Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights

लोकशाही हक्क संरक्षण समिति

Constitution of CPDR

The Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO), formed in August 2007, is a coalition of around 20 civil and democratic rights organizations from across India. The CDRO arose in the context of the violent state repression of people's movements in India as well as the arrest of democratic rights activists. CDRO affirms that:

The Committee for the Protection of Democratic Rights is a democratic mass organisation fighting for democratic rights and civil liberties of the people of India.


    1. The Organisation shall consist of:

      1. Ordinary Members; and
      2. Institutional Members
    2. Anybody agreeing and willing to abide, by the Aims and Objectives of the CPDR is eligible to become a member if he/she so desires

    3. Every student and non-earning member shall pay a subscription of Rs. 5 per annum; every earning member shall pay a subscription of Rs. 10/- per annum. Members can join the CPDR any time during the year but the subscription will be valid only upto the end of the financial year.

    4. Every member of the organisation 'shall he' bound by the provisions of the Aims and Objectives of the organisation and this Constitution and by all rules, bye-laws and decisions from time to time made. or taken, by the- organisation.

    5. Any democratic organisation barring political parties agreeing and willing to abide by the Aims and Objectives of the CPDR is eligible to an institutional member vip in the CPDR.

      1. The concerned institution/organisation will send one individual either elected or nominated by it to represent it on the CPDR General Body.

      2. The nominated or elected Individual will be fixed for atleast one year.

      3. The institution/organisation concerned may change it's representative during the year if it so desires but the CPDR must be intimated about such changes in a formal manner, a note signed by an office bearer of the institution/organisation.

      4. The institutional representative is entitled to one vote.

      5. Other members of the same organisation/institution can become independent ordinary members of the CPDR,

      6. The institution/organisation will. have to pay a membership fee of Rs. 1O per annum.
    6. Every ordinary member of the CPDR is entitled to one vote.


    1. The General Body shall be held once a year, within a period of 15 (fifteen) months from the date of the last General Body Meeting.

    2. The quorum for all General Body meetings shall be 1/3 of the total membership of the CPDR. However, if the quorum is not present at the calculated time of the meeting the Secretaries can adjourn the meeting for half an hour after which the meeting can carry on irrespective of the number of people attending the meeting.

    3. Intimation about all General Bodymeetings along with agenda must he made public atleast 15 days before the date of the meeting


    1. There will be an election to the Executive Committee every financial year. This election will take place on the first General Body meeting after March 31st every year.

    2. Any member of the General Body barring those mentioned in Sec. (111)3 is eligible to stand and get elected on the Executive Committee if he/she so desires.

    3. No member is eligible to stand for the elections to the Executive Committee if he/she :

      1. is a member of a political party, and
      2. has not paid their annual membership fee

    4. The Executive Committee will consist of 7 members, including office bearers, all of them duly elected directly by the General Body.

    5. The Executive Committee will draft policies and programmes for the CPDR to be ratified later by the General Body.

    6. The Executive Committee will co-ordinate all the activities of the CPDR.

    7. The quorum for the meetings of the Executive Committee shall 'be 2/3 of the entire Committee.

    8. Intimation about all Executive Committee meetings along with the agenda must perferably. be given atleast 48 hours before the time of the meeting.

    9. The Executive Committee will co-opt a President and Vice-president onto the Executive Committee.


    1. The office bearers shall be as follows : One General Secretary, one Joint Secretary and one Treasurer.

    2. The office bearers shall be directly elected by the General Body

    3. The Secretaries :

      1. Will keep the minutes of all the Executive Committees and General Body meetings

      2. Will maintain the report books of the various sub-committees of the CPDR.

      3. Will convince and undertake. to inform all members about every General Body and Executive Committee meetings.

      4. Will prepare the agenda of both the Executive Committee meetings, and General Body meetings

      5. Will present the Annual Report at the end of the financial year.

    4. The Treasurer :

      1. Will maintain the books of account of the CPDR.

      2. Immediately after elections the Treasurer will present a budget for the forthcoming year.

      3. Will co-ordinate all the finances of the CPDR.

      4. Will present the final income-expenditure and balance sheets at the end of the financial year at the General Body meeting.


    1. To facilitate the smooth functioning of the organisation's activities Sub-committees may be formed by the Executive Committee from time to time.

    2. To allow for proper co-ordination at least one member of the Executive Committee will represent the Executive Committee on the sub-committee.

    3. Members of the sub-committees shall be members of the General Body.

    4. Members of political parties may become members of such sub-committees if they so desire.

    5. All sub-committees are responsible to the Executive Committee.


    1. The Executive Committee shall appoint an Election Committee every year atleast 30 days before date of the elections.

    2. All elections will be conducted by secret ballot.

    3. The Election Committee should lay down the procedure for tilings nominations, etc atleast 20 days before the date of elections.

    4. The Election Committee shall be an absolutely impartial body.

    5. The entire procedure of putting in ballots as well as counting of vote must be done in one sitting.

    6. The Election Committee will be considered dissolved immediately after the elections are over.

    7. All members must be proposed and seconded by atleast one member each.

    8. Voting by proxy will not be permitted.


    1. There will be 2 types of Resolutions

      1. Ordinary Resolutions
      2. Special Resolutions

    2. Vote of no confidence motions, recall of any particular Executive Committee member, amendments to this Constitution and the Aims and Objectives of the organisation will be considered as Special Resolutions.

    3. All other resolutions will be considered as Ordinary Resolutions.

    4. Any ordinary resolution may be tabled either in the Executive Committee or in the General Body with the permission of the Chair.

    5. Committee for the Protection of Democratic Rights,
      C/o Super Book House
      Sind Chamber, Colaba Causeway,
      Bombay 400005

      September 1977.