The National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH), an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, is implementing a flagship scheme called “Project Assist” which provides financial assistance to children who are rendered orphan or destitute in communal, caste, ethnic or terrorist violence for their care, education and training.
According to a notification issued by Hanjabam Bobby Sharma, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Bishnupur, all willing children fulfilling the eligibility criteria may apply for the said scheme.
The eligibility criteria are, a child should be an orphan or destitute i.e., either both parents or the surviving parent or the main breadwinner of the family has died or has become permanently incapacitated due to communal, caste, ethnic or terrorist violence; the annual income of the victim’s family should not exceed Rs 2 lakh; the child should not be receiving any assistance on regular basis from other sources.
Assistance is admissible up to the age of 25 years. However, if the child fails to upgrade to the next class for more than three consecutive years, he/she will not be eligible for continuance of assistance, the notification stated.
The detailed guideline and application form can be had from Room no. 6, pt Floor, Block-B Building, Mini Secretariat Complex, Bishnupur during office hours on all working days.