CLINICAL BIOCHEMISTS OF INDIA
In these present
the words standing in the first column of the table, next hereinafter contained,
shall bear the meaning set opposite to them respectively, in the second column
hereof, if not consistent with the subject of context.
The Association of Clinical Biochemists of India
Council consists of Executive Committee members (EC), Advisor, Chairpersons of
various committees, Past Presidents, Past Secretaries, Editor-in-Chief of IJCB,
Convener of Education & Scientific Committee and of Conference Committee, State
Representatives. and three representatives from ACBI- Corporate wing.
EC Committee consists of President, Advisor, immediate Past President,
vice-Presidents (two), Secretary, immediate Past Secretary, Treasurer, Joint
Secretaries (three) and five elected Executive members.
The Registered Office of the Association of Clinical Biochemists of India,
situated at the Department of Biochemistry, Patna Medical College, Patna –
Founder, Life, Annual, Honorary, Sessional, Associate and Corporate members of
the Association of Clinical Biochemists of India.
The common seal of the Association of Clinical Biochemists of India, as printed
The General Body:
The Body comprising of the Founder, Life and Annual Members of the Association
of Clinical Biochemists of India.
From date of installation of new President during annual conference to the next
annual conference when incoming President takes over.
(2) Financial Year:
From 1st April to 31st March
The aims and
objects of the Association shall be :
1. To promote
improvement in the health and well-being of the communities it serves through
improving the Science and Practice of clinical biochemistry. And for that
purpose to hold meetings, congress, seminars, symposia and otherwise to promote
and advance the interest of Clinical Biochemistry.
2. To organize and
establish institution / training centre for training Clinical Biochemists and to
hold examinations and award diplomas.
3. To associate
with International and National Organizations such as IFCC APFCB, INSA, NAMS,
QCI, ICHA etc.
4. To advise
Universities, Governments and Statutory Authorities regarding Biochemistry
including Clinical Biochemistry.
To publish journal(s) related to Clinical Biochemistry and News bulletin
covering Association activities.
6. To create
awareness in community on importance of biochemical tests in preventive,
curative and rehabilitative healthcare.
(i) Annual Member: Membership of the Association is open to Clinical
Biochemists and to teachers and research scientists working in medical
institution in the discipline of Biochemistry and Clinical Biochemistry,
Immunology, Endocrinology, Nutrition, Pathology, Molecular Biology and allied
subjects whose work is related to clinical biochemistry. Those persons who are
engaged in the practice of Clinical Biochemistry either in a hospital or in
private and posses MIBCB or M.D. or Ph.D. or Diplomat of National Board, M.Sc.
in Medical / Clinical Biochemistry or , M.B.B.S. or equivalent qualification can
also be taken as member. Annual member shall pay annual subscription as
applicable at that time.
(ii) Founder Member: Those members of the Association who formed
themselves into an Association before the inaugural meeting of the Association
shall be called Founder Members. The names of founder Members as recorded in
Proceedings Book of Executive Committee shall be kept inscribed on a tablet or
any other material to be hung in the office.
(iii) Life Member:
(a) Annual members / Founder members / Any person eligible for Annual membership
shall pay in one installment an amount fixed by the GB ( ten years annual
membership fee at any time to become life Member). Life Members shall not be
required to pay the annual membership subscription.
(b) Life Membership subscription can also be paid in three annual installments
equivalent to Life membership fee together with some surcharge as decided by
General Body. Such installment paying member shall become Life Member only after
all installments have been fully paid.
(iv) Honorary Member: Eminent scientist of Clinical or Medical
Biochemistry or of any other discipline may be made an honorary member on the
recommendation of the ACBI Council. Honorary member shall enjoy the privilege of
Life member except the right to vote or be elected as office bearers, if he/ she
is not already a voting member. Honorary member shall not pay membership
(v) Sessional Member: (a) Any person who has interest in Clinical or
Medical Biochemistry and wants to attend the Annual Conference, Convention,
Workshop, Symposium etc. being organized by the Association, without becoming
member of the Association, can be enrolled as Sessional Member for the session
by the Secretary or Organising Secretary, on payment of an amount equivalent to
annual membership subscription. Such members also have to pay registration fee
like other members for attending meetings.
(b) Such sessional members shall not enjoy the voting right or right to be
elected as office bearers, and are not entitled to receive News Bulletin, IJCB,
and other publications free of charge.
(c) The sessional membership subscription paid by the sessional members to the
Organizing Secretary shall be remitted to the Head office. The registration fee
and other charges paid by the member shall be retained by the Organising
Those academicians and laboratory professionals who are not eligible for
membership but have interest in Clinical Biochemistry can become Associate
Member on application and payment of fee equivalent to life membership fee. Such
members shall enjoy all privileges of a Life member except voting right and the
right to be elected office bearers.
(vii) Corporate Member :
(a) When a scientific firm dealing in materials required for clinical
Biochemistry wants to become a member of this Association, it can be enrolled as
Corporate Member on payment of an amount as decided by the General Body from
time to time. Like other members, one or more representatives of a firm can
attend scientific meetings of ACBI on payment of registration fees as decided by
(b) Such corporate members shall not pay the Annual subscription. However they
are required to pay annual fees to the ACBI-Corporate wing as decided by the
(c) Corporate members shall not enjoy the voting right or right to be elected
office bearers. Corporate Members shall form an Electoral College called
“ACBI-Corporate Wing”, which shall elect a Convener to manage day-to-day affair
of the Corporate Wing. The Convener shall become a member of Council. Corporate
Wing shall also send three representatives to the Council. The Corporate Wing
will be headed by a Chairman elected by Council from Life Members of the
Association who will act as liaison between ACBI and Corporate Wing.
Corporate members shall be members of ACBI-Corporate Wing. The Corporate Wing
shall have its separate bank account, opened by resolution of the Council, which
shall be operated jointly by the chairman and the convener.
(d) Corporate member can present papers, sponsor scientific programme or invite
speakers for special lectures in consultation with Secretary or Organising
secretary of the conference.
Corporate members can give corporate news, views and scientific work for
publication in News Bulletin or IJCB.
Corporate members shall have preference in advertisements in News Bulletin or
any other publication of the Association and also in exhibition stall charges.
(2) MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION
(i) The annual membership subscription shall be an amount to be determined by
the General Body from time to time. The current rate of subscription is given in
(ii) The annual membership subscription as well as that for life subscription by
installment shall be payable in advance by 31st January of the year.
(iii) An extension of 2 more months shall be allowed to enable the member to pay
the dues, after which name shall be removed from membership.
(3) ENROLMENT OF MEMBERS:
(i) Members shall be enrolled by the Council after receiving application in a
prescribed Form (Annexure-I/ II) duly filled in by applicant and introduced by a
life member of the association after verifying about the standing and
eligibility and about trueness of statements made in the application form. The
application form will be available from Head Office or can also be down loaded
from ACBI Website. The Secretary shall provisionally admit the applicant as
member after satisfying himself / herself about eligibility and on receipt of
proper membership fee subject to ratification by next Council meeting.
(ii) The Council shall nevertheless be empowered to elect such other suitable
candidate as may apply for becoming member, who from special circumstances, may
not be personally known to any life member of the Association.
(iii) The Sessional members for a Conference/ Symposia etc shall be admitted by
the Organising Secretary of the conference or by the General Secretary after
receiving proper application and membership fee.
(4) TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP
The membership will be terminated in the following cases:
(I) Due to death.
(ii) Acceptance of resignation by the Council.
(iii) Due to non-payment of membership subscription by March of the year. He or
she can become member again on fresh application against previous membership
number. (iv) (iv) The Council shall have power
to remove a person from membership due to any one of the following reasons:
(a) Due to any action by the member which is against the interest of the
(b) Due to lunacy.
STATE OR UNION TERRITORY BRANCH
(i) The Association shall encourage the formation of a branch of the Association
at State / Union territory level where there is a minimum strength of twelve
members. There shall be only one branch in one state or territory.
(ii) The Association shall encourage members of such State/territory where there
are less than twelve members to join the adjoining State/Union territory branch.
(iii) The rules for the management of the State/Union territory branch shall be
framed by the State/Union Territory Committee. They shall be consistent with the
rules of the Association and shall be approved by the Council. The chief of the
Branch shall be known as Chairman.
(iv) The State/Union Territory Branch shall hold scientific meetings and all
activities shall be reported to the General Secretary for publication in News
(v) Branch can also take fee from its members. On request from the Branch
Secretary, the Head Office will pay 10 percent of the annual subscription
collected from Ordinary Members in the year and from the interest accrued on the
amount paid by the Life Members of the branch on furnishing previous year
expenditure account subject to a minimum of Rs. 3000.00 and maximum of Rs
(vi) The Secretary of
branch shall generally be the state representative on the Council of the main
organization and shall be elected by branch members. Any Change in Secretary/
Representative should be conveyed to the General Secretary before the GB
(vii)Any city within a state having 12 or more members can have a city chapter
of ACBI under the state branch. They will have convener but no secretary or
(6) Zonal Branch:
would encourage formation of five zonal branches divided broadly on the basis of
Government categorization (representing East, West, North, South and Central
zones) to promote scientific activities.
Northern Zone comprising the States of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu &
Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, National Capital Territory of Delhi and Union
Territory of Chandigarh; The Central Zone, comprising the States of
Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh; The Eastern Zone,
comprising the States of Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Sikkim, West Bengal and
North-Eastern states; The Western Zone, comprising the States of Goa, Gujarat,
Maharashtra and the Union Territories of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli;
and The Southern Zone, comprising the States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka,
Kerala, Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Pondicherry).
executive member will be elected by Zone members or and if no name comes from
zones then they will be elected from each zone in the General Body Meeting. Such
zonal executive member shall act as Secretary of the Zone and will be
responsible for holding scientific meetings in the zone. One zonal conference
should be held every 2 or 3 years.
Advisor: The Advisor shall see that the work of the Association is done
as per the spirit and mandate of the constitution, to keep the tradition and
give advice for future development of the organization.
The day-today work of the
Association shall be managed by an Executive Committee consisting of the
(ii) Immediate Past
(ii) Vice-President (two)
(iv) Joint Secretary (three)
(v) Treasurer and
(vi) Five Executive
committee members elected from different zones (Secretary of the Zone)
The Executive Committee
shall be responsible to ACBI Council and General Body and carry out work
according to decisions taken by Council and GB. It is mandatory for the
Executive Committee to have a mid term meeting directly or through video
conference / e-mailing. In case it is needed to take important policy decisions
on emergency basis in the interest of the association, the executive committee
can take decisions which need to be ratified in the next Council and GB
The Treasurer and one joint Secretary shall be nominated by Council from members
of Head Office. Second joint Secretary will be nominated by Secretary from his /
her place who will help in the Secretariat work. The third Joint Secretary will
be nominated by President-elect from members of his/ her place. In case the
Secretary is from Head Office, the Joint Secretary post attached with secretary
shall remain in abeyance till the term of the Secretary.
The ACBI Council shall
Executive Committee members
(iii) Ex-Officio Members
(a) All past Presidents
(b) All past General Secretaries
(iv) Chairpersons of various committees
(v) Convener of ACBI- Corporate Wing and three
representatives of Corporate wing
(vi) All State / Union
Territory Branch Secretary / Representative
FUNCTION AND DUTIES OF THE COUNCIL
The Council shall perform the following functions :
(a) To exercise the rights and powers conferred by the General Body.
(b) To manage the funds and approve budget prepared by Treasurer.
(c) To consider and approve or reject applications for membership presented by
(d) To consider the resignation of members.
(e) To fulfill the directions of the Association as given by the resolutions of
the General Body meeting.
(f) To examine and approve the accounts of income and expenditure of the
Association of the year and
of the just preceding
year for which Auditor has given report.
(g) To approve budget for
(h) To entrust different
responsibilities related to the objectives of the association to the members.
(8) DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF OFFICE-BEARERS
(i) Advisor : Advisor will advise the
Executive Committee, Council and GB about development of ACBI, ensure that work
is done as mandated by constitution and negotiate where his/her help is felt.
He/ she shall be a link between Past and Present Presidents of the Association.
(ii) President: The President shall
preside over the meetings and also guide the activities of the Association.
President shall guide and monitor the functioning of various committees formed
by the association
(iii) Vice-President: The Vice-President
(1) is the elected Organizing Secretary for the next conference and shall look
after organizing the conference
(iv) Vice-President (ii) shall act on
behalf of President in his/her absence and also shall perform such duties as
advised by the President..
(v) Secretary: The Secretary shall manage
the affairs of the Association according to the directions of the General Body,
Council and the President.
(vi) Joint Secretary (I): The Joint
Secretary(1) will be from the place of Head Quarter and will manage the affairs
of Head Office as Administrator.
(vii) Joint Secretary
(II): The joint secretary (II) shall be from the place of Secretary and
shall act on behalf of the Secretary in his absence and carry out such duties as
and when assigned to him. In case the Secretary is from Head Office, the Joint
Secretary post attached with secretary shall remain in abeyance till the term of
(vii) Joint Secretary (III): The Joint
Secretary (III) will perform duties as assigned by President.
(viii) Treasurer: The Treasurer shall
maintain the account of the Association and work in co-ordination with the
Secretary and Joint Secretary of Head Office.
(9) METHOD OF SELECTION / ELECTION:
Advisor: Advisor shall be appointed by the Council based on the advice
by a selection committee consisting of three past Presidents and two past
Secretaries nominated by the Council. The tenure of advisor shall be five years
(ii) President: The Organising Secretary of the Annual Conference shall
become President for the term following the Conference after having been
installed at the Inaugural function till the next Conference is held.
(iii) Vice President-I: The Organising Secretary elected by the General
Body to organize next Annual Conference shall be deemed to be elected as Vice
President-I. The office of the Vice President will be for one term till he/she
succeeds as President.
(iv) Vice-President - II shall be elected by voting members along with
other office bearers and shall hold office till the next conference.
(v) Secretary, Joint Secretary (i), Treasurer and five Executive zonal
members shall be elected by voting members only. Joint Secretary (Head
Office) and Treasurer have to be elected from the place of Head Office. Joint
Secretary (II) and (III) shall be nominated by Secretary and President
respectively The term of office of Secretary, Treasurer and Joint Secretary (I)
and (II) (associated with Head office and with Secretary) and Treasurer shall be
of 3 years unless they are removed by the GB. The term of office of Jt.
Secretary II shall be till the period of the Secretary. The term of office of
Joint secretary attached with President shall end with the term of the
President. No one can be elected Secretary for more than 2 terms together.
(vi) Five Executive
Zonal members: Zonal members from different zones shall be elected by
members of respective zones or by General Body, if zonal members fails to elect
any one and their term shall be of one year and can be re-elected continuously 2
times more on being satisfied by his/ her performance and on filing of
nomination each year.
(v) Procedure of
Election: The Secretary shall announce the election for the various elective
posts as and when they are required to be elected after the end of their term
through NEWS BULLETIN published in April-May of the year of Conference and also
through ACBI website. The nominations on prescribed form (Annex-IV) for various
posts duly signed by proposer, seconder and consent of the nominee should be
sent to the President or the Returning Officer if appointed, hereafter called
RO, at least 3 months before the Conference. The nominee should be eligible to
be elected to the proposed post. The nomination paper must bear the date,
signature and name and membership number of the candidate, proposer and
The RO shall scrutinize the nominations for validity as per rules. He/she will
place all nominations at the next EC meeting giving reasons for accepting or
rejecting the nominations. If there is no nomination for any post, Secretary
shall ask for nominations against those posts by a notice pasted at Bulletin
Board of the conference as well as by announcement during scientific meetings
held prior to the GB meeting. Such nomination must reach President/RO at least 2
hours prior to GB meeting. If there are more than the required numbers of valid
nominations for one or more posts, then election for those posts shall be held
by secret ballot during the GB meeting. The RO/ Secretary shall keep ballot
papers ready with the names of the nominee. The RO shall prepare ballot paper
containing names of all valid nominees for different posts for which election
has to be conducted and distribute the signed ballot paper to the present voting
members (Life and Annual member) after mentioning the voter’s membership number
on the ballot paper and taking his/her signature on it. It is mandatory that the
contestant should be present in the GBM at the time of elections. No candidate
in absentia will be considered for elections. After the voting is over the
ballot papers shall be scrutinized and counted. The result will be announced in
The Organizing Secretary for next conference shall be elected from amongst the
proposals for holding next conference received from Life Members who fulfill the
criteria and shall be deemed to be elected as 1st Vice-President.
Qualifications for various posts:
Secretary: The Organizing Secretary should be a Life member of ACBI of at
least 15 years standing as member and must be in a senior position in the
profession having practiced Clinical Biochemistry/ teaching Biochemistry to
medical students for at least 15 years. He/ she should have been regularly
attending ACBI conferences and has attended at least 10 conferences. He / She
should have shown leadership qualities as evidenced by active participation in
activities of ACBI either at state or at national level, organizations of
scientific meetings and influenced at least 10 biochemists for enrollment
as member of ACBI.
He/She is held in high steam by members of the Association.
(2) Secretary, Vice President-II: A candidate for these posts should be
a life member of at least 10 years standing and have attended at least 7 Annual
Conferences of the Association. He/ She should be holding a senior post in
his/her work place or has been doing clinical biochemistry for the last 15
years. Candidates should not hold any bias against medical-non-medical members
or bias against any one.
He / she have shown aptitude for working for the association by taking up some
responsibilities of the Association in the past and is ready to devote 2-3 hours
daily on Secretarial work. A committee of 5 Presidents and 2 secretaries will
scrutinize the nominations for secretary and select one or two most suitable
candidates for the secretary’s job. Election will be held if there is suggestion
for two candidates. The committee members should make effort requesting the
second nominee to withdraw. If withdrawal does not take place, election will be
held as per rule.
(3) Joint Secretaries
and Treasurer should be a Life member of at least 8 years duration and
should have attended at least 5 Annual Conferences in the last 8 years.
(4) Five Elected Committee Zonal Members: should be a Life Member of at
least 5 years standing and who have attended at least 3 conferences in the last
(5) State Representatives should be a life member and is well known to
state branch members and who has attended conferences regularly in the last 5
years and is fairly active in Association activities.
WHO CAN VOTE FOR THE
ABOVE ELECTED POSTS:
Only Life Members and Annual Members (who have paid up-to-date subscription) can
Method of election of
Organizing Secretary for next conference:
At the time of calling nominations for election
for various posts, the Secretary shall also call for proposals from members who
are qualified to become organizing secretary / President, for hosting next two
annual conferences on a prescribed form (Annexure- V). The proposal shall have a
supporting letter from Head of the Institution hosting the conference or from
the Chairman of the state branch. All proposals received in time shall be
evaluated by a committee appointed by Council as per rules and the
recommendation of the committee is presented in the ACBI Council and later in
GB. The organizing Secretary should be ready to sign an MOU with ACBI to abide
by all the rules and guidelines prescribed by ACBI in this regard.
(I) The Association shall publish a journal named INDIAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL
(II) The Journal shall be
edited by a Board of Editors consisting of an Editor-in-Chief and eminent
(III) The Editor-in-Chief shall be the ex-officio member of the Council.
(IV) The Board shall hold office for a period of three years which can be
renewed at the end of the term.
(V) The Editor-in-Chief may nominate a Managing or Executive Editor and assign
duty for publication of the journal.
(VI) For any change in
policy matter, Editor-in-Chief shall consult members of the Editorial Board by
e-mail or by post or by meeting. One meeting of the Editorial Board, preferably
during National ACBI conference, has to be called by the Editor-in-chief for
reviewing the publication work and for giving necessary directions. A report of
proceedings of the meeting has to be submitted to the Secretary during the
conference for consideration by the Executive Council
(11) ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETINGS
(i)The annual General Body Meeting of the Association shall be held during the
period of the Annual Conference once in a year. Fifteen days notice in writing
shall be given to every member by the Secretary in consultation with the
President through News Bulletin or by post.
(ii)The General Secretary shall present report of the working of the Association
at the General Body Meeting.
(12) REQUISITIONED MEETING OF THE GENERAL BODY
On the requisition by one-third voting members, the President shall call the
special GB meeting within one month. Only those subjects will be discussed in
the requisition meeting which is given in the agenda circulated with the
(13) FUNCTIONS OF THE GENERAL BODY
The General body shall perform the following functions:
(1) To elect office bearers of the council.
(2) To make amendments in the Articles of the Association,
(3) To appoint auditors or to delegate this power to the President,
(4) To give directions to the council,
(5) The decision of the venue of the next two annual Conferences shall be
ratified by the General Body.
(14) THE CONFERENCE
(I) The Annual conference shall generally be held in the last week of December
each year, or at a suitable time as decided by G.B. but before 31st March of
(II) At the time of the conference, besides conducting official business,
scientific papers shall be presented. Workshops, Symposia, Group-discussions,
Popular lecturers & Scientific exhibition shall generally be arranged.
(15) THE COUNCIL MEETING
The meeting of the Council shall be held at least twice a year during the
conference, one before GB meeting and another after GB meeting with newly
elected members. At least fifteen days notice for the meeting has to be given by
the Secretary in consultation with the President. Additional meeting or
consultation can be arranged via electronic media.
(16) NEWS BULLETIN
It shall be published by Secretary/ Head Office as decided by EC at least twice
a year or more frequently.
(17) SOURCES OF INCOME
The income of the Association shall be from the following sources.
(i) Subscription paid by its members.
(iii) Share from savings from conferences.
(iv) Grant by Government, Universities etc.
(vi) Income from Investments.
(vii)Any other source approved by the General Body.
The funds of the Association shall be kept in a scheduled bank at the Head
Quarter. Withdrawals will be made by joint signatures of the Treasurer and the
General Secretary/Joint Secretary (Head Quarter).
The Treasurer can invest part of the fund in fixed deposits of scheduled banks
and recognized organizations giving assured income in order to achieve more
interest. All fixed deposit accounts shall be jointly operated by authorized
signatories of the main account.
Any excess over 25% of the income of the year which remains after expenditure
shall form a CORPUS FUND for specific purposes such as:
(i) For IJCB to aid regular
publication of Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry,
(ii) Establishment of Central Library and Research Centre,
(iii) Construction of Office Building of the Association and
(iv) Other useful purposes as prescribed in the Objects of the Association.
(19) FUNDING OF LIFE MEMBERSHIP FEES
(i) As per provision of the By-laws of the Association, collection on account
of life membership fees being one time receipt for the entire tenure of life of
the members concerned be taken as CORPUS FUND of the ASSOCIATION and be not
treated receipt of revenue nature. Further the income accrued or received from
investment of the said Life membership fee is taken as the income of the
(ii)Any earmarked donation towards any specific purposes or as Corpus of the
Association is similarly dealt with in the accounts of the Association.
(20) VESTING OF
Movable and immovable Properties of the Association shall remain vested in the
(21) ACCOUNTS AND
Regular written accounts of all income and expenditure shall be maintained by
the Treasurer and it shall be duly audited every year by a Chartered Accountant.
The report must be placed before the ACBI Council for approval.
(22) DISSOLUTION AND DISTRIBUTION OF PROPERTIES AFTER DISSOLUTION
Dissolution of the Association, if necessary, will be by passing a resolution in
the General Body Meeting with 60 per cent majority of members present. Property
of the Association after dissolution will be utilized towards payment of debts
and liabilities of the Association and the balance, if any, will not be
distributed amongst the members but will be given to some other societies with
similar objectives in accordance with a resolution passed in the General Body
Meeting with 60 % majority of members.
(23) AMENDMENT IN THE ARTICLES OF THE ASSOCIATION
(i) Amendments and alterations in the Articles of the Association, if necessary,
will be by passing a resolution in the General Body Meeting with two-third
majority present in the General Body meeting.
(ii) Amendment proposals shall be circulated amongst the members by the
Secretary before being placed in the General Body.
JURISDICTION FOR DISPUTE
The Judiciary at Patna
(Head Quarter of the Association) only shall have jurisdiction for redressal of
disputes between the Association and others.
The constitution was adopted at the First General Body
meeting of the founder members held at Patna on the 18th January 1975 and
amended at the Second, Third, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth , Eighteenth, thirty-sixth
and 39th. General Body meetings held at Madras, Baroda, Bombay,
Manipal, Delhi, Wardha, Kottayam, Kochi, Ranchi on 2nd February 1976, 7th
January 197, 27th December 1978, 20th December 1980, 20th December 1982, 22nd
February 1992, 29th January 1994, 29th January 1994, 26th December 1996, 5th.
November 2009 and 13th. December 2012 respectively.
constitution was adopted at 39th. GB meeting held on 13 December 2012
at Ranch and supersedes all the previous versions.