Madhya Pradesh Societies (NGO) Registration Act

Madhya Pradesh Society Registrikaran Adhiniyam

The British passed the Societies Registration Act in India in 1860. The Act was based on The Literary and Scientific Institutions Act, which was passed in England in 1854.

The main Act is simple enough. However, the states have power (Charitable and Religious institutions fall under state list) to amend the main Act for their own state. Many states have amended the main Act, These amendments create confusion in section references, such as Section 4A for Bihar is different from section 4A for Goa. Others have passed their own independent Act.

It has proved very complex task to get the latest amendments for each state. Therefore, please reconfirm the information presented here before taking any important decisions.

Madhya Pradesh Society Registrikaran Adhiniyam, 1973


By filing Memorandum of Association (in Form – I) and certified copy of Rules and Regulations along with a fee of Rs.1,000 (Sec. 7). The rules and regulations should be certified by at least three of the members of the governing body. All documents to be filed with the Registrar of Societies, at Gwalior or Bhopal.

A certificate of registration is issued by the Registrar in Form – II (rule 6).


You can alter the objects of the society or merge with another society. For this, you have to convene two general body meetings (at interval of one month). Three-fifths of the members have to approve the change (Sec. 15).

You can also change the name of your society with the consent of at least two-thirds of the total members by a resolution at a general meeting (Sec. 12). A copy of this resolution should be sent to the Registrar. The change of name becomes effective when the Registrar issues a certificate in Form – V (rule 9) with necessary alterations (Sec. 13).

If the members wish to make any amendment to the memorandum or regulations or bylaws, they have to forward a proposal to the Registrar with a maximum fee of Rs.200. If the Registrar is satisfied that the proposal is not contrary to the Act, he can register the amendment (Sec. 10).

If the Registrar feels that an amendment of the memorandum or regulations or bylaws of a society is desirable in the interest of the society, he can order the society to make such an amendment (Sec. 11). If society does not make the amendment, the Registrar can make the amendment to the memorandum and bylaws on his own. He / she can then send a certified copy to the society. All such amendments are binding on the society.

List of Governing Body Members

File this every year within 45 days of annual general meeting. If general meetings are not held, file it within 45 days from 31st January along with a maximum fee of Rs.200 (Sec. 27).

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