Responsible disciplinary actions
Only the National Committee has the authority to take disciplinary action against members or lower-level units who violate the rules and regulations of the Union. Any member or affiliated body shall be liable to disciplinary action by the National Executive Committee of the union is in case of: Default of payment, Criminal breach of trust, Defiance of any resolution or a directive of delegates conference, National Executive Committee, National Council of the union. Any activity or utterance prejudicial to the interest of the union or the activities serving the employers as against the interest of employees A member against whom there is a complaint of indiscipline shall be given a charge- sheet in the writing by the National Executive Committee and shall be asked to submit written explanation. He shall have the right to address the National Executive Committee on the subject if he so desires. The National Executive Committee shall take the decision after hearing the member concerned. The constitution of the union may be amended by delegates conference by two-third majority of the delegates present, provided no amendment shall be made without a scrutiny by the National Executive Committee. Union shall not be dissolved except by a vote of three-fourth majority of delegates called in a special meeting for the purpose. After dissolution the funds of the union shall be disposed off in accordance with the decision of the meeting of the delegated called for the purpose.
The fund of the union shall be kept in the custody of the bank and shall be operated according to the rules of the constitution or other standing rule. The audited balance sheet of the accounts of the union and the Journal shall be placed before the delegates conference along with the report of the auditor for approval. The account book of the union shall be open for inspection by members during office hours which will be intimated by the National Executive Committee from time to time. As per Trade Union Act,1926 (Section 22) any outsider may be admitted as ordinary member of the union. No fine whatsoever shall be issued upon any member. Accounts of the union shall be audited as per TU Act,1926 Rule 71: List of members and book of accounts shall be inspected by any member or office bearers after giving three days notice to the Secretary General. Union shall abide by code of discipline. The head office of the union shall be in New Delhi. The working office may be located at such other places as may be decided by the Union’s National Executive Committee.
The National Active Reporters Association (N.A.R.A.) shall consist of unions as per the list given in the schedule of the constitution of India, subject to such modifications by the national Executive Committee to suit special circumstances.
Membership of the Union will be open to:
- ‘Working Journalists’ as defined in Section 2 (f) of the Working Journalists and other Newspaper Employees (Conditions of Service and Miscellaneous) Provision Act, !(%% and the Wage Board Awards, whether employed by Indian or foreign newspapers and news organizations or employed by Indian concerns but working outside India;
- Part-time correspondents whose principal avocation is journalism provided, however, that they produce proof in this behalf in terms of statement received from newspapers or news agencies or any other proof of employment; and
- Freelance journalists whose principal avocation is journalism.
- Proprietors and directors or Managing Editors and other persons having proprietary interest shall not be eligible for membership; provided, however, a proprietor who has no other employee on his editorial staff, shall not be debarred; provided his principal avocation of life is journalism. Members of cooperative concerns of journalists shall be deemed to have proprietary interest except where they are employed mainly in managerial or administrative capacity.
There shall be three categories of members:
- Ordinary Member: persons not less than 18 years of age who are qualified under Clause 5 and who have worked as journalists for at least one year.
- Life Members: members who retire from work on account of age, infirmity or who have done outstanding service to the profession of the organization. A list of member/Register shall be maintained by the Union under the provision of trade Union Act, 1926.
- Honorary Members: persons who are admitted to membership for their outstanding service to trade union movement in the newspaper industry.
Members after giving seven days’ notice to the office-bearers concerned shall have the right to see, not more than once a month, the membership register, the minutes of the general meeting and accounts but not other files of the Union.
A dispute may be raised over the bona fides of a member and redressal obtained in the following manner:
- The National Executive Committee shall be authority to decide upon all disputes of membership of individuals. It may appoint a sub- committee from amongst its members to facilitate this task.
- Any member of a unit may refer the membership of any other member of his unit to the National Executive Committee for investigation if he feels that such member has been admitted to membership in contravention of the Constitution and Rules: Provided that the unit to which the complaint his state Union has not obtained redressal within 45 days, certified that he is a member of the unit. If the unit does not so certify the complainant member after 30 days of such a request being made, the complainant member may directly approach the National Executive Committee.
- Any person denied membership to a unit may file an appeal to the National Executive Committee.
- An appeal shall lie with the National Executive Committee to deny membership.
The union will consist of such registered state union as are granted recognition in accordance of the constitution.
A union may be formed in any state of India where athere are not less than 7 full members. A union may be formed outside India by 7 Indian working journalists and it may be affiliated to the union if it satisfies the condition of its constitution.
No person shall be member of more than one state union at the same time
A person applying for membership shall seek membership of the union within those jurisdictions he is working.
On transfer of member, from one place to other he will be entitled to become member of new unit.
- The national council shall consist of members elected at the rate of 50 members of the respective units plus a major fraction there of in the manner approved by the national executive committee.
- There shall be a national executive committee not more than 21 members including the president, 2 vice presidents, a Secretary General, a Treasurer and 4 Secretaries.
- The President and the Secretary-General shall be elected by the primary member by secret ballet and simple majority
- Two Vice Presidents, four secretaries, the treasurer and other members of the national executive committee shall be elected by the members of the national executive committee at delegate session
- Election of the members of the national executive committee shall be proportional representation, single transferable vote system.
- Subject to clause (a) supra, the national executive committee shall co-opt four members after the election in the manner it thinks best gives representation to interests which may go otherwise unrepresented.
Vacancies in the national executive committee shall be filled by national executive committee and vacancies in the national council shall be filled by executive of the state unions concerned. A meeting of the national council is constitutional and valid, if it called by Secretary-General or by one of the Secretaries with the approval in writing, in either case in consultation with and approval of the President.
The National Council shall meet as and when necessary provided that at least one meeting is held one year. The delegates’ conference of the Union constituting its Plenary Session shall transact the following business: To read and confirm the minutes of the previous delegates’ conference. To consider and adopt the report and audited balanced sheets for the relevant years. To take stock of the work the union and devise plans and programmes. One month’s notice of delegates’ conference and 15 days notice of special conference shall be given to members. The delegates’ conference shall meet after the end of two years but in any case not later than 30 months from the date of previous session.
A special meeting of delegates shall be held when the National Executive Committee or the National Council decides to hold such a meeting to discuss important problems effecting the working journalists or emergencies. Any 25% members of The National Council can requisition in writing a meeting of the National Council to discuss a definite urgent matter. A no confidence motion against National Executive committee or any of its members can be moved only at a national meeting conveyed for the purpose. All elections under the union are by the secret ballot whether for the center or the state units or for their branches and units, if any.
State Unions may make their own rules under their own constitutions but shall ,as far as possible ,observe the federal pattern .They shall also be competent to make rules for bodies affiliated with them. The constitution and rules of the affiliating State Unions shall be submitted the approval of National Executive Committee. Administration of the day to day affairs and funds of the union shall be in the hands National Executive Committee and shall be subject to the general direction of the National Council. The National Executive Committee shall authorize the secretary-general to do work incidents to is office and any other duties that National Executive Committee interest him from time to time for effective administration of the union. The National Executive committee shall also be entitled to exercise all the powers of the national council provided the decision is take by majority of two third of the members present and voting.
National Executive Committee shall nominate a maximum of eight members to the National Council for giving representation to newspaper establishments and language publications which are not represented in the National Council. The immediate Past-President and Secretary-General shall be ex-officio members of the National Council. POWERS OF NATIONAL COUNCIL. where is constitution is silent or where a point of dispute arises between the federal and state constitution, the decision of national council shall prevail, provided the points in dispute are submitted for final decision of the delegates meeting.
The National Council shall have power to adjudicate on any matter of dispute in on between state unions and any award given by the council shall be final and binding on the state units concerned subject to decision of the delegate session on appeal. The National Council shall have power to issue directive to the state unions. The council may suspend or dissolve a state Executive Committee or disaffiliate it where the national council is satisfied that any state union has been persistently acting contrary against the provision of the constitution or against the interest of the union or has created such condition as has made the working of the union difficult. The National Council shall have power to suspend any member of the Union or its units for conduct detrimental to the interest of the profession or the union and its affiliate units, subject to the approval of the delegates conference.
The union may raise it financial problems in following manner:
- Affiliate fee
- Quota of membership fee from the affiliate units
- Special subscription, assessment or levy of the union
- Any other method confirming to the objects of the union
- A annual union contribution of Rs.7 per head shall be collected from each member of the unit and remitted to the union before such date or dates as may be specified by the secretary-general
- Every unit shall pay annually at least Rs.200 as affiliate fee.
- Every member of the unit affiliate to the union shall pay a contribution of Rs.5 per year to the official organ of the union.
A list of members of affiliate units shall be maintained at the office of the union and any member shall have the right to inspect the list during the office hour of the union on any working day. The lists shall be supplied by every affiliated units within 2 months from the date of general meeting of the unit concerned.
- a) No member shall be entitled to participate in any proceeding of the National Council or to delegates conference unless he has obtained a certificate that requisite membership or delegate fee has been paid.
- b) Every delegate shall pay a fee of Rs.5 and member of National Council pay a sum of Rs.7 annually.
- c) No member shall be eligible to be member of any elective of the union if he is in arrears of suspicion
A record of minutes of proceedings of the National Executive Committee, National Council, delegates conference and other bodies constituted under the provisions of constitution shall be maintained.