Constitution of the Central Board of Dawoodi Bohra Community

  1. The name of the Association shall be the Central Board of Dawoodi Bohra Community.
  2. The Registered office of the Central Board of Dawoodi Bohra community shall be situated in Bombay.
  3. The aims and objects for which this Board is established are:
    1. To provide democratic alternative as far as the socio-economic set-up of the community is concerned. The Board shall make necessary arrangements for performance of nikahs and burials of the dead in the Dawoodi Bohra cemetries.
    2. To disseminate and promote the growth of the rich heritage of the Dawate-Fatemi.
    3. To undertake activities conducive to the welfare of the community and its harmonious growth.
    4. To undertake activities with a view to promote better understanding harmonious living and integration among various sections of the highly stratified Indian society.
    5. To establish and run an Islamic Academy with a view to undertake intensive research on religio-culture aspects of the Dawate-Fatemi in particular and various Islamic seats and theo-philosophic trends in general.
  4. Membership
    The number of members for Central Board of Dawoodi Bohra Community (herein after called 'The Board') is declared to be unlimited. All those who profess to be Dawoodi Bohras and take part in its religio-cultural activities shall be entitled to become the member of the Board on payment of Rs. 2/- per annum per person. The child born in the community shall be, for all practical purposes, treated as 'Dawoodi Bohra', and shall continue to be Dawoodi Bohra until such time as he renounce this faith by express declaration to that effect.
  5. Member's right:
    Every member shall be subject to any regulations made form time to time by the Central Committee, be entitled to free access to all the premises of the Board and to be present at all religious functions, lectures, discourses and conferences held by the Board, be entitled to draw benefit from the welfare activities of the Board, as also to the issue, traits or at prices fixed by the Committee, of all publications by the Association. Every adult member shall be entitled to one vote in the periodical General Meetings of the Board.
  6. Disqualification from membership:
    Any person voluntarily converting himself/herself to any other faith or making express declaration of renunciation of the Dawoodi Bohra faith shall cease to be the member of the Board.
    The General Meetings of the Board can expel any member for non-payment of his/her subscription for a period exceeding three years.
  7. Register of Members:
    The Board shall maintain a register of Members in which shall be set forth the names, occupations, nationalities and addresses of the Members and the date at which such Member ceased to be a Member and in which, all changes in Membership from time to time taking place, shall be recorded.
  8. Central Executive Committee:
    The Board shall have a Central Executive Committee comprising not more than 60 elected members and 10 Co-opted members. The members shall be drawn from the different states of the Indian Union and the countries abroad as specified in annexure 'A'. The co-opted members shall not be subjected to any restriction of region, state or country.
  9. Central Executive Committee to fill up Vacancies:
    The Central Executive Committee shall have power at any time and from time to time to appoint any member of the Board to be a Member of the Central Executive Committee either: to fill a casual vacancy or as additional member of the Central Executive Committee, but so that the total number of Members of the Central Executive Committee shall not any time exceed the minimum fixed under previous article upto the date of the next General Meeting of the Board
  10. Central Executive Committee to Co-opt Members:
    The elected members of the Central Executive Committee shall be entitled to co-opt on the Central Executive Committee not more than 10 persons from amongst the members of the Board. The co-opted members shall also have one vote each and shall hold office until the next General meeting of the Board.
  11. Quorum for Central Executive meetings:
    The quorum for meetings of the members of the Central Executive Committee of the Board shall be 10.
  12. Election of the members on Central Executive Committee:
    Members of the Board present at the General Meeting at which the members of the Central Executive Committee retire, may fill up the vacated office by electing the retiring Members or some other persons thereto. The candidates seeking election to Central Executive Committee shall duly fill up the nomination form before the date prescribed by the Secretary General of the Board, in consultation with Central Executive Committee. Each adult member shall have one vote. If the number of candidates are more than the vacancies to be filled in, the members present shall vote on 'one Individual, one vote' basis and the person receiving the greatest number of valid votes shall be deemed to be elected and in the event of the Chairman shall have a second or a casting vote. The Central Executive Committee shall meet at such time as they may deem advisable, but at least once in every six months for transaction of business as notified.
  13. Election of the Office Bearers:
    At the General Meeting, the members Present shall elect one Chairman, three vice-chairmen, General Secretary and a Treasurer. These office bearers shall be ex-officio members of the Central Executive Committee.
  14. Election of the Secretaries:
    The members of Central Executive Committee shall elect 4 Secretaries from different regions.
  15. Function of the Chairman:
    The Chairman shall preside at all meetings of the Central Executive Committee, shall have general supervision over the working of the Board and shall do everything which in his opinion may tend to maintain and promote the interests, prestige, prosperity and welfare of the members of the Board and shall perform such other duties, as may be incidental to the office of the chairman.
  16. Vice-Chairman
    The Vice Chairman, in the absence of the Chairman, shall have powers and performs duties of the Chairman.
  17. General Secretary
    Secretary General shall maintain all the records of the Board, correspond with members and others, shall convene meetings of the Central Executive Committee and General Meetings of the Board and shall maintain minutes of these meetings. Secretary General shall also perform such other duties as assigned by Central Executive committee form time to time. The Secretaries shall assist him in performing all these duties.
  18. Powers of the Central Executive Committee
    1. The management of the affairs, business, funds and properties of the board shall be vested in the Central Executive Committee who may exercise all such powers and do all such acts and things, as may be exercised or done by the Board and are not hereby or by Law expressly directed or required or done by the Board in General Meetings.
    2. The Central Executive Committee shall also have powers to frame rules, regulations and bye-laws for day to day functioning, and in order to promote the objectives of the Board laid down by the General Meeting.
    3. It shall also have powers from time to time to appoint, and at its pleasure to remove or suspend, such officers, clerks, agents and servants, for permanent, temporary of specialised services as it may from time to time think fit and to determine their powers and functions and to fix their salaries, wages, commission or emoluments and to require security in such instances and to such amount as it may think fit.
    4. To purchase all articles and things which may from time to time be required by the Board and to pay for the same in cash or other wise as may be deemed expedient.
    5. To purchase or otherwise acquire for the Board any property, rights, or privileges, which the Board is authorised to acquire on reasonable and satisfactory terms.
    6. To undertake on behalf of the Board the payment of all rent and the performances of all covenants, conditions and agreements contained in or reserved by any deed of contract to which the Board may be a party, or which may have assigned to the Board.
    7. Subject to the provisions of the Law, to invest and deal with any moneys of the Board not immediately required for the purpose thereof upon such security and in such manner as they may think fit, and from time to time to vary or realise such investments.
    8. Subject to the provisions of Law to borrow or raise or collect through donations moneys for the purpose of the Board.
  19. General Meetings:
    General Meetings shall be held once every year. Every member of the Association shall be entitled to attend it. At every General Meetings of the Board, there shall be laid on the table the Central Executive Committee's Annual report and Audited Statement of Accounts and the Auditors report.
  20. Extra ordinary General Meetings:
    An extra ordinary General Meeting can be requisitioned either by the General Executive Committee or any 25 members of the Board within one months notice at such time and place as determined by the Central Executive Committee.
  21. Quorum for General Meeting:
    Thirty (30) members present in person shall be a quorum for a general meeting. Failing to have quorum, the General Meeting shall adjourn and after half an hour the meeting shall be held as the same place as notified, members present constituting the quorum. These members present may transact the business for which meeting was called.
  22. Length of Notice for General Meeting:
    Twenty one days clear notice at least of every General Meetings, specifying the day, place and hour of meeting and the statement of business to be transacted there at, shall be given to all the members of the Board.
  23. Local Jamats, Associations or Committees:
    All local or associations such as Jamat Committee, Youth Associations or any similar organisations shall enjoy full autonomy and shall function in furtherance of the aims and objects laid down in the constitution of the Board, and shall act in a way as to promote the aims and objects of the Board defined herein before. Such local committees shall be affiliated to the Central Board and shall manage all the local affairs without any let or hindrance from the centre.
  24. Funds to be shared between local body and the Board:
    All the contributions received/collected by the local organisation i.e. Jamat Committee shall be shared in proportion of 75:25 between local committees and the Central Board.