The functioning of Extra Mural Scheme has been evaluated by independent agency. Based on the evaluation, the EMR scheme has been revised with following major changes:
(i) Increase in financial assistance- To encourage quality research work, the maximum limit of financial Assistant for the project has been increased from Rs. 30 Lakhs to Rs.70 Lakhs.
(ii) Introduction of Annual AYUSH Award -An award system has been introduced for each discipline of AYUSH to encourage outstanding research.
(iii) Increase in Fee- In order to compensate the efforts of the investigators, the prescribed fee has been increased to a range of Rs. 30,000/- to Rs. 90,000/- (for period ranging from 1-3 years)in respect of Principal Investigator. Proportionately, the fee for Co-investigators have been increased to a range of Rs. 15,000/- to Rs. 45,000/- (for period ranging from 1-3 years).
(iv) Reduction in stages of clearance- In order to expedite clearance to projects, one stage i.e. internal Scrutiny committee has been done away with. Presently, only two committees, viz., Project Screening Committee(PSC) and Project Approval Committee(PAC) have been kept.
(v) Simplification of forms:- The application form for EMR scheme has been simplified.
The Government has directed all NGOs receiving funds under EMR Scheme to register on NITI Aayog NGO Darpan – Portal and submit PAN and Aadhaar numbers of trustees and office bearers. Further, a Certificate claiming that Organisation/ Institute have not taken grant from more than one source for the same work, is sought from the Head of the Institute.
This information was given by Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge), Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.