Assistance to NGOs for welfare of dalit community
The Grant-in-aid released to NGOs for various projects under the scheme of "Grant-in-aid to Voluntary Organizations working for Scheduled Castes" during the last 3 years is as under:-
No. of NGOs
Rs. 29.01 Crore
Rs. 30.95 Crore
Rs. 21.50 Crore
Release of grant-in-aid is based on the inspection reports of the NGOs and on the recommendations of the Multi-Disciplinary Grant-in-aid Committees of the respective State Governments. Inspections, wherever necessary, are also conducted by the officials of this Ministry. Evaluation studies are conducted from time to time to assess the impact of the working of the NGOs under the scheme.
Funds are allocated under various schemes of the Ministry and through Apex Corporations for Educational and Economic Development of Scheduled Castes. These are as under:-
I. Pre-Matric Scholarship for the Children of those engaged in unclean ocupations.
II. Post-Matric Scholarship for SC Students.
III. Babu Jagjivan Ram Chhatrawas Yojana.
IV. Scholarship Scheme of Top Class Education for SCs
V. Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship.
VI. National Overseas Scholarships for SCs
i. Scheme for Rehabilitation of Manual Scavengers
ii. Free Coaching for SC and OBC Students.
iii. Special Central Assistance for Scheduled Castes Sub Plan.
iv. Assistance for skill development and self-employment through the National Scheduled Castes Finance & Development Corporation & the National Safai Karamcharis Finance & Development Corporation.
This information was given by Shri D. Napolean, the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.
Rastriya Dalit Sangharsh Samity
All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations
Bihar Human Rights Commission - http://bhrc.bih.nic.in/
The Protection of Human Rights Act 1993, an Act of the Parliament, provides for establishment of the National Human Rights Commission at the national level and State Human Rights Commissions at the state level.
In the State of Bihar, the State Human Rights Commission was established on 3rd-Jan-2000 vide Notification No. 207. However, the Commission was formally constituted vide notification no. 6896 on 25.6.2008 when Shri Justice S.N. Jha, a former Chief Justice of the Jammu & Kashmir and Rajasthan High Courts was appointed as Chairperson and Shri Justice Rajendra Prasad, a former Judge of the Patna High Court and Shri R.R. Prasad, a former Director General of Police, Bihar were appointed as members with effect from the date they assume charge of this office.
The caste system, which has existed for more than 3000 years in India, is a traditional system of social segregation, which works on the principle of purity and pollution. The Dalits are placed at the bottom of this hierarchical ladder. Dalit Foundation is a non-government organisation, which is the first grant-making institution in south Asia working for the empowerment of Dalit communities. Established in June 2003, the Foundation’s mission, vision and programme objectives focus exclusively on empowerment of Dalit communities. It is committed to support individuals, community-based organisations, and networks that work to secure social change and protect the rights of Dalits. Dalit Foundation defines Dalits as all those who are committed to the ideology and belief of equality against the traditional caste based identity.
Dalit Foundation provides group sholarships to individuals working among all the marginalized communities including Dalits in India. The informal group of four persons having the religious, gender and social diversity adopt to a common minimum program which includes combating caste discrimination and untouchability in public schools and the local self-governments. The fellows organize youth and women across castes to ensure that such organization can combat caste and gender prejudices and practices. The fellows also work with the children of all poor communities to ensure quality education.
We are also committed towards building a strong line of leadership for the Dalit movement. Hence, through our group scholarship programmes, we train one young man and a woman both in vocational skills, leadership and social justice perspective to ensure that while taking care of their own employment they become the local leaders in their own village. For the current year we have awarded scholarships to 72 individuals including 38 women and trained 175 village leaders including 123 young women. At the end of 2016 we will train additional 200 village leaders. In addition, Dalit foundation also provides scholarships to Dalit artists with the aim of promoting Dalit art and culture and utilizing Dalit culture as a tool for liberation.
Dalit Foundation (DF) has been actively involved in promoting and protecting Dalit human rights and it has been strengthening the Dalit leadership at grassroots level since 2003. Over the past decade DF’s support and initiative through grants and individual Scholarships to the grassroots Dalit and marginalized groups has elevated the caste based issues to public discourse in most of the DF intervention areas. Nonetheless, the individual Dalit activists and group fellows has accelerated the process of change in the lives of Dalit communities, which is visible indeed through their actions. So, the support has imbedded with multiple effects of change in — addressing caste based discrimination, struggle for equality, building capacity of Dalit communities and partners, and developing their leadership across the nation.
As one is aware that India as a nation is undergoing global economic transition for the past two decades, along with social communication which is moving at fast phase. The caste based identity politics possess perfect biggest challenge to the goal of social change, though; promotion of social and religious diversity further becomes even critical. To ensure this two pivotal elements— caste based identity and diversity, DF will uphold and practices definition of the term ‘Dalit’ and diversity in its all approaches.
With this aim DF has planned to strategies its future initiative and actions through group Scholarship to address pressing multiple issues that continue to dehumanize Dalits and their lives on daily basis in every part of Indian region despite of legal mechanisms and policy frame due to patriarchal structure and social construct that prevents Dalits communities from to leave life of dignity.
The group Scholarships are implicit and it is effective in addressing the issues that are heinous in nature— caste based atrocity, chronic poverty, conflict and dispute over natural resources — land, water, forest and lack of accesses to other entitlements all these elements evidently impacted on women and their lives further resulting in violence and discrimination. Therefore, this form of structural violation and discrimination requires huge strength of critical mass to address the issues efficiently and effectively. Henceforth, this process involves large scale community participation. And, also the process requires initiating several popular public campaigns on the issues at wider level. It also facilitates better monitoring and evaluation of the programme implementation at the field by the fellows.
Besides the group Scholarship process would assist in careful selection group fellows in given depleting financial resources and funding crunch. Hence this process would enable fellows to take carefully crafted strategic intervention in selected villages in order to build right perspective among communities and address human rights violations that impacts lives of Dalit and other marginalized communities.
This will also help in promoting idea of building need based approach through vocational education and further enhance on self-depended on livelihood and it is expected to reach out to larger beneficiaries.
The strategy intended to moot new approach and criteria of common minimum programme under this Scholarship. The aim is to facilitate better planning of the partners work, better monitoring and evaluation of the programs successes, gaps and challenges across the region. The outcome, learning, challenges and results will be shared among the partners and to networking groups of DF.
The Common Minimum Program aims to following criteria while implementing the programme at ground zero.
Application and concept note are invited from potential CBOs and groups, the applications need to accompany with two page concept note on proposed work, strategy and time frame of the programme intervention.
Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Field Visit: Intense field visits will be carried out.
Project Selection Workshop: Intense workshop for 3-4 days for the identification of partners.
Agreement Letter will be sent and after the consent of the partner, financial disbursement will be carried out.
Eligibility Criteria for Grants
Applicant organizations must: