NGO-DARPAN is a platform that provides space for the interface between Non- Government organizations (NGOs)/ Voluntary Organizations (VOs) in the country and key Government Ministries / Departments / Government Bodies.
  • It started out as an initiative of the Prime Minister’s Office, to create and promote a healthy partnership between NGOs/VOs and the Government of India. Now it is an e-governance application offered by NITI Aayog to electronically maintain data and transparency regarding NGOs/ VOs in the country.
  • In order to transact business with line Ministries/ Departments, an NGO has to first sign-up on the NGO-DARPAN portal to obtain a Unique Identity Number (UIN) by furnishing the required details like registration number of the organization, PAN of the organization, PAN and Aadhar details of the office bearers/trustees, etc.
  • Ministries/Departments implementing schemes through the NGOs are also required to develop their own portals and integrate the same with the NGO-Darpan to facilitate seamless flow of information regarding the fund flow, projects implemented, etc. about the NGOs. The Ministries/Departments can also verify the antecedents of the NGOs through this integrated system before considering any application from NGOs for grants.UPSC Prelims 2024 dynamic test series
  • Before December 2016, the portal had about 85000 NGOs in its database. However, after mandating PAN and Aadhaar details of office bearers, there has been a reduction in the number of NGOs in the portal. Till 7th December 2017, a total of 24035 NGOs have signed up on NGO Darpan Portal.
  • 18 Ministries/ Departments have developed and integrated their portals with NGO Darpan. Five Ministries are in the process of developing their portals.
  • The MIS report generated from NGO Darpan suggests that as on 7 December 2017, up to 10 ministries/departments have released grants of Rs. 267 crore to 356 NGOs under 42 Schemes.
  • NGO Darpan has been successfully integrated with the Public Financial Management System (PFMS). As per the PFMS window a total amount of Rs. 1895 crore has been released to 1029 NGOs under 221 schemes of 34 ministries/departments during 2017-18 (as on 7 December 2017).

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