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Uttarakhand Parivartan Party (UKPP) Constitution

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Table of Contents:

(A) Constitution or Rules of Association, including the ratification date

(B) The Salient Features of the UKPP Constitution

(C) The Policy Document in the Context of the Green Philosophy and Ideology in the Central Himalayan Region

(D) The long-term Action Plan and activities includes the issues more relevant to the people of the state and it includes

(E) Other Bodies of the UKPP

(E.1) Committees

(F) Support Groups

(G) Funds, bank account and financial management

(H) Office

(I) Audit

(J) Merger, Change of Name or Cessation of the UKPP

(K) Additional Info

Constitution of the Uttarakhand Parivartan Party

(A) Constitution or Rules of Association, including the ratification date:

  1. The UKPP’s Constitution, Rules, Regulations and Policy Document were ratified on 18 January 2009 i.e. on the last day of the two-day convention that resulted in the formation of the Uttarakhand Parivartan Party -- UKKP in short or translated as Uttarakhand Transformation Party.

  2. The Constitution, Rules, Regulation & Policy Document were drafted by a committee headed by Mr. Suresh Nautiyal and were passed and adopted by the House on 18 January 2009.

  3. The party formation convention was held at Gairsain, a small hilly town that is seen as permanent capital of the state of Uttarakhand in the Central Himalayan Region.

  4. The documents are in Hindi and being translated into English so that all Greens the world over know with what vision and political objectives, the first Green party has been formed in India. The documents will be circulated among all Greens as soon as they are ready in English language.

  5. In short, the UKPP wholly subscribes to the Green Charter or the Canberra Declaration and has even added few more Green issues to its agenda and political action.

  6. The new party has come out of a sustained campaign called Uttarakhand Parivartan Abhiyan (Campaign for Change in Uttarakhand).  Uttarakhand Parivartan Abhiyan already has “Friend of the APGN” status.

  7. This organisation is already an Associate Member of the APGN. Even as this Campaign remains as an entity, the political organisation has been taking up issues in different manner like demonstrations, campaigns, agitations, sit-in programmes, etc., that affect the lives of the people living in the state.

(B) The Salient Features of the UKPP Constitution:

  1. The UKPP has absolute allegiance to the Constitution of India, which is one of the most comprehensive, inclusive, democratic, open, and secular Constitutions in the world. Allegiance to the Indian Constitution is mandatory for all political parties in the country.

  2. The UKPP has a flag of its own that symbolises democracy, social and ecological justice, prosperity for all, peace, non-violence, brother/sisterhood, good human values with green, red, blue and white colour strips.

  3. All office bearers at any level from grassroots to the highest level have a term for two years. Every two years, there will be elections to elect new bodies and their office bearers.

  4. Every two years, the party will meet and first of all the representatives from all levels attending the meting will elect its General Assembly. Then, the General Assembly will elect its Central Executive Committee. After this, the Central Executive Committee will elect its top office bearers and members of the Political Affairs Committee (PAC).

  5. In a nutshell, the approach is grassroots one and move from below to upward so that every member of the General Assembly has the opportunity to reach to the level of her or his political capabilities.

  6. All office bearers will be elected with due electoral procedure adopted in the House and in case there are more than one candidate for a particular post, there will be voting. Those who get the highest numbers of votes will be declared as elected to the different posts.

  7. Those directly elected include the President, and the Secretary General.

  8. Other office bearers are to be appointed by the President with the endorsement of the PAC. These posts include seven vice Presidents, party Spokesperson, Treasurer, 14 secretaries, etc.

  9. The above-mentioned system to be adopted/replicated at the district and block levels.

  10. Besides, the President has been empowered to appoint office bearers to certain committees and affiliate bodies but the President can do so only with the consent and endorsement of the PAC.

  11. The President cannot take unilateral decisions.

  12. Party believes in the inner party democracy and no absolute powers are bestowed on any office bearers including the party President.

  13. The party believes in the collective leadership and decision-making process. To achieve this, the 11-member Political Affairs Committee has been formed which includes all important functionaries of the party such as President, Secretary General, Treasurer, one Vice President (preferably a woman), Convener of the National and International Affairs, the party Spokesperson, Chair of the Parliamentary Board, Chair of the Discipline Committee, etc.

  14. The Political Affairs Committee takes important decisions that are to be endorsed by the 101-member Central Executive Committee and finally by the General Assembly, the supreme body of the party. Only the General Assembly, which includes the Political Affairs Committee and the Central Executive Committee.

  15. The General Assembly has the powers to revise, amend or delete any part from the party Constitution.

  16. The General Assembly also has the powers to reject any decision taken by the Political Affairs Committee or the Central Executive Committee.

  17. The General Assembly has a term of two years like all other bodies and includes representatives from all district, block and grassroots level organisations of the party.

(C) The Policy Document in the Context of the Green Philosophy and Ideology in the Central Himalayan Region:

  1. The need for Green political intervention and movement with the active support of the people living in the state of Uttarakhand.

  2. Democracy and relevance of Indian Union.

  3. Social justice and equality.

  4. Human rights, non-violence, peace, security, humanism, mutual trust and respect for each other.

  5. Importance of diversity in a democracy.

  6. Ecology, environment and sustainable conservation of natural heritage.

  7. The need to discourage globalisation, mercerisation and liberalisation in their present form.

(D) The long-term Action Plan and activities includes the issues more relevant to the people of the state and it includes:

  1. To create a mass movement in order to make Gairsain, a small town in the hills that integrates different cultural identities within the state, the permanent capital of the state. It is to be noted that Dehradun city was made interim capital against the wishes of the people as they had already decided to have their capital in the Gairsain town in the district of Chamoli. A commission was formed against the wishes of the people to suggest name of the future permanent capital and now the findings of the one-person commission have further angered the people.

  2. To oppose the forced delimitation of the assembly seats as it was against the very spirit of the Indian Constitution.

  3. To demand re-organisation of the blocs in the state. Only the Indian government is empowered to re-organise blocs and they have not been re-organised for last 50 years. It is strange that a new district can be created by the state government but not a new block.

  4. To demand re-organisation of the districts in the state on the scientific, geographical, topographical and watershed system congruity basis so that a district remain an integrated administrative unit even during rains and floods.

  5. To demand that each village be given status of a revenue village so that government schemes reach all people and form assemblies in all villages for democratic functioning of at the grassroots level.

  6. To struggle for the formulation of the village government concept with the purpose to put democracy at work and that too at the village level and demolish the myth that only governments can administer.

  7. To demand special category for the forest villages as people living in them have to come across lots of hurdles in their day-to-day life.

  8. To work for the protection and conservation of the ecology and environment and natural heritage including forests, water bodies, agriculture, horticulture, and animal husbandry.

  9. To struggle for land reforms, enhancement of agricultural lands in consonance with the area specific ecology, agreed and categorised integrated redistribution of agricultural and forest lands at one place so that all individual agrarian units have the liberty to grow what they want and not follow the prevalent and atrocious seasonal patterns, people’s easy and uninterrupted access to their natural heritage as they are the natural and first guardians of their heritage in any form.

  10. To ensure women’s rights over agricultural lands and in ancestral properties. Also, to ensure that they be given status of farmers. In the absence of such status, women are denied of the government schemes extended to the men farmers.

  11. To work towards creating a healthy environment for ecologically compatible industries, industrial growth and strengthen employer-employee relationship for the common good.

  12. To promote horticulture-based environment friendly cottage industry especially in the hilly regions.

  13. To oppose big dams as defined by the World Commission on Dams (more than 15 metres in height) and demand for the people’s participation in the construction, maintenance and functioning of the small dams.

  14. To fight for the people displaced due to any project be it a dam or industry and get their proper rehabilitation in place geographically, socially and culturally closer to their native places.

  15. To ensure proper health and treatment facilities even in the remotest of places and campaign for the ’health first’ concept. This is going to be the top most priority of the UKPP.

  16. To strengthen the social, cultural and linguistic aspects so that every community has its own identity along with the state and national identities.

  17. To work towards heightening the academic standards and make education knowledge-based and accessible to all irrespective of their caste, creed, faith or gender rather than run-of-the-mill system. Also, to ensure primary education in the mother tongue only.

  18. To save all languages, dilects, scripts, cultural traditions etc., in order to allow people to enriched with their heritage.

  19. To ensure that the marginalised, deprived, oppressed and suppressed communities such as Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Adivasis, backward categories of people hill people, workers in the unorganised sectors, daily wage earners, agricultural labourers, and other poor people etc., are empowered to enjoy their political, social, cultural, economic and other rights as human beings.

  20. To promote eco-friendly, knowledge-based and healthy tourism and discourage those tourists who have no respect for the local ethos and cultural practices and sensitivity towards ecology and environment.

  21. To promote symbiotic relationship between the human and their environment and ensure access of people to the sanctuaries and biosphere regions for their daily dependence on the natural heritage for their very survival and at the same time ensure that ecology and environment are not threatened.

  22. To promote eco-friendly public transportation system and discourage use of private vehicles as far as possible.

  23. To ensure an excise policy that takes care of the most affected groups such as women and children. Also to ensure that spirits are sold by the government agencies only so that liquor Mafiosi is discouraged.

  24. To ensure right to food, water, shelter and employment to all irrespective of caste, creed, colour, faith, ethnicity and gender.

  25. To strengthen the cooperative movement in different sectors so that the fruits of prosperity are shared equally by all.

  26. To ensure transparency in the spheres such as political, social, and economic and in the organisations of all sorts such as NGOs and VSOs.

  27. To promote responsive and accountable media regime and encourage media to be impartial and free from all biases.

  28. To work towards making the judiciary at all levels accountable.

  29. To ensure that the institution of fair and free ombudsman (Lokpal) is institutionalised and strengthened.

  30. To form a state level human rights commission to ensure that all cases of human rights violation are looked into independent of any pressure or prejudice.

  31. To form commissions to take care of the marginalised groups such as Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Adivasis without ST status, workers of all unorganised sectors including industry and agriculture, old people, differently-abled and disabled.

  32. To ensure political rights to the government and public sector employees. If they can vote for a particular political party, they can take part in the activities of the political parties of their choice.

  33. To ensure welfare of about half-a-million ex-soldiers of armies and para-military forces and engage them in appropriate re-employment.

  34. To formulate a comprehensive sports policy wherein all sections of society are represented in the various sports.

(E) Other Bodies of the UKPP:

  1. Youth bodies at state, district and bloc levels.

  2. Student bodies (Uttarakhand Chhatra Sangathan) in all colleges of the state. There are some 8 to 10 universities in the state and several other institutes of importance. Several dozen colleges are affiliated to some of these universities.

  3. Mass organisations of the marginalised communities and sections such as Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Backwad people, minority communities, workers of all unorganised and organised sector, agricultural and construction labourers, daily wage earners, temporary employees in the government and other organisations, migrant labourers, displaced and uprooted people, etc.

(E.1) Committees:

  1. Committees to be formed from time to time to address issues of common concern and for the proper functioning of the organisation.

  2. These include: Youth organisation, students organisation, mass organisations, support groups, coordination committee to deal with other political parties in the state, body to interact with the national and international organisations/ political parties, programme implementation committee, discipline committee, parliamentary committee to select candidates for elections, publications committee, group to oversee the functioning of the party website, etc.,  (some of them already mentioned).

  3. A body is in place to take care of the national and international affairs vis-à-vis the UKPP. Also, a body is in place to coordinate at the state level with like minded organisations and people on the issues that affect everybody’s life.

(F) Support Groups:

  1. Support Groups are being formed in places other than the state.

  2. A support group has already come into existence in the national capital of Delhi.

  3. Similar exercises to be done in the cities like Mumbai and Lucknow to garner support for the Green politics and raise funds for the party in a transparent manner.

  4. The support will be received only from those individuals and organisations that have sensitivity towards ecology, people, peace and non-violence, security human rights, etc.

(G) Funds, bank account and financial management:

  1. The UKPP has opened a bank account in the Almora brach of the State Bank of India.

  2. The Account number is: 030678399306 All funds are deposited in the bank and some petty cash is reserved with the Treasurer for day-to-day expenses.

  3. There are three signatories of the bank account and at least two of them have to sign cheque to draw money from the bank withy the knowledge of the third signatory.

(H) Office:

  1. An office secretary will take care of the central office work and ensure its smooth functioning.

  2. Currently, we have established our central interim office at Almora, the cultural capital of the state.

  3. Eventually when the party has adequate resources at its disposal, the main office will function from Gairsain, the place the people want to be made permanent capital of the state.


(I) Audit:

  1. The auditors appointed by the decision-making Political Affairs Committee would audit the accounts and financial statements of the party each year.

  2. The financial year for all purposes will be from 1 April till 31 March next year.

(J) Merger, Change of Name or Cessation of the UKPP

  1. There is also provision for making amendments in the Constitution of the party and its all documents related to policies and programmes.

  2. The provision, as mandatory by the law, to merge or dissolve the party or change name of the party where and when necessary, only the General Assembly of the UKPP has the powers to merge the party with other party or political organisation(s), or make change in the name of the party or dissolve the party forever.

(K) Additional Info:

The Election Commission of India has already registered the UKPP as a political party. Now, the UKPP has to keep informed the Election Commission of India regarding all organisational, financial and other developments on a regular basis. The UKPP has to get PAN or permanent account number and file income tax returns every year for financial transparency and uprightness. Though there is difference between a recognised party and a registered party, the registered parties get priority over the independent candidates in the selection of the symbols. On the other hand, the parties get recognised status only after getting some seats in the state assembly/Parliament or after getting at least five percent of the total votes case in a state (in case of assembly election) or in the country (in case of the parliamentary elections).

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