Constitution Of The All India Mahila Congress (I)
Article – I
The name of the organization shall be All India Mahila Congress.
Article – II
The object of the Mahila Congress shall be to organize the Women of India towards the realization of the objectives of the Indian National Congress to enable them to contribute towards the realization of a secular, socialist, democratic India.
Article – III
The Mahila Congress for the attainment of the above object shall endeavour to:
Work for the political awakening of the Women of India.
Promote National Unity and Integration and Communal Harmony amongst them.
Impart training in Public and Political work in close association with the India National Congress and the Organizations formed by, associated with or recognized by the Congress.
Launch and implement social, economic and political programmes at all levels providing scope for its members to participate in programmes of constructive work and activity.
Take up such other activities as are necessary for and incidental to the object of the All India Mahila Congress.
Article – IV
The Flag of the Mahila Congress shall be the same as that of the Indian National Congress.
Article – V
The symbol of the Mahila Congress shall consist of ……….
Article – VI
Any women who is an Indian Citizen and is above the age of 18 years who accepts the objects of the Mahila Congress and pays the membership fee of Rs. 2/- a year, i.e. Ist January to 31st December may be enrolled as a member of the Mahila Congress by filling up the Form ‘A’ annexed to this Constitution, provided that she is not a member of any political party other than the Indian National Congress or of any communal organization which has a separate membership, Constitution or Programme.
Membership may be renewed every year by filling up the membership form ‘A’.
Article – VII
Apportionment of Membership Fee
The Membership fees will be apportioned as follows:
25% to the National Mahila Congress
25% to the P.M.C.
25% to the D.M.C/ City Committee
25% to the Block Mahila Congress
Article – VIII
The Mahila Congress shall comprise of: –
The National Council
The Pradesh/ Territorial Mahila Congress Committees
The District or City Mahila Congress Committee
The Block Mahila Congress Committee.
Article – IX
The Pradesh Mahila Congress Committees shall ordinarily be constituted in the States with headquarters, mentioned as under: –
Sr. No. Pradesh Headquarters
1. Andhra Pradesh Hyderabad
2. Arunanchal Pradesh Itanagar
3. Assam Guwahati
4. Bihar Patna
5. Chhattisgarh Raipur
6. Delhi Delhi
7. Goa Panaji
8. Gujarat Ahemdabad
9. Haryana Chandigarh
10. Himachal Shimla
11. Jammu & Kashmir Sri Nagar
12. Jharkhand Ranchi
13. Karnataka Bangalore
14. Kerala Thiruvanantpuram
15. Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
16. Maharashtra Mumbai
17. Manipur Imphal
18. Mizoram Aizal
19. Meghalaya Shilong
20. Nagaland Kohima
21. Orissa Bhubhneshwar
22. Pondicherry Pondicherry
23. Punjab Chandigarh
24. Rajasthan Jaipur
25. Sikkim Gangtok
26. Tamilnadu Chennai
27. Tripura Agartala
28. Uttaranchal Dehradun
29. Uttar Pradesh Lucknow
30. West Bengal Kolkata
Territorial Mahila Congress Committee shall be constituted in the territories with headquarters mentioned as under: –
1. Andaman Nicobar Islands Port Blair
2. Chandigarh Chandigarh
3. Dadra Nagar Haveli Silvasa
4. Daman & Diu Moti Daman
5. Lakshadweep Kavaratti
Article – X
Block Mahila Congress
The Primary Unit of the Mahila Congress shall be the Block Mahila Congress with a minimum of 50 members. The Block Mahila Congress shall enroll members and shall be responsible for promoting the objectives of the Mahila Congress within its jurisdiction.
The Block Executive Committee of the Mahila Congress shall consist of not more than 15 members, elected annually from among, the members of the Block Mahila Congress.
The Block Executive Committee of the Mahila Congress shall have a President, two Vice President and a Treasurer elected by the Executive Committee from amongst its member and two General Secretaries and two Joint Secretaries nominated by the President from amongst the Executive members.
The General meeting of the Primary members of the Mahila Congress shall be held annually. The annual report and accounts of the Mahila Congress shall be placed before the General Meeting.
The Block Mahila Congress Executive may also form village/ Ward Committee. Article – XI District/ City Mahila Congress.
Article – XI
District/ City Mahila Congress
The District/ City Mahila Congress shall consist of four representatives from each Block consisting of the President, two General Secretaries and a Treasurer of the Block Congress along with District Mahila Congress President and Office Bearers.
There shall be an Executive Committee of the District/ City Mahila Congress consisting of all the Presidents of the Block Mahila Congress and the District Mahila Congress President nominated by the President of the Pradesh Mahila Congress and two General Secretaries and a Treasurer from the active Mahila Congress workers of the District nominated by the President, District Mahila Congress with the approval of the Pradesh Mahila Congress President.
Article – XII
Pradesh/ Territorial Congress
Pradesh/ Territorial Mahila Congress shall consist of: –
The Members of the Pradesh/ Territorial Executive
The Presidents of District/ City Mahila Congress
Five Prominent Congress Women to be nominated by the National President of the Mahila Congress in consultation with the PCC.
The General Secretary In-charge of the State, all Congress Women Ministers in the State Ministry and Congress (I) members of the Legislature shall be invitees to the Pradesh/ Territorial Congress.
It will meet at least three times every year and take all important policy decision. Voting will be by simple majority with the President having the casting vote in case of a tie.
Article – XIII
Pradesh/ Territorial Executive
The Pradesh/ Territorial Executive of the Mahila Congress shall consist of: –
The General Secretaries Minimum Three. Variable according
Joint Secretaries, and to the size of the State.
All the appointments in the Pradesh and Districts should be made by President, Pradesh Mahila Congress with the prior approval of the President, All India Mahila Congress.
The Pradesh/ Territorial Executive of the Mahila Congress will be responsible for the day- to – day functioning of the Mahila Congress within its jurisdiction. It will meet regularly and take decisions on all matters requiring immediate attention. It will serve as the co-ordinating cell for the Pradesh/ Territorial Mahila Congress, guide and assist it in its work and regularly assess its programmes.
Article – XIV
The National Council of the Mahila Congress shall consist of: –
The members of the National Executives;
The Presidents of the Pradesh Mahila Congress; and
Five prominent Congress women to be nominated by the President of the Mahila Congress in consultation with the AICC.
The Congress (I) Women Minister in the Union Ministry and Congress (I) Members of Parliament shall be invitees to the National Council.
The invitees will have no voting rights.
The National Council is the Central Policy making body. It will meet at least four times every year and take all important decisions.
The National Council shall have the power;
To superintend, direct and control all Committees of the Pradesh Mahila Congress and their Subordinate Committee.
To take disciplinary action, against any Committee or individual members of Mahila Congress, provided that when the Mahila Congress propose to take disciplinary action against any member who is also an office bearer in the Indian National Congress and or a member of the Legislature. The Mahila Congress Committee shall make a recommendation to that effect to the appropriate Congress Committee for taking similar action against such member;
To frame rules for the proper working of the organization;
To issue instructions consistent with the constitution and the rules in all matters not otherwise provided for;
To constitute such Committees as it may deem fit.
On failure of any committee to function in terms of the Constitution, the National Council may dissolve the existing Pradesh/ Territorial Mahila Congress Committee or any Committee subordinate to it and form an adhoc Committee to carry on the work of the Mahila Congress in that area.
Article – XV
The National Executive of the Mahila Congress shall consist of: –
Six General Secretaries
The National Executive will be responsible for the day-to-day functioning of the Mahila Congress. It will meet regularly and take decisions on all matters requiring immediate attention. It will serve as the Central coordinating Cell for the Pradesh/ Territorial Mahila Congress Units. It will guide and assist them in their work and regularly assess their programme.
Article – XVI
Congress President shall be the life patron of the Mahila Congress and be its guiding spirit.
Article – XVII
The President will be appointed by the AICC President for a two year term.
The President is the Executive Head of the Mahila Congress who will closely guide and supervise the work at the National Headquarters, visit to the State Units at regular intervals and provide the leadership to the Mahila Congress.
She must maintain close laision with the AICC and project the view points of the Mahila Congress, before the party High Command.
The President shall enjoy a political status commensurate with her independent charges of the Mahila Congress. She shall be treated as a permanent invitee to the Working Committee of the AICC and Parliamentary Board and to the Executive Committee of the PCC, DCC and BCC as the case may be.
Article – XVIII
The General Secretaries shall be appointed by the AICC President for a two year term. The work will be distributed by the President, All India Mahila Congress amongst the General Secretaries. They will supervise and be responsible for: –
The efficient functioning of the National Headquarter.
Co-ordination between the states.
Regular assessment of and guidance to the State Units.
Planning all activities and Programmes of the Mahila Congress in consultation with the President.
Maintaining minutes of the meetings of the National Executive and National Council.
Issuing all circulars on behalf of the Mahila Congress and carrying on official correspondence on its behalf.
Co-ordinating the work at the National level of the various Cells/ Departments of the Mahila Congress.
The General Secretaries will be responsible for preparing Annual Plan of Action to be presented to the National Council of the Mahila Congress for approval, for monitoring its implementation and for presenting the reports on the progress achieved.
They together with the President and the Treasurer shall be responsible for preparation and presentation of the annual budget to the National Council for approval, and for maintaining the accounts of the Mahila Congress at the National Headquarter together with the Treasurer.
They will travel in the States and attend State Level meetings, organize State Level training camps and cadre building programmes, sort out differences, help in planning programmes, assess the requirements and keep the National Executive informed of the work/ problems in their respective States allotted to them.
Article – XIX
The Treasurer shall be appointed by the President, AICC Mahila Congress for a two year term. She will be responsible for the finances of the Mahila Congress. She will be responsible for: –
Preparing the annual budget with the President and General Secretaries and presenting it to the National Executive.
Take steps to raise the necessary funds for the organization and its activities.
Plan and supervise the procedures for accounting.
Be responsible for the operation of the Bank Account together with the President and the General Secretary in-charge of Administration.
Article – XX
Only members of the Mahila Congress who are primary member of the Indian National Congress shall be eligible for holding an office of Mahila Congress and the Committees working under it.
The tenure of office of every Mahila Congress Committee shall ordinarily be two years.
The quorum for the meeting of all Committees of the Mahila Congress shall be of the number of members of the Committee.
Any questions or dispute arising under the Constitution with regard to its provisions, contents, interpretation or the procedure laid down therein, between any member of and any Committee or Committee inter-alia shall be determined by the National Council. The decision of the National Council shall be final and binding on all the members and Committees of the Mahila Congress and shall not be liable to question by any of them in a Court of Law.
Article – XXI
Changes in the Constitution
This Constitution can be amended, altered or added to only by the working Committee of Indian National Congress. The National Council shall, however, have authority, except in regard to articles I & II to amend, alter or add to the constitution provided the next National Convention ratifies it. No such addition, alteration or amendment shall be made by the National Council except by a majority of two thirds of the members present and voting at a meeting held specially for this purpose after due notice of the proposed changes have been given to each member, at least one month prior to the date of such a meeting. The changes made by the National Convention shall be put before the next session of the National Convention for ratification but may come into operation even before ratification, from such date, as may be prescribed by the National Council provided, however, that no amendment shall come into force and become operative until and unless it is approved by the working committee of the Indian National Congress.
Article – XXII
The President and the office bearers at the time of the adoption of this Constitution shall remain in office and continue to function until the new President and office bearers take charge and various authorities under this Constitution are constituted.