Columbia halts mining multinationals in indigenous territory #goodnews


Wednesday, 13 February 2013 15:38 Jacob Stringer

Colombia news - mining suspension

A judge suspended Monday all activities by mining companies in nearly 50,000 hectares of indigenous lands in northwest Colombia, reported local media.

In an “unprecedented” ruling, all mining and exploration activities in 49,421 acres of territories belonging to indigenous Embera Katio communities have been halted for up to six months due to a failure to consult and protect the communities, according to El Tiempo.

“[This decision] only seeks to prevent the continued violation of the rights of indigenous peoples on their territory [arising from] disproportionate use by people outside the community, and the violence that has been occurring in the area, of which there is much evidence, ” said the judge.

The injunction covers an area known as the Alta Andagueda in Choco and Antioquia departments. The companies affected include multinational gold miner AngloGold Ashanti, working in the area with Continental Gold, and Colombian company Exploraciones Choco Colombia.

The judge ordered a halt to activities in 80 percent of the collective territory of the Embera Katio in order to protect the communities, noting that an increase in mining concessions in the area since 2006 has been mirrored by an increase in violence. The area has already seen several indigenous communities displaced to nearby cities due to violence.

BACKGROUND: Colombia to relocate 148 displaced indigenous families

While indigenous communities have a constitutional right to be consulted on the use of their land, the judge did not declare the mining concessions illegal but ordered the suspension to protect indigenous communities while the legality of the titles is determined. Some of the licenses held by the mining companies for the area reportedly do not expire until 2038 and 2041.

The decision to suspend mining for the sake of indigenous communities comes in the same week as a decision to suspend an eco-tourism project in Tayrona National Park for the same reason

 

India importing nuclear reactors to please foreign countries; former AERB chairman #WTFnews


Date: 16 February 2013
Subject: DNA – India importing nuclear reactors to please foreign countries; former AERB chairman

 

The decision to import 40,000 MWe capacity Light Water Reactors (LWRs) in early 2006 was taken without any techno-economic evaluation by Atomic Energy Commission or any other agency to assess the need for these imports, said Dr. A Gopalakrishnan, former chairman, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB).

“The decision was merely a quid-pro-quo to give business to the reactor manufacturers in those countries which helped India get a Nuclear Supply Group (NSG) waiver,” said the former chief. He was talking on the occasion National Seminar on People’s Science Movement on Saturday in Hyderabad.

The agreement to import was signed immediately after the nuclear energy framework agreement with the US was finalised in July 2005. In 2006, an Integrated Energy Policy was prepared by the Planning Commission which set 63,000 MWe as the projected nuclear capacity target for 2032, which included these imports as well.

The then chairman of the AEC colluded with the Prime Minister’s Office and went along with this purely political decision, and even the non-official scientific members of the AEC meekly consented, he added.

Dr. Gopalakrishnan alleged that even a conservative estimate of Rs. 20 crores per MWe for importing these reactors during next 20-25 years would cost tax-payer about Rs. 8, 00,000 crores.

“The decisions, price negotiations and supply terms are being negotiated by the UPA- 2 government in hasty is with the intention of fulfilling the PM’s commitments to these foreign governments and their companies before he demits office,” said Gopalakrishnan.

The decisions are taken by a closed group consisting of government officials, who are acting at the behest of Indian & foreign corporate giants. And the Prime Minister’s Office is overseeing the process to protect varied political interests, he added.

He further pointed out that there is absolutely no transparency in this process and a tight cover of secrecy is unnecessarily maintained over these essentially civilian, non-

strategic purchases. Even the Comptroller and Audit General (CAG) has limited authority to question DAE’s transactions. This current situation is certainly conducive to ferment corrupt practices, and potential malpractices in these reactor imports may turn out to be the next biggest financial scam.

It was really the role of the non-official scientific members of the AEC to seriously question the UPA government’s motives in neglecting the indigenous three-stage nuclear program from 2005 onwards.

It is high time we clean out the entire set of non-official members from the current AEC and replace them with an ethical set of comparatively younger generation senior scientists , so that public trust in the management of the Indian nuclear sector can be restored, he said.

 

ARTICLE URLhttp://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_india-importing-nuclear-reactors-to-please-foreign-countries-former-aerb-chairman_1800671

#Mumbai-Agent link: 10 UIDAI operators suspended #Aadhaar #UID


 

Published: Saturday, Feb 16, 2013, 3:00 IST
By Dhaval Kulkarni | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
In what may be an indicator of lacunae in the Aadhaar registration process, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has suspended 10 operators in Mumbai after an inspection on Thursday allegedly found them indulging in irregularities.
With the Centre planning to transfer subsidies to bank accounts, UIDAI has announced “priority registration” for LPG consumers and scholarship holders with other citizens being told to enrol after April 15. It will help these target groups to register in time by reducing crowding at centres.
The UIDAI has also blacklisted around 300 operators in Maharashtra, of which 22 are from Mumbai, for seeking money from applicants among other reasons. Officials admitted to receiving complaints about agents becoming active at registration centres.
UIDAI deputy director general Ajay Bhushan Pandey said officials had carried out surprise inspections on Thursday. “They found that, at some places, operators weren’t giving proper appointments. Some only wrote dates on blank application forms and no appointment register was kept. We suspect it was done to help agents,” he said, adding that they had suspended 10 operators and would blacklist them after following due processes.
The UIDAI will also ask enrolment agencies to instruct operators to give proper appointments and note down names and contact details in a separate register. These inspections by UIDAI and the state IT department will be a continuing activity. “We’re ensuring that LPG consumers and scholarship holders are not inconvenienced. Citizens can enrol till December…they shouldn’t panic,” said Pandey.
@dhavalkulkarni

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India’s #UID has a French Arms Deal Connection #Rafale #Aadhaar


Rafale has an Aadhar connection
JOYEETA BASU  NEW DELHI | 5th Feb 2012

M88-2 Rafale engine

Rafale, the French medium multi role combat aircraft (MMRCA), which was selected by India for a $18 billion deal has an interesting link with the unique identification project. One of Rafale’s most important manufacturers belongs to the Safran group, which is closely involved with Indian unique identification card, Aadhar, project. Safran is also part of other significant deals that the French have struck with India.

The Rafale is manufactured primarily by a consortium of three French companies, Dassault, Snecma and Thales. Of these, Snecma, which manufactures Rafale’s engine, is a Safran group company. The French government has 30.2% stake in Safran.

The Safran group, which specialises in defence, aerospace propulsion and equipment, and security, also has Morpho among its many companies. Morpho specialises in biometric identification systems, explosive detection systems (EDS) for hold baggage, smart cards, etc. In India, Morpho is best known for its tie-up with Mahindra Satyam. In July 2010, Morpho and Mahindra Satyam were selected by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as one of the key partners for the initial stages of the UID project. According to a 30 July 2010 Mopho press release, “Mahindra Satyam and Morpho will develop and maintain systems that will cross-check every new application by sifting through the biometrics database, preventing accidental or fraudulent duplication and ensuring that each identification number is unique. Morpho will provide the biometric technology while Mahindra Satyam will integrate and provide support across platforms and databases.”

In July 2010, a US company, L1 Identity Solutions too was selected for the “implementation of biometric solution for UIDAI”. Interestingly, in September 2010, Safran announced that it was acquiring L1 Identity Solutions for $1.09 billion. L1 would join Safran’s security business and would be renamed as Morpho Trust. So France now has a significant business interest in the UID project.

In fact, there are several other Safran angles to India-France business ventures. Snecma, which has designed, developed and produced the M88-2 engine for Rafale, is also the manufacturer of the M53 jet engine that powers the Mirage 2000 family of aircraft. India has more than 60 such engines in service.

Snecma is also closely associated with the ongoing upgrade of 50 ageing Mirage aircraft. The deal for this was signed during Nicolas Sarkozy’s visit to India in December 2010.

Snecma also has a 50:50 joint venture with HAL, which supplies some components for the commercial CFM56 engine that the French company manufactures. It also has a mechanic training centre in Hyderabad, the fourth such in the world. The other three are in France, China and the US.

Does Nandan Nilekani thinks citizens of India are DUMB ? #Aadhaar #UID


Nandan Nilekani

 

 

 

Didn’t grasp govt dynamics, but have support: Nilekani
Express news service Posted online: Sat Feb 16 2013, 00:58 hrs
Mumbai : Nandan Nilekani is not just determined to provide Aadhaar, the 12-digit individual identification number, to citizens across India but to make the idea “irreversible” and “sustainable” before the next elections.
“Making Aadhaar irreversible is a very important strategic objective. I think the irreversibility comes when half a billion Indians have Aadhaar number,” Nilekani, chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), said at the Express Adda here Thursday evening. “If we can reach 500 million people by 2014, then I think it’s set.”
On opposition to the concept within the government, he said he “didn’t understand the internal competitive dynamics of the government”.
However, Nilekani added, Aadhaar had got “terrific momentum” and “huge support” from various departments. “I received tremendous political support. It was tripartisan support… from UPA-ruled states, BJP states and Tripura. I personally went to every state and met the chief minister and bureaucrats.”
“Fundamentally you can’t do a project of this scale which has the potential to cause so much disruptive change without unstinted political endorsement. I think all key people in the government provided that unstinted political endorsement.”
Nilekani, who was in conversation with The Indian Express Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta and McKinsey & Company Chairman, India, Adil Zainulbhai, also said there was no real measurement of performance in something like UID. “My team at UIDAI is extremely passionate and the best part is that they are from the system,” he said.
Asked about the most challenging problem he had faced, the Infosys co-founder said: “Getting that design and architecture right to make a change is very, very important… When you want to make a change, there will always be a negative coalition against what you are doing. How do you create a minimally invasive method of implementing a change? Change by method is opposed. Make your change blunt… We can’t do much except move quickly and expeditiously.”
Did he ever think of giving up? “There were many occasions where I felt it was a bumpy ride… I faced great stress, but I never felt I should quit. I felt I have to see it through. If I fail, then I let down a thousand guys who wanted to do what I do. A lot of other people’s aspirations depend on my delivering,” Nilekani said.
UIDAI has already enrolled 300 million people and another 270 million have been issued numbers, he added. With it, Nilekani said, “government expenditure becomes more efficient. The entire cost of this project is less than $4 billion. Your annual expenditure on entitlements, subsidies etc is something like $60 billion. For a life-time investment of $4 billion, you get efficiency on $60 billion. Tomorrow it could be $100 billion.”

 

 

 

#India- Tribal Affairs Minister Deo opposes bauxite mining in Vizag agency area


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Our state: A tribal points to the Galikonda hill range in Visakhapatnam district, the hub for the proposed mining of bauxite ore, in this file photo.
Our state: A tribal points to the Galikonda hill range in Visakhapatnam district, the hub for the proposed mining of bauxite ore, in this file photo.
Visakhapatnam, Feb. 14:

Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Kishore Chandra Deo is firm on bringing down the curtains on the bauxite controversy in the agency (tribal) area of Visakhapatnam district, which he represents, by getting the mining leases cancelled.

At a meeting convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on February 4 on the issue, he made his stand clear and wanted quick action by the Union Mining Minister Dinsha J. Patel.

Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, Dinsha J Patel, Minister of Environment and Forests Jayanti Natarajan and Law Minister Ashwin Kumar also participated in the meeting, it is learnt.

Firm stand

The Union Mines Ministry has already given its permission to the AP Government, while the Ministry of Environment and Forests is in the process of clearing the proposal. Sources said that the Home Minister and Finance Minister were called for the meeting as the Tribal Affairs Minister had hinted to the Prime Minister that if mining was allowed it would alienate the tribals in the region, which may result in a major law and order problem.

The Finance Minister explained how the Centre was pumping in funds for development of tribal areas to combat the Maoist influence in the region, sources added.

Deo took a firm stand against mining and justified his intervention to protect the rights of the tribals enshrined in the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution, sources said.

On February 10, the Tribal Affairs Minister wrote a letter to the Minister of Mines to direct his ministry to issue a communication revoking permission to the State Government to mine bauxite in the Scheduled areas.

In the letter, he pointed out that the agreement/MoU entered into by the State Government did not flow out of an enactment of the State Legislature or Parliament and could be cancelled. The agreement was in violation of the land transfer regulations of the State Government which prohibits non-tribals from purchasing or taking on lease land in the Scheduled Areas.

sarma.rs@thehindu.co.in 

 

Harvard to the rescue of Indian Feminists ! # womenrights #Vaw #mustshare


FEBRUARY 16, 2013

Some good news for embattled and weary Indian feminists. All those endless submissions to the Verma Committee prepared and submitted, all those critiques of the Ordinance written and disseminated, all those street protests, all those meetings with students and the public, all those delegations to government officials, ministers…not to mention decades of efforts to amend the rape laws.

It’s been a long hard haul, so it’s a great relief that the Harvard Law School has stepped in to take this burden off our shoulders.

A post on the Delhi gang rape on the Harvard College Women’s Centre website has announced that a Policy Task Force titled “Beyond Gender Equality” has been convened to offer recommendations to India and other South Asian countries in the wake of the New Delhi gang rape and murder.  Diane Rosenfeld, Director of the Gender Violence Clinic at Harvard Law School and Professor Jacqueline Bhabha, will head this group.

Their principal task this semester is to produce a working paper that advises on the implementation of the recommendations from the Verma Committee. The committee in a bold move, points out the need to reassess the military powers that are allowed to operate with impunity in conflict zones. Part of our discussion will focus on real reparations and support for survivors of sexual violence, in a manner that allows them to function as integrated members of their communities.

It’s so good to know that there are Harvard Professors to make all the “bold moves” that Indian feminists have never made.

 Attack the impunity of security forces? Now that’s a bold move indeed – would any of us shy  Indian women be so bold as all that?  I wonder where the Verma Committee got that crazy idea from?

Posts on Kafila on the Justice Verma Committee and the Ordinance

The Verma Committee: Alchemizing anger to hope

WateCannons, Tear Gas, Ordinance – How the State Responds to Protests Against Rape and the Justice Verma Committee

Why the Govt’s Ordnance is Fraud & Mockery of the Justice Verma Committe Recommendations

The Official Emergency Continues – The Ordinance on Sexual Assault 

“The impunity of every citadel is intact” – the taming of the Verma Committee Report, and some troubling doubts

Why the law on sexual offences must be changed

The Criminal Law Ordinance 2013 on Sexual Assault – Cut, Paste and Shock! 

Also check out the reports on Feminists India

#India- Rape Debate Widens in India #Vaw


Claim of Abuse in Police Custody Puts Attention on Authorities

By TOM WRIGHT And GEETA ANAND
[image] Garima Jain/TehelkaSoni Sori was arrested in New Delhi on charges of being a Maoist. In an open letter to the lawyer representing her in the Supreme Court, Ms. Sori says she was sexually assaulted while in custody.

SAMELI, India—Soni Sori, a mother of three and teacher in her forest village, was arrested in 2011, accused of aiding leftist rebels who are fighting a war against the Indian government in a wide swath of the country,

Ms. Sori alleges that soon after her arrest, a police superintendent at the local police station ordered her stripped and junior officers inserted hard objects into her body until she blacked out from the pain.

Lawyers for Ms. Sori then filed a petition in India’s Supreme Court seeking an independent medical examination of their client. Two weeks later, the court ordered such a test and doctors found three stones in her body.

In an open letter to the lawyer representing her in the Supreme Court, Ms. Sori made the allegations of sexual assault in custody. Police have denied the allegations.

[image] Shailendra Pandey/TehelkaSoni Sori, accused of aiding leftist rebels, at a New Delhi court in 2011. She has alleged assault in custody.

Anger After a Rape

Dec. 16 A student is raped on a bus in New Delhi

Dec. 22 Protesters calling for harsher punishments for rapists clash with police.

Dec. 23 A panel headed by former Chief Justice J.S. Verma is appointed to suggest law changes to reduce sexual assault.

Dec 29 Bus rape victim dies

Jan. 23 Panel recommends changing law that shields armed forces from prosecution for rape in conflict areas; suggests up to 10-year prison terms for senior officers who allow rape to occur on their watch.

Feb. 3–indian president passes ordinance that would increase maximum penalty for rape to death from life imprisonment but ignores verma recommendation on removing barriers for trying armed forces personnel for rape.

WSJ reporting

The Supreme Court is expected to decide soon whether to allow a special investigation of Ms. Sori’s allegations. Meanwhile, she remains in jail in the state of Chhattisgarh.

Indian authorities are attempting to contain public anger over the prevalence of sexual assault in Indian society—a problem in focus since the rape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in New Delhi in December.

But human-rights groups say that efforts to safeguard female safety can’t succeed unless the issue of rape and other sexual assault of women while in police or military custody is dealt with aggressively.

A report last month by a panel headed by former Indian Chief Justice J.S. Verma, convened by India’s government to look at strengthening rape and other laws related to sexual assault and harassment, singled out rape in custody as a major problem. The report recommended prison terms of up to 10 years for police and military commanding officers who fail to stop rape and sexual assault occurring in custody on their watch. It also said India should review laws that protect security personnel from prosecution for rape while serving in conflict areas.

“This is why the Verma commission is so important. It’s looked on the state as a perpetrator not just a protector,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, who heads the Indian operations of New York-based Human Rights Watch.

The problem, though, will be uncovering instances of sexual assault in custody. Many cases go unreported, human-rights groups say.

There were only nine cases involving custodial-rape accusations awaiting trial at the start of 2011 out of 95,065 total cases of rape, according to National Crime Records Bureau statistics. Of those, eight were pending at the end of the year and one case ended in an acquittal of the accused rapist. There were no convictions.

Efforts to stop custodial rape in the past have failed. In 1972, in the western state of Maharashtra, a 16-year-old tribal girl was allegedly raped in a police station after her family had gone there to register an unrelated complaint. Her family lodged a criminal complaint against two officers. The Supreme Court eventually threw out the case, saying the girl’s body bore no outward signs of rape.

The ruling sparked protests by women’s groups across the country. Four law professors wrote an open letter of complaint to the chief justice about the ruling.

The movement led to amendments, in 1983, to the criminal law that dealt with rape. The changes included a new category of rape for offenses committed when a victim is in custody of the state. In such a situation, the law said a court should presume a woman who says she didn’t consent is telling the truth. Previously, the law was silent on the matter of rape in detention.

Still, women’s groups say such legislation hasn’t stopped custodial rape occurring in remote rural areas and in parts of the country where the military is covered by the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, legislation which shields security personnel from prosecution in areas of armed conflict.

In 2004 in Manipur, a northeastern state where a low-grade separatist conflict has simmered for decades, a 32-year-old woman was allegedly raped and killed by soldiers. After protests, the state government ordered a probe but none of the alleged perpetrators faced trial, shielded by the army-immunity act.

The Verma committee, in its report last month, said India should consider reforming the act, a promise made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government but opposed by the army.

“Sexual violence against women by members of the armed forces or uniformed personnel must be brought under the purview of ordinary criminal law,” the report said.

Ms. Sori’s case has reignited the debate about custodial assault. Human-rights groups say they don’t know whether her allegations are true but criticize the government for so far failing to order an independent inquiry. “Do you only accept the police version?” asked Ms. Ganguly of Human Rights Watch. “There has been no independent investigation so far. It suggests that as a state we have no desire to view with sympathy the allegations of a woman.”Ms. Sori and her nephew have denied the charges. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal two years ago, before her arrest, Ms. Sori painted a picture of being caught between two warring sides. Police had tried to recruit her nephew, who later was kidnapped by Maoists for cooperating with Indian authorities, before being released, she said.

Ms. Sori’s home district is at the center of the battle that has raged since the 1960s between Maoist rebels claiming to be fighting for the rights of locals and the Indian government.

In 2011, police arrested Ms. Sori’s nephew for allegedly collecting protection money for Maoists. Police allege Ms. Sori also was involved but had escaped. She later was arrested in New Delhi and transferred to Chhattisgarh.

On Oct. 8, 2011, Ms. Sori claims in documents filed with the Supreme Court that Ankit Garg, a police superintendent in Chhattisgarh, ordered junior officers to molest her, including pushing hard objects into her body.

Mr. Garg, the police superintendent, denied the allegations against him and in an interview he disputed as impossible the finding that inserted stones had stayed in Ms. Sori’s body for 16 days. A year ago, police awarded Mr. Garg a medal for acts of bravery during an earlier counterinsurgency operation against Maoists. Rajesh Kukreja, a senior police official in Dantewada, the district where Ms. Sori’s village is located, claimed she had concocted the story of abuse. “It is an act of manipulation to discredit [the police] and to divert the attention of the investigating agency,” he said.

Two days later, Ms. Sori didn’t show up for a local court hearing, and state authorities said she had slipped in the bathroom and injured herself, according to court documents.

At the request of Ms. Sori’s lawyers, the Supreme Court sent her two weeks later to be examined at a hospital in the much larger city of Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal state. Doctors there reported finding the stones inside her, according to a medical report filed in court.

Ms. Sori’s lawyer, Amiy Shukla, said the suggestion Ms. Sori had herself inserted the stones is false and her allegations would hold if the Supreme Court ordered an investigation.

 

A version of this article appeared February 15, 2013, on page A12 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Rape Debate Widens in India.

 

Doctor, accomplice charge sheeted for gangraping Dalit girl #Vaw #WTFnews


gangrape

PTI
Muzaffarnagar, February 16, 2013

 

A doctor and his accomplice were charge sheeted today for allegedly abducting and raping an 18-year-old Dalit girl, police said.  The doctor, Praveen Kumar Saini, and his friend Deepak Kumar abducted the girl from Haibatpur village under Charthawal police station area when she had

stepped out of her home to relieve herself on January 16, police said.

The duo raped her, they said, adding, police today filed charge sheet against the accused. Praveen has already surrendered in court, while the other accused is still absconding, police said.

The victim was medically examined to confirm the rape and her statement has been recorded in court, police said.

 

Apply Now- India Youth Fund #mustshare


 

What is the India Youth Fund Window? The India Youth Fund Window is a joint program between UN-Habitat and Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation to support urban youth in India with the aim of advancing the achievement of youth empowerment, the Millennium Development Goals, and the Habitat Agenda. The India Youth Fund Window is a specific funding mechanism under the UN-Habitat Urban Youth Fund for Indian youth financed by the Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation.

 

Who can apply for grant? Youth-led groups based in India where majority (50% and above) of the management and board are aged between 15 and 32 years may apply for the India Youth Fund Window. The youth group has to be registered for at least one year before the application deadline (15th April). Projects must be implemented within an urban area as defined by the Census of India.

 

How do I know whether the place I am planning to do my project is a city or town? For the India Youth Fund Window, an urban area is defined as:

  • All places with a municipality, corporation, cantonment board or notified town area committee etc.

All other places which satisfy the following criteria:

  • Minimum population of 5000;
  • At least 75% of male working population engaged in non-agricultural pursuits; and
  • A density of population of at least 400 persons per sq km (1000 per sq mile).

 

You may also want to use Google or other search engines to check the population of your city or town. The information may also be available with your local administration.

 

What are eligible organizations? Organizations must have been legally registered for at least one year. They must be non-profit, non-government (NGOs or CBOs) and youth-led. They must have a valid bank account. They must involve girls and young women at all levels of decision-making.

 

What is an NGO? A Non-governmental Organization (NGO) is a legally constituted organization that operates independently from any government. The term is usually applied only to organizations that pursue some wider social aim.

 

What is a CBO? Community organizations (sometimes known as community-based organizations) are civil society non-profits that operate within a single local community. Like other nonprofits they are often run on a voluntary basis and are self-funding.

 

What organizations are not eligible? Organizations that carry out religious evangelization and organizations affiliated with political parties are not eligible. Organizations where the majority of staff and board members are not aged between 15-32 years are not eligible.

 

What projects are supported? Youth-led Development involves young people actively creating a better future for themselves and their communities, usually based at the grassroots level and are largely carried out by youth volunteers. Initiatives address a broad range of community needs such as health, employment, access to affordable housing, secure land tenure, safer cities and participation in decision-making. The objective of the project is also to develop valuable skills of management, teamwork etc among young people and boost their ability to acquire jobs and participate actively in society.

 

Is it compulsory for my organization to involve girls and young women? Yes! The Urban Youth Fund aims for gender equality and applicant organizations should therefore engage both female and male youth equally in the implementation of the project and among the beneficiaries. Organizations that do not involve girls and young women are not eligible.

 

What is the amount of the grants? Youth-led projects may receive grants of up to INR 8 Lacs.

 

How much does it cost to apply? Nothing! The India Youth Fund Window will not require you to pay any fee during the entire process of your application.

 

Can I apply for more than one project? No! Organizations can submit only one application for each annual deadline. Organizations may however, apply for the Fund the following year if not successful. Organizations that apply for more than one project will be disqualified.

 

When and where will the results be announced? The results will be announced on the Urban Youth Fund website: www.unhabitat.org/youthfund and the Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation website:www.nsfoundation.co.in on before 15th October (within six months of the application deadline). Successful applicants will be individually notified by e-mail.

 

How do I apply for a Fund grant? The application form is available online at http://unhabitatyouthfund.org. To access it, you have to first register on the front page, and then download the application guidelines and application form.

 

 

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