Project Assist

Project Assist is the Flagship scheme of the Foundation which has provision of providing financial assistance to the children rendered orphan or destitute in various communal, caste, ethnic or terrorist violence for their care, education and training. (details of assisted children)
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 or terrorist violence
  • The annual income of the victim’s family does not exceed rupees two lakh (Income limit has been increased from Rs.1 Lakh to Rs.2 Lakh w.e.f. 1st April 2015).
  • Child is not receiving any assistance on regular basis from any other source (one time financial assistance provided by 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 25 years. However, if a child remains for more than 3 consecutive years in a class he / she will not be eligible to get the assistance.
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
Class / Course Amount
Upto Class XII Rs. 1000/- p.m. per child
Graduation / Post Graduation Rs. 1250/- p.m. per child
Professional courses viz Medical, Engineering & Management Rs. 1500/- p.m. per child
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.
  • 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 funds 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 31.03.2017, 12123 children were covered under Project Assist in 21 States and a union territory.
  • A sum of Rs.7.00 crore was released as assistance to 4841 (442 Fresh + 4399 Renewal) children during 2016-17.
  • Rs. 72.39 crore has been paid as assistance up to 31.03.2017.
  • 442 fresh cases were approved and 4399 cases renewed for grant of assistance under Project Assist during 2016-17.
Part – B Collaboration with Nodal Agencies in some States
The Foundation collaborates with the following organisations:

i. Aashwas, a unit functioning under the Assam Police, is helping the Foundation in identifying child victims of militancy, terrorism or ethnic / communal violence in Assam who are being provided financial assistance by NFCH. Aashwas coordinates with all district authorities to help violence affected children to get timely assistance.
[Address: Aashwas, O/o Addl. DGP (TAP), Assam Police Headquarters, Ulubari, Guwahati - 781007 Phone: 0361 - 2453187]

ii. 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 by coordinating with district authorities.
[Address: Council for Rehabilitation of Widows, Orphans, Handicapped and Old Persons, Social Welfare Department, Civil Secretariat, Jammu / Srinagar, J&K Phone: 0191-2572320 (Jammu - May to October) 0194 - 2458928 (Srinagar - November to April) ]