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Memorandum of Associaiton

  • There is a growing realization throughout the world that heritage can play a powerful role in economic development, especially in rural areas and therefore its conservation and development and recognizing that it is a valuable asset can become a foundation for its sustainable overall growth.

    Many of the world's most developed nations are actively involved in preserving the remains of their rural heritage, and understand the strong linkage of heritage to development. In India, some government agencies and funding organisations have begun to understand the potential inherent in our extraordinarily rich and often still vibrantly alive rural traditions, and have recently initiated programs in specific areas. There are not, however, any means of coordinating these activities, encouraging broad-based participation and awareness, documenting rural heritage assets, disseminating information, or developing support for comprehensive programs.

    Considering the above, there is an urgent need to set up a Forum with the involvement and continued co-operation of everyone who not only possesses the requisite skills and expertise required for fulfilment of its objectives, but also has the willingness to contribute the time, efforts and money for the said purposes.

    Hence formation of this Indian Trust for Rural Heritage and Development (ITRHD).



    1. The name of the Society shall be the Indian Trust for Rural Heritage and Development, hereinafter referred to as the "Society".
    2. The Society shall be duly registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and the Registered Office of the Society shall be situated in New Delhi or anywhere in the Union Territory of Delhi, as the Society may decide, and at present it is at C-56, Nizamuddin (East), New Delhi-110013.
    3. The objectives for which the Society is formed are:
      • Identifythose areas of tradition and heritage in rural and tribal India whose value in historical, cultural, spiritual or economic terms is intrinsic to the identity of the residents of those areas and whose preservation and conservation can play a substantial role in enhancing the quality of life.
      • Identify and document the built, natural, living and intangible heritage assets throughout rural and tribal India, including those represented in urban areas, in a systematic manner, and to maintain a permanent record of all such documentation.
      • Take steps for the preservation and conservation of heritage assets in rural areas, and of those assets in non-rural areas that represent linkage with rural origin, in full cooperation with local communities and stakeholders;
      • Undertake programs of revival and enhancement of rural heritage assets in such a way so as to foster local economic development, provide improvement in civic and other infrastructure, encourage improvements in education, health care and gender equality and in general to promote the betterment of the lives of the residents of the concerned communities;
      • Create and stimulate awareness amongst the general public of the richness, variety and importance of India's rural heritage, and of the importance of preserving and nurturing the built, natural, agricultural and intangible heritage of rural areas;
      • Design, facilitate and enable implementation of programs and initiatives for the enhancement of the rural economy and livelihoods, benefiting in particular the health and social well-being of rural women and children;
      • Adopt, promote and facilitate the use of all current IT communications systems and technologies, to enable cost-effective and environmentally responsive means of communication for program management, outreach engagement and facilitation of rural communities and other potential participants in all Trust programs. This is especially important in view of the dispersed nature of the participating communities;
      • Take steps for the protection of endangered heritage buildings, monuments, sites, natural resources, and living traditions of rural and tribal India;
      • Work in close coordination with NGOs, national and international organisations, and local, regional and national government bodies on all of the above areas;
      • Work in close coordination with the tourism industry in relation to the development and enhancement of rural heritage tourism and its impact on the local community;
      • Ensure the registration / protection of intellectual property rights of traditional knowledge systems in rural and tribal India;
      • Provide advisory, intellectual, financial and technical assistance towards preservation of heritage resources and assets in rural and tribal areas and development of such assets to enhance the well being of the concerned communities;
      • Create a forum for the exchange of ideas and achievement of objectives and to conduct continued research in furtherance of the objectives of the Society;
      • Establish branches /chapters in rural areas throughout the country;
      • Set up and maintain libraries, documentation centres, rural museums and similar information dissemination services;
      • Undertake publication of required journals, newsletters, books and other materials in furtherance of the objectives of the Society;
      • Maintain provisions for administration of the funds of the Society and use the same for attainment of the above objectives; and
      • Undertake any other item for the attainment or fulfilment of the aforesaid objectives of the Society.
    4. All the funds/income of the Society shall be spent for attainment/fulfilment of the objectives of the Society and no portion of the income and property of the Society shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise howsoever by way of profit, to the persons who are or, at any time have been Trustees / Members of the Executive Committee of the Society or to any person claiming through them. However, nothing herein contained shall prevent the payment in good faith as honorarium/fee to any member thereof or any other person in return for any service rendered to the Society or for travelling allowance, halting or other similar charges or any amount spent forthe attainment of the objectives of the Society and / or for day-to-day affairs of the Society.
    5. The names, addresses, occupations and designations of the present Trustees to whom the Management of the Society is entrusted, as required under Section 2 of the Societies Registration Act, 1860, as applicable to the Union Territory of Delhi are as follows:
    Sl. No. Full name in block letters Address Occupation
    1.        Pervez Ahmed            Apartment No. 1, Hotel Aman, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003 Also at: 139 Golf Links New Delhi 110003 CFO and Managing Director, Max Healthcare Institute Ltd.
    2.        M.J. Akbar  C-56, Nizamuddin East, New Delhi 110013 Also at: K-1553, PalamVihar Gurgaon 122017 Editorial Director, India Today; Editor-in-Chief, The Sunday Guardian 
    3.        Naresh Arora  30, Nizamuddin East, New Delhi-110013Also at: K-156, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi – 110076 Attorney, Head of Intellectual Property, Dutt Menon Dunmorrsett 
    4.        Shyam Benegal  103, Sangam, Peddar Road, Mumbai – 400026  Director, screenwriter, founder of alternate cinema in India; Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha)
    5.        IshwarDass  E-1/154, Arera Colony, Bhopal – 462016 (Madhya Pradesh)   Convenor of INTACH Chapter of Madhya Pradesh; former Health Secretary, Madhya Pradesh.
    6.        Michele Janezic C-37, Anand Niketan, New Delhi 1100021 Managing Director, Michele Janezic Agency Pvt. Ltd.; consultant on Indo-French business cooperation.
    7.        Ashwan Kapur  15, Ring Road, Lajpat Nagar – IV, New Delhi – 110024   CEO, Uniproducts Ltd.; former Member Finance Committee and Governing Council, INTACH.
    8.        P.R. ("Kaku") Khanna  70, Sunder Nagar, New Delhi – 110003 Eminent chartered accountant, former Chairman, Finance Committee, INTACH
    9.        Louise Khurshid  4, Kushak Road, New Delhi – 110011  Chairperson, Dr. Zakir Hussain, Memorial Trust
    10.   Maureen Liebl  C-56, Nizamuddin (East), New Delhi-110013  Consultant on cultural commerce projects, Mehrangarh Museum Trust, Jodhpur; former consultant to World Bank and UNDP on crafts issues in India and Bhutan.
    11.   Harsh VardhanLodha Esplanade Mansion, 14, Government Place (East), Kolkata – 700069 (West Bengal) Chairman, Universal Cables Ltd.
    12.   A.G.K. Menon  N-84, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi-110017  Architect; Urban Planner; Convenor, Delhi Chapter, INTACH
    13.   S.K. Misra  C-56, Nizamuddin East, New Delhi 110013 Emiritus Vice Chairman, INTO (International National Trusts Organisation)
    14.   Yogendra Narain House No. 7, Shivalik Houses, Sector 61, Noida 201301 Former Secretary-General Rajya Sabha; Former Secretary Culture and Chief Secretary U.P.; Former Member-Secretary, INTACH  
    15.   Hasmukh Shah  10, Dhanushya Society, Sama Road, Baroda – 390008 (Gujarat)   Long time close association with comprehensive rural and tribal development programmes and ecology through steering positions in BAIF, NID, IRMA, GEC, etc. A former civil servant and currently chairman / director of several companies.
    16.   Anita Singh  H-27, Jangpura, New Delhi-110014  Vice-Chairman, Punjabi Academy; Member, Governing Body of Alliance francaise; Member, Governing Council, INTACH. 
    17.   Gaj Singh  Royal Apartments, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur – 342006 (Rajasthan)  Founder and pioneer of heritage tourism movement in India; Chairman, Jal Bhagirathi Foundation; he has worked closely with Managing Trustee, Mehrangarh Museum Trust; recipient, Hadrian Award (World Monuments Fund).
    18.   Jai Singh Rambagh Palace,                                            Bhawani Singh Road,                                                Jaipur- 302005 (Rajasthan) Hotelier; pioneer of heritage tourism in Rajasthan; Chairman, FICCI Rajasthan State Council.
    19.   Malvinder Singh  Leela Bhawan Palace, Urban Estate, Phase I, Patiala 140401 (Punjab) Patron of sports, heritage, and ruraldevelopment. The concept for the ITRHD originated in discussions between Malvinder Singh and S.K. Misra.   
    20.   Rajendra Singh  34/46 Kiran Path, Mansarovar Jaipur 302020 (Rajasthan) Founder Tarun Bhagat Sangh; well-known activist in rural natural resource management; Vice-Chairman, Jal Bhagirathi Foundation; Recipient, Magsaysay Award in 2001, for pioneering work in water conservation and management. 
    21.   LailaTyabji  Flat No. 3A, Tyabji House, 23, 1st Street, Shanti Niketan, New Delhi – 110021  Chairperson, Dastkar; Board of Directors, All India Artisans and Craftworkers Welfare Association.
    22.   Francis Wacziarg  12, Jaipur Estate, Nizamuddin East, New Delhi-110013   President, Alliance francaise; Trustee, India Foundation for the Arts; Co-Chairman, Neemrana Hotels; Founder, The Neemrana Music Foundation

    We, the undersigned, are desirous of forming a Society namely,the Indian Trust for Rural Heritage and Developmentunder the Societies Registration Act, 1860, as applicable to the Union Territory of Delhi in pursuance of this Memorandum of Association of the Society:

    Sl.No.

    Full name in block letters

    Address

    Occupation

    1.        Pervez Ahmed      Apartment No. 1, Hotel Aman, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003 Also at: 139 Golf Links New Delhi 110003   CFO and Managing Director, Max Healthcare Institute Ltd
    2.        M.J. Akbar  C-56, Nizamuddin East, New Delhi 110013Also at: K-1553, PalamVihar Gurgaon 122017 Editorial Director, India Today; Editor-in-Chief, The Sunday Guardian 
    3.        Naresh Arora  30, NizamuddinEast, New Delhi-110013Also at K/156 Sarita Vihar New Delhi-110013   Attorney, Head of Intellectual Property, Dutt Menon Dunmorrsett 
    4.        Ishwar Dass  E-1/154, Arera Colony, Bhopal – 462016 (Madhya Pradesh)   Convenor of INTACH Chapter of Madhya Pradesh; former Health Secretary, Madhya Pradesh. 
    5.        Ashwan Kapur  15, Ring Road, Lajpat Nagar – IV, New Delhi – 110024   CEO, Uniproducts Ltd.; former Member Finance Committee and Governing Council, INTACH. 
    6.        Louise Khurshid    4, Kushak Road, New Delhi – 110011  Chairperson, Dr. Zakir Hussain, Memorial Trust
    7.        Maureen Liebl  C-56, Nizamuddin (East), New Delhi-110013  Consultant on cultural commerce projects, Mehrangarh Museum Trust, Jodhpur; former consultant to World Bank and UNDP on crafts issues in India and Bhutan. 
    8.        S.K. Misra  C-56, Nizamuddin East, New Delhi 110013  Emiritus Vice Chairman, INTO (International National Trusts Organisation) 
    9.        Yogendra Narain  House No. 7, Shivalik Houses, Sector 61, Noida 201301 Former Secretary-General Rajya Sabha; Former Secretary Culture and Chief Secretary U.P.; Former Member-Secretary, INTACH  
    10.   Anita Singh  H-27, Jangpura, New Delhi-110014  Vice-Chairman, Punjabi Academy; Member, Governing Body of Alliance francaise; Member, Governing Council, INTACH 
    11.   Jai Singh  Rambagh Palace,                                            Bhawani Singh Road,                                                Jaipur- 302005 (Rajasthan)  Hotelier; pioneer of heritage tourism in Rajasthan; Chairman, FICCI Rajasthan State Council. 
    12.   Malvinder Singh  Leela Bhawan Palace, Urban Estate, Phase I, Patiala 140401 (Punjab)  Patron of sports, heritage, and rural development. The concept for the ITRHD originated in discussions between Malvinder Singh and S.K. Misra.   
    13.   Rajendra Singh  34/46 Kiran Path, Mansarovar Jaipur 302020 (Rajasthan)   Founder Tarun Bhagat Sangh; well-known activist in rural natural resource management; Vice-Chairman, Jal Bhagirathi Foundation; Recipient, Magsaysay Award in 2001, for pioneering work in water conservation and management
    14.   Laila Tyabji  Flat No. 3A, Tyabji House, 23, 1st Street, Shanti Niketan, New Delhi – 110021  Chairperson, Dastkar; Board of Directors, All India Artisans and Craftworkers Welfare Association.


 

Rules and Regulations

  • TITLE
    These Articles may be called the Rules and Regulations of the Indian Trust for Rural Heritage and Development.

    DEFINITION
    In these Rules and Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires, the following words shall have the meaning assigned to them namely:-

    • Affiliated Member: Any society /organisation of regional or world coverage pursuing objectives similar to those of the aforesaid Society and devoting all or part of its activities to one or more objectives of the Society.
    • Associate Life Member: Any person representing rural / tribal areas of the country and paying the requisite fee stipulated hereinafter.
      • Corporate Member/Government member
        Any public,private, government corporation contributing Rs. 10 lakhs or more towards building up the corpus of the Society.
      • Associate Corporate Member
        Any Trade Federations, Industrial Confederations and such other umbrella bodies.
    • Donor Member:Any public or private sector corporation or an individual contributing Rs. 1 lakh or more towards building up of the corpus of the Society.
    • Ex-officio Member: Any member to be appointed by the Trustees unanimously.
    • The 'Executive Committee' means the Executive Committee of the Society which shall carry out day-to-day affairs of the Society and be accountable to the Trustees.
    • Founder Member: Life Trustees of the Trust shall be Founder Members.
    • Institutional Member: Any academic or cultural body, including a University Department, or Registered Society engaged in academic, cultural or social work.
    • Life Member: Anyone paying the fee stipulated hereinafter.
    • 'Member' means a member admitted as such under the rules.
    • 'Member-Secretary' means the Member-Secretary of the Society.
    • 'Prescribed'means prescribed by bye-laws made by the Trustees.
    • he 'Society' shall mean theIndian Trust for Rural Heritage and Development.

    Words imparting the singular number shall include the plural number and vice-versa and words imparting the masculine gender shall include the feminine and vice-versa.



 
 
    • Eligibility for membership for each class mentioned below shall be determined by the Trustees and it shall be the sole discretion of the Trustees to accept or reject any application for membership of the Society.
    • Fees and subscription payable by each class of Member shall be as follows:
    Class of Members Admission fee  
      Indian INR NRI / Foreign origin USD

    Founder Trustee
    Life Member Corporate10,00,000/- 100/-
    Life Member Corporate10,00,000/- 25,000/-
    Life Member Individual5,000/- 500/-
    Associate Corporate 1,00,000/- 5,000/-
    Associate Life Member 100/-
    Institutional 25,000/-

    • The Society shall keep a Roll of Members with details of name, age, address, occupation,interests etc. of the Members. Roll of Members shall be authenticated by the Member Secretary. Specimen signatures of the Members would be lifted from the application form and pasted in the Roll of Members.
    • If a Member of the Society changes his address, he shall notify his new address to the Member Secretarywho shall thereupon enter the new address in the Roll of Members and in the application form.
    • No person who is an undischarged insolvent or who has been convicted of any offence in connection with formation, promotion, management or conduct of the affairs of any Society or of a body corporate or of any offence involving moral turpitude shall be entitled to be a member of the Society or any other Committee within the Society.
    • Where a person becomes a Member of the Societyby reason of the office or appointment he holds, the membership of the Society shall stand terminated when he ceases to hold that office or appointment.
    • Should any ex-officiomember of the Society or any of its Committees by reason of the office or appointment he holds, be prevented from attending any meeting of the Society, he shall be at liberty to appoint or authorize a representative in writing to take his place at that meeting, and such a representative shall have all the rights and privileges of the Member of the Society for that meeting only.
    • The Annual General Meeting of the Society shall be held once in a year. The quorum for the meeting shall be 50 Members. In the event of the quorum not being present within half an hour of the scheduled time, the meeting shall be adjourned for half an hour by theMember-Secretary. In case the quorum is not present even after half an hour, the members present at the meeting shall be deemed to have the valid quorum.


 
 
    • The election of the Trustees shall be as follows:
      • Life Member Corporate and Individual Life Members can elect one Trustee each every year,who shall hold office for a period of one (1) year.
      • Life Trustees shall elect a Chairman from amongst themselves, to serve for a term of five (5) years. However, since the Society is at a formative stage, Trustees may appoint/nominate any Trustee from amongst themselves who may act as Chairman till the elections are held.
      • In addition to Life Trustees, two Trustees for a term of two (2) years each shall be nominated by the Chairman, and shall be eligible for re-nomination at the end of their term, for a maximum of three terms.
      • In the event of vacancy caused by death or resignation or otherwise of a Life Trustee, the remaining Trustees shall elect a successor Trustee.
      • The Trustees shall have the right to appoint ex-officio members to the Trust as and when appropriate.
    • The Trustees shall have the following powers:
      • all properties moveable, immovable or of any other kind shall remain vested in the name of the Society and the Trustees shall have all the powers for administration/management/disposal of the properties.
      • to nominate 2 members as trustees of the Society each year who shall relinquish office after three years of such nomination / appointmentand also members / office bearers of the Executive Committee.
      • to acquire, purchase or otherwise own or take on lease, temporarily or permanently, any moveable or immovable property including cultural property necessary or convenient in furtherance of the objectives of the Society.
      • to sell, mortgage, lease, exchange and otherwise transfer or dispose of all or any part of the property, moveable or immovable, in furtherance of the objectives of the Society.
      • to approve financial plans / budgets for the year for the Executive Committee to follow.
      • to advance monies with or without security on such terms as considered proper to any affiliated or similar body having objectives similar to that of the Society.
      • o accept the management of any trust-fund, bequest or endowment with like or similar objectives or in which the Society may be interested.
      • to remove / expel any member / office bearer of the Executive Committee, as provided in the bye-laws.
      • to remove / expel any members of the Society based on the recommendation of the Executive Committee.
      • to consider and either to accept or to decline any recommendation of the Executive Committee.
      • to make decisions on all capital expenditure of the Society up to a certain amount.
      • to amend the rules and bye-laws of the Society.
      • to make decisions on all expenditure falling outside the budgetfor the year next ensuing.
      • to appoint representatives of the Society from foreign countries.
    • The powers of Trustees can be exercised by all the Trustees jointly or by Committees of Trustees appointed by all the Trustees for this purpose.
    • In the event of any difference of opinion amongst the Trustees on any matter, the decision shall be taken by a simple majority of the Trustees voting for the same.


 
 
    • The Society may have a patron to be appointed by the Trustees.
    • The day-to-day affairs of the Society will be carried out by the ExecutiveCommittee constituted by the Trustees.
    • The Executive Committee shall comprise of not less than 7 members and of not more than 12, as follows:
      • The Chairman of the Trustees shall serve as Chairman of the Executive Committee.
      • Two members, in addition to the Chairman, shall be appointed by the Trustees from amongst the Trustees.
      • One member shall be elected by Life Members, (Corporate and Individual) who join after the initial three year period.
      • One member shall be elected by donor members.
      • The remainder shall be appointed by the Trustees, from backgrounds commensurate with the objectives of the Society.
      • At all times, the Executive Committee shall include one member with expertise in legal affairs and another in financial affairs.
      • Members of the Executive Committee shall serve for a term of three years.
      • The Trustees shall nominate new members to the Executive Committee.
    • Since the Society is at the formative stage, the first Executive Committee members shall be nominatedby the Trustees for a period of three years andif considered necessary and expedient,the Trustees shall review the position and if required, amend the bye-laws of the Society to incorporate the necessary provisions and procedures for holding elections for all or some of the members of the Executive Committee, and also the list of members who would be entitled to vote.
    • The ExecutiveCommittee shall meet at least once every quarter, the quorum for the meeting being one half of the total strength of the Executive Committee. The meetings would be convened by the Member-Secretary.
    • Any casual vacancy in the ExecutiveCommittee, arising from death, resignation, removal or otherwise may be filled by the Trustees and the member so nominated shall hold office for the unexpired portion of the term of the office of the member causing the vacancy.
    • The ExecutiveCommittee shall function notwithstanding any vacancy therein and notwithstanding any defect in its constitution and no act or proceeding of the Executive Committee shall be invalid by reason only because of the existence of the vacancy amongst its members or any defect in its constitution.
    • The Chairman of the Executive Committee may appoint any such other office bearers as he may consider necessary and expedient for the fulfilment of the objectives of the Society with the approval of the Trustees.


 
 
    • The rights, powers and functions of the Executive Committee shall be as follows:
      • The day-to-day business and affairs of the Society shall be carried on and managed by the Executive Committee headed by its Chairman and it shall exercise all such powers and authority of the Society as are specifically and expressly provided in these Rules and Regulations.
      • To issue appeals and applications for money and funds in furtherance of the said objectives of the Society, and to accept both from Government and non-Government Agencies, Indian and Foreign, Grants, Gifts, Donations, Benefactions, Bequests, and Funds-in-Trust, Subscriptions of Cash and Securities and of any property moveable or immovable to be utilised for the purpose of the Society and in the name of the Society.
      • To invest and deal with funds and money of the Society in accordance with the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961 and as approved by Trustees from time to time.
      • To undertake and accept the management of any assets, properties, bequests, endowments or trust-funds.
      • To construct, maintain, alter, extend, improve, develop or repair any immovable property belonging to or held by the Society or to expend such amounts as may be deemed necessary for the conservation and preservation of natural resources and properties as may be deemed necessary.
      • To recommend to the Trustees any amendment to the rules and bye-laws for the conduct of the affairs of the Society.
      • To appoint Committees and Sub-Committees as deemed fit to carry out the objectives of the Society. The Society shall in turn have the right to set guidelines for the proper functioning of the Committees and Sub-Committees.
      • To delegate any or all of its powers to any of the Committees and Sub-Committeesconstituted by it.
      • To pay out of the funds belonging to the Society or out of any particular part of such funds the expenses incurred by the Society from time to time including all expenses incidental to the formation of the Society and management and administration of any of the foregoing objectives, including all rents, rates, taxes, outgoings and salaries, related allowances, including fringe benefits of the employees.
      • To establish appropriate funds for the benefit of the employees of the Society, including their families and dependents.
      • To raise funds for the Society by way of gifts, donations or otherwise.
      • To set up centres in India or elsewhere as and when deemed necessary for the furtherance of the objectives of the Society with prior approval of the Trustees.
      • To raise loans.
      • To receive monies, securities, instruments and/or any other moveable property including cultural remains and other property of scientific value for the conservation of natural resources for and on behalf of the Society from India or abroad in the name of the Society.
      • To enter into agreements for and on behalf of the Society.
      • To sue and defend all legal proceedings for and on behalf of the Society.
      • To grant receipts, to sign and execute instruments and to endorse or discount cheques or other negotiable instruments through its accredited agents.
      • To make, sign and execute all such documents and instruments as may be necessary or proper for carrying on the management of the property or affairs of the Society.
      • To make suitable grants of money or extend other technical assistance to voluntary organisations or societies for the preservation of cultural property or the prosecution of any research or investigation or study in a subject in which the Society is interested or for the conservation of natural resources or for scientific resources.
      • To grant fellowships, scholarships or other monetary assistance, on such terms and conditions as it may prescribe to such persons as it may select for carrying out any research or investigation or study in which the Society may be interested.
      • To prescribe the powers, functions and duties of the technical, administrative and executive staff.
      • To perform all such acts and do all such things as may be necessary for the proper management of the properties and affairs of the Society.
      • To recommend an auditor or auditors for auditing the accounts of the Society and to report thereon to the Trustees.
      • To prepare and execute plans and programmes for the furtherance of the objectives of the Society.
      • To correspond with professional organisations, both international and national and to cooperate with them in matters relating to the work of the Society.
      • To nominate delegates to represent the Society at conferences in such manner as it may deem fit from time to time.
      • To publish and/or to finance the publication of studies, books, periodicals, reports, newsletters or other literature as also preparation of films and related materials, etc., and to sell or arrange for the sale of them, as it may deem fit, from time to time.
      • To arrange for the documentation of materials relating to cultural property.
      • To set up and maintain a library or libraries.
      • To consider the Budget Estimates in respect of the financial year next ensuing and to recommend the same to theTrustees for consideration and approval.
      • To preparethe Annual Report and Annual Statement of Accounts and recommend the same to the Trustees for their approval.
      • To perform all such other duties and exercise all such powers as may be necessary for the carrying on of the affairs of the Society.

    The Chairman of the Executive Committee shall be the Chief Executive of the Trust and shall exercise all powers as may be delegated / authorised by the Board of Trustees. The Chairman of the Executive Committee shall hold the right to sign all papers/documents for and on behalf of the Society and also to affix the common seal of the Society. The Chairman shall also be entitled to delegate any/all such powers vested in him to any other member of the Executive Committee including the Member-Secretary as he may consider proper and expedient.



 
 
    • All meetings of the Trustees and the Executive Committee shall be held in New Delhi unless otherwise indicated by the Chairman.
    • The Annual Meetings of the Trusteesshall be convened by the Member Secretary of the Society provided that special meetings of the Trustees shall be convened on requisition in writing by 1/4th of the number of members on the Roll.
    • There shall be four (4) weeks' notice for the meetings of the Trustees and seven (7) days for meetings of the Executive Committee. For special meetings, however, the period of notice shall be seven (7) days for the Trustees and four (4) days for the Executive Committee.
    • The Annual Meeting of Trustees shall be preceded by the Annual General Meeting of the Society. The agenda for the Annual Meeting of the Trustees shall be proposed by the Executive Committee and shall consist of budget estimates in respect of the financial year next ensuing, the annual report, the annual statement of accounts, the action plan for the next year and any other item/s required to be approved by the Trustees. The Trustees may consider and approve / decline any item of the agenda with/without necessary modifications.
    • Any urgent business which may be necessary for the Board of Trustees ExecutiveCommittee to perform may be carried out by circulation of papers. Any matter so circulated and approved by the majority of the members by affixing their signatures thereto shall be effective and binding.
    • Every member of the Society shall have one vote and in case of equality of votes, the Chairman shall have a casting vote.


 
 
    • The Headquarters of the Society shall be Delhi or New Delhi.
    • The Society shall have its own funds and all the receipts of the Society through grants, donations, subscriptions and fees, as well as income from investments, publications and other sourcesshall be carried to the fund and all payments by the Society shall be made therefrom.
    • All Bank Accounts of the Society shall be in the nameofIndian Trust for Rural Heritage and Development. All receipts of the Society shall be paid into the accounts of the Society and shall not be withdrawn except in such manner and under the signature of such persons as the Trustees mayauthorize.
    • The accounts of the Society shall be audited by the Auditors appointed for the purpose by the Trustees.
    • Members can seek donations on behalf of the Society by DD or Cheque drawn in favour of the Society in accordance with the approved policy.
    • No Member shall use the name of the Society for soliciting any facilities for individual benefit.
      • There shall be a Logo of the Societydesigned and commensurate with the objectives of the Society. The Executive Committee shall be empowered to finalize such logo which shall be finalized within four (4) weeks of constitution of the Executive Committee.
      • he Logo will only be used on the stationery of the Society as also on the letterheads of the Member-Secretary,and for any other purpose specifically authorised by the Executive Committee.
      • No outside agency will use the Logo on its stationery or otherwise without prior formal permission of the Executive Committee.


 
 
    • Any Member who has committed a breach of any of the Rules or bye-laws of the Society or who has refused or neglected to abide by any of such Rules or bye-laws or who has committed any act which in the opinion of the Executive Committee may or is likely to bring discredit to the Society may be removed from the membership of the Society by a resolution of three – fourth (3/4th) of the Trustees present at a special meeting thereof convened for the purpose after (at least) twenty one (21) days' notice.
    • If any member is unable to discharge or persistently fails in discharging his duties, or is unable to meet his financial obligations; or generally acts in a manner contrary to public interest or the interests of the members of the Society, he shall be liable to be removed from the membership of the Society.
    • Any member who is judged as an un-discharged insolvent or who has been convicted of any offence in connection with formation, promotion, management or conduct of the affairs of any Society or of a body corporate or of any offence involving moral turpitude shall be removed from the membership of the Society.
    • Any member may be removed if he / she is, or at any time has been found to be of questionable integrity; of unsound mind and stands so declared by a competent court.
    • In the interest of natural justice, the concerned member shall be given a show cause notice by the Trustees and, based on the concerned member's reply to the show cause notice, the Trustees shall give a hearing to the concerned member.


 
 
    • No benefactions shall be accepted by the Society which, in its opinion,involve conditions or obligations opposed to the spirit and objectives of the Society.
    • The Rules of the Society shall not be altered except by a resolution passed by a two-third majority of the Trusteespresent at a meeting convened for the purpose.
    • If, upon the dissolution of the Society, there shall remain after the satisfaction of its debts and liabilities any property, whatsoever, the same shall not be paid to or distributed among the members of the Society, but shall be given to organisations with comparable purposes according to the decision of the Executive Committee or in default thereof, that of a competent Court.
    • Once in every year a list of the Office Bearers and Members of the Executive Committee shall be filed with the Registrar of Societies, Delhi as required under Section 4 of the Societies Registration Act, 1860 as applicable to the Union Territory of Delhi.
    • The Society shall sue or shall be sued in the name of the Member-Secretary, as per the provisions laid down under Section 6 of the Societies Regulation Act, 1860, as applicable to the Union Territory of Delhi.
    • The amendments, if any in respect of purposes (aims and objectives) or change of name in the Memorandum shall be made under Section 12 and 12 (A) of the Societies Registration Act, 1860, as applicable to the Union Territory of Delhi.
    • If the Society needs to be dissolved, it shall be dissolved as per provisions laid down under Section 13 and 14 of the Societies Registration Act, 1860, as applicable to the Union Territory of Delhi.


 
 

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