The section 20 of the Societies Registration Act, 1860 states that military orphan funds, charitable societies, societies formed for the promotion and development of science, literature, instruction, the diffusion of useful knowledge and political education, the foundation, preservation or maintenance of libraries or reading rooms, mechanical and philosophical inventions, societies established at the various presidencies of India, public museums and galleries of paintings, collection of natural history and instruments or designs can be registered under this act. It is to be noted that Societies Registration Act, 1860 is a federal act in India. Another significant point is that the states with charity commissioner not only need to be registered under the Societies Registration Act, but also under the Bombay Public Trusts Act.
Points to Remember During Society Registration
Registration is valid both at the state level and at the district level The process of registering NGO as society differs or varies from state to state The application for registration needs to be submitted following the proper rules and regulations and relevant documents which include Memorandum of Association , consent letters of all the members of the managing committee, authority letter duly signed by the members of the managing committee, an affidavit sworn by the president or secretary of the society on non-judicial stamp paper with a court fee stamp.