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close this book Development as Unleashing Potential Efforts : the Bhagavatula Charitable Trust (BCT) of Yellamanchili in Andhra Pradesh (1995)
close this folder Section 2 BCT - its organisation and functioning
View the document 2.1 GOAL - setting and modification process
View the document 2.2 development as unleashing potential
View the document 2.3 Redefining goals and strategies
View the document 2.4 Governing structure
View the document 2.5 An organisation in perpetual transition
View the document 2.6 Monitoring and evaluation
View the document 2.7 Understanding its limitations
View the document 2.8 Mobilising and utilising human resources BCT way
View the document 2.9 Efforts at becoming self-reliant

2.4 Governing structure


BCT tries to coopt prominent persons, who are sympathetic to its cause, in the expectation of increasing its prestige and of their meaningful contribution to strengthening its ability to raise resources and use them effectively for the purposes. Such persons are invited to become members of the trust.

The governing structure of BCT consists of a general body and a governing body. The general body of BCT ordinarily meets once in a year to review progress, to receive annual statements of account and to issue guidelines on planning, implementation and budget.

The governing body consists of elected members, advisory members, representatives from Mahila Mandals and staff. President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Joint Secretary constitute the Office Bearers of the governing body and only elected members hold these positions. President provides the necessary leadership while Secretary functions as a Managing Trustee.

Advisory members are members by invitation and the term of office bearers and the governing body members is of one year. The governing body meets usually every quarter of a year to review the progress and accounts. It provides BCT moral and advisory support in implementing its plans.

The governing body has always been a body consisting of eminent social scientists, economists, educationists including Vice-Chancellors, senior members of Indian Administrative Service and professional experts in the fields of agriculture, animal husbandry, health, etc. "There are occasions when the members were severely critical of the management of the programmes and when they pointed out the weaknesses of the approach and the ineffective performance of the functionaries. There are also several occasions when the members came forward with highly practical and feasible suggestions for improvement," - records BCT reports.