46, Issue # 105 - February 27, 2003
We continue with our appeal to all institutional and individual members of Philatelic Congress of India (PCI) to find out the facts.
We have discovered during our investigations that PCI is not functioning as per its Memorandum of Association and Rules & Regulations.
The PCI has never published the version of Memorandum of Association and Rules & Regulations that was filed with the Registrar of the Societies in 1976 at the time of the registration.
The PCI however has published at least thrice the Memorandum of Association and Rules & Regulations that were different from the one filed with the Registrar of the Societies.
The last para, 13.V, of the Rules and regulations of PCI that fortunately remains unchanged in all the versions seen, is as follows:
"Subject to the provisions of Section 12 of the Societies Registrations Act XXI of 1860, the Congress in a meeting specially convened for the purpose may alter, extend or abridge its purposes and may also alter or amend these rules."
The text of the Section 12 of the Societies Registrations Act XXI of 1860 is as follows:
"Societies enabled to alter, extend or abridge their purposes:
Whenever it shall appear to the governing body of any society registered under this Act, which has been established for any particular purpose or purposes, that it is advisable to alter, extend, or abridge such purpose to or for other purposes within the meaning of this Act, or to amalgamate such society either wholly or partially with any other society, such governing body may submit the proposition to the members of the society in a written or printed report, and may convene a special meeting for the consideration thereof according to the regulations of the society;
but no such proposition shall be carried into effect unless such report shall have been delivered or sent by post to every member of the society ten days previous to the special meeting convened by the governing body for the consideration thereof, nor unless such proposition shall have been agreed to by the votes of three-fifths of the members delivered in person or by proxy, and confirmed by the votes of three-fifths of the members present at a second special meeting convened by the governing body at an interval of one month after the former meeting."
The PCI has never gone through the procedure as stipulated in Section 12 of the Act for scores of amendments of its rules and regulations and as such all the amendments are invalid and not binding to the members. These also include the illegal revisions of subscription rates from time to time.
We are uploading the original and the valid version of Memorandum of Association and Rules & Regulations and the same will be available at the following link:
We reiterate that the PCI is functioning in an invalid and illegal manner since day one and this is just another example.
We exhort all PCI members to take action for correcting the situation.