Citizen’s Charter

About NFCH

The National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH) is an autonomous organization registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. It functions under the aegis of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Union Home Minister is the Chairman of the Governing Council and Home Secretary is the Chairman of the Executive Council. Secretary, NFCH is the Principle Executive Officer of the Foundation.

Vision & Mission

VISION - India free from communal and all other forms of violence where all citizens especially children & youth live together in peace & harmony.

MISSION - Promoting Communal Harmony, Strengthening National Integration and Fostering Unity in Diversity through collaborative social action, awareness programs, reaching out to the victims of violence especially children, encouraging interfaith dialogue for India’s Shared Security, Peace & Prosperity

Objectives

The main objectives of the Foundation are to promote communal harmony, fraternity and national integration and facilitate rehabilitation of the child victims of communal, caste, ethnic or terrorist violence. The Foundation undertakes and encourages activities aimed at promoting communal harmony, reconciliation, fraternity and national integration at local, state and national levels with help of state governments, local administration, non-governmental organizations, universities, colleges and schools, social activists, scholars, researchers and students.

Activities

Project Assist

The Foundation provides financial assistance to children/ beneficiaries who are rendered orphaned or become destitute in communal, caste, ethnic or terrorist violence for their care and education. Assistance is provided @ Rs12,000/- per child/ beneficiary per annum up to class XII, Rs.15,000/- per beneficiary per annum for Graduation / Post Graduation and Rs.18,000/- per beneficiary per annum for pursuing professional courses viz Medical, Engineering & Management without any restriction on the number of children in a family. Children/ beneficiaries in the age group of 0-25 years whose family income does not exceed Rupees Two Lakh are eligible under the scheme for getting assistance provided they are continuing study in some educational institution. However, minor children in the age group of 0-5 years who are incapable of going to school are also eligible to receive assistance by the Foundation. Assistance is usually provided to each child/ beneficiary on annual basis coinciding with the academic session and is renewed on year to year basis. The Foundation aims at providing assistance to every eligible child victim of societal violence so that such children, after receiving proper education become responsible and productive citizens of the country. However, the Foundation depends upon the concerned state governments / district administrations for identification of eligible orphan/destitute children in terms of guidelines of the scheme who are eligible to receive assistance from the Foundation. The concerned district administrations send duly filled-in application forms along with other necessary documents to the Foundation with their recommendation to sanction assistance in respect of each child/ beneficiary. Assistance is thus provided to all such eligible children/ beneficiaries so recommended by district administrations through them.

Project ‘Recognition- ‘The National Communal Harmony Awards’

The Foundation has instituted two National Communal Harmony Awards, one in the ‘Individual’ category and the other in the ‘Organization’ category. These Awards are governed as per the National Communal Harmony Award Rules, 1995. Individuals and organizations are usually selected annually for their outstanding contribution to promotion of communal harmony and/or national integration. The Awards consist of a citation and a cash prize of Rs. 5.0 lakh in the ‘Individual’ category and a citation and a cash prize of Rs. 10.0 lakh in the ‘Organization’ category.

Selection of Award winners is made by a seven member Jury headed by the Hon’ble Vice-President of India. Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, Home Secretary and four eminent persons nominated by Union Home Minister of whom one shall be a woman, are other Jury members. Four eminent persons are nominated by Hon’ble HM in terms of Award Rules for a period of two years.

The Awards are usually announced on 26th January every year in terms of the National Communal Harmony Award Rules, 1995. So far a total of 27 individuals/ organizations have been selected with these prestigious Awards. Out of 27 Award winners selected / announced so far, 24 from have already been decorated with the prestigious Award in separate Award Presentation Ceremony held from time to time at New Delhi. List of Award winners from 1997 to 2013 is given below:

S. N. Name of Individual/ Organization Category Year
1 Quami Ekta Trust, Delhi Organisation 1997
2 Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer, Maharashtra Individual 1997
3 Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, Delhi Individual 1998
4 Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, Maharashtra Organisation 1999
5 Bhakti Sahitya Shodh Sansthan, Andhra Pradesh Organisation 2000
6 Dr. Tontada Siddhaling Swamiji, Karnataka Individual 2001
7 Smt. Syeda Naseem Chishti, Delhi Individual 2002
8 National Youth Project Trust, Delhi Organisation 2003
9 Acharya Shri Mahapragya, Delhi Individual 2004
10 Akhil Bharat Rachnatmak Samaj, Delhi Organisation 2004
11 Ms. Hema Bharali, Assam Individual 2005
12 Ramakrishna Mission, West Bengal Organisation 2005
13 Shri Rabindra Nath Upadhyaya, Assam Individual 2006
14 Institute for Socialist Education, Delhi Organisation 2006
15 Dr. Ram Puniyani, Maharashtra Inividual 2007
16 Setu Charitable Trust, Maharashtra Organisation 2007
17 Quami Ekta Trust, Delhi Organisation 1997
18 Dr. Dominic Emmanuel SVD, Delhi Indiviual 2008
19 Anjuman Sair-e-Gul Faroshan, Delhi Organisation 2008
20 Center for Human Rights & Social Welfare, Rajasthan Organisation 2009
21 Acharya Lokesh Muni, Delhi Individual 2010
22 Shri Khamliana, Mizoram Inividual 2011
23 Shri Md. Abdul Bari, Odisha Individual 2011
24 Foundation for Amity & National Solidarity, Delhi Organisation 2012
25 Dr. N. Radhakrishnan, Kerala Inividual 2013
26 Dr. Mohinder Singh, Delhi Individual 2013
27 Centre for Study of Society and Secularism Organisation 2013

Note: Awards have already been conferred to individuals/ organizations from S.No.1 to 24 above, however, the same is/ are yet to be conferred to the Award winners mentioned at S. No. 25 to 27.

Extension Activities

NFCH on its own as well as in collaboration with academic institutions, national commission(s), NGOs, civil/ voluntary organizations and other likeminded organizations has been conducting/ sponsoring variety of programs including seminars, symposiums, cultural events, interfaith dialogue, literary competitions and similar other significant initiatives to achieve its mandate.

(I) Project ‘Reach’

The objective of Project ‘Reach’ is to create awareness and promote communal harmony and national integration through activities such as seminars, workshops, debates, interfaith dialogues, rallies, paintings, essay writing competitions, music and cultural programmes, etc. Assistance is provided to State/UT Administrations, Educational Institutions and NGOs for organizing such activities. VOs/NGOs should forward their proposals through the concerned State Governments / UT Administrations in the prescribed Application Format and as per the procedure. However, an institution established under an Act of Parliament / State Legislative Assembly can apply directly to the Foundation. The scale of assistance is limited to Rs.5.00 lakh per annum per State / UT.

(II) Project ‘Interfaith-Interaction’

Assistance is extended to State Governments / UT Administrations, educational Institutions and VOs / NGOs for organizing inter-community and inter-faith interactions / get-togethers on important festivals / occasions like Id, Deepawali, Christmas, Vaisakhi, Lohri, Onam, Pongal and festivals / fairs such as Phool-walon-ki Sair, Nauchandi Mela, etc. VOs/NGOs should forward their proposals through the concerned State Governments / UT Administrations in the prescribed Application Format and as per the procedure. However, an institution established under an Act of Parliament/ State Legislative Assembly can apply directly to the Foundation. The amount of assistance is limited to Rs. 50,000/- per festival per annum for two such festivals in a State/ UT.

(III) Project ‘Partnership’

The scheme has the provision of partnering with (a) the UN organizations, (b) different Government organizations (like NYKS, NSS, etc.) and (c) renowned all India level VOs/ NGOs for furthering the objectives of the Foundation. The Foundation may organize programmes on pro-active basis and approach the relevant organizations in the matter. Reputed VOs / NGOs desirous to undertake innovative activities in collaboration with NFCH may also give initial request to the Foundation with a brief description of project / proposal. Approval to such proposals / projects will depend upon availability of the verification of the credentials of partnering organizations by some appropriate government authority during the last two years. Not more than five programmes will be organized under this scheme during a year. Maximum annual provision for this project has been kept as Rs.5 lakh only out of the total budget for the Extension Activities per year.

(IV) ‘Cause-Partnership’

The Foundation may be willing to associate itself with other Government Departments, the UN organizations, educational institutions or VOs/NGOs to promote communal harmony and national integration without provision of any financial assistance. Adequate guidance in organizing such programme and permission to use NFCH logo may be provided to the concerned organization.

Some of the activities / programmes undertaken/ sponsored by the Foundation

Publication

The Foundation also publishes books and monographs on subject having relevance with tthe theme of promotion of communal harmony and national integration. List of books/ monographs/ e-Books published by the Foundation is given below:

S. N. Name of Book/ e-Book
1 Not Without Her - Communal Harmony (2015) e-Book
2 Gandhian Values in Today’s Plural Society (2014) e-Book
3 Secularism and the Law (2010) e-Book
4 Universal Education for Social Harmony (2011) e-Book
5 Promoting Principles of Non-violence for Conflict Resolution (2012) e-Book
6 Role of Media in Promoting Communal Harmony (2012) e-Book
7 Bharti Dharam Darshan ate Samajik Ekta de Itihasik Somey (2015)
8 Shanti Vriksha ( 2014)
9 Hum EK Hain (Second Edition 2013)
10 Interfaith Dialogue - Scope and Challenges (2012)
11 One Big Family: A Collection of Stories (2010)
12 Commissions of Inquiry on Communal Disturbances: A Study (2007)
13 Societal Violence and Vulnerability (2007)
14 Social Harmony and Religion (2005)
15 Sarva Dharma Sambhava - Ek Vishleshan (2004)
16 Secularism in Historical Perspective (2004)
17 Eke Pawan Ek Hi Pani (2003)
18 Dhaai Aakhar (2003)
19 Social Harmony: An approach (2004)
20 Religious Violence and youth - A Study of the Urban-Slum Youth in Mumbai (2004)
21 Politics and Communalism (2004)
22 Social Processes and Communal Tension: A case study of Vadodara City (2006)
23 Religious Conversion in India (2006)
24 Social Harmony and Economic Development (2006)
25 Samaji Hum Aahangi Aur Maashi Tarraqqi (2008)

Details of officers/ staff and information on work allocated to them

Directory of NFCH officers and employees

Powers and duties of NFCH officers and employees

Grievance Redress Mechanism in NFCH

Any issue relating to any scheme/activity or concerning NFCH in any matter may be brought to the notice of Secretary, NFCH in writing for effective grievance redress of the matter. Complete address of NFCH and contact details in this regards are given below:

Address and contact details:

NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR COMMUNAL HARMONY, 9th Floor, C-Wing, Lok Nayak Bhawan, Khan Market, New Delhi- 110 003

Website: www.nfch.nic.in

Email addresses: nfch@mha.gov.in; secy-nfch-mha@nic.in

Phone Numbers: 011-24633968, 24602859, 24643052, 24646139, 24646165; Fax:011-24610524