Hamari Dharohar Scheme
Following the spirit of the Constitution, as the Constitution of India grants equal rights and opportunities to all communities including minority communities of India to profess their religion and culture and believes in Unity in Diversity which is the basic tenet of Indian Culture, the Government of India is of firm conviction that there is a strong need to curate the rich heritage and culture of Minorities particularly minuscule minorities and supporting calligraphy and related crafts.
There are six minority communities in India which have been notified under National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992. They include Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsis and Jains. According to the Census data of 2001, Buddhists and Jains have small population which is less than a Crore. The Parsis are even less than a lakh, thus may fall under minuscule minority category.
Objectives of Hamari Dharohar Scheme
The objectives of Hamari Dharohar Scheme include:
- To curate rich heritage of minorities under overall concept of Indian Culture.
- To curate exhibitions.
- To preservation of literature/ documents etc.
- To support and promotion of calligraphy etc.
- Research and Development.
Activities to be Covered Under the Scheme
The following selective intervention for preservation of heritage and may cover following kinds of projects are covered under the Hamari Dharohar Scheme:
- Curating exhibitions including iconic exhibitions or Performing art for showcasing and preserving heritage.
- Support and promotion of calligraphy etc.
- Preservation of literature, documents, manuscripts etc.
- Documentation of oral traditions and art forms.
- Support to ethnic museums (not supported under schemes of Ministry of Culture or its bodies) for showcasing and preserving heritage of minority communities.
- Support for organizing heritage related seminars/ workshops.
- Fellowship for research in preservation of heritage and development.
- Any other support to individual/ organization in furtherance of cause of protection and promotion of rich heritage of minority communities.
Implementation of Hamari Dharohar Scheme
The scheme has been implemented in given below manner:
- The scheme will be implemented for curating rich heritage of six notified minority communities under National Commission for Minorities Act 1992 i.e., Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsis and Jains.
- The scheme is to be taken up in the entire country.
- The scheme may be implemented during the remaining 3 years period of 14th Finance Commission i.e. from 2017-18 to 2021-22.
Eligibility Criteria of Hamari Dharohar Scheme
The organizations and conditions which leads to eligibility comprises:
a) State Archaeological Departments/Agencies;
b) Renowned organizations of national repute registered under Societies Registration Act for at least three years and having experience of such curating works of heritage.
c) Reputed Registered Minority Community Organizations, registered under Societies Registration Act for at least three years and having experience of such curating works of heritage.
d) Registered/Recognized Cultural Institutions of Minority Communities, registered under Societies Registration Act for at least 3 years, and having experience of curating works of heritage.
e) Recognized Universities/ Research Institutions having experience and facilities for curating works of heritage.
f) Institutions of Central/State Govt. having experience and facility of curating works of heritage.
g) Trusts, Companies, Partnership Firms, or Societies registered under Societies Registration Act, 1960 and engaged in preservation and curation of items of cultural and heritage importance.
i) The organization/institute should have a past experience of minimum 3 years.
ii) Organization/institute should have facilities, resources, personnel and experience substantiating their project.
iii) The organization should be financially viable and not have deficit account during the last three years. For this, duly Audited Annual Accounts of the last three years should be provided.
iv) The institution must have been registered on NITI Aayog Portal i.e. http://ngodarpan.gov.in.
v) The organization must have undertaken at least one project, related to preservation of heritage and curating, conforming to the activities under this scheme set by this Ministry.
vi) The agency or its proprietor should not have been declared bankrupt by any banking / financial institution.
vii) Organization or any of its head should not have been convicted for any criminal offence. An affidavit certified by NOTARY should be provided in support of this clause.
viii) Firms/Organization/institute blacklisted by NITI Aayog or any Central/State Govt. Dept/Agency will not be eligible.