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Society Act Revision Mooted

Principal Secretary Revenue and Disaster Management, Bishnupada Sethi has discussed the issues on the proposals of amendments of the Society Registration Act, 1860 with the officials here on 12 June.

Recently State Cabinet has approved a proposal for the amendments in the Societies Registration Act, 1860.

The proposed amendment allows validity of Registration of Societies will be for Five Years and renewal of Societies is to be made in every five years on payment of fees as notified by the State Government.

With the amendment in the Societies Registration Act, 1860, it will regulate the activities of the Societies registered both in State level as well as District level.

The Act was not having provision for the period of validity and renewal of Registration of Society.

There is also no provision regarding submission of annual audit report on income and expenditure along with the balance sheet of the societies to the Registrar.

The Act has no provision for resolution of disputes relating to the Societies. It does not contain any provision for making rules by the State Government for carrying out the purposes of this Act.

A society which fails to get its certificate of registration renewed within six months from the expiration of the period, the society shall be declared as unregistered society.

The Society in which Government is a member or contributor shall not be required to renew its certificate of registration, once the society is registered.

The donations received by the Societies from various sources and expenditure in the activities of the Societies will be audited and annual audit report will be submitted along with balance sheet before the Registrar.

This shall not be applicable for societies whose average annual income in last 3 years is less than Rs.1 lakh.

Any society registered under this Act shall not distribute among its governing body members or general members in cash or kind, any profit or surplus that may have accrued from its activities.

For non-submission of annual audit report with balance sheet to the Registrar of Societies, the registration certificate of the Societies will be cancelled.   

In the event of any dispute arising among the members of the society in respect of any matter relating to affairs of the society including election, continuance of an office bearer in the society, any member of the society can file a petition in the Court of Senior Civil Judge having jurisdiction over the place at which the office of the society is situated and the said Court shall, after making necessary inquiry, pass such order as it may deem fit.  

The State Government would be empowered to make rules for better implementation of the Act and to regulate the activities of the Societies registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.   


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