THE ANDHRA PRADESH GAZETTE
PART IV-B EXTRAORDINARY
PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY
NO 42] HYDERABAD , WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2001.
ANDHRA PRADESH ACTS, ORDINANCE AND REGULATIONS Etc.
The following act of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assemble received the assent
of the Governor on the 9 the October, 2001 on the 9th October, 2001 and the said assent
is hereby first published on the 10th October , 2001 in the Andhra Pradesh Gazette for
ACT No : 35 of 2001
AN ACT TO CONSOLIDATE AND AMEND THE LAW RELATING TO THE
REGISTRATION OF SOCIETIES SITUATED IN ANDHRA PRADESH PROMOTING
ART, FINE ARTS, CHARITY, CRAFTS, RELIGION, SPORT LITERATURE, CULTURE,
SCIENCE, PHILOSOPHY POLITICAL EDUCATION OR ANY PUBLIC PURPOSE AND
FOR MATTERS CONNECTED THEREWITH OR INCIDENTAL THERETO
Be it enacted by the legislative assembly of the state of Andhra Pradesh in the
Fifty-second Year of the Republic of India as follows:-
1. (1) This act may be called the Andhra Pradesh Societies
Registration Act , 2001.
(2) It extends to the whole of the state of Andhra Pradesh.
(3) It shall come into force on such date as the Government may,
be notification, in the Andhra Pradesh Gazette, appoint.
Definitions. 2. In this Act, unless the context other wise requires:-
(a) ‘ Alter’ and “ alteration’ shall include the making of additions
and supplying of omissions; (b) ‘Bye-laws’ means the by- laws of a society;
(C) ‘ committee’ means the executive committee appointed under
section 14 or any person or body of person to who the
management of the affairs of a society is entrusted by its by-
(d) ‘ Court’ means in the cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad,
the City Civil Court, and elsewhere, the Principal Civil Court of
(e) ‘ Document’ includes summons, notices, requisition, order, or
other legal process, and registers, whether issued, sent or kept in
pursuance of the provisions of this Act or of any other laws or
(f) ‘Financial year’ means the period of twelve months for which
the accounts of a society are required to be made up by the bye-
laws and if the bye-laws do not so provide, the period of twelve
months ending with the 31st march of each year ;
(g) ‘ Government’ means the State Government of Andhra Pradesh;
(h) Member means a person, individual or body corporate who
which having been admitted to membership in any society has
not resigned or ceased to be a member or been removed from
membership in accordance with the bye-laws of that society;
(i) ‘ Memorandum’ means the memorandum of
association of a society as originally framed or a
altered from time to time in pursuance of the provision
of this Act or the Societies Registration Act, 1860 or the
Andhra Pradesh ( Telangana Area )
(j) “Notification’ means of published in the Andhra
Pradesh Gazette and the word notified shall be
(k) ‘ Officer’ includes any director, manger, treasure,
trustee, secretary, member of t the committee, or any
person appointed by a society to sue and be sued on
its behalf and any other person empowered under the
rules or the bye-laws to give direction in regard to the
business of society;
(l) ‘ Registrar; means an officer of the Registration
Department , not below the rank of Sub-Registrar as
may be specifically empowered by the Government to
exercise the powers of Registrar under this Act;
(m) ‘ Registrar General’ means the Inspector General of
Registration appointed by the Government under
section 3 of the Registration Act, 1908;
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(n) ‘ Society’ means a society registered or deemed to be
registered under this Act; and
(o) ‘Special resolution’ means, resolution passed by a
majority of the total members of the society and not
less than three-fifths of the members present and
voting in a meeting, of which not less than fourteen
clear days notice and the date of meeting, specifying
the intention to propose the resolution as special
resolution, as been duly given. CHAPTER – II
REGISTRATION OF SOCIETIES
3. (1) Any seven or more persons forming a society which
has for its object the promotion of art, fine art, charity,
crafts, religion, sports (excluding games of chance) ,
literature, culture, science , political education,
philosophy or diffusion of any knowledge or any public
purpose may be registered under this Act.
(2) No society of which a firm, whether registered or not
or an unincorporated association of individuals is a
member shall be registered under this Act.
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(3) Nothing contained in Sub-Section (2) shall precluded
the registration under this Act of a Society on the
ground that a partner as defined in section 4 of the
Indian Partner ship Act, 1932, or a member of an
unincorporated Association of individuals is, in his
individual capacity, a member of the society.
(4) (1) for the purposes of registration of a society
there shall be filed with the Registrar of the district
in which the registered office of the society is to be
(a) a memorandum of association of the society
which shall state:-
(i) the name of the society;
(ii) the aims and objects of the society;
(iii) the names, and occupations of the members
of the committee; and
(b) the bye-laws of the society.
(5) The bye- laws of a society shall contain provisions in
respect of following matters:-
(i) Identity of the society which includes name and
address particulars of the society;
(ii) activities of the society;
(iii) membership of the society i.e. eligibility,
admission, withdrawal and termination etc.,
(iv)general body which contains the manner of
meetings to be held or convened, quorum,
functions and responsibilities etc.
(v) office bearers and their appointment/ election/
removal/recall and their responsibilities etc ;
(vi) finances which includes types of funds to be
raised, appointment of auditors, liability of
members for discharge of debts etc., and
(vii) other matters which covers the internal
matters of settlement of internal disputes,
dissolution of the society etc;
6.(1) No society all be registered by a name which
contravenes the provisions of the Emblems and names (
prevention of the Improper use) Act, 1950.
(2) (a) no society shall be registered in a District by
a name, which is identical with that of another registered
society in existence in the same District or so nearly undesirable
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resembling it so as to mislead except where the registered
society in existence is in the course of being dissolved and
signifies in writing it consent to such registration.
(b) except with the previous sanction in writing of the
Government, no society shall be registered by a name which
contains any of the following words, namely;-
(i) “ co-operative “ or “ land Development”
(ii) “ Reserve Bank”,
(iii) “ union’ or “ State” or any word expressing
or implying the sanction, approval or patronage of the
Central Government or any state Government; and
(iv) “ Municipal “ or “ Charted “ or any word
which suggests or is or is calculated to suggest connection
with any municipality or other local authority;
Provided that noting in this section shall apply to the
societies registered before the date of commencement of
(3) A society may , be a special resolution change it’s
name, with a previous intimation to the Registrar in
(4) The change of name shall not affect any right or
obligation of the society or any member thereof or render
defective any action or other legal proceedings by or
against it and any of the members, and any action or other
legal proceedings which might have been continued or
commenced by or against the society by its former name
may be continued or commenced by or against the society
by its new name .
7. (1) where a society has complied with the provisions
of the act as to registration and on payment of such fees a
may be notified under section 29, the Registrar shall issued
to that society a certificate of registration and such
certificate shall be conclusive evidence that the society
therein mentioned is duly registered .
(2) The Registrar shall, after the issue of a certificate of
registration to a society enter in a register which may
include a register maintained through an electronic device
like computer, the particulars specified in the memorandum,
of that society filed and such other particulars as may be
(3) If the Registrar refuses to register a society, an
appeal shall lie to the Registrar General within sixty days
from the date of communication of the order of the registrar
refusing to register the society. Every such appeal shall be
accompanied by a fee as may be notified by the
Government from time to time.
(4) If an application for registration of society is
presented before the Registrar complying with all the
provisions of this act is not disposed off within sixty days the
society is deemed to have been registered and the Registrar
shall issue a certificate to that effect.
s. 8. (1) by a “ special Resolution” a society may alter the
provisions of the memorandum with respect to:-
(a) change of objectives of the society;
(b) to amalgamate itself with any other society; or
(c) to divide itself into tow or more societies.
(2) Subject to the provisions of this Act, and the
conditions contained in its memorandum, a society may, by
an ordinary resolution passed by not less than 1/2 ( Half)
of the members present and voting alter its bye-laws.
(3) Any alteration of the memorandum of the society shall
not be valid unless such alteration is registered under this
(4) If any alteration of the memorandum is filed with the
Registrar and if they are not contrary to the provisions of
this Act, he shall register the same and shall certify the
registration of such alteration under his hand and seal
within thirty days form the date of receipt of the resolution.
The certificate shall be conclusive evidence that all the
requirements of this Act with respect to the alteration and
the certification thereof have been complied with and
henceforth the memorandum as so altered shall be the
memorandum of the society.
(5) Every alteration in the bye-laws of the society should
be sent to the Registrar and he shall take it on record if it is
not contrary to the provisions of this Act.
9. Every year the society shall, within fifteen days from
the date on which the General Body meeting was held
furnish a list to the Registrar of societies which shall contain
the names and addresses of the members of the Managing
Committee and officers entrusted with the management of
the affairs of the society.
MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
10. (1) A society shall, as from the day on which it begins
functioning or as from the twenty-eight day after the date of
its registration whichever is earlier have a registered office
at any place in the district in which it is registered and to
which all communications and notices may be addressed.
Notice of the location of the registered office and of every
change therein shall be given within twenty-eight days after
the date of its registration or after the date of the change,
as the case may be, to the Registrar, who shall record the
same in the certificate of registration .
(2) Any change of its registered office to a place outside
the district, in which it is registered, shall be intimated to
the Registrars of both the Districts.
(3) Every society shall display its name outside its office
premises in conspicuous position in legible charters of the
language in general use in that place.
(4) Every society shall have its name engraved in legible
charters on its seal. 11. every society shall keep register of members and enter
therein the following particulars, namely:-
(a) the name and address and the occupation, if any, of
(b) the date on which the name of each person was
entered in the register as member;
(c) the date on which any person ceased to be a
(d) the specimen signatures of the members.
12. every society shall keep at its office, the following
accounts records, and documents, namely:-
(a) a copy of this Act with up-to date amendments
(b) a copy of its registered memorandum along with
upto date bye-laws with amendments made from
time to time;
(c) the minutes book;
(d) accounts of all sums of money received and
expended by the society and their respective
(e) accounts of all purchases and sales of goods by the
(f) accounts of all assets and liabilities of the society;
(g) an up date register and a list of all member with
voting rights for the current year prepared within
thirty days of closure of the society’s financial year;
(h) copies of the audit reports and if any , and
compliance reports thereon; and
(i) All such other accounts, records and documents as
may be required by this Act.
of a society
13. the Register of members shall be kept open during
the business hours subject to such reasonable restrictions
a the bye-laws of the society may specify
14. (1) Every society shall elect a Committee, consisting
of not less than three members of the society, by a
resolution passed by a majority of the members present and
entitled to vote at an annual general body meeting of the
society held under section 20.
(2) the term of the committee or of its members
so elected shall be a period not exceeding six years as may
be specified in the bye-laws;
provided that a member who has completed a term as an
elected member is eligible for re-election as a member of
committee, if the bye-laws so permit.
(3) Every society shall maintain a register
showing the names, addresses and occupations of the
persons, who are members of the committee and shall file
with the Registrar;
(i) a copy of the register within a period of
fourteen days from the date of election of the members of
the first Committee; and
15. A person shall be disqualified for appointment as a
member of the Committee of a society under this Act if , on
the date of such appointment, he is ; members of
(a) not a major;
(b) of unsound mind and stands so declared by a
(c) an applicant to be adjudicated as an insolvent or is
an un-discharged insolvent;
(d) convicted of an offence involving moral turpitude
or sentenced by a criminal court to a fine of not
less than rupees one thousand or to imprisonment
for a period of not less than six months; and
(e) disqualified for such appointment by an order of a
16. Every society shall, deliver a copy of its Bye-laws, to
each member of the society at the time of admission.
17. Every society shall supply to every member a copy of
the balance sheet or a statement of accounts together with
the auditor’s report at its annual general body meeting, if
not supplied in advance
18. The registration of a society shall render it a body
corporate by the name under which it is registered having
perpetual succession and a common seal. The society shall
be entitled to acquire, hold and dispose of property, to enter
into contracts, to institute and defend suits and other legal
proceedings and to do all other things necessary for the
furtherance of the aim for which it was constituted.
to be a
19. (1) The Committee or any officer of the society
authorized in this behalf by its bye-laws, may bring or
defend any action or other legal proceeding touching or
concerning any property or any right or claim of the society
and may sue and be sued in its name.
(2) Any action or legal proceeding shall not abate or
be discontinued by the death, resignation or removal from
office of any member of the society after the
commencement of the proceeding.
Meetings 20. (1) The bye-laws of the society shall specify the
frequency and the manner in which the meetings of the
Committee and General Body shall be held, so however that
the Committee shall meet at-least once in every three
months and the General Body shall meet at-least one in a
(2) The committee shall convene a General Body
meeting within thirty days of receipt of a requisition for
convening a meeting signed by at-least one third of the
members of a society or as provided in the bye-laws and
any such requisition shall contain the proposed agenda and the reasons for such meeting .
(3) Every society shall record in the minutes book,
the minutes of all proceedings of every General Body
meeting and also every meeting of its Committee.
(4) Such minutes hall be communicated to all the
members invited for the meeting within thirty days of the
conclusion of the meeting
(5) The minutes so recorded shall be signed by the
persons who chaired the said meeting.
21. (1) Any tow or more societies may, by a special
resolution of both or all such societies, and confirmed by a
like resolution at a second meeting of both or all such
societies, convened after an interval of one moth after the
first meeting, get amalgamated into one society with or
without any dissolution or division of the funds of any of the
societies with intimation to the Registrar.
(2) Any society may, by a special resolution, divide
itself into tow or more societies. Such resolution shall
contain proposals for the division of the assets and liabilities
of the society among the new societies into which it is
proposed to divide itself and may specify the area of
operation of an the members, who will constitute each of
the new societies.
(3) An amalgamation or division in pursuance of this
section shall not prejudice any right of a creditor of any
society, which was a party to such amalgamation or division.
22. (1) Every society shall keep at its registered office, a
register of mortgages and charges and enter therein all
mortgages or charges affecting the property of the society
and such other particulars of the mortgages or chares as
may be specified in the bye-laws.
(2) The register of mortgages and charges kept in
pursuance of sub-section (1) and copies of instruments
creating mortgages or charges shall, subject to such
reasonable restrictions as the society may impose, be kept
at the registered office of the society and be open during
business hours to the inspection of any member or creditor
of the society without payment of any fee therefor.
CHAPTER – IV
DISPUTES, DISSOLUTION AND WINDINGUP
23. In the event of any dispute arising among the
committee or the members of the society, in respect of any
matter relating to the affairs of the society, any member of
the society may proceed with the dispute under the
provision of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act , 1996, or
managemay file an application in the District Court concerned and
the said court shall after necessary inquiry pass such order
as it may deem fit .
24.(1) A society may, by passing a special resolution,
determine that it shall be dissolved of an thereupon, with
prior intimation to the Registrar, it shall be dissolved at the
time specified in the resolution and all the necessary steps
shall be taken for the disposal and settlement of the
property of the society, and its claims and liabilities
according to the bye-laws, if any, of the society, and if there
are no bye-laws to this effect in the manner as the General
Body may find it expedient;
provided further that in the event of any dispute
arising among the members of the Committee or the
members of the society, the adjustment of its affairs shall
be referred to the court and the court shall make such order
in the matter including appointment of liquidator as it deems
(2) a society dissolved under this section shall file with
Registrar a full report showing as to how the property has
been disposed of.
25. If upon the dissolution of any society, there
remains, after the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities,
any property the same shall not be delivered to or
distributed among the members of the said society or any
of them, but shall be delivered to some other society, with a
similar objective to be named by a special resolution, or in
default thereof, by the court:
Provided that this section shall not apply to any
society which is founded or established by the contribution
of share shareholders in the nature of a Company.
to make an
of a society.
26. (1) As soon as the affairs of a society are fully
wound up, the liquidator shall make an account of the
winding up showing how the winding up has been
conducted and the property of the society has been
disposed of and call a general body meeting of the society
for the purpose of placing before it the account and giving
any explanation in respect thereof.
(2) Within one week after the meeting convened
under sub-section (1), the liquidator shall send to the
Registrar, a copy of the account and shall make a return to
him of the holding of the meeting and of its date.
27. Orders made under section 24 shall, on application,
be enforced as follows:-
(a) when made by a liquidator by any civil court
having local jurisdiction in the same manner as a decree of
such court; and
(b) When made by the court on appeal, in the
same manner as decree of that court.
28. Where a government is member or is wholly or
substantially financing a society it may place such terms and
conditions on the society as are mutually agreed up on or
through specific public policy notified by the government
for the purpose .
29. (1) The government shall, from time to time prepare a
table of fees payable;
(a) for registration of societies which may include
Mahila Mandals and Youth Associations;
(b) for filling or recording or registering any
document required by this Act to filed or recorded;
(c) for inspection of documents in the custody of
(d) for making or granting copies of reasons ,
entries or documents, before or after registration; and
(e) for such other matters appear to the
Government necessary to give effect to the purposes of this
(2) The Table of fees so prepared shall be notified.
(3) All fees, charges and other sums paid to the
Registrar or any officer of the Government in pursuance of
this Act, shall be credited to the Government
30. the Registrar General shall have superintendence
and control over all other Registrars functioning under this
31. If any difficulty arises in giving effect to the provisions
of this Act, in the first five years from the date of
commencement of this Act, the Government after previous
publication, by order make such provisions not inconsistent
with the purposes of this Act, as appear to them to be
necessary or expedient for removing of the difficulty.
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Act 1 of
32. (1) The Societies Registration Act, 1860, in its
application to the Andhra area of the State of Andhra
Pradesh and the Andhra Pradesh (Telengana Area) Public
societies Registration Act, 150 F are hereby repealed.
(2) Not-withstanding such repeal, anything done or any
action taken under the said Acts ( including any order, rule,
form, regulation, certificate or bye-laws) in the exercise of
any power conferred by or under the said Acts shall be deemed to have been done or taken in the exercise of the
powers conferred by or under this Act as if this Act was in
force on the date on which such a thing was done or action
SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT,
LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS & JUSTICE (FAC),
LAW DEPARTMENT. Document No:1
1. NAME OF THE SOCIETY :
2. LOCATION OF THE OFFICE :
3. AIMS AND OBJECTS
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
1. “ Certified that the Association is formed with no profit motive and
commercial activities involved in its working “.
2. “ Certified that the Bears are not paid form the Association” .
3. “ certified that the Association would not engage in agitational to ventilate to
4. “ Certified that the office Bearers signature are genuine”.
We the undersigned persons in the memo have formed into an association and
responsible to run the affairs of the Association are desirous of getting the Society
registered under A.P. Societies Registration Act 2001.
Signature of the President/ Secretary Name of the office
Bearers & S/o,
Age Designation Occupation Residential
Name in block letter & s/o,
Age Residential Address Occupation Signature
Signature of the President/ Secretary DOCUMENT NO :II
RULE AND REGULATIONS
1. NAME OF THE SOCIETY :
2. LOCATION OF THE
3.1) Member Ship :
ii) CATEGORY OF MEMBERS :
iii) ADMISSION FEE AND
4. GENERAL BODY
(i)Annual General Body will meet one in a year i.e. in the Month of ____
a) To pass the budget for the ensuing year and approve expenditure statement
of previous year.
b) To approve the reports of the activities of Society.
c) To elect the Executive committee etc .
d) To appoint Auditor
Executive committee : shall consist of Seven ( ) members and out of
them, the following office bearers shall be elected by the EC Viz President,
General Secretary, Joint Secretary and Treasurer and the remaining persons
all the Executive Committee Members.
The members of the Executive Committee (Governing Body) shall be duty
bound to attest the signatures of all the members of newly elected
Executive Committee and to see that the said signatures of the out going
Governing Body tally with the annual list as filed with the Register of
societies before 15 days the succeeding month in which elections were
Signature of the President/ Secretary FUNCTIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE BODY AND OFFICE BEARERS
1. PRESIDENT:- He Presides over all the meeting of the both General Body
and Executive Committee, he case his vote in case of tie . He can supervise
all the branches of the society.
2. Vice PRESIDENT:- He shall assist the president in discharging his duties in
the absence of the President he shall perform the duty of the President as
entrusted by him.
3. SECRETARY: – He is the their Executive Office of the society and custodian to
all records relating to the society and correspondent on behalf of the society.
He has to take on records of all minutes of the society to conveyed both the
bodies of the society with the permission of the President. He guide the
treasurer in preparing the budget and expenditure statement of the society.
4. JOINT SECRETARY: – He has to do the work entrusted by the executive
committee. He has to assist the Secretary in discharging his duties, in the
absence of the secretary, he can perform the duties of the secretary.
5. TREASURER: – He is responsible for all-financial transactions and funds of the
society. He has to maintain accounts properly along with the vouchers he has
to prepare the accounts of the society jointly with the Secretary or President.
6. OFFICE BEARERS :- they are the responsible person to attend to such
activities of the Society Which the Executive Committee entrust to them.
7. QUORUM: – Half of the total members for General Body Meeting and ¼ for
Executive Committee Meeting.
8. Funds : – The funds shall be spent only for the attachment of the objects of
the society and no portion thereof shall be paid or transferred directly or
indirectly to any of the members through any means
9. Amendments: – No amendment or alteration shall be made in the purpose of
the association unless it is voted by 2/3 of its members present at a special
meeting conveyed for the purpose and confirmed by 2/3 of the members
present at a second special meeting.
10.WINDING UP :- in case the society has to be wound up the property and
funds of the society that remain after discharging the liabilities, if any, shall be
transferred or paid to some other institutions with similar aims and objects.
Signature of the President/ Secretary Name of the office
Bearers & S/o,
Age Designation Designation
Name in block letter & s/o,
Age Residential Address Occupation Signature
Signature of the President/ Secretary AFFIDAVIT
resident of ___________________________________________________ Hyderabad, do
hereby solemnly affirm and confirm with good state of mind and do hereby declare on
oath as follows :
I am President/ Secretary of the Association by name ( Name of the
________ the application of which is submitting for Registration with the Registrar
of Societies , Hyderabad.
The said society is located in My house Bearing No:__________________
Hyderabad (Village/ Town/ Mandal/ Municipal Corporation of _____________
I have no objection to establish the said Society in my own house for which
I did not collect any rent from the Society.
It was declared on oath with free will and consent without correction or
hesitation with good state of mind on this the _______________day of
____200____-__ in the presence of the following witnesses and signed before the
Notary Public who attested by Signature.
SIGNATURE OF THE DEPONENT