collaboration with the District
    Collector/Deputy Commissioner/Sub Divisional Officer/Block Development
    Officer, will organize at least half-day workshop to sensitize Government
    functionaries, bankers including Panchayati Raj functionaries etc. at the district,
    sub-division/block level etc. concerned about the women empowerment
    programme carried out by them under this scheme. The Government
    functionaries would be informed of the remedial action which may be sought by
    groups of women and how to be responsive in addressing their problems and
    grievances. In case more than one organization is approved for implementing
    this scheme in a district/sub-division/block concerned, the District
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    Administration may give the responsibility of holding such a workshop to one of
    the selected organizations. The selected organization shall ensure that other
    organizations sanctioned training projects under this scheme in the district/subdivision/block participate in the workshop. For holding this workshop, an
    amount of Rs.15,000/- only would be admissible to the organization concerned.
    7.8 Nurturing and Hand Holding: Nurturing and hand holding would be a
    post-training service to be rendered by the organization for a period not
    exceeding one year from the beginning of the training programme to women
    who have undergone leadership development training. The facilitators of
    organization shall visit the village/locality to assist the empowered women at
    least once a month during the project period and hold meetings with them.
    Mahila Mandals/ Mahila Sabhas/ Self Help Groups, etc. from amongst the
    trainees may be constituted. Regular meetings shall be held for these
    Mahila Mandals/ Mahila Sabhas/ Self Help Groups. The implementing
    agency shall engage the experts for hand holding. The agency shall
    maintain the records of meetings, attendance, photographs and the
    issues discussed and resolved during these meetings. This is considered
    critical for the success of the scheme in order to ensure that they are guided
    and assisted in placing their problems and grievances before the authorities
    concerned for remedial action as envisaged in the scheme.
    7.9 Concurrent Monitoring and Reporting: The organization shall, while
    extending nurturing and hand holding service, carry out concurrent monitoring
    for taking corrective action, wherever required. The organization shall submit
    monthly/quarterly progress reports and project completion report to the Ministry
    in the formats to be prescribed. It shall also submit such reports to the State
    and District Administration if so required by the Ministry. Further, the
    organization shall, through the Global Positioning System (GPS) enabled
    mobile phone, send photos of all important activities of the training programme
    such as address by faculty, government functionaries, lunch/meals being
    provided, usage of audio-visual equipments, submitting petitions for redressal
    of grievances/problems faced, workshop being conducted etc.
  1. Agency Fees/Charges for Organization
    8.1. The organization shall submit proposal through Online Application
    Management System (OAMS) for a minimum of 5 (five) batches of
    village/locality level training. The organization would be entitled an amount of
    Rs.25,000/- only as agency fees/charges per project of 5 (five) Non-residential
    village/ urban locality trainings for services rendered towards proper, timely and
    successful implementation of the project. Agency fees/charges admissible to
    the Organization for Non-residential village/urban locality training would cover
    items of expenditure of the organization on concurrent monitoring and
    reporting, administrative costs, all other expenses required for implementation
    of the scheme, etc.
    8.2. In respect of Residential training, an amount of Rs.15,000/- only would
    be the entitlement of agency fees/charges for one batch of trainees.
  2. Prescribed Financial Norms
    9.1 The organization shall be provided financial assistance for
    implementation of the scheme. The item-wise rates given below in the table
    shall be followed. The total cost indicated for each type of training would be the
    maximum permissible cost that may be sanctioned for a batch of 25 women.
    Supporting documents, if any, should be provided in the project proposal by the
    organization for proposed expenditure to be incurred in respect of training,
    travel etc.
  1. Administrative Expenditure for Ministry
    10.1 The Ministry shall be permitted to set aside up to the extent of 1.5% of the
    annual allocation under this scheme to meet administrative expenditure for
    managing Online Application Management System (OAMS), purchase of
    computers and accessories, GPS enabled mobile phones and accessories,
    furniture, stationary and developing software, DVDs of training modules,
    engaging qualified personnel/ agency for entering and analyzing data,
    processing proposals, monitoring and evaluating reports, preparation of notes,
    power point presentation and reports, preparing material for placing information
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    and data on the Ministry‟s website, manning telephone during office days for
    question and answer (Q & A) facility or outsourcing such activities, issue of
    advertisement, consultancy charges for preparation of pedagogy and training
    materials, etc.
  2. Financial and Physical Targets
    11.1 The scheme will be implemented throughout the country with special
    focus on districts, blocks and towns/ cities having a substantial minority
    population. It is proposed to cover 2 (two) lakh minority women during entire
    12th Five Year Plan Period with 40,000 women in each financial year. The fund
    requirement for the scheme for entire 12th Five Year Plan period is Rs. 75
    Crore.
  3. Advertisement and Submission of Proposals
    12.1 Advertisement will be published by the Ministry of Minority Affairs in the
    National/Local newspapers for inviting proposals from organizations through
    Online Application Management System (OAMS). The link of OAMS is
    available on official website of Ministry of Minority Affairs i.e.
    www.minorityaffairs.govin. The intending organizations shall apply online
    in OAMS. No documents will be submitted by the organizations to the
    Ministry, unless asked for. All the documents will be submitted online in
    OAMS.
  4. Criteria for Selection of Organizations
    13.1 Mandatory qualifications: Stringent requirements would be adopted for
    selection of organizations in order to ensure that organizations that have
    capacity are highly motivated, dedicated and committed to the welfare of
    women and working in the field among women, especially minority women,
    qualify. They should have the requisite personnel, financial viability and
    infrastructure to operate at the grass root level for implementation of the
    project. Given below are mandatory qualifications required to be fulfilled by the
    organization before consideration of other requirements:
    (a) The organization must be duly registered and should have been in
    operation for a minimum of three years.
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    (b) The organization should be financially viable and not have deficit account
    during last three years. For this, duly audited annual accounts of the last
    three years should be uploaded on OAMS.
    (c) The organization must have undertaken at least one project exclusively for
    development of women and also conducted programmes, where minority
    community was included. Evidence to that effect should be uploaded on
    the OAMS.
    (d) Preference will be given to local ground level organization which are
    certified by the local authorities/District Collector/ Urban Local Bodies that
    such organization has worked in that particular area for women
    development projects and delivered good results.
    (e) The organization must have at least three key training personnel who
    should at least be a Graduate/ a Graduate Diploma holder. A list of all the
    key training personnel containing their names, gender, educational
    qualifications, area of expertise, number of years and type of experience,
    full postal address and contact numbers should be given on OAMS.
    (f) The organization should not have been blacklisted by any Government
    Departments/agency. Organization or any of its head should not have
    been convicted for any criminal offence. An affidavit certified by NOTARY
    should be provided.
    (g) In case of residential trainings for trainees, the organization must have the
    requisite residential boarding facilities, training space and toilets which
    should be sufficient for at least 25 trainees. Safety of trainees must be of
    prime importance.
    13.2 Requirement for processing request: The organisations are required to
    Register on the Online Application Management System (OAMS) of „Nai
    Roshni‟ and get the ID and Password for login. The Registration of the
    organisations will be done only once. Registration would be done through One
    Time Password (OTP) gateway on registered mobile number of the
    organisation. After registration, the organisations are required to upload the
    information on the Online Application Management System (OAMS) and submit
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    their application online for processing of their request. The documents are
    required to be scanned and uploaded on the OAMS.
    13.3. Mandatory Criteria to be Given Weightage for Selection: Mandatory
    Criteria, which may be modified/changed as per the requirement to assess the
    competence of the application organisation and under General Financial Rules
    (GFR)/relevant instructions of the Government in this regard, for assessing the
    suitability of Organizations by assigning weights and minimum qualification
    marks for selection of organization, are given below:-
    (a) The number of years of existence and operation of the organization
    beyond the minimum requirement of three years.
    (b) The number of projects implemented by the organization for
    development of women.
    (c) Performance record of the institution evaluated by any recognized
    agency.
    (d) The number of projects implemented by the organization in the
    region/area/locality similar cultural environment where it intends to
    implement the projects under this scheme.
    (e) The number of key personnel working for the organization with
    undergraduate or post graduate degree in social work.
    (f) The number of field women workers/facilitators working for the
    organization the organization.
    (g) The number of projects of Government, bi-lateral, multi-lateral funding
    agencies/institutions or United Nations funded projects taken up by the
    organization.
  5. Submission of Proposal
    14.1 The Proposal will be submitted in Prescribed Format through Online
    Application Management System (OAMS).
    14.2 After filling up the Complete Proposal in the OAMS, a print of the same
    may be taken and submitted to the District Collectors/ District Magistrates for
    their recommendation in the prescribed format, which is available on OAMS
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    Homepage under “Forms and Guidelines”. The District Administration will
    require to ascertain credentials as per prescribed format given on OAMS
    Homepage. The DC/ DM will furnish a copy of the recommendation to the
    concerned organisation. The organisation will submit scanned copy of the
    recommendation through the OAMS and complete the process of online
    submission of applications.
    14.3 The Organizations will require to qualify on mandatory criteria to make their
    project eligible for examination and consideration. The organization is required
    to achieve minimum 70% marks for this purpose.
    14.4 The Projects of qualified organizations shall be placed for consideration
    and approval of the Sanctioning Committee in the Ministry. Financial assistance
    would be given to the organizations whose project proposals are found in order
    and would serve the objectives of the scheme.
  6. Evaluation of Proposals
    15.1 Organizations fulfilling the mandatory qualifications and essential
    requirements laid down by the Ministry would examined by the Ministry and
    placed before the Sanctioning Committee.
  7. Sanctioning Committee
    16.1 A Sanctioning Committee as follows will consider and recommend
    projects submitted by the empanelled organizations for implementation of
    the scheme:
    (a) Joint Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs (dealing with the scheme) –
    Chairp erson
    (b) Director/ Deputy Secretary (Finance), Ministry of Minority Affairs
    (c) Director, Ministry of Women & Child Development – Member
    (d) Director, Ministry of Rural Development – Member
    (f) Director/ Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs (dealing with the
    scheme) – Convener and Member
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  8. Terms and Conditions for Release of Fund
    The terms and conditions for release of financial assistance, which may be
    reviewed/modified by the Ministry at any stage, are as follows:-
    (a) The organization shall have a website displaying all the details of their
    organization, head office, field offices, land line telephone numbers,
    personnel, details of past operations and activities, etc..
    (b) The organization shall have in their possession Global Positioning
    System (GPS) digital camera for taking photos of all important activities
    such as address by faculty, government functionaries, lunch being
    provided, usage of audio-visual equipments, submitting petitions for
    redressal of grievances/problems faced, workshop being conducted etc.
    (c) The Organization shall furnish an undertaking, in the name of the
    competent authority responsible for actual implementation of the
    scheme, accepting the terms and conditions laid down by the Ministry of
    Minority Affairs and furnish a bond with two sureties and will also be
    responsible for furnishing of accounts of the grant sanctioned. The
    requirement of furnishing two sureties would not be required in the case
    of Central and State Universities/Institutions of higher learning
    recognized by University Grants Commission (UGC) and training
    institutes of Central and State Government.
    (d) The organization shall maintain a separate account for the financial
    assistance released by the Ministry of Minority Affairs and shall make
    the books of accounts available to the Ministry as and when
    requisitioned for inspection.
    (e) The organization shall utilize the financial assistance for the specified
    purposes only.
    (f) The stipend to trainees will be given by Cheque/ online transfer into
    the bank account of the beneficiary.
    (g) The organization shall give an undertaking that in the event of acting in
    contravention of this condition, it will refund the amount received from
    the Government with 18% annual penal interest or the penal interest
    prescribed by Chief Controller of Accounts and any other action, as
    deemed necessary by the Government.
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    (h) The organization shall be solely responsible for ensuring that women
    fulfilling the eligibility criteria are selected for training.
    (i) The Organization shall give an undertaking that their books for this
    project will be open to inspection by the officers of Central Government,
    concerned State Government/UT Administration or any Chartered
    Accountant authorized by the Ministry.
    (j) On completion of the project, the organization shall submit to the
    Ministry of Minority Affairs, the utilization certificate (GFR-19A), and
    audited accounts, certified by a Chartered Accountant along with the
    following documents through the Online Application Management
    System (OAMS):
    (i) Duly audited income and expenditure account/balance sheet
    for the year, including receipt & payment account of the
    organisation, in respect of funds received during the year.
    (ii) A certificate to the effect that the organisation has not received
    any other grant for the same project from any other
    Ministry/Department of the Government of India, State
    Government/UT Administration and any other
    Government/Non-Government organization/bilateral/ multilateral funding agencies or United nations.
    (k) The organization shall erect at the venue of the training programme,
    banners/ boards indicating the date and venue of the training and that
    the training/workshop is organized on behalf of Ministry of Minority
    Affairs, Government of India.
    (l) The organization shall give prior intimation of the training programme on
    OAMS to the Ministry/ State Government/UT Administration to enable
    officials to be deputed to inspect the training programme.
    (m) The organization shall submit photographs, video clippings as evidence
    of holding the training programme/workshop to the Ministry through the
    Online Application Management System (OAMS). These shall also be
    hosted in the website of the Organization.
    (n) The organization shall submit copies of pamphlets, publicity materials
    etc. brought out in the local language in connection with the training
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    programme to the Ministry/State Government through the Online
    Application Management System (OAMS).
    (o) The Government of India will have the right to direct the organization for
    making any changes in the programmes or in the estimated cost.
    (p) The Government shall have the right to lay down any other conditions
    prior to the release of the grants-in-aid.
    (q) The organization approved for implementation of the project proposal in
    the villages/localities shall ensure that, as far as possible, majority of the
    trainers deployed are women, preferably some of them from the minority
    community concerned.
  9. Requirements for Release of Fund in Installments
    18.1 A bond furnished by the organization along with two sureties shall be
    sufficient if the bond covers the amount that would be released directly to the
    organization. Release of second and subsequent installments will be based on
    the various requirements to be fulfilled by the organization as stated in the
    guidelines and also in the Annex to the sanction order and will invariably
    include photographic evidence of all activities/trainings, Progress reports and
    utilization certificate by the organization, etc. submitted through OAMS. For the
    release of 2nd Installment, an inspection report in prescribed format at OAMS
    with regard to satisfactory completion of training will be necessary.
    18.2 Photographs: With the Global Positioning System (GPS) enabled
    camera/ mobile phones available with the organization, the photos of all daily
    activities would be captured and uploaded on OAMS. Submission of
    photographs to the Ministry and State Government on each of the activities
    carried out by the organization would be a requirement for release of the 2nd
    and subsequent installments. The Organization shall place the photographs on
    their website also.
    18.3 Release of Funds: Funds will be released electronically by the Ministry in
    the Bank account of the organization concerned based on the approved project
    proposal in installments as follows:
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    For Non-residential Village/urban locality Training:
    1
    st installment: 50% of the approved project cost would be released before
    the commencement of the training. The organization will ensure that this
    release covers expenditure for conduct of training and allowance/stipend.
    Expenditure for holding workshop will be released in one lump sum along
    with the first installment, if necessary.
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    nd installments: 40% of the approved project cost/ admissible cost
    incurred on conducting the training programme would be released on
    submission of Utilisation Certificate along with audited statement of
    accounts of the project, a certificate of satisfactory completion of the
    training course duly signed by all women trained and countersigned by
    Head of Panchayat/ Municipal Body/ Local Authority and submission of
    utilization certificate and other documents as per the guidelines. These will
    be submitted through OAMS.
    3
    rd Installment: 10% of the approved project cost/ admissible cost would
    be released on submission of Project completion report, details of
    handholding/ nurturing countersigned by Head of Panchayat/ Municipal
    Body/ Local Authority and submission of utilization certificate and other
    documents as per the guidelines. These will be submitted through OAMS.
    For Residential Training:
    1
    st installment: 50% of the approved project cost would b e released before
    the commencement of the training. The organization will ensure that this
    release covers expenditure for conduct of training and allowance/stipend.
    Expenditure for holding workshop will be released in one lump sum along
    with the first installment, if necessary.
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    nd installment: 50% of the approved project cost/ admissible cost incurred
    on conducting the training programme would be released on submission of
    Utilisation Certificate along with audited statement of accounts of the
    project, a certificate of satisfactory completion of the training course duly
    signed by all women trained and countersigned by Head of Panchayat/
    Municipal Body/ Local Authority and other documents as per the guidelines.
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  10. Electronic Fund Transfer
    19.1 Transfer of fund would be done through electronic transfer by the bank.
    19.2 For enabling E-payment directly into the account of organization/training
    institute, the organization shall furnish an Authorization Letter from the
    payee, with full details of e-payment of the Organization i.e. name of payee,
    bank IFS code number, bank branch, bank branch name, number and address
    etc. The Authorization Letter must be uploaded on the OAMS in
    Prescribed Format and counter-signed by the manager of the bank
    branch concerned to avoid wrong account number. To provide correct
    account number would be responsibility of the organisation.
  11. Transparency
    20.1 Having a website of the organization will be mandatory, which should
    display all the details of their organization, head office, field offices, land line
    telephone numbers, personnel, details of past operations and activities.
    20.2 Ministry will also post the details of the organisation implementing the
    project, sanctioned projects, location of the projects, MIS of trainees, etc. in the
    public domain on the web portal of Online Management Application System
    (OAMS).
  12. Monitoring and Evaluation
    21.1 Ministry will put in place a mechanism for monitoring the progress of
    implementation of the projects by organizations and for this purpose invite
    State Secretary concerned and also some renowned women/NGOs to the
    review meetings. The Sanctioning Committee will also review the progress of
    implementation of the projects.
    21.2 The District Level Committees constituted under Multi-sectoral
    Development Programme (MsDP), which also involve People‟s representative,
    may also be assigned the task of monitoring this programme.
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    21.3 Financial monitoring of implementing organizations may also be done
    through Chartered Accountants empanelled for this purpose by the Ministry for
    which charges shall be met from the sub head professional charges of the
    scheme.
    21.4 There will be a Mid-Term Evaluation of the Scheme. During Mid-Term
    Evaluation, the Ministry will particularly review the necessity of the training
    modules in a particular area, financial viability of such trainings, maximum
    number of women who could be trained by an organization. This could be done
    by the agencies empanelled with the Ministry under the Research/Studies,
    Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Schemes including Publicity,
    experienced officers, women, NGOs could also be involved in this process.
    21.5 Impact assessment and evaluation of the project would be carried out
    periodically or as and when required, by an empanelled agency of the Ministry
    as above. Such studies will be funded under the existing scheme of
    Research/studies, Monitoring and Evaluation of the Ministry.
  13. Review of the Scheme
    22.1 The implementation of the scheme would be reviewed by the Ministry
    from time to time.
    22.2 Ministry of Minority Affairs may make changes/modifications, not involving
    financial aspects, in the scheme as and when required for improvement in
    implementation keeping in view the National, Regional needs and requirements
    of target groups.