Summary
Praja Foundation
 
Governance Estd: 1999
Used for Beneficiaries: 85%
Address : Room No. 5, 2nd Floor, Botawala Building, 11/13, Horniman Circle, Fort, Mumbai 400023. Maharashtra
Email :  info@praja.org
Web-site : www.praja.org
Telephone : +91 22-65252729
Donor Contact : Ms. Swati Raghunathan / swati@praja.org
Financial Score
Rs, Y/E March 31
Income & Expenditure Statement201220132014
Income From
Government Sources000
Institutional Sources3,486,0001,019,4025,101,000
Foreign Sources5,809,9541,891,7755,534,525
Donations000
Sales/Fees000
Interest/Dividend109,564146,882142,990
Other Income000
Total Income (A)9,405,5183,058,05910,778,515
Expenses For
Direct Programme Activities5,781,1366,448,1518,517,235
Programme Staff Cost000
Travel Expenses12,59335,78920,712
Direct Programme Expenses5,793,7296,483,9408,537,947
Fund Raising Expenses000
General Staff Cost655,413653,402961,607
Overhead Expenses231,358229,546535,010
Depreciation98,62472,24346,371
Other Expenses/Transfer000
Total Expenditure (B)6,779,1247,439,13110,080,935
Surplus / (Deficit) (A-B)2,626,394-4,381,072697,579
Balance Sheet201220132014
Assets
Fixed Assets100,21074,77138,400
Current Assets (excl. Cash)258,190255,662265,939
Cash/Bank 4,968,262626,6501,362,478
Investments000
Accumulated Deficits000
Total Assets5,326,662957,0831,666,817
Liabilities
Corpus / Share Capital500500500
General Funds5,317,068935,9951,633,575
Earmarked Funds000
Loans000
Current Liabilities9,09420,58832,742
Total Liabilities5,326,662957,0831,666,817
Other Details201220132014
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.1823
Highest Salary (Rs p.a.)N.A.N.A.N.A.
Lowest Salary (Rs p.a.)N.A.N.A.N.A.
Regd. under : The Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950
Auditor : H. N. Wania & Co.
Bankers : HDFC Bank Ltd.

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

Trustees/Directors/Managing Committee:
Nitai Mehta, Managing Trustee
Sumangali Gada, Founder Trustee
Anuj Bhagwati, Trustee
Iris Madeira, Trustee
Jamal Mecklai, Trustee
Vivek Asrani, Trustee

Source : Audit Report 2014

Financial Note : 1) Grants/Donations taken as Institutional Sources. 2) Direct Programme Expenses include evaluation study & survey charges, salaries and software development expenses.

NGO Profile :
Praja Foundation is a non-partisan organisation working towards establishing accountability and transparency in governance by empowering citizens and providing them with knowledge and perspective. They try to open up the dialogue between public servants and the electorate and to ensure that communication continues beyond elections.

Praja strives to revive the waning spirit of Mumbai, and increase the interaction between the citizens and the government. For this, they have created a web portal: www.praja.org to equip citizens with pertinent information, like issues faced by the ward, the responses received, along with a discussion board. Prajas primary focus areas for research are health, crime, education, working of elected representatives, housing and civic issues. Their research and outreach activities are essentially guided by the data collected and analysed by them through extensive use of The Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI).

Key activities in 2014:

  • Launched a new chapter in Delhi starting with data collection and collation through RTI applications in Delhi. They will conduct research in the areas of crime, education, health and working of Elected Representatives (ER). They have partnered with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) for research on crime.
  • After having conducted a series of consultations with experts in urban planning since 2013, Praja widened its range to include research in the new arena of affordable housing. The idea is to create a knowledge bank for Elected Representatives, citizens and media, replete with data on Housing, issues with current approaches, demystify concepts such as Floor Space Index and popular myths surrounding these issues.
  • Praja’s first publication in 2014 was the ‘Report on Working of Ward Committees in Mumbai and Civic Problems of Citizens’. It presented a thorough analysis of citizen’s issues in the 24 wards of Mumbai, and deliberation by the councillors of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai.
  • Praja collaborated with the Urban Design Research Institute for the Handbook on ‘Planning for Mumbai: The Development Plan for Greater Mumbai 2014-2034’which has been published in two languages, English and Marathi, so as to reach out to a wider audience.