An important initiative of the VAC is maintaining an electronic database of VOs/NGOs, which is done through the NGO Darpan Portal. The NGO Darpan Portal is an e Governance application to electronically maintain data regarding NGOs/VOs in the country. The portal is also an attempt to create scope for NGOs/VOs to operate in the country with transparency.
In order to transact business with the line Ministries/ Departments, an NGO has to first sign-up on the NGO Darpan Portal of NITI Aayog for obtaining a unique identity number by furnishing the required details like registration certificate of the organisation, PAN of the organisation, PAN and Aadhaar details of office bearers/trustees etc.
The Ministry of Home Affair made it mandatory for NGOs/VOs to get Unique ID from NGO Darpan Portal of NITI Aayog before applying/renewal of FCRA number. In a meeting it was also decided to process the proposals for Grants only through NGO Darpan Portal for which consultations are under process with the concerned Ministries/ Departments.
A Working/Standing Committee to work as a Standing Forum for the Sustainable engagement with Civil Society Organizations involved in various areas of Service Delivery has been constituted. The Working Committee may specifically focus on the following areas of Service Delivery through CSOs:
- Health, Nutrition and Sanitation.
- Child Rights/Juvenile Justice/Child Labour
- Bonded Labour
- Trafficking of Women and Children
- Women Empowerment and Security
- Disability and barrier free movement
- Elderly Care
- Basic amenities and infrastructure
- Inclusive and Alternative Education
- Skill development/vocational trainings/Promotion of Entrepreneurship.
- Economic Empowerment through Microfinance.
- Disaster Relief/ Environment Issue
The First Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Service Delivery CSOs was held on 16 March, 2018 under the Chairmanship of Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog. In Meeting it was decided to constitute five Sub Groups to identify critical areas and bottlenecks in respective thematic areas so that suitable steps can be taken to address the issues relating to policy and operational difficulties, especially in the Aspirational Districts. Accordingly, the following five Sub-Groups are constituted comprising members of the Committee on the basis of Areas of their working:
Sub Group No. and Theme Members Sub Group-I Livelihoods (Tribal and other vulnerable Groups & Skill development Financial Inclusion) CSOs: Pradaan, Industree Foundation, Barefoot College, Entrepreneur Associates, CYSD, Myrada Representatives from Central Ministries: M/o Tribal Affairs, M/o Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, D/o Rural Development, M/o Labour and Employment, D/o Financial Services, M/o Housing and Urban Development Coordinator: Pradaan Sub Group –II Health Nutrition and Sanitation CSOs: Akshay Patra Foundation, Sulabh International, Ramakrishna Mission, Samarthyam, Narayan Sewa Sansthan, Help Age India, Prabhaav Foundation (Mrs. Parul Kumar) Representative from Central Ministries: D/o Health and Family Welfare, M/o Women and Child Development, M/o Drinking Water and Sanitation, M/o Housing and Urban Affairs Coordinator: Akshay Patra Foundation Sub Group-III Education CSOs: Pratham, Aid-et-Action, Sasthra Sahitya Parishath Representatives from Central Ministries: D/o School Education and Literacy, D/o Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, D/o Youth Affairs and D/o Sports Coordinator: Pratham Sub Group –IV Access to Justice (Gender/Child Rights/Bonded Labour/Trafficking/Disability) CSOs: Prayas, MSEMVS, Peace Trust, Yateem Trust, Mann Deshi Foundation, SEWA Representatives from Central Ministries: Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Labour and Employment, D/o Empowerment of persons with Disabilities Coordinator: Prayas Sub Group-V Self-Regulation of Voluntary Sector CSOs: CYSD, IC Centre for Governance, Help Age India Representative from Central Ministries: M/o Home Affairs, D/o Rural Development, M/o Corporate Affairs, D/o SJE, M/o Women and Child Development, M/o Tribal Affairs Coordinator: CYSD
The second Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Service Delivery CSOs was held on 19 November 2018, under the Chairmanship of Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog to review the progress made by the Standing Committee and decided complete the actions assigned to Sub-Groups and submit their reports.
The second meeting of the Sub-Group Five was held on December 17, 2018 and decided to complete their assigned task and submit their report and Ashok University was requested to submit a comprehensive report on existing laws and regulations.
The First Meeting of the Sub-Group 2 on Health, Nutrition & Sanitation, was organised by Narayan Seva Sansathan, Udaipur was held on 21 December 2018 it was decided to submit the final report to NITI Aayog by 31st December, 2018.
The VAC section is receiving regular calls and Emails regarding Registration, Updation, Modification etc. PAN and Aadhaar were made mandatory, and their verification get started online; so in online verification of mentioned documents, technical team of NIC have fixed a check of 30-40%, i.e. in case, details of a particular document differ from more than the above check limit, then system will reject that document, so due to this component also user are facing problems.
A meeting with DG, NIC was held in June 2018 under the Chairmanship of Shri Yaduvendra Mathur, Special Secretary, some action points in respect of NITI Aayog, NIC and Ministries/Departments were decided. Another meeting in July 2018, was held with 30 Ministries/Departments, who had not availed web service of NGO Darpan Portal for verifying the credentials of NGOs/Vos. Some action points were decided to be implemented by NITI Aayog and concerned Central Ministries /Department, out of them some action points have to be completed with the collaboration of NITI Aayog and concerned Central Ministry/Department.