Short title.-“The Societies Registration Act, 1860”. See The Indian Short Titles Act XIV of 1897.
The Act (with the exception of the first four sections) is based on the Literary and Scientific Institutions Act, 1854 (17 and 18 Vict., c. 112), Section 20,et seq.
The Act has been declared to be in force in the whole of India, except as regards the Scheduled Districts, by Section 3 of the Laws Local Extent Act XV of 1874.
This Act has been extended to the Union Territories of (1) Dadra and Nagar Haveli by Regn.VI of 1963, (2) Pondicherry by Regn.VII of 1963, (3) Goa, Daman and Diu by Regn.XII of 1962. Goa is now a State, see Act 18 of 1987, (4) Laccadive, Minicoy and Amindivi Islands by Regn.VIII of 1965. These islands are now known as Lakshadweep, see Act 34 of 1973, Section 3.
The Act shall have effect in the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli subject to the modifications to which it is subject in its application to the State of Gujarat immediately before its commencement in that Union Territory. See Regn.II of 1965, Section 4(b).
The Act as adapted to the pre-reorganisation State of Rajasthan by means of Rajasthan Ordinance IV of 1950, has been repealed by Section 21 of the Rajasthan Societies Registration Act XXVII of 1958.
The Act has been repealed in its application to Mahakoshal, Vindhya Pradesh and Bhopal regions in the State of Madhya Pradesh by the Madhya Pradesh Societies Registration Act 1 of 1960 which applies to the entire State, with effect from 15th August, 1961.
The Act has now been repealed also in its application to West Bengal by West Bengal Act XXVI of 1961, with effect from 1st April, 1963.