Registration with Niti Ayog’s NGO Darpan and obtaining Unique ID mandatory for NGOs receiving foreign contributions.
Ministry of Home Affairs vide Notice dated 4th October 2017 now requires all existing FCRA registered associations and those who are seeking new registration/prior permission or renewal to register on the Darpan portal.
MHA has made it clear that availing FCRA online services such as uploading annual returns (in online Form FC 4) or changes (in online Form FC 6) will require Unique Darpan Identification Number.
To see copy of Notice, please go to:
What is NGO-DARPAN?
NGO-Darpan (NGO Mirror) is a platform that provides space for interface between Voluntary Organisations / NGOs and key Government Ministries / Departments / Government Bodies.
It is a free facility offered by NITI Aayog (formerly Planning Commission of India) in association with National Informatics Centre to bring about greater partnership between government & voluntary sector and foster better transparency, efficiency and accountability.
This portal enables VOs / NGOs to enroll centrally and thus facilitates creation of a repository of information about VOs / NGOs, Sector / State wise.
The Portal facilitates VOs / NGOs to obtain a system generated Unique ID, as and when signed.
The Unique ID is mandatory for NGOs wanting to apply for grants under various schemes of Ministries/Departments/Governments Bodies and now also for NGOs registered or wanting to register under FCRA 2010.
As of the moment over thirty three thousand NGOs are enrolled on this portal.
To register please go to the following web link:
Niti Aayog is now appointed as the nodal agency for the purpose of registration and accreditation of NGOs/voluntary organizations seeking funds from the government and registration or prior permission under FCRA 2010.
NGO-Darpan platform is an upgraded version of a similar initiative started by the former Planning Commission in 2006. However, back then, registering on the Planning Commission’s platform was not mandatory, whereas now registering on NGO-Darpan has been made mandatory for NGOs aspiring to secure funding support under various Government Schemes and now also for registration/prior permission under FCRA.
NGO-Darpan requires several disclosures including the Aadhaar number and PAN of chief executives of NGOs