Chintan Environmental Research & Action Group
Waste Management
Estd: 1999
Used for Beneficiaries: 74%
Address : 238, Sidharth Enclave, New Delhi 110014. Delhi
Email :
Web-site :
Telephone : +91 11 46574172
Donor Contact : Ms. Saveri Kulshreshth / +91 11 46574171 /
Financial Score
Rs, Y/E March 31
Income & Expenditure Statement201220132014
Income From
Government Sources000
Institutional Sources4,653,9173,555,83417,516,944
Foreign Sources10,507,33322,058,74140,205,334
Other Income30,0691,7500
Total Income (A)20,512,82829,982,65063,804,201
Expenses For
Direct Programme Activities3,829,7542,372,9501,905,110
Programme Staff Cost5,775,7068,324,39013,623,137
Travel Expenses1,633,7101,537,8271,665,883
Direct Programme Expenses11,239,17012,235,16717,194,130
Fund Raising Expenses000
General Staff Cost259,9882,100,2671,916,001
Overhead Expenses1,940,3072,562,0893,247,806
Other Expenses/Transfer27,78100
Total Expenditure (B)13,605,76617,446,53123,328,822
Surplus / (Deficit) (A-B)6,907,06212,536,11940,475,379
Balance Sheet201220132014
Fixed Assets443,0992,642,0256,768,079
Current Assets (excl. Cash)4,960,0215,356,2822,571,841
Cash/Bank 7,089,52613,414,63542,205,501
Accumulated Deficits000
Total Assets17,435,84427,056,13958,599,200
Corpus / Share Capital95,43495,4341,395,434
General Funds8,527,6269,246,33715,764,720
Earmarked Funds5,908,35115,777,83138,138,455
Current Liabilities2,904,4331,936,5373,300,591
Total Liabilities17,435,84427,056,13958,599,200
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.N.A.N.A.
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 Societies Registration Act, 1860
Auditor : S. M. Varma & Co.
Bankers : Syndicate Bank

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

Trustees/Directors/Managing Committee:
Ms. Bharati Chaturvedi, Founder & Dir. Mr. Arjun Bhagat, Board President
Mr. Ravi Singh, Member Ms. Ritu Prasad, Board Treasurer
Mr. Alok Chopra, Member Mr. Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Member
Ms. Sudha Shastri, Member Mr. Arjun Sharma, Member

Source : Audit Report 2014

Financial Note : 1) There has been a surge in both domestic and foreign grants in FY14, leading to a 114% surge in Total Income. 2) In FY12, FY13 and FY14 income includes unutilised funds brought forward from previous years. 3) Sales/Fees charges includes Scrap Disposal fees, House Keeping Collection. 4) Rent which accounts for 7% of total expenses is included in Overheads. 5) In FY12, Bad Debts written off are taken in Other Expenses.

NGO Profile :
Chintan Environmental Research & Action Group works for environmental justice and social justice. Their focus is on ensuring equitable and sustainable production and consumption of materials, and improve disposal of waste. An important part of this is ensuring green jobs, security and dignity for the urban poor, many of whom earn a living as waste recyclers. They also work closely with policymakers, Resident Welfare Associations and the police.

In 2014, Chintan Material Recovery Facility was one of the winners of the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award. They won the award for sorting garbage from numerous trains at the New Delhi Railway station into organic and non-organic waste, which would otherwise end up in landfill dumps outside the city. They shared the award with Goonj.

Main activities of Chintan:

1) Voice for Waste: Chintan organises wastepickers, small traders and other waste workers in order to enable them to receive social security, dignity and their fundamental rights. A large part of work under this program is undertaken in partnership with an association of waste recyclers incubated by Chintan called Safai Sena (12,000 members).

2) Scavengers to Managers: The NGO works with partners such as the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and other agencies to help set up solid-waste handling systems that result in green jobs at minimum wages in a safe environment. Examples are doorstep waste collection, composting, primary treatment of PET plastics, and safely dismantling complex electronic waste (e-waste). As part of Low Carbon futures program, Chintan works with bulk waste producers - offices, factories and other large organizations -to collect and recycle their waste, thus creating livelihood in the informal sector.

3) No Child in Trash: With the goal of ending child labour in waste picking, the program runs non formal schools and enables access to formal schooling for children in waste picking communities. This program has benefitted over 4,000 children studying in nine schools till date. Currently, 1,800 children are enrolled in their informal learning centres.

4) Advocacy and Outreach: To influence policy makers and the public, they produce watchdog reports, films, policy memos and organise campaigns and protests along the themes of social and environmental justice.

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