Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR)
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) was set up by a group of Professors from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad. ADR conducts Election Watches to help the electorate make an informed choice. Since 2002 ADR has conducted Election Watches for almost all state and parliament elections in collaboration with the National Election Watch (NEW).

The Political Party Watch program studies 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.

Key activities:

  • Election Watches: Election watches are conducted for Lok Sabha elections and state assembly elections in many states. They are also conducted in Rajya Sabha elections, Bye elections and local body elections. The focus areas is background check of candidates, declaration of assets, and criminal records of candidates to increase voter awareness.
  • Political Party Watches: With a view to keeping political parties accountable, ADR publishes information regarding income tax returns filed by political parties, election expenditure declared by them, donations above Rs. 20,000 received by regional and national political parties.
  • MERA VOTE MERA DESH: This was a nation-wide Campaign for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections with the objective to reduce the influence of crime and money in elections and urge voters to “vote for clean candidates”.
  • Networking and Advocacy: In addition to the grass-root level advocacy campaigns, ADR organizes press conferences, panel discussions, outdoor campaigns, voter awareness campaigns and social media campaigns. In December 2014, ADR made a submission to SC, where it instituted SIT on black money. Also, ECI sought views of ADR/NEW on “Political Finance and the 255th report of the Law Commission of India.”
  • Other legal victories: 1) In March 2014, the Delhi HC, in response to a PIL filed by ADR found Congress and BJP guilty of accepting foreign donations and violating the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act; 2) Based on a petition filed by ADR to monitor election expenditure of political parties, the Delhi HC issued notices to the Union Government and Election Commission. This case has highlighted the huge amount of money being used during elections.