Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR)
Governance Estd: 2003
Used for Beneficiaries: 78% *
Address : T-95A, C.L. House, 1st Fl, Gulmohar Commercial Complex, Gautam Nagar, Near Green Park Metro Station, 110049. Delhi
Email :
Web-site :
Telephone : +91 11 46094248
Donor Contact : Ms. Mashqura Fareedi /
Financial Score
Rs, Y/E March 31
Income & Expenditure Statement201320142015
Income From
Government Sources000
Institutional Sources5,183,5221,594,3920
Foreign Sources15,481,97435,903,36537,105,918
Other Income00195,249
Total Income (A)23,834,05369,597,12056,127,790
Expenses For
Direct Programme Activities7,433,02723,078,94035,037,069
Programme Staff Cost6,482,9107,859,0799,383,360
Travel Expenses2,064,7422,285,9561,324,147
Direct Programme Expenses15,980,67933,223,97545,744,576
Fund Raising Expenses000
General Staff Cost1,762,3532,841,5203,464,992
Overhead Expenses3,479,8635,200,0694,693,940
Other Expenses/Transfer00136,217
Total Expenditure (B)22,062,09342,380,28654,691,972
Surplus / (Deficit) (A-B)1,771,96027,216,8331,435,818
Balance Sheet201320142015
Fixed Assets1,195,4581,260,312934,372
Current Assets (excl. Cash)1,193,53310,334,3761,731,434
Cash/Bank 2,552,660295,355159,463
Accumulated Deficits000
Total Assets29,173,60271,478,92455,697,136
Corpus / Share Capital2,429,0003,429,00018,620,000
General Funds4,458,81612,175,65114,162,468
Earmarked Funds21,806,09155,363,87822,672,358
Current Liabilities479,694510,396242,311
Total Liabilities29,173,60271,478,92455,697,136
Other Details201320142015
Direct Beneficiaries (Nos)N.A.N.A.N.A.
Indirect Beneficiaries (Nos)N.A.N.A.N.A.
Cost Per Direct Beneficiary (Rs)N.A.N.A.N.A.
Number of StaffN.A.28N.A.
Highest Salary (Rs p.a.)N.A.N.A.N.A.
Lowest Salary (Rs p.a.)N.A.N.A.N.A.
Note: * Adjusted. Transfers to Reserves have been excluded from total expenses to calculate the proportion of expenses 'Used for Beneficiaries'
Regd. under : The Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950
The Societies Registration Act, 1860
Auditor : Mihir Mehta & Co.
Bankers :
IndusInd Bank HDFC Bank
State Bank of India

Donor tax benefits : 80G 50%
Eligible for foreign donations : Yes

Trustees/Directors/Managing Committee:
Dr. Jagdeep S. Chhokar, Founder and Trustee Prof. Trilochan Sastry, Founder and Trustee
Mr. Sunil Handa, Founder and Trustee Dr. Ajit Ranade, Founder and Trustee
Dr. (Smt.) Kiran Chhokar, Trustee Ms. Kamini Jaiswal, Trustee
Mr. Jaskirat Singh, Trustee Mr. Vipul Mudgal, Trustee

Source : Audit Report 2015

Financial Note : 1) Transfers to and from Grants in the Balance Sheet have been adjusted in Income on the basis of ICAI Guidelines. 2) Other Income in FY15 mainly includes Charity Trust Contribution Refund. 3) Direct Programme Activities include overheads like printing & stationery, accomodation, data entry incurred for the election watch activities. 4) Other Expenses/Transfers in FY15 include loss on sale of assets and assests written off. 5) Fixed Assets are net of Accumulated Depreciation.

NGO Profile :
Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has conducted Election Watches whereby detailed analysis of candidate backgrounds was provided to help the electorate make an informed choice. Since then ADR has conducted Election Watches for almost all state and parliament elections in collaboration with the National Election Watch (NEW). Their Political Party Watch programme studies the Income Tax Returns, Donations received and Election expenditure declared by political parties. Strategic litigation is another tool employed by ADR to push for required reform in the political and electoral system.

Some of their activities in 2013-14:

  • ADR-Daksh All India Survey: ADR along with Daksh (Bangalore) undertook a national survey before the Lok Sabha elections to analyse voter priorities in terms of governance issues, rating of MPs by the citizens and the role of caste, religion, crime and money power in elections.
  • MERA VOTE MERA DESH (Lok Sabha 2014): This was a nation-wide Campaign for the Lok Sabha elections with the objective to reduce the influence of crime and money in elections. The Campaign urged voters to “vote for clean candidates”.​
  • None Of The Above (NOTA) option in Electronic Voting Machines (EVM): In September 2013, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of a PIL filed by Peoples’ Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and directed the Election Commission to include an additional button (None Of The Above) in the Electronic Voting Machine. ADR had intervened in the above case.
  • Other legal victories: 1) In March 2014, the Delhi High Court, in response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by ADR and Mr. E.A.S. Sarma, found the two major political parties, Congress and BJP, guilty of accepting foreign donations and violating the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act; 2) In July 2013, the Supreme Court, declared that a convicted elected representative cannot continue in office and that conviction will lead to instant disqualification. ADR had intervened in this case; 3) In June 2013, a full bench of the Central Information Commission (CIC) ruled in favour of bringing six national political parties under the ambit of Right to Information (RTI) Act.

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