What is Society Registration??
Society is one of the best forms of NGO. Society is an organized group of people who have come together with mutual consent for a common purpose or activity. Normally, Society is formed for advancement of charitable purpose related to education, religion, sports, art, music, poverty relief, etc. Societies in India are governed by the Societies Registration Act, 1860. The main purpose behind society registration is development of society and not to make money or earn profit. It takes minimum 30-45 days to register a Society.
Minimum seven members are required at the time of registration of a state level Society. The name of the society should not be similar or identical to another registered society. Further, it should not suggest patronage of the central or state government, and should not violate the rules mentioned in the Emblems and Names Act, 1950. The application to form a society must be submitted to the registrar where the registered office of Society is to be situated.
2 Types of Society:
National Level Society: For national level society, 8 people are required from different states. It can perform in whole India.
State Level Society: For State level society, 7 people are required from same state and working jurisdiction is within the state only.
The Memorandum of the Society and the Rules and Regulations of the Society must be finalized and signed by each of the founding members, witnessed by an Oath Commissioner/1st Class Magistrate with their official stamp and complete address. The members of a charitable society are not paid for their services until the society memorandum specially allows such payment for the services provided.
Society is required to have a minim of 7 managing committee members with no upper limit. The Bboard of management is the governing body and they can form policies or guidelines for the society. The society can allow its beneficiaries to form committees among themselves for effective running and smooth functioning. Society is a preferred form of NGO as compared to a Trust for the purpose of CSR.