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How to Register a Society (NGO) in India

Social work is important for a better society.
Samyak Lalit | November 14, 2011 (Last update: January 28, 2021)

Samyak Lalit is an Indian author and disability rights activist. He is the principal author and founder of projects like TechWelkin, WeCapable, Viklangta, Kavita Kosh among many others.

Lately, I have done research about how to register non-profit organizations in India. I thought of presenting my findings in this article so that others on the same quest can be benefited. In India, Non Profit Organizations (NPOs) are often called the Non-Government Organizations (NGOs). An NGO could be registered as one of the following three ways:

Of these three, trust and society are the most popular and easiest way of doing social work. I have written a separate article on difference between a trust and society. Some people feel confused between a trust and a foundation, so I have an article about this as well.

How to Register a Society NGO

In India, societies are governed by a central act called Societies Registration Act, 1860. All the states in India have adopted this act (with or without modifications) to create authorities at state level that register non-profit societies.

  • The main documents in the registration of a society are Memorandum of Association (MOA) and Rules and Regulations (RR). These two documents are written/printed/typed on plain papers.
  • Minimum seven people are required to form a society. There is no upper limit on the number of members.
  • These members have various designations that can be decided among themselves. Common designations are President, Vice-Present, Secretary, Joint-Secretary and Treasurer etc.
  • These members are collectively called the Governing Body. This body directs and controls the functioning of the society.
  • All the members of society are elected for a specific period (which should be mentioned in the MOA). After expiry of this period; the post is filled through elections in which members of the Governing Body take part.
  • Because of the involvement of election process –societies are more democratic than trusts. But at the same time –power struggle and politics may also creep in as drawbacks. In case of societies, through election politics, it is possible to remove the person who had initiated the society in the first place.
  • Unlike trusts, societies function only within a specified geographical area. To make an all India level society, you would need at least eight members (of which five should be from different states of India)
  • The Memorandum of Association must mention:
    • Name of the Society
    • Address of the registered office
    • Names, designations, addresses and occupations of the members of first governing body
    • Objectives of the society
  • No stamp paper is required for MOA and RR
  • Most important part of the MOA that you should pay attention to is objectives. You should be as thorough as possible in writing down objectives so that you can function smoothly without any problems.
  • Related people (i.e. belonging to the same family) cannot be part of the governing body.
  • Members of the Governing Body can not draw any remuneration from the society funds.
  • While executing their duties as members, expenses incurred by the members of the Governing Body can be reimbursed from the society funds.
More Important Tips
  • Society income is exempted from tax. For this, after registration, you need to acquire a certificate from the Income Tax Department. This certificate is called 12A
  • Donations to the society are also exempted from tax (i.e. the donor will not have to pay tax on the amount of donation). For this, you need to acquire 80G certificate from Income Tax Department. Getting 80G and advertising that you have this certificate does encourage donors because they get tax benefit on donation.
  • Usually lawyers and practicing CAs can help you in registration of society –but I guess a lawyer is better person if you need help in formulating your MOA and RR. CAs don’t know the nitty-gritty of the legal stuff.
  • If you can write MOA and RR on your own –and sure that you have done a good job –then all you need is help of a notary who will take your papers and prepare them for the presentation before the registrar.
  • After registration, for acquiring 12A and 80G certificates you may need to take services of a practicing CA. They charge hefty fee for these services.
  • NGOs are for social work. You are not expected to draw any benefits from NGO.

If you need more information regarding the process of registration of society NGOs in India, you may comment on this article. I will see if I can help you with more information. I hope this article was useful for you. Thank you for using TechWelkin.


141 responses to “How to Register a Society (NGO) in India”

  1. Mitanshi says:

    Hi sir,
    I want to get my college society “Enactus IGDTUW” registered. Will it come under this category. Enactus, known as Students In Free Enterprise, is an international non-profit organization dedicated to enabling progress through entrepreneurial action.
    We help underpriviledged people establish their business.
    Please help.

  2. Duo says:

    Hi Lalit,

    We have an NGO registered in Nagaland. We want to change the President of the Society as he is not in a position to continue( move out of the State). I understand that through a Resolution of a General Body meeting, we can change. But do we need to inform/intimate the change to the concern department of the State Government, IT Office and Home Ministry as we have 12A, 80G and also FCRA .

    Kindly let us know at the earliest.

    Thank You for all the valuable informations

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      I think you only need to inform the Registrar of Societies of your area (where you registered your society). You should go there and if there are any more authorities to be informed, they will tell you.

  3. Dr. Rainer Roos says:

    Hello, can a foreigner become a member of an Indian Trust?

  4. Mehraj says:

    Hello everyone..
    I am from Kashmir. It’s my aim to become a social worker. I truly have sympathy with needy people. I have been working as a volunteer for a reputed NGO for last 6 months but unfortunately I realize that higher authorities of the organization are not honest to people as well as to their organization, so I quit.

    Now I want to work for other organizations which are honest and dedicated. I can spend my all time for social cause and I am not alone to do this so but I have my group of 10 youths. We all want to contribute our time for society. We need some organizations which can make good use of our time and dedication if any one requires human resource please contact me. 91 90 86 60 39 04

  5. Pankaj says:

    Can a government employer will be a part of any society?

  6. Haseeb Reshi says:

    You are doing a great job bro
    By clearing out the confusion of the society administrators,and guiding them for whole process
    Hats off Sir
    Keep it up

  7. anshul says:

    hello Lalit ji
    your info on this website is so clear and fruitful…congratulations for such a helpful site
    well I want to register a trust on welfare of tortoise conservation.kindly guide

  8. Naveen kapila says:

    Hi Lalit, we are running a society named anti crime anti corruption cell it was registered in 2012 with the help of a lawyer.we wanted to function all over India and in MOA operational area is mentioned “INDIA”but we did not have 5 members from different states. i want to know whether we are cheated by lawyer because we had paid him the fees and if we cant work all over India how can we amend it and where it will be sent to get national level certification

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      Rules say that a “local” society can not work outside the state of registration. But I don’t see any practical implications of it. If you work outside the state, there should not be any practical problem in it. However, you may not be able to apply for grants from the governments of states where you’re not registered.

  9. R K Chaudhury says:

    Last September, we have registered a trust. In the deed the author forgot to mention his name in the list of trustees and there is no such clause in the deed where in it is mentioned that the author is also the trustee. So. I want to know if the author still is a trustee or shall we have to amend?

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      Well, technically the author is not a trustee and you should make amendments if you want to make the trust deed author a trustee. However, I would also suggest that you show the trust deed to an experienced lawyer. Not mentioning such an important thing in the trust deed may be taken as an indication that the trust deed is not well-drafted. There could be other problems also with the trust deed.

      • R K Chaudhury says:

        Thank you for your suggestion. And yes, you are right. There are some more flaws in the trust deed.

  10. Mayank says:

    Hi Lalit sir,

    I Would like to know if an NGO can sell products of other brands to raise funds? Like selling at retail price while purchasing at wholesale price?

    Is there any other way of selling things to earn profit for NGO? It is difficult to ask for donation again and again as there are so many competitors in NGO, Why would anyone donate or take interest?

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      Hi Mayank, getting funds for NGO is probably the most difficult task for those who are running such organizations. But I guess that if you do excellent quality social work, you will find supporters who will give you funds. Keep trying.

      An NGO can do business and income up to Rs. 10 lakhs is exempted from income tax. But I am not really sure if you can do an unrelated business under the banner of an NGO. You should consult a lawyer about it.

  11. R. K.Yadav says:

    What is the min• & max. Strength of managing committee ( governing body ) in a society under society registration act 1860.

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      As I have mentioned in the article, minimum seven members are required to be in the Governing Body. There is no upper limit, so there can be any number of members.

  12. Zaki says:

    My friend is going to open NGO. He is asking me to be a member of this NGO. To be a member in his NGO, do I have to invest any money in that?

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      If the NGO has placed a membership fee, you will have to pay that fee to become a member.

  13. AJ says:

    Sir, can a registered society working in public interest file a writ petition on behalf of the aggrieved?

  14. Sneha says:

    Hi Lalit Sir, we are a group of 3 who are in the process of establishing an NGO in Kolkata. We are facing a crisis with respect to minimum number of members required. Is there an exception? Can’t we 3 only start an NGO?

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      Sneha, you can register a public charitable trust with 3 members. Trust is also a form of an NGO. The other form, i.e. society, requires minimum 7 members.

  15. quasib raza says:

    Hello sir,
    Actually I just register my trust with total of two trustee. I want to know minimum how many post a trust have, if it is more than two shall I form a board of directors/advisers and among them I can assign some particular post to the member.

  16. Maninder gahlaut says:

    We already have a trust registered in which 1 chairman and 3 trustees are there. All are above 65years.
    We like to function as an NGO but wish to add more active people young people for this NGO work. How to go about it?

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      You can add more people as volunteers or may be you can create an advisory committee and appoint deserving younger people as advisers.

  17. Aditya Singh says:

    Respected Sir,
    I wish to know whether we could form and amend the constitution of our NGO, assigning more powers to the president than the secretary?
    can a secretary be a founder Secretary?
    Also, can president and founder president be same or different?

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      As long as your governing body and the Registrar of Societies agrees to such changes you can make changes. Usually there is nothing like a Founder Secretary or Founder President. Societies are governed by collective decisions made by the governing body. It is a democratic setup and no position is secure forever. The governing body can remove anyone by majority vote.

  18. Latha says:

    We have a society registered under societies registration act in 2008. When shall we apply for the renewal of organization?

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      You don’t need to renew the Society as such. But if you have 12a and 80g certificates issued in 2008, then you may need to get the certificates renewed from the Income Tax department.

  19. Finny says:


    If there is no 12A certificate, how much money can be received in society’s bank account in one year without tax? Kindly help.

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      If you do not have 12A exemption certificate, I guess all the money you receive would be taxable.

  20. Rishabh Sharma says:

    Hi Mr. Lalit,

    Greetings of the Day!

    I need some help with Trust Registration. Can I register a trust when I don’t own any property and my objectives will be towards environment, plantation etc. I’ve been reading your blog and I’m under an impression now that trusts etc. are meant for education related functions specifically.

    I want to register an entity where I & my friends can work towards environment, trees, plantation, greenery, Cleanliness etc.

    Would appreciate your help!

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      Hi Rishabh, a trust can have any good social cause as its objective. So, you can register a trust for environment and plantation work as well. You also don’t need to own a property. Just rent a property and get no objection certificate from the owner.

  21. DR. RAKESH GUPTA says:

    Dear Lalit ji,

    How can we start International NGO for the promotion of social cause, education or sports in India with a registration process in New Delhi.

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      You can start an NGO at national level. For opening international branches of your NGO, I guess you’ll have to get these branches registered in respective countries as per the rules of those countries.

  22. krishkumar says:

    members of the governing body should not be related each other ok does the the same yard stick applies to among members who are not connected with the governing body?

  23. Queyl Jamora says:

    Hi Lalit ji,
    We are group of Filipino wives married to Indian Nationals in Delhi /NCR. Our group is recognized in our Local Embassy. We wanted to register our group as a NGO “Society”. Can you help us and explain further what else we can do? Most of us are Housewives and not working. Are we able to proceed?

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      Hi Queyl, any group of people with a common social cause can create a society. But you need to be Indian nationals. So, if you have gotten the Indian nationality, then all you need is a purpose as to what you would want to do through your society.

  24. vivek singh says:

    Dear Lalit sir, please tell me that there are any special qualification required for start a awareness society about HIV or hepatitis

  25. rakesh says:

    can we register NGO name same as the village / town name

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      You can have a village / town’s name as part of the NGOs name. There should not be any problem.

      • Vikram kumar says:

        You can have a village/town’s name as part of the NGO’s name. There should not be at all any problem

  26. Prince singh says:

    Thanks, my question is what are the names of the posts in governing body.

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      There is no guidelines as to what should the post names. But usually, there are President, Vice-President, Secretary, Joint-Secretary and Treasurer.

  27. Dr.Snehlata Rewaria says:

    Dear Sir. My NGO registered on 27.11.2001. What would be the expiry date of NGO.As this is the requirement of filling the form from social justice department of India. Second question is can my husband in included in managing body.

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      I don’t think NGOs “expire” as such. May be what they are asking you to fill is the expiry date of your 12a and 80g exemption certificates. These dates would be mentioned on your certificates. In societies, close relations like husband are not allowed to be member of the governing body.

      • Sahadevan says:

        Hi Lalit,

        Currently am running a partnership firm. Its a security guard agency. Can I make a partnership firm in to a society? Can I change my security agency into a society? Kindly reply ASAP.

        • Lalit Kumar says:

          NGOs are for social non-profit work. Assuming that this security guard agency is your for-profit business, you should not convert it into an NGO. And in any case such conversion is not possible.

  28. VINIT GOYAL says:

    I am Vinit Goyal and working as a company secretary in a company. I want to become the part of any NGO for social welfare i.e. education and training etc.

    I am reside in south Delhi. I share my spare time for the social welfare as a part time on weekend basis on lowest rate or free of cost as suitable.

    If anyone help me Pl call me

    Vinit Goyal

  29. D N says:

    Can a person be in governing body of two societies with different objectives ?
    Can two societies, with different objectives, be registered in the name of single person ?


  30. Narendar says:

    Hi Sir, I am Naren. I am twenty years old and I have a desire of opening an NGO in my locality. Your information is very useful for me Sir. Thank you.

  31. runa says:

    I am an Indian and I want to register a Trust with a friend who is a British. We want to register in India. Is it possible?

  32. Murray Culshaw says:

    Is there an age restriction for employment in an NGO? Put another way does a person employed by an NGO HAVE to retire, by law, at a certain age? Or can an individual NGO specify its own retirement rules?

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      Hi Murray, it is an interesting question. But unfortunately, I don’t have a concrete answer for this. However, as for my guess, there is no age or retirement limit for employment in an NGO unless it is mentioned in the constitution of the NGO. I hope that some other reader who has a better idea about it —will comment and enlighten us.

  33. Lungleng says:

    Hi Lalit,
    I have two questions.

    Firstly, can NGO be run without registering under Societies Act? If yes, what disadvantages are there for not getting registered? If no, why?

    Secondly, how many years make one term for governing body before the next election?

    Thank You.

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      If you don’t register your NGO, you will not get 80g certificate and thus your donors will not get tax benefit on donations they give to you NGO. This may discourage donors. You will also not get 12a certificate —which means that you will have to pay income tax on all the donation that you will gather for your NGO. I guess governing body elections must take place at least once in every five years.

  34. Moyon says:

    Hi Sir,

    Your invaluable information on the subject NGO is commendable.
    I have been running a private school for the last 2 years in a rural area. There has been a good response from the people around. I am more interested in teaching at the primary level. I have invested a lot my time, energy, knowledge and yes money of course. However, to have more investment, I strongly feel a good funding is very much require. So, I am seriously planning to start an NGO to help me in this mission to be achieved fully. I would like to know how can this dream be achieved.
    Truly and humbly speaking… no intention for any profit.

    Please advise.

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      Hello Moyon, registering an NGO is a good idea. You will then be able to take donations from people who would want to help in your cause.

  35. Soumik says:

    for a Registered Society, can the date of incorporation and date of registration be different?

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      For a “Registered” society, the date of incorporation is the date of registration. And in any case, for all practical purposes, it is the date of registration that is taken into account.

  36. arvind says:

    Sir, I want to open and NGO in Rajasthan.

    My question is if it is necessary to have an SC / ST / Women / OBC among the members?

  37. Bhumi says:

    Hello Respected

    We have one federation, All India Taekwondo Federation register in 1985 in Delhi Society Act. But not renewal from last many years , and now we need to change complete management and start again so we need register again or older one is ok or it can renew. And now what’s the fee for registration.

    Thank & Warm Regards

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      Well, if you want to change just about everything in your organization, it is better to create a new Society.

  38. Sam Daniel says:

    It is a very informative article presented by you. Just a small clarification needed on point 11 i.e Related people belonging to the same family cannot be a part of governing body. Same family means immediate family ‘or’ any family person related to you in any manner like son-in-law, daughter-in-law’s cousin brother etc??
    Your clarification in this matter will be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      Hi Sam! ideally there should not be any family relation among people. However, I think, technically only blood relatives are forbidden from being in the governing body. See, the logic is that the voting process in governing body must not be influenced. If there are people from the same family (blood relatives or otherwise) then this group of relatives might wield greater power as they may support each other. You may include family members who are not blood relatives and see how the registrar views it. It all depends on the registrar.

  39. DURJAY CHAKI says:

    We have learnt many things from here.Thank you very much for giving us so much information about NGO. I have a query.
    I am a Govt sponsored School Teacher. We want to form a NGO to aware people about Tuberculosis and other health issues. So can we form such type of NGO?
    and if yes then should I have to get permission from Headmaster or District Inspector of Schools’?
    Please reply me as I am so much confused to form the NGO for this reason.

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      You don’t need to take permission but there is no harm in informing the authorities and take their views on how to promote awareness through an NGO.

  40. Kamal Piyush says:

    Dear Sir,

    We want to start a society with the word International in the name. Is it possible? What needs to be done.

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      Yes, it is possible. You don’t need to do anything specific to include the word “international” in your NGOs name.

  41. Sukanyaramesh says:

    Hello Mr. Lalit

    Can you explain me the procedure to withdraw my name from a NGO. Due to personal reason i am unable to continue the post of Secretary which I was holding last 10 years. Do we need to submit any form, pass resolution and where to apply for withdrawal and what needs to be done?

    Thanks in advance


    • Lalit Kumar says:

      Just call the meeting of Board of Trustees or Governing Body… pass a resolution for your removal. That’s it.

  42. hanumant says:

    I want to register a society. But the name is already in use in Rajasthan. I want to register in Maharashtra. Is it allowed to register an NGO with same name but in different states? Please help.

  43. Prateek agarwal says:

    Dear sir.
    We have formed a society and the problem is with the structure of society. What is the defined structure and secondly, if we want to remove any member of governing body for this we have to pass resolution and take his sign on that resolution or just remove him by resolution?
    Thirdly if want to enter into any agreement with any person in the interest of society can we do that on 50-50% sharing basis .

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      There is not pre-defined structure of a a society NGO. But usually, you will find people from governing body be designated as president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer etc. An NGO registered as a society works democratically, you can do things only with majority of governing body supporting the resolution.

  44. Amit says:

    The NGO that I work with is in process of making a parent support group and wants to register it as a ‘society’. The NGO wants to be involved in the activities of the group and hence they are stressing on registering it as a society. Can you provide some information with regards to the registration process in this case?

    Also, is it mandatory for my NGO to be registered under National Trust Act first before registering this group as a society or there is no such compulsory clause?

    Any help on this topic would be really great for us!
    Thank you.


    • Lalit Kumar says:

      Hi Amit, there is nothing like a “National Trust Act”. Societies are registered under “Societies Registration Act, 1860”. You can register the parent support group as a society, the process is same as I described above in this article.

  45. praveen says:

    I want to know about registration for state level (Rajasthan). Is it registered under Indian Societies Act 1860 or Rajasthan state have another rule for that.

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      All the societies are registered under “Societies Registration Act, 1860” in India.

  46. Abhay singh says:

    The post of vice president is mandatory in society act or we can exempt this post. Only mention the president, secretary, treasurer and four other members.
    Please reply.

  47. amita debbarma says:

    I am married, i want to start an NGO, can my mother involve as a member of this society? is there any legal problems?

  48. GANESAN R.IYER says:

    Mr. Lalit Kumar,

    Myself and few others are inclined to Register a Public Trust in Mumbai for imparting educations at various level right from Jr. K.G. The name of the Trust, we intent to have would be in the name of prominent Public legend/personality like Mahatma Gandhi.

    1) Whether this Trust is also required to be Registered under the Societies Act, 1880

    2) How can we use the name of Public legend/Prominent personality, is it necessary to have permission. If yes, kindly specify the manner or draft format for permission.

    Your guidance in this regard is humbly solicited please oblige.



    • Lalit Kumar says:

      You don’t need to register a trust under societies act. As for using name of Mahatma Gandhi as part of the trust name —I am not really sure about it. Please go to the registrar and see what s/he says. All the best.

  49. Narender singh says:

    Hello sir
    I am planning to start an NGO in Chhattisgarh. Do all the members have to present at the time of trust formation? How much money is required to get registration?

    thank and regards

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      Only Settlor and two witnesses are required to be present while registering a trust. Cost is about Rs. 1000 to Rs. 1500.

  50. shamsheer says:

    As we know that NGO are Non-Profit entities so how does the governing body or the employees are paid, if a person is devoting his full time in an NGO as a governing member of the society then how will he earn to live with dignity…..kindly guide on this.Regards

  51. Akhil Ahuja says:

    What are the legal provisions or rules which specify the procedure of registering an all India level Society ?

  52. saurabh says:

    hi lalit
    i want to register a society and have 3 questions
    1.) is there any way i can assure that i wont be removed as a president
    2.) currently we are 7 people but not from different states, so later whenwe expand, can we become a national society by adding more members?
    3.) can an indian society work abroad?

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      As societies are run in a democratic way, you could be ousted from the governing body if other members turn against you by majority. Indian society can not work in other countries. There you need to register NGOs as per the laws of those countries.

  53. jasmeet says:

    Sir I am jasmeet
    I really want to open my Ngo in which I will collect donation to various schools and colleges and donate it to orphanage homes
    I am 17 year old
    I live in Pune
    Being 17 can I run my own ngo

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      No, you need to be 18 years old before you can open and run a charitable trust.

  54. Raj says:

    Hi Lalit,

    Thank you so much for providing valuable information and I really appreciate.

    At present, I am NRI, I intend to provide education at lower cost for rural people by forming up a society. I wantedto know if NRI can be part of governing body ( President or vice president) or trust.


    • Lalit Kumar says:

      Hi Raj, there is significant bit of confusion on whether an NRI can be a trustee. An NRI is outside the jurisdiction of Indian courts, that is the primary reason of concern. So, different people will give you different opinion. If I were you, I would simply keep all the legal jumble aside and focus on the real social work that I want to do. To be on the safer side, you may find some trusted people in India… make them the trustees… and you provide whatever assistance you can provide to the trust. Legal confusions must not halt a person’s desire to do something good for the society.

  55. Dr R K Gupta says:

    we applied in Delhi for an all India levl society .
    1. WE have been refused use of word foundation in name e. Is that legal?
    2.How many founding members and from how many states are exactly needed for National level society

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      As far as I know, "Foundation" is a valid word as part of the name of an NGO. There are so many NGOs out there that use this word in their name. You should ask the registrar to point the specific rule that prohibits use of this word. For the answer to your second question, please see the difference between a Trust and a Society NGO.

  56. Rishab jain says:

    H lalit

    I want to register a society with the name XYZ foundation, but when i meet the registrar , he said foundation word is not applicable.
    Is it right?
    If , yes please suggest , what would be the best suited name?

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      There should not be any objection on the word "Foundation" as part of the name of an NGO. Lots of NGOs have this word in their names.

  57. Vikrant Jaiswal says:

    I’ve two questions first is if i want to register a society in national level then is it necessary to five members are from five different states.
    Second one is if my ngo registered then from where we can raise fund

  58. Ramesh Agrawal says:


    I am from Nagpur,Maharashtra. I am a Civil Engineer cum Govt. Road contractor working with Govt. departments like MAHAPWD,NMC National Highways etc.

    I am interested in forming an NGO that will work for educating people about Road safety and awareness about traffic rules. also I wish to inform people of India about importance of discipline in life through seminars,short films etc. In short I wish to make my people disciplined. For this purpose I wish to set up an NGO.

    Please guide me that can an NGO with such kind of motto be formed?

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      Yes, you can setup an NGO with an objective of educating people about road safety.

  59. Ramesh Agrawal says:


    I am from Nagpur,Maharashtra. I am a Civil Engineer cum Govt. Road contractor working with Govt. departments like MAHAPWD,NMC National Highways etc.

    I am interested in forming an NGO that will work for educating people about Road safety and awareness about traffic rules. also I wish to inform people of India about importance of discipline in life through seminars,short films etc. In short I wish to make my people disciplined. For this purpose I wish to set up an NGO.

    Please guide me that can an NGO with such kind of motto be formed?

  60. Apoorva says:

    Hi Lalit,

    Thank you so much for the information! I am left with the below mentioned queries now!! Please guide!

    1. Who all can be the part of governing body? Can govt. employees working with Public Sector banks or any other govt employee be one of the seven members of governing body?

    2. If one person wishes to open an ngo, then how is that person remunerated? In case, where the governing member is also an active worker of the Ngo.



    • Lalit Kumar says:

      Hi Apoorva,

      Government employees are allowed to be trustees and governing body members but they MUST NOT draw any benefit from such association. Also, the objectives or the organization must not be in conflict with the stand of government. For example, a government employee would be in trouble if he joins an NGO to protest against government’s policies. As for remuneration, well, NGOs are for social work and not for drawing benefits from it. Nevertheless, trustees are allowed to take reasonable remuneration from the trust funds.

  61. Prakash says:

    Hi Lalit,

    I had a question from the 12th point : “Members of the Governing Body can not draw any remuneration from the society funds.”

    So how they receive wage/salary for the service. Eg : Old Age home, members working for it.


    • Lalit Kumar says:

      Prakash, Governing Body members don’t receive wages/salaries. The staff hired for managing old age homes do get wages because they are employees. Governing Body members are not employees. They do their work as a charity, as a volunteer.

  62. Rajib Kumar Parichha says:

    Respected Sir,
    Thanks a lot for such a great information.But i want to know about the society registration process of Odisha and where can it be done and how many days it will take to complete registration process and to get the registration number. Please do answer me. May Lord bless and grace you.

  63. nitin charbes says:

    I want to form the group which will adopt and help to educate the children’s of the farmers of Viderbha region by virtual adoption and donations. The children’s will live with their parents and the person adopting those chid will contribute in their education expanses. At Present I am in Italy to complete my PhD and after coming back to India i am planning to start the coaching classes for under privilege students almost for free. we will charge them just around 1000 rupees per month for all four subjects of 11th and 12 class (Science). We will donate this money to the society (Which we want to from)after expanses of the coaching classes. This socity will adopt the farmers child as I mentioned above of the vidharbha region to support them in education. Here i want to know for this purpose do i need to have to register a society or an NGO. Looking forward for your valuable guidance
    also kindly tell me how much the CA charge to get 12 and 80 c certificates. it will be the great favour for me if you tell me in my case what i can do?

    Kind regards
    Nitin Charbe

    • Prashant Setya says:

      Dear Nitin ,
      I am also interested in providing eduction to all on very low cost . I am media person, Commercial Photographer , IT professional and want to develop education programs ,
      Do you think we can come togeather for a common cause.
      Warm Regards

      • nitin charbes says:

        hello Prashant ,
        sorry for late reply,, i will be very happy if the like minded people come together for common cause. can you please tell me from which part of India you r from and whats your plans? you can write me on nitin.charbe at=the=rate also you can search my name on FB.

        waiting for your replay


        Nitin Charbe


    Please provide the details for registration of society

  65. Harpal Surya says:

    Dear Sir, I am also working in Gauputra Sena, main works of this sansthan is helps to cows and others animals. The Name of the President in Gauputra Sena is mr. Sampat Singh. But our teams is not happay to President mr. Sampat Singh, and we are also decides to registered new Society. We are also decides to name of new society is Hindputra Gauraksha Dal. Kindly send me reply for how will be register procedures and fees of registertion. Thank You

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      Dear Harpal ji,

      Everything I know has been written in my article. Please read it.


  66. s.febin says:

    sir, read trust registration process. kindly send me reply for How will be register the name of the trust and what is the procedures. where is the office for vikaspri area

  67. sam says:

    Dear sir/madam.
    Your articles are of great knowledge thanks for sharing it to us.
    I have a query,
    How to find, a society or ngo is officially registered and not fake,becouse now a days so many societies and ngo are running small business and in this way they cheat the innocent public.

  68. Kamlesh Ujgare says:

    We have many objectives and want to work in different fields, as our group involves expertise from different fields. e.g Doctors, Civil engineers, IT professionals, Professors. How do we go to define objectives.?

    • Sandeep says:

      No body will restrict to area of working, You can register the society with multiple objects

  69. Ashutosh Kumar Singh says:

    Society is liable to reply under RTI Act 2005 or not ?

  70. Shanti says:

    there is one WRONG info above. NOT 5, but we need at least 7 people from 7 different states, to register a National level society. And I think this sort of National society can be registered only from Delhi…

    • Rashid says:

      Shanti, do you have any idea in Delhi from where we can register a national society.

  71. Abhinav says:

    can a minor form a trust??….if yes, where to go after drafting the MOA and RR…plzzz reply fast its urgent!!!

    • priti says:

      no minor cannot become a trustee

      • priti says:

        you need to go to the registrar of societies office and collect information about required documents for registration. after you finally decide your members and moa . moa and other documents. a minor cannot run a trust but with the help of legal guardian or parent he can form a trust and after attaining majority he can become a trustee.

    • Sandeep says:

      There are provisions in the law for minor to form the trust. So minor can form the trust by satisfying few conditions.

  72. Atul says:

    As we know that NGO are Non-Profit entities so how does the governing body or the employees are paid, if a person is devoting his full time in an NGO as a governing member of the society then how will he earn to live with dignity…..kindly guide on this.

  73. Psbasuraj says:

    After How many Days we can Able to take 12A Certificate From IT, What is the Procedure for doing this

    • CA Samir Samal says:

      Registration u/s 12AA is obtained from Income Tax department immediately and generally it takes around 3-4 months. If department does not give any response within 6 months, it will be deemed to be approved and registered u/s 12AA.