Formation of Mangrove Society of India:


The Mangrove Society of India was formed in the year 1990 in Mumbai, on the occasion of National Symposium on Mangrove Awareness in India sponsored by WWF, India. During the National Symposium on ‘Mangrove Awareness in India’ organized by Maharashtra and Goa Committee of WWF-India under the Jawaharlal Nehru Biodiversity Programme at Nehru Science Centre, Worli, Bombay held from 21st to 23rd February 1990 under the Chairmanship of Mrs. Geetha Srinivasan. At the symposium it was unanimously resolved for the formation of a Society/ Body to bring all those who are interested in various aspects of mangrove ecosystem. Following resolution was passed with majority.
It is unanimously resolved that the Mangrove Society of India be formed taking into consideration the degrading condition of Indian mangroves, increasing pressure of rapid development and the urgent need to create an awareness among the people.
It was suggested to form an adhoc Executive Committee with immediate effect to look into the various activities of the proposed society. After discussions with various members present following Executive Committee was formed.

MANGROVE SOCIETY OF INDIA

  1. President:
    Mr. S.P. Godrej, New Delhi
  2. Vice-President:
    Dr.E.G. Silas,
    Mrs. Geetha Srinivasan,
  3. Executive Secretary:
    Dr. A.G. Untawale, Goa
  4. Joint Secretary:
    Mr. Sanjay Deshmukh
  5. Treasurer:
    Dr. A.D. Agate,
  6. Advisor:
    Dr. Martha Vannucci
  7. Members:
    • Prof. K. Krishnamurthy
    • Prof. Abdul Rahman
    • Dr. P. Sanyal
    • Prof. V.P. Singh
    • Prof. S.M. Karmarkar
    • Dr. Sahilesh Naik
    • Mr. Ramkrishna Rao
    • Mr. Ranjan Biswas
    • Prof. S.B. Chaphekar
    • Dr. Amlesh Chaudharu
    • Dr. Leela J. Bhosle
    • Dr. A.J. Joshi
    • Dr. A.G. Raddi
    • Shri J.R. Parmar
    • Mr. A.K. Date

It was also suggested to form a small group to prepare a draft bye-laws of the proposed Society for circulation and approval
It was strongly felt to start a Mangrove Bulletin or Newsletter of the proposed Society
Main office of the Society would be functioning at National Institute of Oceanography, Goa
The annual and life membership would be decided by the Executive Committee.

 

 

Bylaws of Mangrove Society of India


Society's Bylaw

  1. Name of the Society
  2. The society that is registered under the Societies' Registration Act (1860) as extended in the Goa State, shall be known as the Mangrove.

    Society of India, with its headquarters at National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula, Goa or as resolved by the General Body of the Society. Any change in the address of the society will be communicated to the Registering Authority within 30 days in the manner prescribed under Rule 28 of the C.S. Rules 1962.

  3. Objectives and Functions
  4. The Mangrove Society of India or referred as only 'Society' here- after, shall be a non-governmental, non-profit making, non-political organization devoted to the following objectives :

    1. To promote any science related to mangrove'~cosystem among various strata of people of the territory.
    2. To publish, sponsor, distribute and exchange scientific literature and newsletters published by the Society from time to time.
    3. To sponsor, support, organize scientific meetings/workshops/ lecture series/awards or conferences, as necessary.
    4. To cooperate, collaborate and liase with other national and international organizations devoted to the various aspects of mangrove sciences.
    5. To promote different aspects of basic and applied aspects of mangrove sciences for human welfare.
    6. Ultimate objectives of 'Mangrove Society of India' are the preservation of the exsisting mangrove forests in India and to promote its afforestation and regeneration with a view to nurture and protect the living organisms the mangrove ecosystem supports, all with the purpose of preventing damage to the coastal areas and also improving the ecosystem for the general public welfare.

    There shall be no activity motivated by profiti and any gains and savings shall be used solely for the objectives of the society.

  5. Income and property of the Society
  6. The income and property of the Society, howsoever derived, shall be applied ,solely towards the promotion of the objects and functions set forth above~ No portion of the income and property of the Society shall be paid or transferred, directly or indirectly to any person/s, who at any:time are or have been memberjs of the Society or any claiming through them, provided, that nothing' herein contained shall prevent the payment in good faith of honoraria and and to meet all expenses in running and maintaining its offices and its activities. facilities of any nature whatsoever to any member, office bearer or anyone else as the Executive Committee think fit in return for any services rendered to the Society.

  7. Membership
  8. The membership of the Society shall be in the following categories

    1. Individual Members
    2. All individuals, irrespective of any consideration of caste, sex, religion or profession, who agree to support the objectives and activities of the Society shall be eligible for ordinary membership upon application. The ordinary members shall pay an annt\al fee of Rs.45 or as fixed from time to time by the Executive Council and Rs.5/- towards the Registration fee only once.

    3. Life Member
    4. An ordinary member may become a Life Hember at any time by paying a sum equivalent to 10 years ordinary membership fee applicable at that time. This sum may be reduced by an amount equivalent to one third of the ordinary membership already paid subject to a maximum of membership for nine years.

    5. Student Member
      1. Below S.S.C. level (Junior) : Rs.10/- per annum
      2. Below Graduation (Senior) : Rs.25/- per annum

      No registration fee will be chorged to student members. Student members will not be entitled for voting right of the Society.

    6. Honorary Member
    7. Any person of high repute in any relevant branch of plant science can be made/or invited to become Honorary Member for lifetime with the approval of the General Body of the Society, recommended by the Executive Committee.

    8. Patrons/Educational Institutions
    9. Any institution/organization or i~dividual/s interested in the promotion of plant sciences in India may become a Patron by paying a lumpswo amount of Rs.5,OOO/- or as decided by the Executive Council, in one installment. Patrons shall have the privilage of getting all the facilities f~ee of cost (like publication, gate fee, etc.) or at a reduced rate to be decided by the Executive Council.

    10. Member from the Industrial Houses and others
    11. Rs.l0,OOO/- and above for one time only. Shall have privilage for voting rights and facilities.

      May be acceptable from the overseas persons interested in the above said activities of the Society pending clearance from the Reserve Bank of India.

    12. Overseas Member

    May be accepted from the overseas persons interested in the above said activities of the Society pending clearance from the Reserve Bank of India

  9. Privilages of Members
  10. All individual members in good standing shall be entitled to participate in all the activities of the Society, to vote in the elections, and to hold, on being duly elected, any office of the Society. Members shall also receive newsletters and other publications of the society (whenever published) free or on any such payment that shall be determined by the Executive Council. The members in arrears of their dues for one year or more shall loose their privilages which shall be restored on payment of dues for the current year. They shall not claim earlier publications at cost price

  11. Functions of General Body
    1. The General Body of the Society shall be composed of individual Members, Life Members and also the Patrons.
    2. General Body shall meet once in two years/or on the occassion of any national meetings. However, emergency meetings can be called by 2/3rd majority of the members of the Society.
    3. Members shall be informed at least 15 days in advance, in writing or by news item in an English daily, the date, time and venue of the meeting.
    4. Agenda of the meeting may be circulated at least eight days in advance or displayed on the notice board.

    Quorum 'for the General Body meeting shall be fifty percent. When there is no quorum, the meeting can take place after half an hour with whatever attendance is available.

    The policy matters, amendment of the bylaws and approval to the registration and/or expulsion of the members, recommended by the Executive Council, may be decided by the General Body.

  12. Executive Council
    1. The tenure of the Executive Council shall be three years
    2. Normal activities of the Society shall be managed by the Executive Council, which should meet at least once in an year. Urgent meetings can be called with 2/3 majority of the Executive Committee.
    3. The election of the Executive Council shall be by nominations and/or secrete postal ballot papers, if required. This procedure will be approved, modifiedand /or amended from time to time by the General Body.
    4. The election shall be announced at least one month in advance by sending circulars to all the members of good standing.
    5. Student and Honorary Members shall not be office bearers.
    6. The Executive Council shall consist of following office bearers
    7. President - One

      Vice-President - Two

      Executive Secretary - One

      Joint Secretary - One

      Treasurer - One

      Members - Ten

      The Council shall be authorised to coopt additional members as and when necessary.

    8. The vacancies in the Council shall be filled up by any member from the Council, by the President.
    9. Minimum fifteen days notice may be given for any meeting of the Executive Council.
    10. Important/urgent resolution/s may be circulated by the Executive secretary by circulation to the E.C. members.

  13. Functions, duties and powers of Executive Council
  14. The Executive Council of the Society shall be responsible for all the activities of the Society. The Executive Council shall have following broad objectives :

    1. To inculcate the interest about mangrove ecosystem among various levels of people.
    2. To organize seminar/symposia/workshops/exhibitions for healthy scientific exchanges and giving recommendations/suggestions.
    3. To start a lecture series
    4. To publish a six monthly/quarterly Newsletter or a scientific journal covering all the activities of Society for publication awareness.
    5. To undertake activities for creating awareness about mengroves and the related systems in India.
    6. To takeup important conservational issues related to mangrove ecosystem in India.
    7. To raise funds by memberships, donations, sale of publications, organizing exhibitions and also through grants from various funding agencies.
    8. To promote research activities of good quality.
    9. To develop a Mangrove Information Centre of India for exchanging authentic scientific data on mangroves.

  15. Functions, Duties and powers of the office bearers
    1. President : shall guide the Society for meeting its objectives shall preside over the meetings of the Executive Council and General Body and interpret these rules when necessary. The President shall also make nominations to fill in interim vacancies if any, in the Executive Council. All decisions of the President shall be placed before the Executive Council for approval at the next meeting.
    2. Vice-President I shall have the powers as delegated to them by the President.
    3. The Tresurer shall be responsible for maintaining the accounts of the Society and getting them audited every year. Treasurer shall also operate the accounts jointly with the Executive secretary or in his absence with the President/Vice-President. He will also make the records available for auditing. He will prepare the balance sheet for the approval by the General Body Executive Council.
    4. The Executive Secretary shall be responsible for all such regular correspondence as necessary for the normal functioning of the Society. The Executive Secretary shall initiate, after consultation with the President such actions as may be necessary to meet the objectives of the Society. He/she will perform such duties as assigned by the Executive Council from time to time. The Executive Secretary may be provided with such secretarial assistance, if financially possible and needed as necessary for keeping the records of the Society in order.The Executive Secretary would jointly operate account with the Treasurer.
    5. The Joint Secretary shall have duties as may be assigned to them by the Executive Council/ President/ Vice-President from time to time for smooth functioning of the Society.
  16. Resignation or dismissal
    • Any vacancy in the Executive Council due to resignation or dismissal or removal of any member may be filled by other member with 3/4 majority of the Executive Council.
    • Such changes shall be announced in the local newspapers or circulars to the members of the Society.
    • Dismissal, removal or resignation of any office bearer of Executive Council has to be approved by the Council with 3/4 majority votes.
    • The office bearers of Executive Council,when relieved of their duties, shall continue to be the members of the Council.
    • Executive Council shall not have any powers to expel any member from their membership. Only General Body would take that decision.
    • The outgoing Executive Council shall hand over the charge to the incoming Executive Council at the first meeting.
    • Qurum for the Executive Council shall be 50 percent. In the absence of quorum the meeting shall take place again after half an hour without any limit for rquorum.
    • Any Executive Council office bearer who fails to attend four consequitive meetings shall automatically cease to be a member of the Executive Council.
    • All the records of the Society shall be at the Head Office of the Society in charge of the Secretary or President.
    • Members of the Executive Council are entitled for free copies of Publication, if any, and free entry to any activity of the Society.
    • The travelling allowance (for official work only) to the Executive Council members and the members of various sub- committees shall be paid by the Society, against the voucher, if financially feasible.

  17. Amendments
    1. If necessary the amendments to these rules can be made on being initiated by any member through the Executive Council. The suggested amendment if approved by the Executive Council shall be circulated among the members for voting. Two thirds of the members voting for the amendment would be required for carrying through the amendment.
    2. Executive Council, if necessary, may form the committees to carry out different activities.
    3. Such committees shall be under the direct control of Executive Council for smooth functioning and all the rules and regulations of the Society mentioned under the byelaws shall be applicable to these committees.
    4. If necessary the Executive Council may formulate additional rules for the proper functioning of these committees from time to time.
    5. A member can hold more than one offices provided the offices are of different committees.
    6. A member of the Society is entitled to avail and attend all the facilities and activities of the Society.
    7. Society shall open a bank account in any nationalized bank.
  18. Dissolution
  19. Subject to the consent of the members of the General Body, any number, not less thun 2/3rd of the members of the society may determine that the "society" shall be diissolved forthwith or at a time then agreed upon, and all necessary steps shall be taken for the disposal und settlement of the property of the society, its claims and liabilities according to the rules or as the Executive Council may find expedient.

    In case of dissolution of the society, if there remain after the satisfaction of all the debts and liabilities, any property and assets, whatsoever, the same shall not be distributed among the members of the society but shall be transferred to such other society/s or association/s, which would continue to further its aims and objectives, as may be determined by the Executive Council.

  20. The Society, through its Executive Council, may raise the donations in cash or in kind, (may be in the form of land or furniture or equipments, books, etc.), which shall be the property of the society und proper care and records shall be kept by the Society.
  21. The society shall not function beyond the scope of the byelaw, unless approved and duly amended or included in the existing byelaw of the Society.
  22. The Society shall be duly registered with the Registrar of Societies along with the foundation members.
  23. All the provisions of the Societies Registration Act shall apply to this society. Registrar of the Societies shall have the right to examine the records of the society and his suggestions would be complied with.
  24. All individuals joining the society before 31 December 1990 shall be designated as Founder Members.

  25. Certified that this is a correct copy of the original Rules and Regulations of the MANGROVE SOCIETY OF INDIA.

    Sr. No.  Name  Designation  Signature
    1. Mr. S.P. Godrej Prresident  
    2. Mrs. Geetha Srinivasan  Vice-President   
    3. Dr. A.G. Untawale Executive Secrertary  
    4. Dr.(Mrs.) Sayeeda Wafar Treasurer  
    MEMORANDUM OF MANGROVE SOCIETY OF INDIA

    1. Name of the Society : MANGROVE SOCIETY OF INDIA
    2. Address of the Society : C/o Dr. A.G. Untawale, National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula, Goa 403 004
    3. Objectives and Functions :
    4. The Mangrove Society of India or referred as only 'Society' here-after, shall be a non-governmental, non-profit making, non-political organization devoted to the following objectives :

      1. To promote any science related to mangrove ecosystem among various strata of people of the territory.
      2. To publish, sponsor, distribute and exchange scientific literature and newsletters published by the Society 'from time to time.
      3. To sponsor, support, organize scientific meetings/workshops/ lecture series/awards or conferences, as necessary.
      4. To cooperate, collaborate and liase with other national and international organizations devoted to the various aspects of mangrove sciences.
      5. To promote different aspects of basic and applied aspects of mangrove sciences for human welfare.
      6. Ultimate objectives of 'Mangrove Society of India' are the preservation of the exsisting mangrove forests in India and to' promote its afforestation and regeneration witll a view to nurture and protect the living organisms the mangrove ecosystem supports, all with the purpose of preventing damage to the coastal areas and also improving the ecosystem for the general public welfare.