GuideStar India is India’s largest and most reliable NGO information repository. Their portal www.guidestarindia.org is India's largest, fully searchable database of reliable and comparable information on over 8,000 NGOs. More than 800 of these organisations have undergone varying levels of due diligence, forming India's largest pool of certified NGOs.
By joining GuideStar India, an NGO demonstrates its commitment to being a transparent & accountable organization.
NGOs that seek higher levels of certification, participate in the certification programme to undergo different levels of due diligence. Depending on their level of transparency and demonstrated public accountability, they are awarded GuideStar India Platinum or Gold or Silver Seal. Beginners receive the GuideStar India Transparency Key.
Sahaj has acquired the certification and has been awarded the 'Transparency Key'. One can find Sahaj on GuideStar India's website here.
The National Institution for Transforming India, also called NITI Aayog, was formed via a resolution of the Union Cabinet on January 1, 2015. It is the premier policy ‘Think Tank’ of the Government of India, providing both directional and policy inputs. While designing strategic and long term policies and programmes for the Government of India, it also provides relevant technical advice to the Centre and States.
The Government of India, in keeping with its reform agenda, constituted the NITI Aayog to replace the Planning Commission instituted in 1950. This was done in order to better serve the needs and aspirations of the people of India. An important evolutionary change from the past, NITI Aayog acts as the quintessential platform of the Government of India to bring States to act together in national interest, and thereby fosters Cooperative Federalism.
The NGO Partnership System (NGO-PS) Portal, NGO-DARPAN, was earlier maintained by the erstwhile Planning Commission, which has been replaced by the NITI Aayog w.e.f. January 1, 2015. The Portal, therefore, is being maintained at present under the aegis of NITI Aayog. It invites all Voluntary Organizations (VOs)/ Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to Sign Up on the Portal.
VOs/NGOs play a major role in the development of the nation by supplementing the efforts of the Government. This portal enables VOs/NGOs to enrol centrally and thus facilitates creation of a repository of information about VOs/NGOs, Sector/State wise. The Portal facilitates VOs/NGOs to obtain a system generated Unique ID, as and when signed. The Unique ID is mandatory to apply for grants under various schemes of Ministries/Departments/Governments Bodies.
Sahaj is registered with NGO-Darpan. One can visit Sahaj on NGO-DARPAN's portal here.
DEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONER (HANDICRAFTS)
The office of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) is a nodal agency of Government of India for craft and artisan-based activities. It assists in the development, marketing and export of handicrafts, and the promotion of craft forms and skills. The assistance is in the form of technical and financial support, including in the form of schematic interventions implemented through its field offices.
As a nodal agency, the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) spearheads the country's efforts to promote the handicrafts sector. It administers various schemes and functions to promote the development and export of handicrafts, and supplements the efforts of State Governments by implementing various developmental schemes.
Sahaj is an empanelled NGO with Development Commissioner (Handicrafts).