Is Jeevan Jyot foundation India based or global?
Ans : Jeevan Jyot is an India based organization. The trust has expanded itself to 12 different centers throughout the country including Mumbai, Jalgaon and Calcutta.
What is the scenario in India, presently for Cancer?
Ans : Cancer is now one of the top causes of death in India, after heart attack. India has some of the world’s highest incidences of cancer: Cervical, gall bladder, oral and pharynx, which are also the most common.
• 70 per cent lives are snuffed out in the first year in India, due to late detection.
• 80 per cent patients consult doctors at a stage when recovery is rare.
• 71 per cent of deaths occur in the productive age band of 30-69 in India
• 15 per cent patients are children and young adults in India
• 50 per cent of cancers now caused by lifestyle choices, obesity to tobacco use
What does cost of treatment depend on?
Ans : Cancer treatment cost varies based on progress of disease, duration of treatment, choice of therapy (chemotherapy/hormonal therapy/ radiation/ alternative therapy)
• Targeted treatment drugs (for breast cancer) like Herceptin or Herclon, cost around Rs 75,000 for a course; a patient could need up to 17 courses.
• Avastin – used to treat colon, kidney, lung and gall bladder cancer – can add around Rs 8 lakh to a patient’s bill at around Rs 1 lakh a cycle.
• Chemotherapy and hormonal therapy may cost anything between Rs 10000 to Rs4 lakhs depending on duration of treatment.
• In spite of all the schemes offered by the companies the patient still end up paying upto 70% of the actual cost(DATA AS OF 2014)
What kind of financial aid is given to the patients who can’t afford treatment?
Ans : There are schemes like the RASHTRIYA AROGYA NIDHI FUND which provide financial aid to cancer patients below poverty line but these schemes are not extended to the lower middle class patients who may also find the treatment unaffordable. The aid given is in the form of treatment subsidies.
What is the source of funding for the organization?
• Jeevan Jyot sources it funds via donations.
• Presently Jeevan Jyot is not affiliated to any corporate company.
• The collection center at Jeevan Jyot collects old newspaper sand scrap material which is sold to recycling centers. Proceeds from this activity goes towards procurement of medicines for the patients
Who all are the target beneficiaries?
• Outstation patients and their attendants who cannot afford proper housing and food while undergoing treatment.
• Local patients who cannot afford treatment or nutritious food.
• Patients in need of counselling/rehabilitation/ prosthesis/ alternate therapy.
At present how many people are directly benefiting?
Ans : Every day almost 50 patients come to the trust for aid and guidance. The trust provides lunch at no cost to almost 600 patients and their attendants on a daily basis. More than 4 lakh patients have benefitted from the services of Jeevan Jyot Cancer Relief & Care Trust.
What are the awards and accreditation that Jeevan Jyot has received till date?
Ans : Please visit the Events link on the website for more reference.
What information is sent to the donors?
Ans : The receipt and Permanent 80 G certificate will be couriered to you as soon as we receive the cheque with Name, PAN card No & Address.
80 G TECH/MC..ME/80G/53 For 35 AC benefits please contact the trust for more information.
What is 80 G certificate?
Ans : The amount donated towards charity attracts deduction under section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961. The main features of tax benefit with respect to charity are as follows:
• Any person or ‘assesse’ who makes an eligible donation is entitled to get tax deductions subject to conditions. This section does not restrict the deduction to individuals, companies or any specific category of taxpayer.
• Donations made to foreign trusts do not qualify for deduction under this section.
• You cannot claim deduction for donations made to political parties for any reason, including paying for brochures, souvenirs or pamphlets brought out by such parties.
• Only donation made to made to prescribed funds and institutions qualify for deduction:
• If aggregate of the sums donated exceed 10% of the adjusted gross total income, the amount in excess of 10% ceases to be entitled for tax benefit.
What are the benefits under Section 35 AC?
Ans : The Income Tax Act has certain provisions which offer tax benefits to the “donors”. Section 35AC is one of such sections .The Central Government approves certain NGOs and notifies them as eligible for project or schemes for the purposes of section 35AC.
Business houses making contribution to such approved projects are allowed the benefits of deducting such contribution as expenditure.
What is an 80GGA certificate?
Ans : Section 35AC is available to assesses who have income from the head ‘business’ or ‘profession’. Therefore, for the assesses who do not have income from business or profession, section 80GGA provides for deduction on donations made to eligible projects under section 35AC. 100 per cent deduction is available under section 80GGA, subject to the available gross total income under section 80A.
Do you issue Tax receipts? How soon will the receipts arrive?
Ans : Yes we issue tax receipts. If you go to the office to send the donation then the receipt is given immediately.
If you have done bank transfers or couriered the cheque then the receipt is couriered to you in 3 to 5 working days. Your PANCARD details are mandatory to get tax benefits.
Where can one donate in kind (old clothes, books, stationary etc)?
Ans : You can donate this at our Parel office in Mumbai. Additionally, you can contact our office and confirm your address. If it falls in the current collection zone then our volunteer will come and collect all your donations.
Is there an age limit for volunteers?
Ans : No there is no age limit for volunteers. But yes your heart should have no limit to help.
What is CSR?
Ans : In accordance with the new Companies Bill 2012, every company registered under the companies law or any previous laws having a Net worth of Rs. 500 crore or more; or a turnover of Rs. 1000 crore or more; or a Net profit of Rs. 5 crore or more, during any financial year has to spend at least two percent of its average Net profit made during the three immediately preceding financial years on CSR i.e. Corporate Social Responsibility.
What kind of CSR activities is Jeevan Jyot involved in?
Ans : We at Jeevan Jyot have the following projects which can qualify as CSR filed for companies having health sector as their CSR policy:
• Cancer detection and Prevention
• Dharamshala for outstation patients and their relatives (free of cost stay)
• Centre for dialysis, imaging diagnostics and rehabilitation.
• Mobile vans
Apart from these projects the companies can also help by making donations as mentioned on the website.