NHFDC - The National Handicapped Finance & Development Corporation

National Handicapped Finance & Development Corporation

The National Handicapped Finance & Development Corporation (NHFDC) has been set up by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India on 24th January 1997. The company is registered under Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956 as a Company not for profit. It is wholly owned by Government of India and has an authorised share capital of Rs. 400 crores (Rupees Four Hundred Crore only). The company is managed by Board of Directors nominated by Government of India.

NHFDC functions as an Apex institution for channelising the funds to persons with disabilities through the State Channelising Agencies (SCAs) nominated by the State Government(s).

Micro Finance Scheme

Micro Credit Scheme Implemented through State Chanalising Agency (SCA). The Corporation assists persons with disabilities by providing loans for self-employment and other economic ventures. The NHFDC does implement the Micro Credit Scheme as per details given in the following paras.

Main Features of the Scheme

Purpose of the loan is to provide financial assistance to weaker section of the disabled for starting or augmenting income generation activities. The illustrative nature of income generating activities is given below:

i) Small business/trade

ii) Cottage industry or service activity

iii) Artisan activities

iv) Agricultural and allied activities

v) Transport sector activities

Quantum of Loan and Rate of Interest -

Under the Micro Credit Scheme, loan is given to the SCAs for further disbursement to individual beneficiaries, self-help groups of disabled persons either directly or through Non Government Organisations (NGO).

The maximum amount of loan to an NGO will be limited to Rs.5.0 lakh (Rupees Five Lakh only). However, the NGO may be sanction repeated loan considering its previous performance, repayment record, utilization of loans etc. However, at any given time, the principal amount outstanding against the NGO will not exceed Rs. 5.0 lakh. NHFDC would provide 100% funding of the sanctioned projects.

Interest & Rebate -

=> Interest payable by the beneficiaries shall not exceed 5% per annum.

=> The lending rate of NHFDC to the SCA will be 2% per annum.

=> The interest spread of 3% may be divided between the SCA and NGO as per their mutual agreement.

=> A rebate of 1% per annum on interest will be admissible to women beneficiaries. In this case, the lending rate of NHFDC to the SCA will be 1% per annum.

Eligibility Criteria of Beneficiaries -

a) => Any Indian Citizen with 40% or more disability

b) => Annual income below Rs. 5,00,000/- p.a. for urban areas and Rs. 3,00,000/- p.a. for rural areas.

c) => Age between 18 and 60 years.

d) => The borrowers already covered under any other scheme of financing sponsored by Central or State Government or financing institutions and having outstanding loans against their names shall not be eligible.

e) => The borrowers should preferably be regular member of Thrift and Credit Group (Self Help Group).

f) => Preference will be given to women beneficiaries.

g) => Relevant educational/technical/vocational qualification, experience and background.

Eligibility Requirement of NGO -

1. => The applicant NGO should have been registered for at least three years and it should have good reputation.

2. => An NGO intending to implement Micro Credit Scheme should have the objective of serving the social and economic needs of the weaker sections or the Persons with Disability.

3. => It should have the necessary flexibility, professional competence and basic financial management capability and organisation skills to implement the lending programme. It must have out reach services in the operational areas.

4. => Its office bearers should not be elected members of any political party.

5. => It should have a proper system of maintaining accounts. Accounts should have been audited. There should not have been any serious irregularities observed in the audit, and its accounts should be published.

6. => It should be running on sound lines and preferably have experience of Thrift and Credit administration of at least three years and its recovery performance during the last three years should be approximately 90% or more.

Security -

a) Fund under Micro Credit Scheme will be released only to those SCAs who have executed the General Loan Agreement and provided adequate Block Government Guarantee.

b) ii) The SCA will be free to decide on the security. However, it should obtain a minimum guarantee of at least 25% of the total sanctioned amount pledged as FDR or 40% of the sanctioned amount as collateral security from the NGO.

Financing Patterns -

NHFDC would provide 100% of the project cost to the SCAs for disbursement to the NGOs / Individuals / SHGs.

Utilisation of Loan and Refund of Un-utilised Loan -

i) The SCAs to which funds have been sanctioned can make the drawal of funds as per requirement within the credit limit sanctioned, which generally will be for one year.

ii) The first drawal will be made not later than one month from the date of sanction unless the limit is extended by the NHFDC. If the lending operations are not so commenced, the NHFDC will be at liberty to cancel the sanction or vary any of the terms and conditions.

iii) The funds made available to an SCA are to be utilised within a period of 90 days from the date of release of funds. The SCAs will be required to submit the utilisation of funds in the prescribed format. The funds remaining unutilised due to any reason will be required to be refunded within a fortnight on expiry of utilisation period indicated in the sanction letter.

iv) Unutilised funds, if not refunded to NHFDC within due date, the same shall be charged with penal interest @ 3% p.a. over and above the normal rate of interest for next 90 days from the expiry of last date of utilisation period. Thereafter, the unutilised amount shall carry additional penal interest @ 2% per annum till the date of refund.

Repayment -

Term loans drawn from NHFDC will be required to be repaid within a period of 36 months in quarterly instalments. The instalments of term loan and interest shall be repayable to NHFDC on 30th June, 30th September, 31st December and 31st March every year or on such other dates as agreed to by NHFDC. Six days grace period will be admissible for payment of any instalment to NHFDC.

Liquidated Damages -

Defaults in the repayment of NHFDC dues (principal as well as interest) shall attract liquidated damages @ 2% p.a. over and above the normal rates of interest.

Grant for promotion / training -

A grant of Rs. 2,000/- for every block of loan amount of Rs. 1.0 lakh, will also be provided by NHFDC to the NGO for training, orientation/ motivation of the beneficiaries, capacity building and organizing SHGs, awareness creation and administrative expenses. There will be no ceiling of the amount of grant to an NGO.

Procedure for Obtaining Loan -

Under the Micro Credit Scheme, loan is given to the SCAs for further disbursement to individual beneficiaries, self-help groups of disabled persons either directly or through Non Government Organisations.

The SCAs desirous of implementing the Micro Credit Scheme (MCS) to further provide loan to individual, Self Help Groups through Non Government Organisations.

i) Under the scheme, the NGOs will apply to the respective SCA (State Channelising Agency. The NGOs will submit their application for loan under Micro Credit Scheme to the SCA in the prescribed application form alongwith all relevant details & documents.

ii) The SCA will scrutinise and verify the credential of NGO and satisfy itself regarding the suitability of the NGO for implementation of Micro Credit Scheme and its capacity to handle number of beneficiary vis-à-vis the amount of fund.

iii) The SCA may sanction loan upto Rs. 2.0 lakh to an NGO for further financing to Self-Help Group (SHGs) of disabled persons or beneficiaries.

iv) The application of an NGO for a loan amounting to more than Rs. 2.0 lakh (Rupees Two Lakh only) will be scrutinized by the SCA and forwarded to NHFDC for sanction with due recommendation and credential verification report of the NGO.

Nationalised Banks

The National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation extends loan to the persons with disability also through Punjab & Sind bank (P&SB) & Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC).

For further details, please contact:

State Channelising Agencies in your state


National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation

(Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment)

Red Cross Bhawan, Sector-12, Faridabad - 121 007

Ph: (0129) 2287512, 2287513, 2226910

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