NGO Darpan Registration - Benefits of NITI Aayog , Darpan ID Registration Process

  • June 19, 2021
  • Dushyant Sharma
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The NGO Darpan is a free portal that serves as an intermediary between Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and government departments. It is an initiative launched by the National Informatics Centre and NITI Aayog.

The NITI Aayog full form is National Institution for Transforming India Aayog. By registering with NITI Aayog you will get official recognition from Indian Government. The main purpose of NITI Aayog is to create a base for cooperation between NGOs and the Indian Government.

The portal exchanges information between NGOs, Voluntary Organisations (VOs) and government departments, ministries and bodies. When the NGO complete the Darpan registration, the portal provides them with new updates regarding government grants and other benefits. Below in this article, what is Darpan registration with the complete process of NGO Darpan online registration is given and whether it is important to follow or not is also mentioned.

What is NGO Darpan?

The NGO Darpan has been maintained by NITI Aayog since January 1st, 2015. The NITI Aayog invites all Voluntary Organisations (VOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to sign up on the portal.

The Darpan platform is a joint initiative of the NITI Aayog and the NIC (National Informatics Centre). The aim behind launching it is to help NGOs and the government to create stronger collaborations. Also, completing the NGO Darpan Registration will give NGOs legitimacy and accountability (Non-Government Organizations).

First, the Prime Minister’s Office was in charge of the portal which was then handed over to NITI Aayog with the help of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Since then, the portal has evolved into an e-governance tool that aids in the development of more transparent and healthy interaction between the Government and Non-Government Organizations.

Advantages of NITI Aayog Registration

The main motive of the government behind NGO Darpan online registration is to maintain a centralized database of all NGOs/Trust/Society that want to work for the welfare of society and want to raise funds from government departments to achieve their NGO goals:

1. Help the NGOs and other Voluntary Organisations to interact and participate with government departments.

2. NGOs will receive a Unique Identification through the portal which helps them improve them improve their goodwill and reputation.

3. Help in coordinating critical information across Departments and Ministry websites.

4. Provides a continuous flow of information to NGOs about Ministry/ Government all across the country.

5. Through the portal, the NGOs can get new information about new programs and projects of the government. Also, it provides an update on the government’s previous projects.

Documents Required for NGO Darpan Registration

The following documents are mandatory to obtain Darpan Portal ID:

1. PAN Card of the NGO (it can be of Society/ Trust/ Section 8 Company).

2. NGO Registration Certificate (submit scanned copy in pdf format and size should be less than 2MB).

3. Valid Mail ID and Mobile Number.

4. Governing Body Members PAN Card, Aadhar Card, Mail ID and Mobile Number

5. Last 5 years Grant received details.

6. Details related to the NGO's working area along with complete activities done by the NGO.

NGO Darpan Registration Process (Online)

For NGOs and VOs, it is mandatory to register on the NGO Darpan portal if they want to receive grants or assistance from the central or state government. They must complete the NGO Darpan registration process to obtain a Unique ID to apply for government funds. 

Important: NITI Aayog neither recommends nor issues any physical or digital certificate in favour of a particular NGO/NPO/CSO, but it only issues a Unique ID. Darpan ID meaning is the ID which is generated at the time of completion of the onboarding process at the portal. In case, any NGO/NPO/CSO shows such a letter or certificate to any authority or displays it at its office, then this must be immediately brought to the notice of NITI Aayog.

The following are the steps to get a Unique ID by Darpan Portal Registration from NITI Aayog. In the process there are three steps:

1) Sign Up Into Darpan Portal

  • Visit the NGO Darpan’s official website.
  • Click on the ‘Login/Register’ button on the homepage.
  • Click on the ‘Sign Up’ option.
  • Enter the name of the NGO/Vo, Contact Person Mobile Number and Email. Enter the Security Code and then submit. Some important points to note for login
    • The name of the NGO/ Entity Name must be similar to that given on the PAN Card.
    • Email and Mobile numbers must be working and accessible for OTPs.
    • PAN of NGO/ Entity must be matched with the Name of NGO/Entity filled in Step 1.
    • You can create a password only when Step 2 is passed successfully

2) Enter NGO Details

  • Enter the PAN of the NGO/entity. 
  • Enter the NGO details such as name, PAN, address, email, registration number, and its validity. Click on the save button.

3) Add Member Details

  • Enter the member details, such as name, date of birth, designation, mobile number, and Aadhaar number and then click on the ‘Save’ button.
  • Enter the details about the source of funds, key contact information, and working area and click on the ‘Save’ button.
  • After completion of the profile, the portal administrator will verify the documents and send an email to the applicant to generate a unique ID. 
  • Sign in to the portal and generate the unique ID after receiving the email.

For NGOs who seek to get access to foreign donations, FCRA Online Services had made it mandatory that they register themselves with the online Darpan portal. Through this registration, the goal was to make the NGO’s:

  • More accountable
  • More transparent
  • More Focused
  • More efficient regarding charity matters.


To conclude, the benefits associated with obtaining a unique ID from the Darpan portal registration are quite evident. The process of NGO Darpan registration is easy and completely online. NGOs and VOs have a chance to enrol centrally with the government which promotes the development of a database of information which is broken down by sector and state. So, it is necessary for NGOs and VOs to register and without DARPAN identification, obtaining certain grants, subsidies and contributions will be difficult.


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