Registration Laws

A central theme that VANI has consistently campaigned for is the revamp of the antiquated Registration Act, 1860 which lays down the rules and laws pertaining to the registry of voluntary organizations. The ambiguity on the part of the law allows entities to register as ‘non-profit’ without any major hurdles. Such lacunae have substantially contributed in eroding the credibility of the sector as various dubious organizations indulge in activities of misappropriation and subterfuge, thereby promoting a monolith misconception about the sector. Another issue which has been put forward is that registration should be uniform and not state specific in characteristic. An eased mechanism of registration will eventually lead to an amicable relation with the government, with the voluntary organizations aiding the former in designing pro-poor policies and improving service delivery mechanisms.