JAMMU: The government approved amendment to the Jammu and Kashmir Societies Registration Act, according to which the registration of a society or an NGO can cancelled for various reasons.
The reasons cited in the amendment, according to a government spokesman, are:
“If a society or an NGO indulges in activities other than the ones it had been registered or indulges in activities pre-judicial to the security of the state; if the accounts of the society are not audited by a certified Chartered Accountant annually and on the basis of verified complaints of malpractices.”
The spokesman added that any society will not be de-registered without giving it a chance to reply to the punitive measure to be initiated by the registrar.
“Moreover, an appeal against an order made under Sub Section-(1) may be referred to the government within one month from the date of communication of such order,” the spokesman said in a statement.
The amendments were approved by the State Adminstrative Council, which met here today under the chairmanship of governor NN Vohra.
“In recent times, it had been observed that there has been a mushroom growth of NGOs/Societies under Societies Registration Act and there are increasing allegations /complaints against many registered NGOs/Societies for indulging in different unreasonable activities. Some of the NGOs/Societies have also been noticed to have carried out financial irregularities /misappropriation /uncalled for dealings,” the statement said.
The existing Jammu and Kashmir Societies Registration Act, 1998 (1941 A.D.), Act No. VI of Svt. 1998, which was enacted to provide for the registration of literary, scientific, charitable and other societies, had no provision for de-registration which made it difficult to deal with various types of complaints/allegations against many registered NGOs/Societies, the statement said.
The amendments in J&K Societies Registration Act, 1998 (1940 AD) were proposed by Industries and Commerce Department, it added.