Introduction

The name of the Council shall be “National Advisory Council (NAC) of Forum of SC and ST Legislators and Parliamentarians (Regd)”.
The idea behind the formulation of the National Advisory Council is to bridge the prevailing gap between the Civil Society and the Political Hierarchy. After realizing the need to have a think tank of its own to give valuable inputs to the Legislators and Parliamentarians, the Forum takes this initiative to bring together the people from all walks of the Dalit Society including Intellectuals from among Social Activists, Officers & employees associations, Advocates, Judicial Officers, Business Personnels, Doctors, Engineers, Scientists and NRIs to share their bit of responsibility through the medium of this Advisory Council. This collective effort of the entire Dalit Diaspora aims at bringing an enlightened and considerate approach to address the varied Dalit issues.
The founder members of the Forum fully realized that in order to address the Dalit Cause with un-relenting vigour, a person of unmatched integrity, intellectual ability and exemplary demeanor needs to lead from the front. Therefore, after making in-depth deliberations through a series of meetings at various levels, the first National Level meeting of the Forum was held at New Maharashtra Sadan at New Delhi on 7th August 2015 where the former Chief Justice of India, Honorable Sh. K.G Balakrishnan was unanimously elected as its founder Chairperson. This aptly displays the serious endeavour of the Forum towards the achievement of its aims and objectives.

Location

With the Registered Office presently in Punjab, the Forum looks forward to have the office of the National Advisory Council at New Delhi shortly.

Area of Operation

Throughout the territory of India as well as Overseas Chapters

Functions of the NAC

In addition to its overall responsibility to achieve the set goals and objectives of the Forum (FSCSTLP), the functions of the Council will be as under:-

(i) To make efforts to increase the opportunities for enhanced social and educational status of the underprivileged sections of society and uplift their life style to have their place in the main stream of Indian society;

(ii) To ensure benefits and implementation of various schemes announced by Govt. of India/State Govt. for Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes is reaching at grass root level;

(iii) Data collection pertaining to various parameters of Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes and to analyze and evaluate;

(iv) Prevention of atrocities, humiliation and harassment committed on Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes in general and remote rural areas in particular and to get justice through affirmative action in order to live in society with dignity and without fear and suppression;

(v) To ensure advancement in education, health and employment opportunities for
Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes with their share in governance;

(vi) To render assistance to Govt. in identifying the target groups and allocation of adequate funds for welfare of Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes through various schemes to improve their skills and economic status;

(vii) To upgrade merit of Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes students through training, coaching and knowledge;

(viii) Women empowerment of Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes;

(ix) To give special attention to senior citizens, physically handicapped and orphans;

(x) To safeguard interests of Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes NRIs
(xi) To safeguard and promote the interest of the Youth, Students & sports

Structure of National Advisory Council

Members –
1. Chairperson
2. Vice Chairperson – 5 (including one Senior Vice Chairman)
3. Secretary General – 1
4. General Secretary – 2
5. Joint Secretaries – 2
6. Secretary Finance – 1

POWER AND FUNCTIONS OF THE OFFICE BEARERS

Core Committee: 
The Chaiperson as per requirement shall constitute a Core Committee with prior approval of the Forum. This Committee will be assisted by the following Expert Committees :

(i) Advisory Committee;
(ii) Organizing (Programs and Functions) Committee ;
(iii) Health and Education Committee;
(iv) Legal Committee;
(v) Women Empowerment Committee;
(vi) Implementation of various Government Schemes` Committee;
(vii) Reservation in Recruitment, Promotions and other Service Matters Committee;
(viii) Public Relations, Media and documentation Committee;
(ix) Planning and Policy formation Committee;
(x) Welfare & Grievances Committee;
(xi)NRI Affairs Committee
(xii) Youth, Students, Cultural & Sports Committee
(xiii) Farming Sector (Agriculture & Allied)
(xiv) Industry & Commerce
(xv) Skill Development & All Training Programmes

Responsibilities and roles of office bearers

Chairperson

With overall responsibility to achieve and attain the aspirations of the Forum, the key responsibility of a Chairperson is to facilitate the operations of the Council. He will chair formal meetings and as such will be responsible for maintaining order and conduct of business. The duties of the Chairperson include (but are not limited to):
• Shall preside over, conduct and regulate all meetings of NAC.
• Shall represent the Council in the public domain;
• Shall ensure that meetings are properly convened and agenda and quorum followed.
• Subject to approval and overall scrutiny of the Forum, The Chairperson may take such emergent or contingent administrative, executive or financial decisions without the prior approval of the Council as may be necessary for the good and proper conduct of business provided that he makes a report of such decisions to the Council in its next meeting for approval.

Senior Vice Chairperson:

Shall exercise such powers and functions as may be delegated to him by the Chairperson
• Shall preside over and conduct meeting of the Council in the absence of the Chairperson
• Shall act as Chairperson and assume the responsibilities of the Chairperson in the event of a vacancy arising in the office of the Chairperson due to his resignation, incapacitation or death

Secretary General: 
The key responsibility of the Secretary General is the administration of the Council. The duties of the Secretary General will include:
• Taking and recording minutes of all meetings;
• Maintaining all records and correspondence;
•Compiling all the reports received from the Regional Advisory Councils and State Advisory Councils and put up to the Chairperson and the Forum;
• Receiving all incoming correspondence and bringing it to the attention of the Council;
• Writing and dispatching all outgoing correspondence required by the Council;
• Keeping members of the Council properly informed by sending them notices of meetings, agenda and copies of reports, etc. as required; and
• Liaising with the Chairman and other members of the Council.

General Secretary:

The General Secretary shall share with the Secretary General responsibilities entrusted to him/ her by the latter and act as Secretary General of the Council in his absence with the same authority, responsibilities and functions.

Secretary Finance:

The Secretary Finance shall be responsible for coordinating between the NAC and the Forum and keeping the Council`s financial records in proper order.

General Body Meeting

The General Body shall meet at least once in a financial year in an Annual General Meeting (AGM) in New Delhi. The Secretary General in consultation with the Chairperson will send the notice of such a meeting at least 4 Weeks in advance.

Quorum

The quorum for meetings of the General Body shall not be less than 25% of the total members of the Forum. In case the minimum stipulated quorum is not present in the meeting, the meeting shall be adjourned and re-convened.

Agenda:

Prior to any meeting, an agenda will be prepared. The General Secretary in consultation with the Chairman shall prepare the agenda and shall circulate with the Notice of the meeting along with minutes of the previous meeting.

Minutes:

Minutes are formal written records of meetings and must be kept for all meetings of the Council. The minutes should enable Council’s members, not present at the meeting, to be accurately informed of all actions taken in the meeting.

Amendments in the Memorandum of Association and Bye-laws of the Council :

Any amendnment in the Memorandum of Association and Bye-laws or change of Name, amalgamation or division of the Council will be done only with the approval of the General Body by way of Special Resolution.

Financial Year:

The financial year of the Council shall be from the 1st day of April until the last day of March of the following year.

Discipline :

Members of the Council including those of the Core Committee, other Committees and staff are expected to abide by the highest standard of discipline and decorum and avoid action prejudicial to the aims and objectives of the Council.

Regional Advisory Councils (RAC)

Following will be Regional Advisory Councils:

(i) Northern Advisory Council (J & K, Punjab, Uttrakhand, U.P., Haryana and Chandigarh
with Headquarters at Chandigarh)
(ii) Southern Advisory Council (Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Andhra
Pradesh with Headquarters at Chennai)
(iii) Eastern Advisory Council (Odisha, West Bengal and N.E. States with Headquarters at
Kolkata)
(iv) Western Advisory Council (Rajasthan. Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa,
Andaman & Nicobar with Headquarters at Mumbai)
(v) Central Advisory Council (M.P., Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh with
Headquarters at Bhopal)

Subject to the approval of the Forum, the heads of these Councils will be Vice Chairpersons of the NAC concerned. The heads of these Councils from the regions concerned will select the other members.

Regional Coordinators

There shall be as many Regional Coordinators for each Regional Advisory Council (RAC) as the Forum may time to time think necessary to coordinate between various State Chapters and the RAC.

National Advisory Councils – State Chapter:

The State Chapter of the National Advisory Councils will be organized on the pattern of the National Advisory Council. The office bearers of the State Chapter of the NAC will be same as that of the NAC.
They will form various Committees of the Councils as per their requirement.