Council for Advancement of People's Action and Rural Technology (CAPART)





Citizen’s Charter


We are

A registered society under the aegis of the Ministry of Rural Development a) involving the people through voluntary organisations (VOs) in the implementation of government programmes as well as need-based innovative projects and b) creating a people’s movement for development in rural areas by means of a high degree of social mobilisation, lowering of social barriers and empowerment of the rural poor.


Our Objective is to:

          encourage, promote and assist voluntary action in the implementation of projects for the enhancement of rural prosperity;

         strengthen and promote voluntary efforts in rural development with focus on injecting new technological inputs in this behalf;

         act as the national nodal point for co-ordination of all efforts at generation and dissemination of technologies relevant to rural development in its wide sense;

         act as a clearing house of information and data bank;

         assist and promote programmes aimed at conservation of the environment and natural resources;

         collaborate with other institutions, associations and societies in India or abroad including concerned international agencies and constituents of the UN system interested in similar objectives;

         prepare, print and publish papers, periodicals, monographs and books in furtherance of the objectives of the society; and                   

 Our delivery channels:

 Are voluntary organisations since they have been playing progressively increasing role in the implementation of development policies and programmes of the government. As self-managed institutions dedicated to the cause of helping poor and needy, voluntary organisations have the necessary flexibility and approach of reaching and working with the people directly and so are in better position to comprehend the idiom of development in terms of the basic needs of the community in general and those of deprived groups in particular.

Our eligibility conditions for VO’s:

They should:

         Have registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 or a state amendment thereof, the Indian Trust Act 1882 or the Charitable and Religious Act 1920.

         Should have rural development specifically as one of the objectives.

         The VO should be established and should have working experience with people’s mobilisation for atleast three years.

         Have had a Bank or Post office account for the last three years.

         Be working with the beneficiaries in rural areas if the VO’s headquarters are located in an urban area.

        Not have been put on CAPART list of VOs to  whom funding has been suspended.

Our  Programmes and Schemes
         Organisation of beneficiaries

To mobilise the most disadvantaged sections of society for a cause sufficiently just or serious to enable them to start their struggle for betterment of their economic status and social power on their own or through VO’s.


         Public Co-operation (PC)


Promotion of innovative and integrated projects for generation of employment, income generation, creation of community assets and fufillment of basic needs like housing, drinking water, sanitation.

Key areas identified are:


         Micro planning (Adopt a Village Programme):  

         Drought proofing drought prone areas

         Innovative housing programmes

         Health and sanitation

         Sustainable development and organic farming


         Environment and Energy


Rural Technology

Supporting projects that a) facilitate the spread of new rural technologies and revitalise those indigenous ones that are in danger of being wiped out with the spread of new, and often expensive, technologies b) supports research and trial of such technology and schemes for the popularisation of these amongst the people for facilitating the transfer of technologies from laboratory to land.


Watershed Development


Operational in drought prone and water scarcity area with the active involvement of grassroot voluntary organisations and village level beneficiaries involving experienced voluntary organisations representing all the agro-ecological zones in the country. The unique model of Support Voluntary Organisations (SVOs) to train and technically assist various voluntary organisations approved for watershed & natural resource management has been developed for better implementation of the programme.


Disability Action


Generation of awareness through formation of sangams and taking up of economic support activities to enable the disabled to become self supporting and equal partners in the developmental process of the community.

Emphasis is on community based rehabilitation programmes through VOs with the focus on development rather than welfare.




Meeting the information needs of both voluntary organisations and the in-house requirement of the headquarters and Regional committees.




a)      Provides marketing support to the rural artisans and promotes their goods

b)      Bridges the critical gaps in the chain of production from the initial stage of manufacture to the point of purchase.

c)      Brings buyers and sellers in contact with each other through Gram Shree Melas organised throughout the country at the regional levels and at metropolitan and other major marketing centres.


Young Professional Scheme (YP)

Encouraging professionalism in the voluntary sector through campus recruitment each year from reputed Institutions like Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) etc. and deputes them with voluntary organisations and CAPART’s own offices.


          We have:


         9 regional centres


         A facilitation officer at the Head Office and Regional Committee offices who helps VOs visiting CAPART.


         Well equipped Library with approx. 12,000 books, periodicals and journals on developmental issues available for all visitors with Xerox facility, situated at:


For Complaints & Grievances:


a)      A specified time is fixed for visitors at CAPART offices which is 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

b)      The National Standing Committee are represented by prominent social workers, VOs, academicians and officials who ensure that funds are sanctioned to only deserving cases and that the system approved by CAPART is actually followed.

c)      Complaints against CAPART staff/officials can be made to the “Grievances Officer” either in person or through letters to CAPART Hqrs.


Information available:

         Through brochures giving particulars of various schemes


         Detailed guidelines on each scheme, available in English/Hindi and regional languages at free of cost from CAPART headquarters and also at the offices of the Regional Committees.

         CAPART Newsletter, (bi-monthly) People’s Action (quarterly).

         A display board at the reception of CAPART headquarters and Regional Committees.


Our portal:

CAPART has its own website at www.capart.nic.in, which contains all the information about the organisation. VO’s can visit our website and can access project-related information.

Our Location: 

Council for Advancement of People’s Action & Rural Technology (CAPART).

IInd Floor,Zone-V

India Habitat Centre,

Lodhi Road,

New Delhi-110003.

Phone no: 24642395 - (10 lines)           

            Fax no: 24648607

           E-mail: capart@caparthq.delhi.nic.in


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