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III
CONSTITUTION
 

 

NAME: The name of the organisation shall be DEMOCRATIC YOUTH FEDERATION of INDIA, hereafter referredto as DYFI.

 

FLAG: The DYFI flag shall be white in colour with a five cornered red star in the Centre and DYFI written in red, in English or in any Indian language, vertically adjacent to the pole stand. The length and breadth of the flag shall be in the ratio of 3:2.

 

Article 1: Affiliation.

 

  • DYFI may grant affiliation to any youth organisation based on a State/Union Territory in India or certain definite area of any state subject to the approval of the concerned DYFI state committee if one exists, provided the organisation accepts the policy, aims and objectives, and constitution of the DYFI.

  • Any Committee working under the name of DYFI shall follow the DYFI Constitution. The affiliated organisations may have their own Constitution provided that they do not transgress or conflict with the provisions of the Constitution of the DYFI.

  • All DYFI state committees and any organisation desiring affiliation to DYFI shall pay a sum of 10 (ten) paise out of the membership fee per member on its roll to the Central Executive Committee annually.

 

Article 2: Membership, Rights and Duties of Members.

 

  • Membership forms would be published by the state committees according to CEC guidelines.

  • Any youth between the age of 15 and 40 years, irrespective of sex, religion, caste and language who accepts the Programme and Constitution of the DYFI, and pays the annual membership fee is eligible to be a member. The membership will continue normally for one calendar year.

 

  • The membership fee will be Re. 1/-(One Rupee) annually.

  • Every member shall have the right to elect and to be elected.

  • Every member shall have the right to express his/her opinion in his/her unit and subsequently before any of the higher committees.

  • Every member shall have the right of resignation.

  • All members shall have the responsibility of implementing the programmes adopted through conference and decisions taken by their own and higher committees and the right and duty to propagate the aims, objectives and carry out the activities of the DYFI.

  • Any member is free to join any political party or other organisation whose aims do not conflict with those of DYFI.

 

Article 3: Structure of the Organisation.

 

  • a) All India Conference, b) Central Executive Committee, hereafter referred to as CEC c) Central Secretariat, d) State Conference, e) State Committee, f) State Secretariat g) District conference, h) District Committee, i) District Secretariat j) Unit conference  k) Unit Committee.

  • For the purpose of the formation of committees between District Committee and unit committee, respective State Committee shall provide the guide lines accordingly.

  • Affiliated organisation may be organized on State/Union Territory or certain area basis.    

  • Affiliated organisation shall enjoy the right to continue with the old organisational structures in accordance with their own Constitutions and to evolve new intermediate committees by amending their own Constitutions provided that it should not transgress or conflict with the provisions of the Constitution of DYFI.

 

Article 4: The Conference.

 

  • The All India Conference will be the highest body of the DYFI. Similarly the highest body of the organisation for any level will be the Conference of the organisation of that particular level.

  • The All India Conference shall normally be held every three years. State Conference and District Conference shall normally be held every two years. Unit Conference shall normally be held every year.

  • All DYFI Committees and the affiliated organisations of DYFI shall elect delegates to the Conference on the basis of proportional representation in their respective Conferences. The number of delegates to be elected shall be fixed by the CEC before every Conference on a fixed ratio throughout India. The number of delegates for Conferences will be decided by respective Committees. Committee members will be delegates to the respective Conferences. Only in Unit Conferences every primary member is eligible to attend the Conference.

  • The delegation fee shall be determined by the respective committee, whose Conference will be held.

  • The Conference will review the work of the intervening period and will adopt the future programmes.
     
  • The Conference will elect the respective committees.

  • If any Conference fails to elect the concerned committee unanimously, the voting will be by secret ballot on the basis of proportional representation.

 

Article 5: The Committees.      

 

  • In between two Conferences the concerned committee will be the highest body of that particular level.    

  • The concerned committee shall execute the decisions of the Conference.    

  • The CEC shall elect the President, the General Secretary, maximum five Vice-Presidents, five Joint Secretaries and the treasurer from amongst its members as office bearers.    

  • The Central Secretariat shall be formed with the office bearers of the CEC. If necessary, the CEC can include other members of the CEC in the Secretariat. The number of non-office bearer members of the secretariat should be less than the number of the office bearers.

  • The State Secretariat shall be formed with the office bearers of the State Committee. The State Committee shall elect the President, the Secretary, maximum five Vice-Presidents, five Joint Secretaries and the Treasurer from amongst its members as office bearers. If necessary, the State Committee can include other members of the State committee in the Secretariat. The number of non-office bearer members of the secretariat should be less than the number of the office bearers. The respective conferences at different levels shall decide the number of committee members and its secretariat. The state Conference shall decide about the organisational structure between the state committee and unit committee.

  • The CEC shall draft the rules in conformity with the Constitution for conducting the work.

  • The CEC shall meet at least four times in a year and notice for the meeting  shall be circulated fifteen days in advance. If one third of the members of the CEC demand a meeting, a requisition meeting shall have to be called within two months.

  • The State Committee / District Committee shall meet at least six times in a year normally and notice shall be circulated seven days in advance. If one third of the members of the State Committee /District Committee demand a meeting, a requisition meeting shall have to be called within one month.    

  • The quorum for a Committee meeting shall be one third of the total number of members. Whereas for a requisitioned meeting it shall be half of the total members.    

  • The President or in the absence of the President, any one of the Vice-Presidents shall conduct the meeting of the committee.    

  • If a seat falls vacant due to resignation or for other reasons, the vacant seat shall be filled up by co-option.

  • All Committees shall make necessary arrangements to mobilise funds through mass collections and donations to conduct its activities.     

  • The CEC shall have the right to set up the organisation or preparatory committee in a State, Union territory or a certain area.    

  • The CEC/ State Committee/ District committee may form different Sub-Committees / Teams to carry out their work.    

  • The CEC / State Committees shall constitute Editorial Boards for the Organs of DYFI and elect one of its members as the editor and the manager of the organisation.    

  • The All India Conference State Conference shall be convened by the decision of the CEC/ State Committeerespectively. District and lower level conferences shall be convened by respective committees in consultation with higher committees.     

  • The CEC/ State Committee/ District Committee shall prepare a statement on the work carried out and half yearly accounts and place those in CEC/ State Committee/ District Committee Meetings twice in a year respectively. The final accounts will be placed before the Conference.   

  • If any member of the CEC/ State committee/ District committee is unable to function normally as member due to imprisonment, illness, for being forced to go underground, or for any other valid reason, concern committee can co-opt another member from the State/Union territory/certain area to which the above mentioned member belongs to. The member so co-opted shall enjoy the rights of full member but when the original member joins the concerned committee, the alternate member shall cease to be a member of the CEC/ State committee/ District Committee.

 

Article 6: Secretariat.      

 

  • In between two CEC State / District Committee meetings the Secretariat shall be responsible for the functioning of the organisation.    

  • The General Secretary /Secretary with consultation of the Secretariat shall convene the meeting of the CEC/ State Committee/ District Committee. In absence of the General Secretary/Secretary anyone of the Joint Secretaries shall convene the meeting of the committee.

  • The CEC accounts shall be maintained in the name of the Democratic Youth Federation of India. The accounts will be under the signature of the President, the General Secretary and Treasurer and shall be operated by any two of them. Any amount exceeding Rs.10,000/- for expenditure must be approved by the Secretariat. Each and every state committee and district should follow CEC norms in operating their accounts with the President, Secretary and Treasurer of the respective committee being the nominees for the account.

 

Article 7: Disciplinary Action.      

 

  • Any unit of the DYFI, which acts contrary to the interest of the DYFI, will be liable to disciplinary action by the organisation. The forms of disciplinary action may include warning, criticism in public or disaffiliation.    

  • Any member of the organisation, who acts contrary to the interest of the DYFI, will be liable to disciplinary action by the organisation. The forms of disciplinary action may include warning, criticism in public, and removal from elected post, suspension or expulsion.    

  • Disciplinary action will be taken against any member if the members’ activities are against the interest of the Constitution of the organisation, by the duly constituted committee under which the member is enrolled.    

  • A unit or a member facing disciplinary charges will have the right to explain his/her conduct to the committee initiating action before the action is taken by the organisation.  

  • Disaffiliation of a unit will have to be approved by the next higher committee and the unit which is disaffiliated will have the right to appeal to the higher committee and subsequently to the CEC.

  • Expulsion, suspension and removal from the elected post of a member will have to be approved by the next higher committee and a member who is expelled or suspended will have the right to appeal to the higher committee and subsequently to the CEC.    

  • The CEC can disaffiliate any unit under it for not conforming to the interest of the organisation or acting against the aims and objectives of the organisation. The CEC, in case of necessity, shall have the right to dissolve and re-organize any lower level committee in consultation with the state-committee concerned. State Committees shall have similar power vis-à-vis units under them. In the latter case the right of appeal for a unit lies with the CEC.    

  • Disaffiliation or reorganization of any State Committeeby the CEC or StateCommittee must be placed for approval at the next Conference.      

 

Article 8: Change in the Constitution.   

 

  • The All India Conference can only change or amend the constitution.    

  • Any notice of proposed amendment in the constitution by any member or unit must be sent to the CEC at least one month before the Conference. The CEC, if it proposes to initiate amendments, must circulate those to the state committees one month before the Conference.    

  • All amendments to the Constitution must be passed by the 2/3rd of the elected delegates attending the Conference.