NGO Darpan is an initiative by NITI Ayog which came into effect from 01.01.2015.
It is a platform through which Voluntary Organizations (VOs) / Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) can enroll centrally and can apply for various schemes of Ministries/Government Bodies.
This is a facility offered by the NITI Aayog in association with National Informatics Centre to bring greater interaction between government & voluntary sector and foster better transparency, efficiency and accountability.
The Portal facilitates VOs/NGOs to obtain a system generated Unique ID The Unique ID is mandatory to apply for grants under various schemes of Ministries/Departments/Governments Bodies.
Registration under NGO Darpan is mandatory in case NGOs wants to avail the benefits of grants under various schemes of Ministries/Departments/ Governments Bodies.
It is also mandatory in case the NGOs are accepting any foreign contribution from any country outside India under the provisions of Foreign (Contribution and Regulation) Act, 2010 (FCRA).
Voluntary organizations (VOs) / Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) include organizations engaged in public service, based on ethical, cultural, social, economic, political, religious, spiritual, philanthropic or scientific & technological considerations.