Haryana Societies (NGO) Registration Act
The British passed the Societies Registration Act in India in 1860. The Act was based on The Literary and Scientific Institutions Act, which was passed in England in 1854.
The main Act is simple enough. However, the states have power (Charitable and Religious institutions fall under state list) to amend the main Act for their own state. Many states have amended the main Act, These amendments create confusion in section references, such as Section 4A for Bihar is different from section 4A for Goa. Others have passed their own independent Act.
It has proved very complex task to get the latest amendments for each state. Therefore, please reconfirm the information presented here before taking any important decisions.
[Societies Registration Act, 1860. No state led amendments]
By filing Memorandum of Association and certified copy of Rules and Regulations (Sec. 3). All documents to be filed with the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies.
You are allowed to alter the objects of the society, or merge with another society. For this, you have to convene two general body meetings and three-fifths of the members have to approve the change (Sec. 12).
List of Governing Body Members
To be filed every year within fourteen days of annual general meeting. This should be filed in January, if general meetings are not held (Sec. 4).
No specific provisions.
At least three-fifths (60%) of the general body members have to vote for dissolution of the society at a special meeting (Sec. 13). Government’s consent is required for dissolving the society, if it is a member or a contributor or interested in the society. However, the government can neither dissolve a society on its own, nor can it take over the society.
Disposal of property upon dissolution
A society’s property cannot be distributed among its members. Three-fifths of the members present at the time of dissolution can decide to give the property (left after satisfaction of all debts and liabilities) to another society (Sec. 14).
All documents of the society are open to public for inspection on payment of Re.1. Copies can be taken and also can be certified by Registrar (Sec. 19).
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