As we all now, there are lakhs of NGO which are working in India for the welfare of Society. During COVID Pandemic also NGO’s has played a vital role in taking care of poor people and providing them food and shelter during lock down period. Few years back the Government of India has launched NGO Darpan portal to maintain a centralised database of NGO’s working in India. In today’s time if any NGO applies for the Government grant then it is mandatory for them to get Niti Aayog Registration by registering with NGO Darpan Portal.
Now, as per Notification issued by Ministry of Corporate Affairs dated 22nd January 2021, it is mandatory for all NGO’s which wants to raise CSR Funding to enrol with MCA w.e.f 01/04/2021 to get CSR Funding. In this article, we will discuss about the CSR Registration process and required documents.
“Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)” means the activities undertaken by a Company in pursuance of its statutory obligation laid down in section 135 of the Act in accordance with the provisions contained in these rules, but shall not include the following, namely:-
(i) activities undertaken in pursuance of normal course of business of the company:
Provided that any company engaged in research and development activity of new vaccine, drugs and medical devices in their normal course of business may undertake research and development activity of new vaccine, drugs and medical devices related to COVID-19 for financial years 2020-21, 2021-22, 2022-23 subject to the conditions that-
(a) such research and development activities shall be carried out in collaboration with any of the institutes or organisations mentioned in item (ix) of Schedule VII to the Act;
(b) details of such activity shall be disclosed separately in the Annual report on CSR included in the Board’s Report;
(ii) any activity undertaken by the company outside India except for training of Indian sports personnel representing any State or Union territory at national level or India at international level;
(iii) contribution of any amount directly or indirectly to any political party under section 182 of the Act;
(iv) activities benefitting employees of the company as defined in clause (k) of section 2 of the Code on Wages, 2019 (29 of 2019);
(v) activities supported by the companies on sponsorship basis for deriving marketing benefits for its products or services;
(vi) activities carried out for fulfilment of any other statutory obligations under any law in force in India;
As per this notification from 01 April 2021 onwards, every entity, covered under sub-rule (1), who intends to undertake any CSR activity, shall register itself with the Central Government by filing the Form CSR-1 electronically with the Registrar. On successful submission of Form CSR-1, a unique CSR Registration Number shall be generated by system automatically.
(a) a company established under section 8 of the Act, or a registered public trust or a registered society, registered under section 12A and 80 G of the Income Tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961), established by the company, either singly or along with any other company, or
(b) a company established under section 8 of the Act or a registered trust or a registered society, established by the Central Government or State Government; or
(c) any entity established under an Act of Parliament or a State legislature; or
(d) a company established under section 8 of the Act, or a registered public trust or a registered society, registered under section 12A and 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961, and having an established track record of at least three years in undertaking similar activities
1. Copy of PAN Card of the NGO
2. Mail ID and Mobile Number
3. Details of Governing Body Members
4. Copy of Registration Certificate
5. Digital Signature of the Authorised Person with his PAN Number
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