(IGP) Special Current Affairs Material for IAS (Pre) 2013 – PIB “Topic : NFCH For Promoting Communal Harmony Proactively”

(IGP) Special Current Affairs Material for IAS (Pre) 2013

Chapter: Gist of Press Information
Bureau Articles

Topic: NFCH For Promoting Communal
Harmony Proactively

Q.  National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH)?

  • The National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH) is an
    organization under the aegis of the Ministry of Home Affairs which works
    towards maintaining communal harmony.

  • NFCH was registered on 19th February 1992 under the
    Societies Registration Act.

  • The Governing Council (GC) of the Foundation has 24
    members, with the Union Home Minister as its Chairman.

  • The mandate of NFCH, inter-alia, includes undertaking
    programmes for providing assistance to the children of families affected by
    communal, caste, ethnic or terrorist violence; activities for promotion of
    communal harmony & national integration and encouraging activities to
    strengthen the bonds of unity and affinity among different religious and
    other groups.

  • In the 15th meeting of the Governing Council of the
    Foundation, held under the Chairmanship of the Union Home Minister on
    January 6, 2010, it was decided that a five-year ‘Vision Statement’ for NFCH
    should be prepared by a Committee. NFCH envisages a vision of ‘India free
    from communal or any other form of violence where all citizens especially
    children & youth live in peace & harmony’; with the mission ‘Building
    Communal Harmony, Strengthening National Integration and Promoting Unity in
    Diversity through collaborative social action, awareness programs,
    assistance to children affected by violence, interfaith dialogue &
    leadership for our Shared Security, Peace & Prosperity.’

Q. What are the strategic goals of NFCH?

NFCH strategic goals are:

  • Education & Awareness- Offering and supporting
    educational programmes for children and youth, public awareness, research
    and knowledge generation that will facilitate peaceful coexistence, mutual
    respect and trust;

  • Partnerships & Outreach- Creating greater impact by
    drawing on shared expertise and commitment of the partners and stakeholders
    at grassroots, state, national and international levels;

  • Recognition & Awards- Recognizing and awarding
    outstanding contribut ions of individuals and institutions for communal
    harmony, social cohesion and national integration;

  • Affirmative action for children affected by violence-
    Identifying children from communal, caste, ethnic & terrorist
    violence-affected areas, ensuring their rights to survival, protection,
    education, vocational training and development; and

  • Resource mobilization- Developing and fostering
    collaborative efforts including fund-raising with key stakeholders including
    Government, Public & Private Sectors and Civil Society.

Q. What are the key activities of NFCH?

  • To realize its goals, NFCH undertakes the following key

  • Education & Awareness: This involves organizing seminars,
    workshops, debates, painting competitions, etc. to reach out to masses;
    introducing awareness generation programmes at school/university level;
    organizing an Annual Public Awareness Campaign on Peace & Harmony in
    partnership with other like-minded organizations; awarding fellowships &
    financial assistance for studies on communal harmony and national
    integration; initiating a media campaign for making people aware of the ill
    consequences of violence and communal clashes and their adverse effects on
    children and youth; and promoting community celebrations for peace and
    harmony by organizing interactive get-togethers at festivals and cultural

  • Partnerships & Outreach: It organizes communal harmony
    campaigns – working with educational, governmental and religious
    organizations; identifies all the like-minded institutions in the country
    and makes a directory of individuals and academics who are active in this
    field; facilitates a ‘Volunteers for Peace & Harmony’ initiative which will
    provide people, particularly the youth, a chance to work for peace, communal
    harmony & national integration; partners with VOs/NGOs, RWAs to promote NFCH
    objectives; and develops and publishes books, films and audio-visuals aimed
    at promoting communal harmony & national integration.

  • Recognition: NFCH invites nominations to award
    individuals and organizations working towards promoting communal harmony and
    national integration; organizes meetings of the Jury, headed by the
    Vice-President of India and recognizes & awards outstanding contribution of
    an individual and organization every year.

  • Affirmative Action: NFCH takes affirmative action by way
    of providing financial assistance to children affected by communal, caste,
    ethnic and terrorist violence for their education; identifying fresh cases
    of children affected by societal violence; renewing assistance to existing
    cases of children and getting evaluation/impact assessment studies

Q. What is Volunteers for Peace & Harmony programme?

  • NFCH has recently launched the programme ‘Volunteers for
    Peace & Harmony’ (V for Peace-n-Harmony) to create a network of volunteers.
    Inspiration to set up a network of volunteers emanated mainly from the
    Gandhian concept that played a significant role in creating an atmosphere of
    peace and harmony.

  • The objectives of the Programme are: to create a network
    of volunteers to act as facilitators/ change agents for promoting social
    harmony, when peace and social cohesion between communities is disturbed as
    well as during peaceful times for inclusive development; to spread awareness
    on peace and harmony in their respective communities and neighborhoods; to
    strengthen the sense of unity in diversity amongst citizens of the country
    and to take active participation in the Communal Harmony Campaign Week from
    19th-25th of November observed by NFCH every year in the country.

  • The minimum age to be a Volunteer is 15 years and minimum
    educational qualification is Class 10th. A volunteer is expected to possess
    the following qualities: love for people of the country, positive attitude,
    aptitude for knowledge/ skill-sharing and mentorship skills.

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