1. Rules and Regulations
1.The name of the Society shall be "Kerala State Poverty Eradication Mission" in short called "Poverty Eradication &
2.The registered office of the Mission shall be situated at Thiruvananthapuram and its activities shall extend to the whole of the State of Kerala.
2. In the Rules and Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires:-
1. The "Mission" means the "Kerala State Poverty Eradication Mission".
2. The "Government" means the "Government of Kerala".
3. "NABARD" means National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development.
4. "Kerala State Poverty Eradication Mission Advisory Council" means the State level advisory council under the
5. "Governing Body" means the Governing Body of the Mission under the Chairmanship of Minister for Local Administration
6. "Chairman" means the Ex-officio Chairman of the Kerala State Poverty Eradication Mission.
7. "Vice Chairman" means the Ex-officio Vice Chairman of the State Mission Governing Body who shall be the Secretary to
8. "Executive Director" means the Chief Executive of the State Poverty Eradication Mission who shall be an IAS Officer
9. "Director" means one of the directors of the Kerala State Poverty Eradication Mission appointed by the State Government
10. "District Mission Co-ordinator" means the Co-ordinator working at the district level appointed by the state government.
11. "Assistant Mission Co-ordinator" means the person appointed by the State govt. to assist the District Mission Co-
12. "Poor families" means those families identified by community by utilising the objective criteria included in the Poverty
13."NHG" means the Neighbourhood Group formed by one woman member each from about 20 to 40 contiguous risk. families (hereinafter referred to as 'NHG')
14."ADS" means the Area Development Society constituted in one or more wards in a Gramapanchayat/Municipality
15. "CDS" means the Community Development Society constituted in each grama Panchayath/Town for the development
16. 'Honorary Community Organiser' means the person preferably a woman doing honourary work in co-ordination with the
3. The Aims and Objectives for which the mission established shall be as follows:
1. Facilitating self-identification of the poor families through a transparent risk index composed of socially accepted
2. Empowering the women among the poor to improve their individual and collective capabilities by organising them into
3. Encouraging thrift and investment through credit by developing CDSs to work, as "Informal Banks of the Poor".
4. Improving incomes of the poor through upgradation of vocational and managerial skills and creation of opportunities for
5. Ensuring better health and nutrition for all poor families.
6. Ensuring access to basic amenities like safe drinking water, sanitary latrines, improved shelter and healthy living
7. Ensuring zero drop out in schools for all children belonging to the poor families.
8. Promoting functional literacy among the poor and supporting continuing education.
9. Enabling the poor to participate in the decentralisation process through the CDS, as a sub-system of the local
10.Helping the poor to fight social evils like alcoholism, smoking and drug abuse, dowry, discrimination based on
11.Providing a mechanism for convergence of all resources and services meant for alleviation of poverty in the State.
12.Collaborating with governmental and non-governmental institutions and agencies in all activities related to improving the
4.1. The Governing Body of the Mission shall be the body constituted as such under the bye-laws of the Mission.
4.2. The first members of the Mission shall be:
1. Minister for Local Administration Shri. Paloly Mohammedkutty.
5. Where an Ex-officio member is unable to attend the meetings of the Mission, then he can nominate another person for
6. The Mission shall maintain a roll of members at its registered office and every member shall sign the roll and state therein his occupation and address.
7. It shall be incumbent upon a member of the Mission to notify to the Executive Director any change of his address and occupation.
8. The Mission shall maintain a register of members containing the following particulars.
1. Name and address of each member
9. The first members of the Mission duly admitted shall be those persons who have signed the Memorandum of Association.
10. The Mission may admit further members subject to the approval of the Government of Kerala.
11. The membership of an Ex-officio member shall terminate when he ceases to hold that office and the vacancies so caused shall be filled by his successor to that office.
12. Any member who desires to resign from the membership of the Mission shall present his resignation to the Executive
13. Any vacancy in the membership of the Mission shall be filled up by appointment or nomination by the authority or institution entitled to do so, as the case may be.
14. The Mission shall function notwithstanding that any persons entitled to be a member by reason of his office is not
15. The income and property of the Mission shall be applied towards the promotion of the objectives as set forth in the
16. If on the winding up or dissolution of the Mission there shall remain after the satisfaction of its debts and liabilities, any
17. Governing Body :
The Kerala State Poverty Eradication Mission shall have a Governing Body with the following members, for administration
The maximum strength of the Governing Body shall be 24 excluding the Chairman and Vice-chairman.
Chairman - Minister for Local Administration
Vice Chairman - Secretary to Govt., Local Administration Department
1. Secretary to Government, Finance
18. The Governing Body shall function notwithstanding that any person entitled to be a member by reason of his office is
19. Where a person nominated or elected as a member of the Governing Body be prevented from attending a meeting, a person
20. Power of Governing Body:
1. Save as herein expressly provided, as having to be passed by the Mission in a General Meeting, all the duties, powers,
2. The Governing Body shall be responsible for the overall administration and management of the State Poverty Eradication
1. Provide overall policy guidelines to the State Mission.
2. Approve the project convergence plan of the State Mission and monitor the programme in quarterly meetings.
3. Create posts in State Mission as well as District Missions as and when required with minimum basic pay not more
4. Make amend or repeal any bye-laws relating to the administration and management of the affairs of the Mission
5. Consider the annual budget and its subsequent alterations placed before it by the Executive Director from time to
6. Delegate its powers and functions to the Executive Committee that may be nominated by it with the approval
7. Appoint a duly qualified Auditor for auditing the accounts of the Mission.
8. To take such other actions that may be necessary for the exercise of any of its powers or for the discharge of
21. Proceedings of the Government Body:
1. Not less than 15 clear days notice of every meeting of the Governing Body shall be given to each member. An urgent
2. The chairman may himself call, or by a requisition in writing signed by him may require the Executive Director to call a
3. The Governing Body shall meet as often as necessary as decided by the Chairman but has to meet at least once in three
4. Each Member of the Governing Body shall have one vote and in the event of an equality of votes on any question to be
5. In contingencies any business which it may be necessary for the Governing Body to perform may be performed by a
6. The quorum for meetings of the Governing Body shall be 1/3 of the total members of the Governing Body.
22. Executive Committee
Governing Body of the Mission may, if found necessary for smooth functioning of the Mission constitute an Executive
23. Annual General Body Meeting
1. The Mission shall hold an annual general body meeting at least once in every year and not more than 15 months shall
2. The balance sheet and the Auditor's Report shall be placed at the Annual General Body Meeting of the Mission for its
3. Quorum of the annual general body meeting shall be 2/3 of the total members.
24. The Powers of Chairman
The Chairman shall -
1. Have power to preside over the meeting of the Governing Body to take decision on simple majority of the
2. To authorise the Vice-Chairman or any other member (in the absence of Vice-Chairman) to preside over the meeting
3. To call for any records or documents of the State Mission or District, Block, ULG or Panchayath or CDS level,
4. To invite experts or professionals or senior officers from related fields to attend particular meetings of the Governing
25. The Powers of Vice Chairman
1. To be the appellate authority on disciplinary proceedings taken by the Executive Director of the Mission against the
2. To sanction the travel by Executive Director out side the State.
3. To finalise the agenda for every Governing Body of the Mission.
4. Preside over the meeting of the Governing Body in the absence of the Chairman or as authorized by him.
26. Powers and Functions of Executive Director
1. The Executive Director shall be the Chief Executive of the Mission. He will be responsible for the Management and
2. The Executive Director shall be the disciplinary authority of the staff working at all levels of the Mission.
3. Have overall control and supervision over the functioning of the Mission and its Directors, officers and staff at all levels.
4. Appoint suitable persons against the posts sanctioned by the Government and Governing Body including contract or
5. Incur all expenditure as approved by Governing Body.
6. Correspond with Govt. of India, State Govt., NABARD, UNICEF and other partner agencies and any other outside
7. Sanction the travel of officers and staff outside the State including that of the Directors of the Mission.
8. Approve tour programme of Directors.
9. Operate accounts in Banks as authorized by the General Body.
10. Convene the meetings of the Mission Governing Body with the approval of the Chairman and to prepare draft minutes
27. Powers and Functions of Directors
1. Directors shall report to the Executive Director and work under his guidance and supervision in discharging their
2. To make routine correspondence with District Mission/Block Mission/Local Governments/CDSs etc. and other agencies on
3. To operate the imprest account sanctioned to them by the Governing Body.
4. To suggest points for inclusion in the agenda on activities and matters relating to his area of implementation to be
5. To suggest the draft proposals to be included in the Annual Action Plan and Budget with respect to his area of
6. The Directors-in-charge of regions would be specially responsible for the following:
1. To liaise with DMCs in carrying out the decisions of the Mission.
2. To co-ordinate with Government and non-governmental agencies and financial institutions for
3. To monitor the setting up of community structures, such as NHGs, ADSs and CDSs and providing required
4. To monitor regularly the entire programmes through field visits, district level meetings and prescribed MIS formats.
7. The Director, Finance and Administration shall be specially responsible for the following:
1. Maintenance and upkeep of the books of accounts of the Mission and to prepare for Audits as per the
2. To pre-check and verify all expenditures of the Mission and to bring to the notice of the Executive
3. To have an overall responsibility on the Mission including establishment expenses and to see to it that
4. To monitor the expenditure of the Head Office and sub-offices through MIS format designed for the same and
5. Financial powers of the Director Finance & Administration will be
1. To draw cheques amounting upto Rs. 50,000 at a time and when the amount exceeds Rs. 50,000, by joint
2. To sanction contingent/unforeseen or emergency expenditure on activities by Director's from an imprest of
28. Funds of the Mission
The funds of the Mission shall consist of the following:
1. Plan funds of the Govt. of Kerala GO/Participating institutions.
2. Recurring and non-recurring grants made by the Govt. of India/Govt. of Kerala for the furtherance of objectives of
3. Income from investments.
4. Income from other sources.
29. The bankers of the Mission shall be appointed by the Governing Body as per Govt. instructions. All funds of the Mission shall be paid into Mission's account with the said bankers and shall not be withdrawn except on cheques signed by the
30. Travel expenses of the Vice-Chairman, Executive Director, Directors and other Members of the Executive Board and Officers and Staff in connection with official work of the Mission shall be met from the funds of the Mission.
31. The administrative cost including the rent of the building if the State Mission is located in a rented building, cost of
32. At District level the District Collector and Secretary, District Planning Committee shall be the Chief Executive Officer of
33. The fund required for every District Mission for its administration, co-ordination and management will be given to the
34. Notwithstanding anything contained in these rules Government have the right to direct or instruct the Mission in any
35. In case the Mission is dissolved the assets and liabilities of the Mission shall vest with the Government or may be utilized
36. Accounts and Audit
1. The Mission shall keep at its registered office proper books of account which shall consist of the following particulars:
1. all sums of money received by the Mission and the source thereof,
2. all sums of money expended by the Mission and the object or purpose for which such sums are expended and
3. assets and liabilities of the Mission.
2. The Mission shall have its accounts audited once a year by duly qualified auditor and have balance sheet prepared by
3. Every member of the Governing Body shall have the right of inspection of accounts and registers maintained by
4. Members shall receive no profits upon dissolution of the Mission if after disposal and settlement of the property of the
5. The Accounts of the Mission shall be audited by a Chartered Accountant to be appointed by the Governing Body with
6. An annual report of the proceedings of the Mission and of all work undertaken during the financial year duly
7. Within 30 days after the holding of Annual General Body Meeting these shall be filed with the Registrar of Societies.
1. A list of the names, addresses and occupations of the members of the Governing Body, The Chairman,
2. An annual report of the previous year, and
3. A copy each of the balance sheet and of the auditor's report certified by the auditor. Such list and the annual
8. If any change occurs in the composition of the Governing Body or in the holder of the office of the Chairman or
9. Records of the Mission shall be public documents available for scrutiny or as copies on payment on prescribed fee.
37. Property of the Mission
All the property belonging to the Mission shall be deemed to be vested in the Governing Body of the Mission but shall be
38. Suit and Proceedings By and Against The Mission
The Mission may sue or may be sued against in the name of the Executive Director or any office bearer authorized by the
1. No suit or proceeding shall abate by reason of any vacancy or change in the holder of the office of the Chairman, the
2. Every decree order against Mission in any suit or proceeding shall be executable against the property of the Mission
3. Nothing in Subsection above shall exempt the Chairman, the Executive Director or office bearer of the Mission from
4. Every member of the Mission may be sued or prosecuted by the Mission for any loss or damage caused to the
A notice may be served upon any member of the Mission either personally or by sending it through registered post.
40. Alternation and Extension of the Purpose of the Mission
Subject to the prior approval of the Government, the Mission may alter or extend the purpose for which it is established.
1. if the Governing Body shall submit the proposition for such alteration or extension as aforesaid to the Members of the
2. if the Governing Body shall convene a Special General Meeting of the members of the Mission according to these
3. if such report be delivered or sent by post to every member of the Mission Fourteen clear days previous to such
4. if such proposition be agreed to by the votes of three-fifth of the members of the Mission delivered in person at such
5. if such proposition be confined by the votes of three-fifth of the members of the Mission present at a Second Special
41. Amendment/Alteration of the Bye-Law
The Rules of the Mission may be altered amended if found necessary by a Resolution passed by a majority of the members
Not withstanding anything herein contained, the Government may from time to time, issue such direction or instructions as it
If the objectives of this Mission for which it has been formed are fulfilled or if the Government desire so the Mission shall be