Border Area Development Programme
  • Introduction
    Border Area Development Programme has been started by the Government of India with the twin objectives of balanced development of sensitive border areas through adequate provision of infrastructure facilities and promotion of sense of security amongst the local population.

  • Problems
  • The Border districts have suffered a lot and lagged behind due to their proximity to the border, 3 wars with Pakistan and long spell  of cross border terrorism.
  • Farmers living in Border areas face acute hardships as they can not cultivate tall crops.The problems are compounded by inadequate accessing facilities to the farmers after the erection of fencing alongwith International border.
  • Rivers Ravi and Satluj and number of choes and distributories are passing through the border Districts of Gurdaspur  and Ferozepur respectively causing damage to the crops particularly during the rainy  season.
  • Border areas lack basic amenities of Education, Health, Sanitation, Transportation, Roads etc.The lack of environment for development of Industries and Marketing infrastructure have further accentuated the problems of the local population.
Coverage-Border Area Development Programme

Punjab has 553 KM long International border with Pakistan with 6 districts of Amritsar, Ferozepur, Gurdaspur, fazilka & Taran Taran abutting the International border.  The following 20 blocks with  area of 6369.82 Sq.Km are being covered under Border Area Development Programme:-

Gurdaspur: Kalanaur, Dera Baba Nanak, Dina Nagar, Dorangla, Gurdaspur.
Amritsar :  Ajnala, Chogawan, Attari, Harshachina
Tarn Taran:  Gandiwind, Bhikhiwind and Valtoha
Ferozepur:   Ferozepur, Guru Harsahai, Mamdot
Fazilka:  Fazilka, Jalalabad, Khuian Sarvar
Pathankot:  Narot Jaimal Singh, Bamial

Funding - Border Area Development Programme

The Border Area Development Programme which was earlier a 100% centrally funded Area Programme has been converted to 60:40 sharing pattern w.e.f 2016-17. Funds are allocated amongst the seventeen beneficiary States on the basis of (i) length of international border (ii) population of border blocks and (iii) area of border blocks. Each of these criteria is given equal weightage. The border block is the spatial unit for the programme and all schemes are implemented within the border blocks only. The funds received from Govt. of India are allocated among the six border districts of Amritsar, Gurdaspur, TarnTaran, Ferozepur, Fazilka and Pathankot on the basis of criteria adopted by Govt. of India for distribution of funds amongst border states.
Non Government Organisation
  • Introduction

The social, economic and cultural requirements keep on changing in a developing society with the changing development processes. It is generally accepted that Voluntary Organizations(VOs)could effectively contribute in mobilizing community participation and in ascertaining the needs of the people so that our programmes are driven by demand of the community.  With the purpose of encouraging participation of Voluntary Organizations in various developmental and social activities, the State Government is providing monetary assistance to Non Governmental Organizations(NGO’s).  The aim of the State Government is to reach the most needy in the society through innovation and experimentation by covering all aspects of Human Resource Development.

In order to support and systemize the efforts of the voluntary organizations in the State,  Punjab Government has issued guidelines vide this department’s letter No.PSPB/ARO(W)-99-2000/8622, dated 15.10.1999 duly approved by the Council of Ministers.  Subsequently, the Council of Ministers in its meeting held on 22.2.2001 and 30.12.2002 had approved the following amendments respectively:-


  1. The foundation grant for Mother Unit has been enhanced from Rs.1.00 lac to Rs.2.00 lac.
  2. The project supervisory grant for Mother Unit has been increased from 5% to 7.5%.
  3. In para VIII of the guidelines, condition VI should be read as:

“The grant-in-aid released would be utilized/spent in accordance with the by-laws of the society”.


In continuation of this department’s letter No.PSPB/ARO(W)-99-2000/8622, dated 15.10.1999, the figure of Rs.5.00 lacs and Rs.10.00 lacs appearing in Item No.(ii)of Para VIII of the guidelines issued vide letter referred to above be read as Rs.10.00 lacs and Rs.15.00 lacs respectively”.


           “In continuation of this department letter No.PSPB-RO(W)-2000-2001/2011, Dated: 27th March, 2001, the Project Supervisory Grant for Mother NGO has been increased from 7.5% to 10%”.
                     These amendments were circulated vide letter Nos.PSPB-RO(W)-2000-01/2011-15, dated 27.3.2001, No.PSPB-RO(W)-2000-01/1317-26, dated 25.2.2003 and PSPB-RO(SES)-06/16410-11, dated 6.11.2006.

Constitution of Committees

  • For promoting the role of Non-Government Organisations(NGO’s) for the development of State, Apex Committee was constituted under the Chairmanship of CS, Punjab vide this Department letter No.PSPB-RO(SW)-NGO’s/2654, dated 21st April, 1998. The same has been reconstituted vide this Department letter No.25/26/PSPB/RO/NGO/2009/ 8488-98, dated 17th Sept., 2009.The Commette has been re-constituted vide this Disst in letter No. 25/26/PSPB/RO/NGO/2012/2776, dated 20th Sept., 2012.
  • A Steering Committee had been constituted under the Chairmanship of Secretary Planning vide this department letter No.PSPB-RO(W)/NGO-2000/2625-33, dated 27/3/2000 and was reconstituted vide this department letter No.1/6/PSPB-RO(NGO)-20047/7806, dated 31/7/2007,
  • District Level Coordination Committees had been constituted for promoting the role of NGO’s in the districts with Deputy Commissioners as Chairmen vide this department letter No.25/26-PSPB-RO(NGO)/2005/9518, dated 26th July 2005 and was reconstituted vide letters No.25/26-PSPB-RO(NGO)/2007/7827-38, dated Ist August 2007 and No.25/26-PSPB-RO(NGO)/2010/4380-98, dated 16/4/2010.

The objective is to associate voluntary organizations working for various developmental and social welfare activities, by providing monetary assistance to these organizations to achieve the objective of economic and social upliftment of targetted sections of society.

  • Coverage

    The following sectors would be covered under this programme:-

    • Elementary and Adult Education
    • Vocational Training of Adolescent
      Girls and Women from poor and Needy Families.
    • Reproductive and Child Health Programme
    • National Health Programmes
      • Malaria Control
      • AIDS
      • Immunisation Programme
      • Drug De-addiction Awareness
      • T.B.control etc.
      • Health  Education
    • Provision of  potable drinking water to all.
    • Environmental Improvement of urban slums, programmes relating to the welfare of Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes, programmes for welfare of women, backward and needy families  and projects for rehabilitation of school drop out, street children,  children and physically handicapped.
    • Nutrition programme for children and expectant mothers belonging to below-poverty line families.
    • Counseling for needy women, destitute and orphans to enable them to claim their legal right and to provide necessary wherewithal for the same.
    • Counseling for needy women, destitute and orphans to enable them to claim their legal right and to provide necessary wherewithal for the same.
    • Development of women and children in rural areas.
  • Funding

The State Govt. provides funds under the plan scheme PM 1.10 “Assistance to NGOs” to assist various Non Government Organizations working for development of the State through various Administrative Departments viz Health and Family Welfare, Social Security and welfare, Welfare of SCs/BCs, Education, Rural Development, Animal Husbandry, Art and Culture and Planning etc.

  • Funding Criteria
  • The delivery cost(seminars, transportation) should not be more than 10% of the project cost, half of which should be borne by the NGO itself
  • The maximum government support in the shape of grant-in-aid ordinarily would not exceed Rs.10.00 lakhs per annum.  The remaining amount, if required, would be raised by the concerned NGO's themselves from their own resources and other local agencies.  In no case, the grant  to an NGO with more than one project  shall exceed Rs.15.00 lakhs in a single financial year. However, this condition shall not be applied to projects under Service Sectors, the  nature of which is to create awareness among masses.
  • Status and Monitoring
  • Notifications
  • Guidelines
  • Formats

Assistance to Research Institutions

The Department of Planning provides grant-in-aid to Research Institutions like Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) and Institute for Development and Communication (IDC) to promote research activities in the State. A sum of Rs. 5 crore ( 1 Cr as ACA during 2003-04 and Rs. 4 Cr during 2006-07 and 2007-08) given to Institute for Development and Communication (IDC) for creation of Corpus Fund. A sum of Rs. 5.00 Cr. stands released to CRRID for creation of Corpus Fund during 2006-07 and 2007-08. During 2012-13, the Planning Department had provided grant of Rs. 1.00 Cr to CRRID on the non-plan side, against the grant received from Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR).