This scheme aims at setting up Gharaunda Centres for life long shelter and care of Persons with Disability (PwD) covered under the National Trust Act. Gharaunda Centre should provide at a minimum following facilities:
I. Group Home
RO should provide lifelong group home facility for all Adult PwDs covered under the National
Trust Act with adequate and quality care service with acceptable living standards including provision of basic medical care from professional doctors.
Batch size of a Gharaunda centre is 20 PwDs with a maximum number of PwDs allowed is 30%
extra of batch size i.e. 26 for Gharaunda Centres. On reaching the maximum limit of 26 PwDs,
Gharaunda centre shall not allow anymore PwDs to enrol in the centre. ROs are encouraged to
apply again if they have sufficient number of PwDs for the new Gharaunda Centre.
RO should maintain a ratio of 1:1 for LIG (including BPL) and above LIG PwDs (which will be
paid seats for RO). Payment for the above LIG seats could be received by RO from parents,
guardians, family members, RO or any other institute/ individual directly as per mutual agreed
terms and conditions between RO and the other party involved (parents, guardians, family members, RO or any other institute/ individual)
There should be a provision of at least two Special Educators who would also provide vocational training, one Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist, three Caregivers, Ayas and Cook(s) in the centre.
Availability of a Physical Trainer and Speech Therapist in these centres are also desirable.
The frequency or schedule of the staff to be followed is as below:
|S. No.||Category||Number of staff||Frequency or Minimum number of visits required per month|
|Special Educator (+vocational trainer)||2||Everyday|
|Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist||1||5 times a week|
|Caregiver||3||Every day, 2 shifts|
Gharaunda Centre must have at least one Medical or Assessment room (with therapeutic aids and appliances), at least one Activity room or Vocational room, at least one recreation room (all rooms to be of reasonable size), hygienic lodging and other facilities for the PwDs.
In Addition, there should also be a provision for a kitchen and office supplies including a personal computer for the office purpose and for sending fund request, communicating with the National Trust and submitting reports and other documents as and when required under the scheme.
Assistance for setting up work centres (only the set up cost), will be provided by the National Trust depending upon the viability of the proposal.
|S. No.||Funding Head||Amount (in INR)||Frequency of funds disbursement|
|1.||Setup Cost||2,90,000/-||One time|
|2.||Monthly Recurring Cost||10,000/- reimbursement per Divyangjan per month||Monthly|
|3.||Crisis Fund||10,00,000/-||On a need basis|
|4.||Setup Cost for Work centre (if availed by the RO)||Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 1,00,000/-||Case to case basis|
The National Trust will provide funding to the Gharaunda Centre under following three heads:
I. Setup Cost
This is a non-recurring one-time cost that would be provided to RO initially to setup the Gharaunda Centre. In addition to the grant from the National Trust, RO is free to arrange grant from other sources to improve the infrastructure. It shall be the prerogative of the RO to buy the necessary products for set up from the places of their choice.
II. Monthly Recurring Cost
The National Trust shall pay monthly recurring cost for all PwDs at Gharaunda Centre which are eligible to be funded by the National Trust starting from first month of operation. The National Trust shall fund the Centre only if the minimum number of PwD in a Gharaunda centre in the months is 30% of the expected batch size (i.e. in this case 6)
The National Trust shall fund the PwD as per the following conditions:
a. The National Trust shall fund PwDs in a Gharaunda Centre in 1:1 ratio provided there are equal numbers of LIG (including BPL) and above LIG PwDs. LIG shall be defined as follows:
LIG = BPL limit set by the state + additional 50% of BPL Limit of that state
b. If number of LIG (including BPL) PwDs is more than number of above LIG PwDs, funds shall be provided for only those LIG for which 1:1 ratio is maintained ( LIG including BPL : Above LIG category). In this scenario, BPLs shall be given preference for funding.
c. If number of LIG (including BPL) PwDs is less than number of above LIG PwDs, the National Trust shall fund total number of LIG (including BPL).
d. Apart from this, the National Trust will fund 100% BPL in Gharaunda Centre as per the scheme irrespective of ratio, but same is not true for LIG
Example for funding by National Trust
|Total Strength||No. of LIG (including BPL)||No. of Above LIG||No. of PwD funded by the National Trust|
|20||14 (12 BPL and 2 LIG)||6||12|
|20||14 (4 BPL and 10 LIG)||6||6|
I. Crisis Fund
The National Trust will maintain a crisis fund for each Gharaunda Centre which may be utilized in case of any emergency. Crisis fund may be utilized by RO via multiple requests within the total
limit set for crisis fund. Once used, crisis fund shall not be replenished. At the time of crisis, the RO will need to obtain an approval from the State Government for the use of crisis fund. Upon submitting the proof of this approval and/or receiving a directive from the State Government, the National Trust will release the required funds.
IV. Setup Cost for Work centre (if availed by the RO)
The National Trust shall also consider funding the setup cost for Work Centres opened by existing ROs after validating the viability of the proposal. Existing RO should have minimum 10 trained PwDs to work in these work centres to avail the set up cost.
In case the work centre is closed down within one year of start of operations, Setup cost for work centre shall be taken back from that RO by the National Trust.
Funds allocated under each of the above mentioned heads are as follows:
|S. No.||Funding Head||Amount (in INR)||Frequency of funds disbursement|
|I.||Setup Cost (setup of activity room/ recreation room/ medical room, computer, furniture, Scanner and internet connection)||2,90,000/-||One time|
|II.||Monthly Recurring Cost||10,000/- reimbursement per PwD per month||Monthly|
|III.||Crisis Fund||10,00,000/-||On a need basis|
|IV.||Setup Cost for Work centre (if availed by the RO)||Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 1,00,000/-||Case to case basis|
Filter criteria for applying under the new schemes is as under:
Note: Unless the Registered Organisation fulfil the above criteria, he / she can not apply under the scheme
This section specifies the eligibility criteria for RO to apply for setting up a Gharaunda Centre and also for PwD to be enrolled in a Gharaunda Centre.
Eligibility criteria for RO
RO should fulfil all of the following eligibility criteria to enrol for Gharaunda scheme:
|S. No.||Eligibility Criteria||Required Documents|
|1.||Applicant should be registered with the National Trust||Proof of Valid Registration Certificate under the National Trust Act|
|2.||Applicant should have a valid registration under the PwD Act 1995, at the time of enrolment||Registration Proof or certificate|
|3.||The group home land should either be owned by RO or should have lease of at least 10 years with provision of renewal||Address Proof: Ownership Documents or Lease deed|
|4.||RO should have minimum 2 years of experience of working with Person with Disability (PwD) with at least one year experience in one of the four disabilities under the National Trust Act||Declaration by the RO detailing the experience|
|5.||RO should not be blacklisted by the National Trust/any other government organization, at the time of enrolment for the scheme||Declaration by the RO|
Eligibility criteria for PwD
Following are the eligibility criteria for enrolment of beneficiary under Gharaunda Centre irrespective of whether the PwD is being funded by the National Trust or not:
RO Enrolment (first approval) process
RO enrolment process defines the steps to be followed while enrolling for Gharaunda Centre for the first time. It also details out the required information and documents at each step and timelines for various activity wherever applicable.
>STEP 1. The NGO registered with the National Trust logs in to the National Trust website
STEP 2. The application form is available online on the National Trust website and has to be submitted online only. Application fees for enrolment in Gharaunda scheme is INR 1000/-
STEP 3. After the National Trust receives the application form and the documents, these are verified. If there is any missing information or wrongly submitted information which needs to be submitted again, the RO is given 15 days’ time to submit it again.
Note that the documents related to physical verification of the RO and proposed Gharaunda
centre can be submitted either at the time of enrolment for the scheme at the National Trust
website or even after the online application form has been submitted. In case the RO fails to
submit the same on time, the RO would be given 15 days’ time to submit the same after the RO receives the notification from the National Trust.
STEP 4. The final decision on the application or proposal is taken after completing all necessary formalities and processes. Based on the Physical verification report, if the RO meets scheme criteria and requirements, the application is approved. In case there is any discrepancy, RO is accordingly informed.
STEP 5. Communication to RO by the National Trust shall be done within 15 days from point of receipt. In case of online form, point of receipt is date and time of submission of online form along with all the required documents. However, if there is any missing document, the National Trust to communicate to RO within 10 days from receipt of online submission. STEP 6. In case, hardcopy of form and other documents is not received within 15 days of online point of receipt, the National Trust has to send a communication back to RO within 15 days of the prescribed deadline
strong>STEP 7. Once Enrolment is completed, a scheme ID is created for the RO, and the confirmation for the same is communicated to RO.
STEP 8. A starter kit/Gharaunda handbook containing the complete details of the Gharaunda scheme is also handed over to the RO by the National Trust.
STEP 9. The National Trust to begin the fund disbursement process for providing setup cost to the ROs.
The existing Gharaunda centres will also need to follow the same procedure as detailed above for enrolling under the new scheme including submission of documents and proposal. The RO will stop to receive benefits under the existing scheme and start receiving funds under the new scheme. The process for enrolment for Gharaunda scheme remains the same as explained above.
Enrolment of PwD at the Gharaunda Centre
STEP 1. PwD comes or is brought to the Centre.
STEP 2. The Gharaunda Centre conducts an Individual PwD Assessment Test with the help of a Therapist or Counsellor to understand the specific needs of the PwD.
STEP 3. If PwD is orphan or abandoned or is from a family in crisis, the RO should approach the competent district officials authorised by the State Government to certify the same. Apart from the document for certifying the above, there are no more documents to be produced for enrolling with the Gharaunda Centre. Also, the PwD is automatically included in the BPL category. The PwD is enrolled for Niramaya along with registration for Gharaunda
STEP 3. In all other cases, a check is made on whether the PwD is eligible for the LIG or BPL funding by the National Trust. The National Trust shall generally fund on the basis of information provided by RO. However, the National Trust reserves the right to get it verified by other sources, if required.
STEP 5. The parents or guardian are required to fill the Enrolment Form (along with the application fee, if any) and present the originals and photocopies of the following documents. The documents and records for each PwD are to be maintained in separate files.
Documents required to be brought by Parents or guardians for enrolment in a Gharaunda Centre are:
LG certificate, if PwD 18 years of age and parents are not the guardians
STEP 6. In case of successful verification of all the above furnished documents, the PwD is enrolled at the Gharaunda centre – a confirmation Enrolment ID card or receipt is handed over to the beneficiary parents or guardians ( if any), along with a starter kit. Further details about the starting date, rules and regulations etc. are to be mentioned by the Gharaunda representatives.
STEP 7. Parents and guardians of the beneficiary are given a detailed insight on the Niramaya health insurance scheme by the Gharaunda representatives, in case the beneficiary has not yet availed it already. The Gharaunda Centre mandatorily registers beneficiary under the Niramaya scheme, in agreement with the parents or guardian by form of a Certification by the parents or guardian.
Last Updated On: 04-01-2022
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