National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH)
The National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH) observes Communal Harmony Campaign and Fund Raising Week every year from 19th to 25th November and
the last working day of this week is observed as the Flag Day.
NFCH was set up in 1992 with the main objective of providing assistance to the children rendered orphan or destitute during various communal disturbances.
The sole purpose of setting up the Foundation was explained in the budget speech made by the then Finance Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh (at present the Hon’ble Prime Minister) in the Parliament during 1992.
He said that …if interest of these children is not protected, they will grow up into disgruntled and disorganized adulthood.
He further said:
“They become an easy prey to the propaganda of anti-social elements and the obscurantist fundamentalist forces of reaction. To protect the interest of such children, look after their welfare and in particular their education, the Government proposes to set up a National Foundation for Communal Harmony as an autonomous non-government organisation.”
The communal harmony campaign week has two fold objectives:
(i) to raise donations for the physical & psychological support of the orphan or the destitute children affected by violence; and
(ii) to promote brotherly and friendly relations among the people, maintain peace & communal harmony and national integration.
During the Communal Harmony Campaign week, few child victims of violence from different States, assisted by the Foundation are invited to Delhi to share their experiences which promote communal harmony & national integration. These children also pin up flags on the person of the dignitaries such as the President, the VicePresident, the Prime Minister and the Home Minister. These children are also taken for local site seeing in Delhi and nearby historical places.
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