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16. Constitution of a separate fund for political purposes. - (1) A registered Trade Union may constitute a separate fund, from contributions separately levied for or made to that fund, from which payments may be made, for the promotion of the civic and political interest of its members, in furtherance of any of the objects specified in sub-section (2).
(2) The objects referred to in sub-section (1) are:-
(a) The payment of any expenses incurred, either directly or indirectly, by a candidate or prospective candidate for election as a member of any legislative body constituted under [Note: Deleted by Act 42 of 1960] the Constitution or of any local authority, before, during or after the election in connection with his candidature or election; or
(b) The holding of any meeting or the distribution of any literature or documents in support of any such candidate or prospective candidate; or
(c) The maintenance of any person who is a member of any legislative body constituted under [Note: Deleted by Act 42 of 1960] the Constitution or for any local authority; or
(d) The registration of electors or the selection of a candidate for any legislative body constituted under [Inserted by Act No.51 of 1970] the Constitution or for any local authority; or
(e) The holding of political meetings of any kind or the distribution of political literature or political documents of any kind.
(2-A) In its application to the State of Jammu and Kashmir references in sub-section (2) to any legislative body constituted under the Constitution shall be construed as including references to the Legislative of that State].
(3) No member shall be compelled to contribute to the fund constituted under sub-section (2), and a member who does not contribute to the said fund shall not be excluded from any benefits of the Trade Union, or placed in any respect either directly or indirectly under any disability r at any disadvantage as compared with other members of the Trade Union (except in relation to the control of management of the said fund) by reason of his contributing to the said fund; and contribution to the said fund shall not be made a condition for admission to the Trade Union.
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