CONSTITUTION OF INDIA GREENS PARTY
A consistent dialogue with the Greens over last few years has resulted in the foundation of the INDIA GREENS PARTY (IGP)— a Green political party with a pan-India perspective, with allegiance to the Constitution of India.
There has always been a great need to have a Green party as Green actions in the forms of movements and politics were urgently called for to deal with the burning ecological issues. To do so, it was important to bring the Green vision, mission, voices and thoughts together — to support the ongoing Green movements and build such new movements and create conditions for Green Politics in the country.
To deliver these desired goals, we have created the INDIA GREENS PARTY— to make India Green, to establish Green Politics and to create possibilities for Green Philosophy and Green future! It was also felt that the existing political parties in the country have done and continue to do nothing to address the vital issues related to: ecological wisdom, sustainability, social justice, non-violence, participatory democracy and respect for diversity.
This lack of realism was enough to bring us together to bring in a paradigm shift and create conditions for Green Politics through INDIA GREENS PARTY so that those who depend on the land or the forest, on the rains and the rivers, or on the price of food and fuel for their needs have their rights in place for a just, sustainable and decentralised society with a political-economic model that fits within the Green Philosophy.
We can see the impact of unending overconsumption on the environment. Also, we are not secure in the comfort of industrial and economic growth and wealth. The rural areas remain placed at risk by the capricious agricultural economy.
We actually need a vision for the landscapes and their ecological usage. We need a vision to democratise our land use and find a sustainable socio-economic vision.
Most of the existing political parties in India have done and continue to do nothing to address these vital issues. They appear to have unanimously signed up to a growth model that will progressively undermine and then destroy the livelihoods of the natural resource dependent majorities.
So, the seeds of INDIA GREENS PARTY were sown on 2nd of July 2017 in its modest meeting in New Delhi, in which 44 people from 17 states took part and agreed that there was an urgent need for a national Green party in India in the era of globalisation, liberalisation, marketisation and climate change. They also acknowledged that several attempts were in the past to found a Green Party, which for reasons did not fructify. In a nutshell, there has been a strong and unflinching desire to found a Green party in India – a country generous to evolve and develop as one of the largest democracy.
Therefore, INDIA GREENS PARTY has been visualised to respond to these challenges and engage people — in the fields and in the forests — of the country in a political conversation that has certain objectives to achieve — ecological wisdom, sustainability, social justice, non-violence, participatory democracy and respect for diversity — at the pan-India level. Such a conversation, when built in all parts of the country, will demonstrate that a Green radical transformation towards a just and sustainable society is possible.
The main constituency of INDIA GREENS PARTY consists of those people who are on the edge already, those who depend on the agricultural land or the forest, those who depend on the rains and the rivers, or those depend on the price of food and fuel for their day-to-day needs.
This constituency also consists of the people who are the best placed to defend rights, not only to nature, but of nature, within a more just, sustainable and decentralised society with a political-economic model that fits within this.
Now, the build-up must be towards a comprehensive ecological movement that brings together social movements which are already fighting for the interests of those set to be further dispossessed. It is only upon this ground that an effective national Green political party and the movement can form in the country.
Bringing into the shape a pan-India Green party is a huge undertaking.
Foundation of the INDIA GREENS PARTY: The INDIA GREENS PARTY held its first National Convention and first National Council on 17-18 November 2018 at Garhwal Bhavan in New Delhi, India to endorse and adopt its Preamble, Constitution, Core Principles, Policies and Ideology based on the guidelines and principles of the Global Greens Charter and Green Philosophy. In a nutshell, the Party came into shape on the second day of its two-day first National Convention/National Council on 18 November 2018 with a pan-India perspective. The first and foremost thing was to express its commitment and adherence to the values and principles of the Global Greens Charter. As a result, the INDIA GREENS PARTY will celebrate 18th of November as its Foundation Day.
Now, the INDIA GREENS PARTY is getting ready to make India politically clean & green by following the tenet: Planet, People and Peace over Profit!
We, as citizens of India and Earth and members of the INDIA GREENS PARTY that has allegiance to the Constitution of India established by law and principles of Socialism, Secularism and Democracy and that will endeavour to maintain Sovereignty, Unity and Integrity of India with a scientific temperament. We also commit to the ideals, principles and philosophy of the Global Greens Charter.
United in our awareness that we depend on the Earth’s vitality, diversity and beauty, and that it is our responsibility to pass them on, undiminished or even improved, to the next generation.
Recognising that the dominant patterns of human production and consumption, based on the dogma of economic growth at any cost and the excessive and wasteful use of natural resources without considering Earth’s carrying capacity, are causing extreme deterioration in the environment and a massive extinction of species.
Acknowledging that injustice, racism, poverty, ignorance, corruption, crime and violence, armed conflict and the search for maximum short-term profit are causing widespread human suffering.
Accepting that developed countries through their pursuit of economic and political goals have contributed to the degradation of the environment and of human dignity.
Understanding that many of the country’s people have been impoverished by the long centuries of colonisation and exploitation, creating an ecological debt owed by the rich nations to those that have been impoverished.
Committed to closing the gap between rich and poor and building a citizenship based on equal rights for all individuals in all spheres of social, economic, political and cultural life.
Recognising that without equality between men and women, no real democracy can be achieved.
Concerned for the dignity of humanity and the value of cultural heritage.
Recognising the rights of indigenous people and their contribution to the common heritage, as well as the right of all minorities and oppressed peoples to their culture, religion, economic and cultural life.
Convinced that cooperation rather than competition is a prerequisite for ensuring the guarantee of such human rights as nutritious food, comfortable shelter, health, education, fair labour, free speech, clean air, potable water and an unspoilt natural environment.
Recognising that the environment ignores borders between countries.
Building on the party’s Ideology, Preamble, Principles and Policies and Philosophy based on the Global Greens Charter.
Assert the need for fundamental changes in people’s attitudes, values, and ways of producing and living.
Declare that the new millennium provides a defining point to begin that transformation.
Resolve to promote a comprehensive concept of sustainability which:
- protects and restores the integrity of the ecosystems, with special concern for biodiversity and the natural processes that sustain life
- acknowledges the interrelatedness of all ecological, social and economic processes
- balances individual interests with the common good
- harmonises freedom with responsibility
- welcomes diversity within unity
- reconciles short term objectives with long term goals
- ensures that future generations have the same right as the present generation to natural and cultural benefits
Affirm our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.
Commit ourselves as Green party and political movement to implement these interrelated principles and to create a global partnership in support of their fulfilment.
Commit ourselves to social justice and equal opportunity, non-violence, decentralisation, community-based economics, feminism, respect for diversity, personal and global responsibility, future focus, and sustainability.
PARTY’S MEMORANDUM/RULES, BYE-LAWS AND CONSTITUTION AS REQUIRED UNDER SUB-SECTION (5) OF SECTION 29A OF THE REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE ACT, 1951.
NAME OF THE PARTY
Foundation of the Party — INDIA GREENS PARTY: The Party took shape on the second day of its two-day first National Convention/National Council on 18 November 2018. On this day, at Garhwal Bhavan in New Delhi, the Party with a pan-India perspective came into existence as INDIA GREENS PARTY. The first and foremost thing was to express its commitment and adherence to the values and principles of the Global Greens Charter. As a result, the INDIA GREENS PARTY will celebrate 18th of November as its Foundation Day.
Name of the Party: The Party, established on 18/11/2018 (eighteenth of November 2018) by its first National Council at its first National Convention at Garhwal Bhavan, New Delhi, shall be known as INDIA GREENS PARTY.
Party’s Registered Office: Party’s Registered Office will be established at any place in India. However, presently, party’s Registered Office and Headquarters will be at: 104 Vardhman Complex, 1st Floor, LSC, SavitaVihar, Delhi-110092.
Internal Democracy: Abiding by its six Core Principles or Objectives of the Party (ecological wisdom, social justice, participatory democracy, non-violence, sustainability and respect for diversity), the INDIA GREENS PARTY, as political organisation, will essentially maintain internal democracy and run its programmes, actions and activities by following the principle of collective leadership. There shall be internal democracy at all levels in the Party. The decision-making process shall remain democratic, transparent and peaceful.
Decision-making Process: The decision-making process in the representative bodies of the Party at all levels shall be guided by minimum two-thirds (2/3rd) majority views/principle. Therefore, all decisions shall be taken at all levels of the Party on the principle of minimum two-thirds (2/3rd) majority of the Quorum.
Non-violence and Peace: The Party shall not, in any manner, promote or instigate violence or participate in violence. The Party believes absolutely in peace and non-violence and in fact these values are among the Core Principles of the Party.
Participation in Elections: The Party shall contest an election conducted by the Election Commission of India (ECI) within five (5) years of its registration, and thereafter also continue to contest. If the party does not contest elections continuously for six years, the party will be taken off the list of the registered parties.
Process of Elections in the Party: Election process to various offices of the Party shall be democratic. No office in the Party shall be hereditary or held permanently. No same gender shall be repeated as Party President next term.
OBJECTIVES OF THE PARTY
Objectives of the Party: The Objectives of the Party are based on the six Core Principles of the Party. They are:
- Ecological Wisdom: INDIA GREENS PARTY acknowledges that human beings are part of the natural world and we respect the specific values of all forms of life, including non-human species. It acknowledges the wisdom of the indigenous peoples of the world, as custodians of the land and its resources. The Party acknowledges that human society depends on the ecological resources of the planet, and must ensure the integrity of ecosystems and preserve biodiversity and the resilience of life supporting systems.
- Social Justice: INDIA GREENS PARTY asserts that the key to social justice is the equitable distribution of social and natural resources, both locally and globally, to meet basic human needs unconditionally, and to ensure that all citizens have full opportunities for personal and social development. It declares that there is no social justice without environmental justice, and no environmental justice without social justice.
- Participatory Democracy: INDIA GREENS PARTY strives for a democracy in which all citizens have the right to express their views, and are able to directly participate in the environmental, economic, social and political decisions which affect their lives; so that power and responsibility are concentrated in local and regional communities, and devolved only where essential to higher tiers of governance.
- Non-violence: INDIA GREENS PARTY declares its commitment to nonviolence and strive for a culture of peace and cooperation between states, inside societies and between individuals, as the basis of global security. The Party believes that security should not rest mainly on military strength but on cooperation, sound economic and social development, environmental safety, and respect for human rights.
- Sustainability: INDIA GREENS PARTY recognises the limited scope for the material expansion of human society within the biosphere, and the need to maintain biodiversity through sustainable use of renewable resources and responsible use of non-renewable resources. The Party believes that to achieve sustainability, and in order to provide for the needs of present and future generations within the finite resources of the earth, continuing growth in global consumption, population and material inequity must be halted and reversed. INDIA GREENS PARTY recognises that sustainability will not be possible as long as poverty persists.
- Respect for Diversity: INDIA GREENS PARTY honours cultural, linguistic, ethnic, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity within the context of individual responsibility toward all beings. The Party defends the right of all persons, without discrimination, to an environment supportive of their dignity, bodily health, and spiritual well-being. It promotes the building of respectful, positive and responsible relationships across lines of division in the spirit of a multicultural society.
MEMBERSHIP OF THE PARTY
Membership: Only Indian citizens who have attained the age of 18 years shall be eligible to be members of the Party. The Party membership shall be open to all adult Indian citizens and there shall not be any restriction on the membership of the Party. Also, there shall be no discrimination based on religion, sect, caste, race, geographical region, sex, language, dialect, lifestyle, etc. However, the prospective member shall have allegiance to the Party’s Constitution, Ideology, Political Thoughts, Policies, Ideas, Programmes, activities and leadership, failing which the person shall not be eligible for the membership. Membership will be of two types — Primary and Active.
- Primary Member: A Primary Member does not need to be very active. However, this person shall be expected to attend the grassroots level meetings quite often. If a Primary Member is absent from the party activities for a period of six months, then the Block Secretary will check the authenticity of the Membership granted and recommend appropriate action to be taken by the Block President.
- Active Member: An Active Member has to enrol at least 20 new Primary Members every three years and has to take responsibility, to the extent possible, of renewal of Membership of the old members enrolled. An Active Member has to ensure presence of the Primary Members at the grassroots (village, ward, block) level and other meetings. Only Active Members shall be eligible to hold offices at any level.
Membership Fee: Primary Membership fee for every three years shall be thirty rupees. Active Member shall pay Rs 200 for every three years in addition to Rs 30 for Primary Membership.
Use of Membership Fee: Twenty per cent of membership fee collected at village/municipal ward/block or any other grassroots level shall be deposited with the central treasury. The grassroots units shall deposit thirty percent of the Membership money with the district treasury. Rest 50% shall be utilised by the grassroots units for their own activities, programmes and promotion. The grassroots level units may ask the national Treasurer for financial support for their important programmes. Village units shall deposit their Membership amount of 30% with their respective block unit and ask them for money in case there is any programme at the village/municipal ward level.
Preparation of Rolls of Members: All units of the Party – from village to the national level – shall keep records and rolls of their Members. The Party units shall do the following:
- All Party units from village/municipal ward level to the National Council (Party HQ/Secretariat) level shall keep records and rolls of their Members and the Office Bearers and Executive Committee Members.
- All units shall provide the details of their records and rolls to the next higher unit of the Party. This means the block unit shall have records and rolls of all the villages/municipal wards under it; all the district units shall have the records and rolls of all the blocks under them; all the states shall have records and rolls of the districts of the state; and the National Council (Party HQ/Secretariat) shall have the records and rolls of all the village/municipal ward, block, state and National Council available in Party HQ/Secretariat.
- The Party HQ/Secretariat shall issue photo ID cards to all its members – Primary or Active. No other units shall have the authority to issue the Party ID cards.
- The Party membership lists shall be revised every year at least one month before the national annual meeting or National Convention/Council/Executive meetings.
Action Against Erring Members: If a Member – Primary or Active — is found engaged in the anti-party activities, an appropriate action shall be taken against the member by a competent authority.
ORGANS OF THE PARTY: ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE
National Convention: After formation of the Party, the National Convention shall be held in three years. Afterwards, the national Convention shall be held every two years.
- All Members and Active Members of the Party shall take part in the National Convention.
- Members of the general public shall be eligible to take part in the national Conventions of the Party.
- National Convention shall take place in a different state every time. This means, two consecutive National Conventions cannot take place in the same state.
National Council: The National Council meetings shall be held during the National Conventions only.
- National Council shall be the highest body of the party organisation having the authority to negate, modify, revise and enhance any decision of the Party taken at any level including that of the Political Affairs Committee and the National Executive between two National Conventions.
- National Council shall have the powers to change, alter, modify or enhance the Party Constitution. (However, in emergent and urgent situations, the PAC shall take a two-thirds majority decision to call a National Convention to process the amendments in the party Constitution.)
- The Quorum for the National Council meeting shall be at least 50% of the total National Council members.
- National Council shall consist of Delegates from all state units of the Party.
- National Council shall have as many members as the Party/PAC wants to have in it.
- National Council eventually shall have up to 50 per cent seats for the women.
- Each state unit shall send between five to fifteen delegates to the National Council depending upon the PAC decision. However, a state shall not send more than 15 Delegates to the National Council. The PAC shall formulate a policy framework from time to time in this regard.
- The tenure of the National Council shall be three years for the first time after foundation of the Party and for a period of two years afterwards.
- Only National Council members shall take part in its meetings.
- National Council members shall have the right to vote to elect the National Executive.
- National Council shall elect its new National Executive for a period stipulated in the Party Constitution.
- Only National Council members shall be eligible to contest in the National Executive elections.
National Executive: The National Executive shall be elected by the National Council in its National Convention as per the Party Constitution.
- National Executive eventually shall have up to 50 per cent seats for the women.
- National Executive shall have maximum 101 members including the National Office Bearers and the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) Members.
- National Executive shall be elected by the National Council for a period of three years for the first time after foundation of the Party; and then onwards, every two years.
Annual Meetings: Annual Meetings shall take place every year in a different state. This means, two consecutive Annual Meetings cannot take place in the same state.
Political Affairs Committee: Political Affairs Committee (PAC), headed by the President, shall be the apex policy and decision-making body of the Party in between the two National Conventions/annual meetings.
- PAC shall have maximum 21 members.
- PAC eventually shall have up to 50 per cent seats for the women.
- PAC shall automatically include President, Secretary-General, Treasurer and International Secretary (four members).
- National Council shall elect at least seven members in the National Convention for PAC.
- Rest of the ten members shall be nominated by the President in consultation with the PAC.
- At least 11 Members shall constitute quorum for a PAC meeting.
- PAC shall take decisions with two-thirds majority of the quorum. However, unanimous decisions shall be welcome.
- If required, PAC shall unanimously decide to allow the President to have an extra vote to make a decision in case of tie ups.
- PAC shall have the authority and powers to take all the decisions in Party’s interest.
- In the absence of the President, one of the Vice-Presidents shall preside over the PAC meetings.
- PAC shall meet at least once every month in person or through Skype, Webex, Zoom, Facebook or any other electronic App or over phone calls.
- In the absence of quorum, the present PAC members shall postpone the meeting for 10 minutes and then resume even without a quorum. However, for taking decision of such postponement, presence of at least seven members of the PAC shall be necessary.
- The decisions taken in the absence of quorum shall be approved and endorsed or rejected in the next PAC meeting.
- Proceedings of all meetings of the PAC shall be recorded, documented and circulated among the National Executive Members and the State Presidents, who in turn shall circulate the minutes with the district and other levels of the Party.
- In normal conditions, only the National Council shall have the powers to change, alter, modify or enhance the Party Constitution. However, in emergent and urgent situations, the PAC shall take a two-thirds majority decision to call a National Convention to process the amendments in the party Constitution.
Parliamentary Board: PAC of the Party shall constitute its Parliamentary Board under the leadership of a Vice President. The Parliamentary Board shall be responsible for selection of the Party’s candidates for contesting elections of Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, State’s Legislative Assembly and local bodies. The PAC shall have a final decision on the selection of candidate(s) for elections at any level.
Discipline Committee: The PAC of the Party shall form a three-member Discipline Committee under the leadership of a Vice President. Matters related to the Party discipline shall be looked into by this Committee. The unresolved issues shall be referred to the PAC for final decision in the matter concerned.
Programme Monitoring Committee: The PAC of the Party shall form a three-member Programme Monitoring Committee under the leadership of a Vice President. This Committee shall monitor Party’s programmes and activities at the national level. The Committee shall submit its quarterly report to the PAC.
Publications Committee: The PAC of the Party shall constitute a three-member Publications Committee under the leadership of a Vice President. This Committee shall create political literature, policy statements, guidelines, and other publications. The PAC shall clear all the publications prepared by the Publications Committee for publishing.
Youth Organisations: The PAC of the Party shall form the youth organisations at the national level. At the state, district, block, municipal ward and village levels, the youth organisations shall be formed by the respective Councils. The name of such organisations shall be like: Mundka Village Young Greens, Rohini Ward-1 Young Greens, Kot Block Young Greens, Darjeeling District Young Greens, Karnataka State Young Greens. To educate the students and the youth in the Green ideology, principles, policies and programmes, workshops and seminar shall be organised from time to time. In these organisations, annual membership fee shall be Rs 10 only. The structure of these youth organisations shall be similar to the Party organisation.
Student organisations: The PAC of the Party shall form its student organisations in the colleges and the universities of the country. The name of such organisations shall be like: Jesus & Mary College Greens, Pondicherry University Greens, etc. To educate the young students in the Green ideology, principles, policies and programmes, workshops and seminar shall be organised from time to time. In these organisations, annual membership fee will be Rs 10 only. The structure of these student organisations shall be similar to the Party organisation.
Mass organisations: The PAC of the Party shall constitute mass organisations for all marginalised and deprived groups of society for example: unorganised labour force in all areas including agriculture and industrial; government servants and daily wagers. The Party shall endeavour to mould the struggles of the marginalised and deprived sections into movements in order to win justice for them. The names of such organisations shall be like: Unemployed Green Youth Association, Green Khetihar Shramik Manch, ABC Green Workers Union, etc, etc. Annual membership fee of all mass organisations shall be Rs 5 only.
Support Groups: The PAC of the Party shall form support groups for those person not willing to join active politics but ready to support the Green politics and the Party. Such groups shall be organised at various levels – from grassroots to the national level. Party office bearers shall be given responsibility to conduct these groups – formal or informal.
Special Committees: The PAC of the Party shall form Special Committees from time to time to analyse diverse issues and to study contemporary matters in order to make Party’s viewpoint more apt and precise. Heads of such Committees shall be appointed by the Party President with the concurrence of the PAC.
PARTY UNITS, DELEGATES &OFFICE BEARERS OF THE PARTY
The Party shall have the following units:
- Village/ Municipal Ward level: Village/ Municipal Ward Council and Village/Municipal Ward Executive Committee.
- Block level: Block Council and Block Executive Committee.
- District level: District Council and District Executive Committee.
- State level: State Council and State Executive Committee, and
- National level: National Council and National Executive.
Village/Municipal Ward, Block, State Councils: All the Councils – Village/Municipal Ward, Block, State –shall consist of the Office Bearers on the lines of the National Council and National Executive. The Councils at these levels shall have as many members as they want to have. However, in all these Councils, the Executive Committees shall restrict their number to 21 members including the Office Bearers.
Delegates: The Party Delegates at the various levels shall be elected in the following manner:
- The Village/Municipal Ward Council shall send maximum two (2) elected Delegates (one female and one other gender) to the Block Council.
- The Block Council shall send maximum four (4) elected Delegates (two females and two other genders) to the District Council.
- The District Council shall send maximum eight (8) elected Delegates (four females and four other genders) to the State Council.
- The State Council shall send maximum sixteen (16) elected Delegates (eight females and eight other genders) to the National Council.
- All the elected state Delegates shall be part of the National Council.
- Other Delegates to the National Council shall be appointed by the PAC of the Party as and when required.
- All Party MPs, MLAs, MLCs, Mayors, etc, of the Party shall automatically be the members of the National Council.
- The National Council shall elect the National Executive for a period of three years in case of first time after Party formation and then for a period of two years.
- The National Executive shall consist of minimum 50 per cent women. This means, out of 101, there shall be 51 women National Executive Members.
- The idea to elect the Party bodies at the various levels in this manner is to make the organisation more and more democratic and gender sensitive.
Office-Bearers: Office-bearers shall be nominated/ selected/ elected at various levels to run the Party’s affairs in tune with its principles and ideals.
- While adhering to the principles of equality at social, economic, political and cultural levels; appropriate representation shall be ensured in the party organisation at various levels to the marginalised and deprived classes including the women, LGBTQI+, minorities and the youth.
- For aforementioned categories, special units shall also be established.
- All relevant and prevalent laws of the land shall be followed in this regard.
Eligibility for being an office-bearer: The Party Office Bearers shall be appointed in the following manner.
- Only Active Members shall be eligible for any post in the Party organisation.
- After first National Convention of the Party, any Active Member applying for any post in the Party organisation must have at least one year old Active Membership.
- If the Active Members wish to contest the National Executive elections, they shall require recommendation for their respective state units.
Duties and Powers of the office-bearers: Duties and powers of all office-bearers of the Party shall be determined and defined guided by the Party Constitution, its Rules and Guidelines.
- All office-bearers shall execute their respective duties, shall have allegiance to the Party’s Constitution and leadership.
- They shall use the authority vested upon them by the Party not for their personal gains but in the interest of the Party and the people.
- The powers of different Office Bearers have been elaborated in the following clauses.
Nominated Office Bearers: Not more than 1/3rd of the Office Bearers shall be nominated at any level of the Party organisation.
President: The Party shall have a President, elected or unanimously chosen by the National Delegates at the National Council in the National Convention in three years for the first time and subsequently for two years every time.
- Every time, gender of the President shall change.
- The President shall be vested with the authority to assign any responsibility to any office-bearer or any Active Member of the Party.
- If President cannot be elected or chosen unanimously, the person shall be elected by secret ballot and such election shall be conducted by a Returning Officer chosen by the National Council.
- Candidate getting highest votes shall be declared President by the Returning Officer.
- The contenders for the President’s post must have been an office-bearer or a member of the PAC for a minimum period of three years, except for the first time.
- The person must not have been implicated in any corrupt practice or involved in any anti-party activity.
- The President shall enjoy special rights in special circumstances. However, the President shall have to justify their action(s) in the next National Council or meeting of the National Executive. The PAC or the National Executive may change the decisions taken by the President in special circumstances by two-thirds majority.
- The President may nominate any of the Vice Presidents to discharge their duties in their absence. In such special circumstances, the PAC shall also nominate one of the National Vice-Presidents to act as National Working President.
- The President shall be one of the three Signatories as regards the financial/monetary issues of the Party.
National Vice-Presidents: Maximum number of National Vice Presidents shall be nine.
- They shall act and discharge their responsibilities as per the guidance and suggestions of the President.
- The PAC shall elect the National Vice Presidents.
Secretary-General: The Secretary-General of the Party shall be elected or chosen unanimously in the manner of the election for the President and during the National Council in the National Convention and for a period of three years for the first time and then subsequently every two years.
- If Secretary General is not elected or chosen unanimously, then the secret ballot shall be resorted to and the candidate obtaining highest number of votes shall be declared as Secretary-General by the Returning Officer.
- The Secretary-General shall be primarily responsible for conducting Party’s activities in tandem with the President and the PAC.
- Each action of the Secretary-General shall have the concurrence of the President.
- In case of any disagreement, the PAC shall take the final decision with minimum two-thirds majority.
- Secretary General shall shoulder the responsibility of distribution of work among the National General Secretaries.
- Secretary-General shall apprise the President and the PAC, from time to time, about the assigned works and performance of the National General Secretaries.
- If the work of any General Secretary is not satisfactory or their involvement in any activity tarnishes the Party’s image or reputation, Secretary-General then shall remove them from the post after obtaining two-thirds vote from the PAC.
- Secretary General shall evaluate the performance of all National General Secretaries, International Secretary and National Secretaries. They shall present detailed reports on Party’s activities in the meetings of National Council/National Executive, the PAC and the National Convention convened as per the rules of the Party. In such reports, pan-India activities of the Party shall need to reflect.
- Secretary-General shall be one of the three Signatories as regards the financial/monetary matters/issues of the Party.
National Spokespersons: The maximum number of the National Spokespersons shall be seven. The Spokespersons shall be chosen by the PAC unanimously or with 2/3rd majority vote.
- Spokespersons shall interact with the media and general public on the ideology, principles, policies, programmes, decisions, etc, of the Party.
- Spokespersons shall have thorough knowledge of the ideology, principles, policies, programmes, etc., of the Party and ideological perspectives on the contemporary international politics and issues.
- Spokespersons shall consult the President or the Secretary-General or both before making any public comment or statement particularly on controversial issues.
- If performance of any of the National Spokesperson is not found satisfactory, the PAC shall have the authority to remove them from the post with two-thirds majority vote. This shall not mean removal of the Spokesperson in question from the PAC as well.
International Secretary: The Party shall have an International Secretary with the responsibility to ensure cohesive dialogues, coordination and contacts with the Green parties and organisations world over.
- International Secretary shall be well-versed in Party’s ideology, principles, policies and Green politics from local to global levels.
- International Secretary shall have the status of General Secretary.
- International Secretary shall be an automatic member of the PAC.
National General Secretaries: The maximum number of Party’s General Secretaries shall be eleven. They shall be appointed by the Secretary General in consultation with the PAC with at least two-thirds majority vote.
- National General Secretaries shall follow the directives of the Secretary General and be responsible for the works assigned by her/him.
- National General Secretaries shall be in-charge of different states and remain in regular contact and coordination with the concerned state office bearers.
Treasurer: The Party shall have a Treasurer. The PAC unanimously or with two-thirds of majority vote shall appoint a competent person with relevant background, knowledge and experience to the post of Treasurer.
- Treasurer shall be one with a deep commitment towards financial transparency, integrity and ethics and also able to mobilise ethical funds for the Party.
- Treasurer shall present half-yearly statements of the Party’s financial position and its assets moveable or immoveable.
- Treasurer shall present brief financial notes on the incomes and expenditure in all the PAC meetings.
- Treasurer shall be authorised to spend up to Rs 1-lakh per year on party works but in consultation with the President and Secretary-General.
- Any expenditure beyond Rs one lakh shall require concurrence of the PAC with two-thirds of majority vote.
- Treasurer shall be responsible for the upkeep of Party’s income and expenditure accounts and all related ledgers and books.
- Treasurer shall be accountable to internal and external auditors appointed by the Party.
- Treasurer shall be one of the three Signatories as regards the financial/monetary issues/matters.
- Treasurer shall keep maximum Rs 20,000 in cash as imprest money at any point of time for petty/sundry expenses.
National Secretaries: The maximum number of National Secretaries shall be as many as there are states and union territories in the country meaning each Secretary shall take charge of one state or union territory.
- Secretary General shall appoint the National Secretaries in consultation with the PAC and with their unanimity or two-thirds majority vote.
- General Secretary in-charge of the respective state/union territory shall assign work to the Secretary holding responsibility of a particular state/union territory.
Office Secretary: The Party’s Headquarters (HQ) shall have an Office Secretary.
- Office Secretary shall be appointed by the Secretary General of the Party.
- Office Secretary shall be Head of the Party Secretariat and carry out their duties and responsibilities under the guidance of the President and the Secretary-General.
- Office Secretary shall be responsible for all types of communication with the state, district, block and municipal ward/village level committees of the Party.
- The PAC shall be authorised to fix monthly honorarium for office Secretary from time to time.
Presidents from state to the village level: Like the President, Presidents at the state, district, ward/block and village levels shall be elected or chosen unanimously by their respective Delegates every two years in the manner the President is elected or chosen unanimously and by changing the gender every time.
Vice Presidents from state to the village level: Like the National Vice Presidents, Vice Presidents at the state, district, ward/block and village levels shall be chosen or appointed unanimously by their respective Presidents for two years
General Secretaries from state to the village level: Like the National General Secretaries, the General Secretaries at the state, district, ward/block and village levels shall be chosen or appointed unanimously by their respective Presidents in consultation with their respective committees.
Spokespersons from state to the village level: The state, district, ward/block and village level Presidents shall appoint their Spokespersons in consultation with their respective committees.
Secretaries from state to the village level: Like the National Secretaries, the Secretaries at the state, district, ward/block and village levels shall be chosen or appointed unanimously by their respective Presidents in consultation with their respective committees.
Office Secretaries from state to the village level: The state, district, ward/block and village level Presidents shall appoint the Office Secretaries in their respective units in consultation with their respective committees.
Returning Officer: For elections at any level in the Party, the relevant committee shall appoint a Returning Officer to conduct the election. This person shall not be a Member of the Party. This post shall be temporary and cease to exist after declaration of the results of the elections for which the Returning Officer was appointed.
Coordinators for Parliamentary Constituencies: The President shall appoint Coordinators for all Parliamentary Constituencies in the country. The Coordinator in each Parliamentary Constituency shall be responsible for executing the Party programmes in coordination with all concerned office-bearers and workers.
Coordinators for Assembly Constituencies: The State Presidents shall appoint Coordinators in all Assembly Constituencies of the state concerned. The Coordinator in each Assembly Constituency shall be responsible for executing the Party programmes in coordination with all concerned office-bearers and workers.
Coordinators for Ward Council: The State Presidents shall appoint Coordinators in all ward of the city or cities. The Coordinator in each designated ward shall be responsible for executing the Party programmes in coordination with all concerned office-bearers and members.
Board of Advisers: Party’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC) shall nominate distinguished Greens or such persons/activists in the Board of Advisers who have made worthwhile contribution in the Green movements/actions in the country.
- Board of Advisers shall have maximum 21 members with indefinite tenure/term.
- The PAC shall have the powers to appoint any of the Advisers as lifetime Adviser.
- Advisers shall advise and guide the Party but their advice shall not be binding.
- They shall not have voting rights at any level and function only at the national level.
- The PAC shall seek advice from the Board of Advisers from time to time and take appropriate action.
- Party President shall always remain in touch with the Board of Advisers and apprise the PAC and other national office-bearers of the Board of Advisers’ views.
- Members of the Board of Advisers, if they so desire, may participate as observers in any meeting, barring the PAC meetings, of the Party organisation and may offer their advice.
Periodicity of Elections: After formation of the Party on 18th of November 2018, the next election of the National Council and the National Executive shall take place by 18th of November 2021. Afterwards, the periodicity for the election of the National Council and the National Executive shall be two years. At other levels, the respective units shall also elect their first Executives for a period of three years and after that for a period of two years.
RULES OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION & DISCIPLINE
Disciplinary Action, Suspension and Expulsion: Any complaint received from any level of Party organisation against any Party member /office-bearer shall be investigated by competent authority. If the complaint is found valid, appropriate disciplinary action shall be taken against the accused member/ office-bearer. Disciplinary action may include suspension or expulsion from the Party. The Discipline Committee shall take cognisance of the recommendations of the Enquiry Committee while taking a final decision. If the parties concerned are not satisfied with the Discipline Committee’s action, the case may be looked into by the PAC for final decision in the matter.
BASICS OF RULES OF CONDUCT OF BUSINESS
Party’s Meetings: Information about Party’s meetings shall be circulated in time i.e. at least a fortnight ahead of the programme. However in urgent situations, the PAC meetings may be convened on short notices. Minutes of all meetings at every level are mandatory. Minutes of any meeting at any level shall be sent to the Party Secretariat at HQ.
Party Website: The Party shall have its Website so that the information related to its Constitution, guiding principles, ideology, policies and programmes, etc., are disseminated electronically as well. Initially, the Website shall be created in English and eventually in Hindi and other national languages.
PARTY FUNDS & ACCOUNTS
Fundraising: The Party shall require funds for its organisational, political and statutory activities. Apart from the Membership Fee mechanism, the Party shall create its Central Fund by maintaining probity, uprightness, transparency, integrity and ethics in its dealings. Party’s supporters and people caring for Green ideology and politics shall be approached through diverse means to get ethical funds from them. Only transparent, Green and ethical funds shall be accepted for the Party work. Crowd-funding activities shall also be taken up from time to time.
Party’s Bank Accounts: The Party shall open its account(s) in one or more government or government recognised banks. All incomes of the Party shall be deposited in such account(s). Maximum efforts shall be there to get the funds through cheques only. Receipts shall be issued against all cheques and cash collected. Proper accounts shall be maintained of the funds acquired through crowd funding, etc. Proper records and accounts shall be maintained on a regular basis. Donations shall not be accepted from those sources which according to the Green ideology are not Green or are not ethical and transparent. The President, Secretary General and Treasurer shall be the Signatories as regards the financial dealings. Signatures of at least two persons out of these three shall be required for any bank/account/financial dealing/transaction.
Audited Annual Accounts & Financial Statement: The Party shall get its accounts audited during each Financial Year by a Chartered Accountant (CA) and submit it’scopy to the Election Commission of India (ECI) within a period of six (6) months after the end of each Financial Year.
Contribution: Monetary contribution/levy is essential for strengthening the Party organisation and its programmes. Therefore, all office-bearers at the national, state and district level shall pay levy to the party. Minimum monthly levy for the office-bearers shall be like: Rs 500 (national office bearers), Rs 300 (state level office bearers), Rs 100 (district level office bearers), Rs 50 (block level office bearers) and Rs 20 (village/ward level office bearers).
Electoral Bonds: The Party shall go for the Electoral Bonds but only when they have the Transparency Clause attached to them.
External Contribution: The Party shall receive funds from the Indian citizens only living in the country or abroad and in accordance with all related/prevalent rules of the Government of India and laws of the land in this regard. Contributions from individuals, organisations and industrial houses shall be accepted subject to the condition that these contributions are ethical, in the spirit of the rules and laws in the country and are as per the standards set under the code of conduct of the Election Commission of India and are transparent. The Party shall not accept donations from the sources not consistent with the Party’s basic ideals, principles, ideology, policies and programmes.
Utilisation of Membership Fee, Funds & Donations: All money and donations generated through membership fee, crowd or individual funding, ethical donations, etc, shall be utilised in the promotion of party, its Ideology, Principles, Core Values, programmes, campaigns, elections, etc, only. No portion of such money/funds shall be utilised for personal or individual purposes. In short, the Party shall utilise its funds for political activities and get its accounts audited during each financial year by Auditor on the panel of CAG and submit its copy to the Election Commission of India within a period of six months after the end of each financial year.
Honorarium: To meet the basic needs of the party cadre, the Party shall try to provide Honorarium to them as and when necessary and possible. The quantum of such assistance shall be decided by the PAC.
Audit: Party’s accounts and books shall be audited at the end of each financial year (April to March) by competent auditors appointed by the PAC. The audited accounts and balance-sheets shall be provided to the parties concerned, for example the Election Commission of India. The ITRs shall also be filed on time. The Treasurer shall present the annual Audited Financial Report in the PAC meeting. The Party shall maintain its financial year from 1st April to 31st March. Copies of Audited Financial Report shall be circulated among all national office-bearers and also shared with the state units. Copies of all these records shall be kept at Party HQ. Any member or office-bearer of the party shall be able to check the Audited Financial Reports by delivering prior requisition to the Office Secretary. If any member or office-bearer finds any irregularity in the financial records, she/he may send a written complaint in this regard to the PAC.
PARTY CONSTITUTION’S AMENDMENT PROCEDURE
Amendments in party’s Constitution: Only the National Council during the National Convention shall have the right and authority with two-thirds of majority vote to make or approve amendment(s), inclusion(s), change(s), enhancement(s), deletion(s), etc., in the party’s Constitution. In emergent and urgent situations, the PAC shall take a two-thirds majority decision to call a National Convention to process the amendments in the party Constitution.
MERGER, SPLIT & DISSOLUTION PROCEDURE
Merger, Change of Name, or Dissolution of the Party: The Party’s merger into any other political party or vice versa, change of the Party’s name and the Party’s dissolution shall be done after following due provisions in the Party Constitution and due care shall be taken in such matters. For any such decision, two-thirds of majority vote in the National Council during the National Convention shall be mandatory to take decision regarding Merger, Change of Name, or Dissolution of the Party.
MANDATORY PROVISION UNDER SECTION 29A (5) OF RP ACT, 1951
Party’s allegiance to the Indian Constitution: INDIA GREENS PARTY shall bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India as by law established and to the principles of Socialism, Secularism and Democracy and would uphold the Sovereignty, Unity and Integrity of India. END.