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Scheme Name : Advancement of Rural Technology Scheme (ARTS)
  Ministry / Department/Organisation  : Council for Advancement of People's Action and Rural Technology (CAPART)
  Goverment  : Central
Sponsored By
  Sponsored By : Central Goverment
  Funding Pattren : I. Projects will normally be assisted up to a maximum of 90% of the total cost. However, as much contribution of the community/VO will be mobilized by the Project Implementing Agencies as may be possible. Other sources like bank loans, Government subsidies and assistance may also be tapped apart from the sponsoring organization’s contribution and contribution of the beneficiaries. Differential rates of funding may be provided for different activities depending upon their nature. For private activities, the contribution of the beneficiaries/VO may be higher. II. Though a project exclusively for construction of building and/or purchase of machinery and equipment would not be eligible for assistance, assistance for these items could be provided if these are components of the basic programme content. Their ownership may vest in the Community/User Groups. III. Administrative costs of project comprising salaries, maintenance of vehicles, furniture, contingencies and the like should not exceed 10% of the total cost of the project. IV. Purchase of land would not be eligible for CAPART assistance. V. Bankable activities like rising of a corpus fund, buying of animals, raw materials and machinery for production activity etc. will not normally be eligible for CAPART assistance. VI. Financial assistance shall be provided only to such eligible voluntary organisations as fit into the parameters issued by Government from time to time and also such parameters as may be developed by CAPART.
  Description : The thrust of Rural Technology Scheme is to promote innovative rural technologies especially for the disadvantaged sections of the society. CAPART supports projects under the Advancement of Rural Technologies (ARTS) scheme, such technologies which are catering to the disadvantaged and are newly designed and lab tested to be viable, but is neither being promoted /funded by any other agency. Objectives 1. To act as National Nodal Point for coordination of all efforts at development and dissemination of innovative technologies relevant for rural areas; 2. To act as a catalyst for development of technology appropriate for rural areas by identifying and funding need-based projects; 3. To strengthen existing institutions of research and development and set up new institutions for conducting need-based study, survey, adaptive research and development, field trials, demonstration, dissemination and popularization and evaluation of appropriate technologies amongst the end–users in rural areas; 4. To act as a clearing house of information and build up a data bank of technologies for rural areas; 5. To facilitate marketing of proven technologies by disseminating necessary information to manufacturers and users of machinery, tools, equipment and spare parts; 6. To act as a conduit for transfer of appropriate rural technologies to voluntary agencies, government departments, public sector undertakings and members of public; 7. To create a network of NGOs on a regional basis which could understand and then carry forward the thrust of rural technology to the rural areas; 8. To assist NGOs to set up demonstration and training centres for upgrading the skills of village youths, artisans, women and other target groups for their effective participation in development programmes; 9. To conduct or sponsor awareness camps, training programmes, meetings, seminars, workshops, conferences, consultations, to promote interaction between Government agencies, technical institutions and voluntary agencies working in the field of rural development and technology; 10. To document, prepare, print and publish papers, periodicals, bulletins, monographs, books, video films and CD etc. for dissemination of appropriate technologies The basic objectives of ARTS Project Proposals should be; 1. upgrading skill, 2. reducing drudgery, 3. reducing physical labour, 4. increasing efficiency, 5. increasing productivity, 6. improving quality, 7. enhancing income, 8. generating employment, 9. improving environment, 10. recycling of waste materials, 11. utilization of local resources, 12. Improving hygienic conditions, 13. improving quality of life of rural masses using advanced techniques and appropriate technologies for increasing rural prosperity Technologies supported under ARTS 1. The technology proposed should be simple, easy to learn, easy to demonstrate, easy to maintain, cost effective, environment friendly, and culturally and socially acceptable to the target groups. 2. The technology should utilize locally available human resources and to the extent possible, local materials which are currently unused /under-used or wrongly used. 3. The proposal should not be purely research oriented and for creation of infrastructure for the organization. 4. It should be applicable on practical lines for demonstrating the benefits for the target groups 5. The project proposal should invariably have to be judged by the touchstone of 6. Marketability of products. In fact, undertaking of cost benefit analysis of all the project proposals received should be a part and parcel of project appraisal by CAPART. 7. Standardization of the adoptive and adaptive research proposals in respect of various technologies should be undertaken through establishment of linkages with various scientific and technical bodies such as CSIR, DBT, and DST etc. 8. All technologies, which are need, based, innovative, uses local expertise including resources and have a component of dissemination and adaptation should be promoted. The broad areas under which CAPART supports innovative technology 1. Sustainable Agricultural and allied technologies 2. Rural industries 3. Low cost building construction technologies 4. Rural energy – Non-conventional/energy efficient technologies 5. Water related technologies 6. Traditional medicines and Medicinal Plants 7. Bio-technology 8. Food Processing and Preservation 9. Bio-mass Utilization 10. Entrepreneurship development programme 11. Information Technology (IT) 12. Processing, packaging and marketing. 13. Cultivation of various kinds of plants for bio-fuel plants. 14. Intellectual property rights 15. Awareness generation and skill up gradation 16. Organisation of Meetings, Seminars, Conferences 17. Documentation, Publication and information dissemination 18. All other newly emerging technologies for the benefit of the rural poor. Technology Resource Centres (TRCs)  Dissemination of appropriate technologies to the target groups in rural areas is the prime objective of CAPART.  Most of the NGOs need technical assistance and guidance regarding choice of suitable technologies, adaptation to field conditions, appropriate methodologies for transfer including training, involvement of beneficiaries and SandT based backup.  This need is envisaged to be met by the Technology Resource Centres (TRCs).  TRCs are designed to test technologies suitable for the specific geographical area, make modifications where necessary, and initiate the process of transfer of viable technologies through demonstration, training and manufacture.  The unique feature about these Centres is that they are all managed by Voluntary organizations, which have a high degree of technical competence. Under this programme Voluntary agencies with proven track record of adaptive R and D and technology transfer are supported with one time grant for creation of necessary infrastructure and some recurring expenses.  These Centres are expected to act as focal points of referral of technology gaps in that area and generation of matching solutions to answer the technology needs identified by Government and nongovernmental Institutions.  These Centres also conduct training programmes at various levels specially trainers’ training programme. Basic eligibility criteria for TRCs 1. Demonstrable achievements in design decvelopment and dissemination fo innovative technologies for at least 5 years. 2. Evidence of linkages and interaction with National and State level S and T institutions in technology adoption, adaptation and exchange activities. 3. Good track record of adaptive R and D and transfer of technologies in rural areas. 4. Adequate infrastructure such as training facilities, workshops, laboratories, tools and equipments etc. 5. Professional capabilities to disseminate technologies through presentation, demonstration and training. 6. Policy of openness to interact with other voluntary agencies in the areas and willingness to spontaneously respond to their needs. 7. The Government created institutions autonomous bodies, which are registered bodies, may also be considered as TRC of CAPART. Role of TRCs  To Identify, motivate and networking grass-root NGOs to take up technology dissemination programmes and catalyze projects for them;  To Provide technical assistance to NGOs involved in dissemination;  To Provide assistance in all related functions like feasibility studies, training, documentation, market formation/promotion etc.;  To Develop and absorb technologies suited to field conditions;  To Undertake adaptation or optimization of technology packages;  To Demonstrate these technologies in the area;  To Develop/promote linkages with PRIs and local government agencies;  To Link up with S and T experts/institutions to channelize their expertise for the NGOs, and finally to the people.  To assist in design development, quality improvement of products of rural entrepreneurs and their marketing.  To Enhance and strengthen the outreach capacity of the voluntary organizations Technologies disseminated by TRCs  Scheme of Village Knowledge Centre  Standardised Costing for Water Harvesting  Stabilized Mud Blocks (SMB) Technology - an alternative of Bricks  Model Scheme on Food Processing  Model Scheme on Village Gasifier technology  Bamboo Cultivation  Low Cost Nursery Techniques  Low Cost Processing and Preservation of horticultural produce  Mushroom Farming  Organic Farming  Pottery Technology  Handmade Paper  Sustainable cultivation and harvesting of Medicinal Plants  Technology Resource Center CAPART assistance will also be available for technologies developed by:  Department of Science and Technology(DST),  Council for Scientific and Industrial Research(CSIR),  Indian Council for Agricultural Research(ICAR,)  Dept. of Bio-technology(DBT),  Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources(MNES),  Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs),  Ministry of Information Technology and Communications,  Other institutions and organizations of outstanding innovation. List of TRCs Andhra Pradesh: 1. Nettur Technical Training Foundation, Krishna (Dist), 2. Youth for Action, Hyderabad. Bihar: 3. Society for Rural Industrialization, Ranchi. 4. Vikas Bharati, Distt. Gumla, Jharkhand, Gujarat: 5. Social Action for Rural and Tribal Inhabitants (SARTHI), Panchmahal, Gujarat. Himachal Pradesh: 6. Society for Technology and Development, Mandi (DIst). 7. Rural Centre for Human Interests (RUCHI) , Sirmour (Dist). Karnataka: 8. Vivekananda Girijana Kalyan Kendra, Chamrajnagar (Dist). Kerala: 9. Mitraniketan, Vellanad. 10. Peermadu Development Society, Idukki (Dist). Maharashtra: 11. Centre of Science for Villages (CSV), Wardha. 12. Vigyan Ashram, Pune. 13. Appropriate Rural Technology Institute, Pune. Madhya Pradesh: 14. Madhya Pradesh Vigyan Sabha (MPVS), Bhopal. Rajasthan: 15. The Social Work andResearch centre, Ajmer. Tamil Nadu: 16. M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai. 17. Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari. 18. Shri. AMM Murugappa Chettiar Research Centre (MCRC), Chennai. 19. Gandhigram Trust, Dindigul. 20. Centre for Indigenous Knowledge System, Chennai. Tripura: 21. Centre for Social Work and Research, Agartala. Uttaranchal: 22. Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization (HESCO), Chamoli Garhwat. West Bengal: 23. Shri Ramkrishna Ashram, 24-Parganas. Location The area of operation must be rural, meaning thereby a village included within the jurisdiction of gram panchayats. Areas included within the limits of Municipal Corporations, Municipalities, Notified Area Committees and Town Panchayats will not be considered as rural areas. Presence of organization in the area of operation The organization must have its workers in the village or have liaison with villagers. Content of Project The project proposal should be upgrading skill, reducing drudgery, reducing physical labour, increasing efficiency, increasing productivity,improving quality, enhancing income, generating employment, improving environment, recycling of waste materials, utilization of local resources, improving hygienic conditions and improving quality of life of rural masses using advanced techniques and appropriate technologies for increasing rural prosperity The following projects shall normally not be entertained: 1. Purely research progamme 2. Projects exclusively for construction of building and/or purchase of vehicles, machinery and equipment 3. Projects intended exclusively to strengthen the infrastructure facilities of the implementing voluntary organizations, and 4. Predominantly personnel oriented projects. Priorities and Preferences Certain areas and sections suffer from the added disadvantages of remoteness,lack of communication facilities and accessibility, absence of public institutions and vibrant and grass-rooted civil society organizations, etc. Such areas suffering from neglect and lack of opportunities can easily be classified as hilly, desert,border, arid and natural calamities affected etc. and the disadvantaged segments can be categorized as SCs, STs, women, disabled, widows, small and marginal farmers, freed bonded and landless labour, orphans, BPL etc. A strong affirmative action aiming at these areas and sections is also constitutionally mandated. To carry forward this mandate, voluntary action is needed to be guided in this direction.Therefore, priority and preference will be accorded to such type of project proposals which contain activities for the development of replicable models for these neglected and backward areas and sections.
  Beneficiaries : Individual,Family,Community,Women,
  Benefits : Any other,
How to avail
  Eligibility Criteria : 1. VOs should have been registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 or a State amendment thereof or the Indian Trust Act, 1882 or the Religious and Charitable Institutions Registration Act, 1920. 2. VOs should have completed 3 years from the date of registration on the date of application filed with CAPART. 3. VOs should have a bank or post office account for atleast three years preceding the date of filing of application to CAPART for funding. 4. Rural Development should be one of the objectives in the Memorandum of Association of the VOs. 5. VOs should be working with beneficiaries in rural areas even if the VO’s headquarters is located in an urban area. 6. The area of operation of the VOs must be rural, meaning thereby a village included within the jurisdiction of a gram panchayat. Areas included within the limits of Municipal Corporations, Municipalities, Notified Area Committees and Town Panchayats will not be considered as rural areas. 7. VOs should comply with the requirement of Income-Tax Department (PAN,12A) or should have at least applied for the same. 8. The organization should be broad based and representative in character. The members of the Executive Body/Managing Committee of the organisation should not be related to each other or belong to the same family. There may be maximum two relatives/family members in the Governing/Managing/Executive Committee of the organisation. But only one of them could be co-signatory of the bank account operations. 9. VOs should not have been put on the CAPART’s list of organizations to which funding has been cancelled or suspended for acts of omission and commission. 10. Members of the sanctioning committees of CAPART, namely, Executive Committee, National Standing Committee/Regional Committee or their family members and/or relatives should not be the office bearers of the VOs seeking assistance from CAPART. 11. There should not be more than three ongoing projects under implementation by the VO with funding by CAPART on the date of application filed with CAPART.
  How to avail : CAPART has made it mandatory to apply online throughNGO-PS. However, presently project funding is kept under abeyance due to restructuring process.
Nodal Officer Contact Details
  Name : Shachi Uppal
  Address : Core 4B, UG Floor, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New DElhi - 110 003
  Contact No. : 011-24648605
  Email : shachi[at]capart[dot]nic[dot]in
Validity of the Scheme
  Introduced On : N.A.
  Valid Upto : N.A.
Application Invatation Time Frame
  From Date : 01-04-2009
  To Date : 30-09-2009
Scheme Details
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  Keywords : Rural Technology, Public Cooperation, Peoples Action, Rural Development
Attachement Reqired during submission of application for this scheme
  Title of Document 1 : Upload Organisation Profile
  File Format 1  *mandatory : Format_for_Organisation_Profile.pdf
  Title of Document 2 : Upload Project profile
  File Format 2 *mandatory : Format_for_Project_Profile.pdf
  Title of Document 3 : Upload ARTS scheme profile
  File Format 3 *mandatory : Specific_Format_for_ARTS_scheme.pdf
  Title of Document 4 : Upload list of mandatory documents
  File Format 4 : List_of_mandatory_documents.pdf
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