Assistance to NGOs

State Govt. Schemes

Grant-in-aid provided by the State

Voluntary welfare organizations in the Punjab State Which render welfare services to physically and mentally handicapped persons eligible for Grant-in-aid. Grant-in-aid for the Welfare of the Handicapped such as for the care, education and rehabilitation of physically and mentally handicapped persons (the blind, the deaf, the dumb and the crippled), home for the aged and the infirms, beggar home, etc.

Drug Awareness

To check the increases of the habit of drug-addiction, the Punjab Govt. have started a special compaign at Distrcit and Block level during this compaign the public was aware about its bad effects, to identify the drug users, free treatment, prohibited medicines, information regarding the punishment to the drug users/sale of such drugs.

Plan Scheme PM-6 Assistance to NGOs

This Scheme was started in the year 2000. Grant-in-aid is provided to NGOs, which are working for three years and working in the field of awareness against drug de addiction, Funds are provided under the scheme for the welfare of women (computer training center sewing, embroidery and Craft etc.), female foeticide, Street Children and orphaned children.

Central Govt. Schemes

Central Sector Scheme Of Assistance For Prevention Of Alcoholism And Substance (Drugs) Abuse And For Social Defence Services

Drug and substance abuse is a serious problem adversely affecting the social fabric of the country. It may lead to neuro-psychiatric disorders and other diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, as well as accidents, suicides and violence. Therefore, drug needs to be viewed as a psycho-social-medical problem.

The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has been implementing the Central Sector Scheme for Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse since 1985-86 for indemnification, motivation. Counseling, de-addiction, after care and rehabilitation for Whole Person Recovery (WPR) of addicts are components of it.

The Scheme for the 'Prevention of Alcoholism & Substance (Drug) Abuse and for Social Defence Services' is being revised w.e.f. 1st January, 2015 to incorporate change in the financial norms, keeping in view the changing needs.

The Scheme was revised thrice in 1994, 1999 and 2008 and at present provides financial support to NGOs and employers mainly for the following items:

  1. Awareness and Preventive Education
  2. Drug Awareness and Counselling Centres
  3. Integrated Rehabilitation Centres for Addicts (IRCAs)
  4. Workplace Prevention Programme (WPP)
  5. De-addiction Camp.
  6. NGO forum for Drug Abuse Prevention
  7. Innovative Interventions to strengthen community based rehabilitation
  8. Technical Exchange and Manpower development programme
  9. Surveys, Studies, Evaluation and Research on the subject covered under the scheme.

The Ministry takes up awareness generation programme every year disseminating information, education and communication (IEC) materials, organizing programs in school and community, holding exhibitions and publishing newsletters and journals.

Presently, about 350 to 400 Integrated Rehabilitation Centres for Addicts (IRCAs) ate functioning with the support of the Ministry in the country. De-addiction camps are organized regularly to reach out to uncovered areas. The Ministry is also supporting Twelve NGOs working in the field of drug abuse prevention to function as Regional Resource and Training Centres (RRTCs) for imparting training in local cultural setting to the service providers working in various IRCAs and for undertaking advocacy, research and monitoring of drug abuse programmes.

Target Groups under the Scheme:

  1. All victims of alcohol and substance (drugs) abuse with a special focus on:
    • Children including street children, both in and out of school.
    • Adolescents/Youth
    • Dependent women and young girls, effected by substance abuse
    • High risk groups such as sex workers, Injecting Drug Users (IDUs) drivers etc.
    • Prison inmates in detention facilities including children in juvenile homes addicted to drugs.
  2. Substances, abuse of which, will be covered under the Scheme:
    • Alcohol
    • All Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic substances covered under The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, ACT, 1985.
    • Any other addictive, other than tobacco.
  3. The following components are admissible for assistance under the Scheme:
    • Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts (IRCA)
    • Programme for Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse at Workplace (WPP)
    • Regional Resource and Training Centres (RRTC)
    • Awareness-cum-De-addiction Camps(ACDC)
    • Technical Exchange and Personal Development Programme.
    • Preventive Education and Awareness Generation through Media Publicity
    • NGO Forum for Drug Abuse Prevention
    • Innovative Intervention to Strengthen Community Based Rehabilitation
    • Survey, Studies, Evaluation and Research on the subjects covered under the Scheme.
    • Vigilance-cum-Monitoring Committee/Cell/Agency to ensure quality of expenditure and also for monitoring the implementation of the Scheme.

Scheme Of Assitance To Disabled Persons For Purchase/Fitting Of Aids/Appliances (ADIP Scheme)

Census, 2011 states that there are 2.68 crore Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in the country. In addition bout 3% of the children below 14 years of age suffer from delayed development.

In the light of the Government's commitment for enabling and empowering disabled persons, it has been decided to continue and modify ADIP Scheme in such a way that it becomes more user-friendly and the needy are not deprived of necessary aids/appliances for want of means to acquire them together with a transparent mechanism for checks and balances.

The main objective of the Scheme is to assist the needy disabled persons in procuring durable, sophisticated and scientifically manufactured, modern, standard aids and appliances to promote physical, social, psychological rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities by reducing the effects of disabilities and at the same time enhance their economic potential. Assistive devices are given to PwDs with an aim to improve their independent functioning, and to arrest the extent of disability and occurrence of secondary disability. The aids and appliances supplied under the Scheme must have due certification.


The Scheme will be implemented through the implementing Agencies as listed in para5. The Agencies will be given financial assistance for purchase, fabrication and distribution of such standard aids and appliances that are in conformity with objectives of the Scheme. The implementing Agencies will take care of / make suitable arrangements for fitting and post- fitting care of the aids and appliances distributed under the Scheme. The implementing Agencies will give wide publicity of the distribution of such aid and appliances to PwDs. Further, before the camp they will inform the District Collector, BDO a local public representative , State Government and the Department of Disability Affairs at least one week in advance about the date and the location of the camp. After the camps, they shall provide a list of beneficiaries and the details of aids and assistive devices with the cost incurred to the State Government and the Department of Disability Affairs. The list of beneficiaries shall be prominently displayed in the website of the implementing Agency.

The Scheme shall also include essential medical/surgical correction and intervention, prior to fitment of aids and appliances, as per the following norms:

  1. From Rs.500/to Rs.1,000/- for hearing & speech impaired.
  2. From Rs.1000/- to Rs.2,000/- for visually disabled.
  3. From Rs. 3000/-to Rs.5000/- for orthopedically disabled.

Eligibility Of Implementing Agency Under The Scheme

The following agencies are eligible to implement the Scheme on behalf of Department of Disability Affairs under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment , subject to fulfillment of following terms and conditions:

  1. Societies and their branches, if any, registered separately under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
  2. Registered Charitable Trusts.
  3. Indian Red Cross Societies and other Autonomous Bodies headed by District Collector/Chief Executive Officer/District Development Officer.
  4. National/Apex Institute, CRCs, RCs, DDRCs, National Trust, ALIMCO functioning under administrative control of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment/Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  5. National/State Handicapped Development Corporation and Section 25 Companies in the Private Sector.
  6. Local Bodies – Zilla Parishad, Municipalities, District Autonomous Development Councils and Panchayats etc.
  7. Hospitals registered as separate entity, as recommended by State/UT/Central Govt.
  8. Nehru Yuva Kendras.
  9. Any other organization as considered fit by Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of SJ&E.

Assistance for District Disability Rehabilitation Centres (DDRC)

District Disability Rehabilitation Centres (DDRCs) were started as outreach activity of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment of Government of India for providing comprehensive services to the persons with disability at the grass root level and for facilitating creation of the infrastructure and capacity building at the district level for awareness generation rehabilitation and training of rehabilitation professionals. Suitable changes as were deemed necessary for the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 have been effected accordingly.

The District Disability Rehabilitation Centres are set up under the Plan Scheme."Scheme for implementation of Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act 1995 (SIPDA).

Setting up of District Disability Rehabilitation Centres (DDRCs) which would provide rehabilitative services through:

  1. Survey & identification of persons with disabilities through camp approach;
  2. Awareness Generation for encouraging and enhancing prevention of disabilities, early detection and intervention etc;
  3. Early Intervention;
  4. Assessment of need of assistive devices, provision/fitment of assistive devices, follow up/ repair of assistive device;
  5. Therapeutic Service e.g. physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy etc;
  6. Facilitation of disability certificate, bus passes and other concession/facilities for persons with disabilities;
  7. Referral and arrangement of surgical correction through Govt. & Charitable institutes;
  8. Arrangement of loans for self employment, through banks & others financial institutions;
  9. Counseling of persons with disabilities, their parents & family members;
  10. Promotion of barrier free environment;
  11. To provide supportive and complimentary services to promote education, vocational training and employment for Person with disabilities through:-
  12. Providing orientation training to teacher, community and family; Providing training to teacher, community and families;
  13. Identifying suitable vocations for persons with disabilities, keeping in view local resources and designing and providing vocational training and identifying suitable jobs, so as to make them economically independent.
  14. Provide referral services for existing educational training, vocational institutions.

Submission of Proposal for approved DDRC

  1. Formulation of the District Management Team (DMT)
  2. For Coordination
  3. Identification of suitable Implementing Agency by DMT for running DDRC
  4. Accommodation for DDRC
  5. Staff for DDRC

DDRCs are presently funded under the "Scheme for the implementation of Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full participation) Act 1995" (SIPDA) for the first 3 years for all States excepts in case of North Eastern States, J&K and the UTs of A&N Islands, Lakshadweep, puducherry , Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu where it is funded for 5 years. Thereafter, DDRCs receive funds under another Scheme namely "Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme” (DDRS).

The Central Government has been providing grant-in-aid to non-governmental organizations over successive Five Year Plan through various schemes for projects relating to rehabilitation of persons with disabilities.

In 1999, to enable more effective implementation of Section 66, Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995, the four schemes then existing for rehabilitation of persons with disabilities were amalgamated into a single scheme called the "Scheme To Promote Voluntary Action for Person with Disabilities" as an umbrella Central Sector Scheme. The amalgamated scheme was revised with effect from 1.04.2003 with the approval of the then Minister-in-charge, and renamed as the "Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS)". However, cost norms were not revised in 2003.

NGOs are being given assistance under DDRS for providing a wide range of services to children/persons with disability. E.g.,

  1. Programmes for pre-school and early intervention
  2. Special education,
  3. Vocational training and placement
  4. Community based rehabilitation
  5. Manpower development
  6. Psycho-social rehabilitation of persons with mental illness
  7. Rehabilitation of leprosy-cured persons.etc.

The DDRS guidelines include model projects covering various provided by voluntary agencies which can be supported through grant-in-aid. Model project give the following details:

  1. objective, needs to be addressed, target group in terms of type of disability and age and minimum permissible number of beneficiaries
  2. teacher-beneficiary ratio (for pre-schools and special schools)
  3. number of trades and an illustrative list of trades (for vocational training)
  4. maximum amount of recurring and non- recurring assistance for a specified number of beneficiaries in the form of cost norms

Grant-in-aid upto 90% of the project cost, found admissible on the basis of the prescribed cost norms in the relevant model project, can be provided to support a project under the Scheme. Tapering of grant every alternate year by 5% of the total admissible project cost has been introduced w.e.f. 2007-2008 in the case of urban projects already funded for 7 years, to encourage gradual self-reliance of NGOs. The tapering is to continue till support comes down to 75% of the project cost admissible.

Note: For the benefits, validity and application procedure of a scheme, please contact your nearest DPO.