- INTACH being a membership organization of volunteers, functions on the strength of its members who are affiliated to a Chapter.
- Chapters are forums formed with the authority and directions granted by INTACH and are constituted with about 25 members.
- A Chapter has a Convener and a Co-Convener appointed by the Central office and has an Executive Committee to co-ordinate it’s working. The normal tenure of the Convenors, Co-Convenors and the Executive Committees shall be of three (3) years, with further extensions if necessary. The Chapters Division may bring about a change of Convenor, Co-Convenor or Executive Committee Member at any time if circumstances so warrant.
- Chapter can adopt a flexible approach in its internal structuring as long it does not dilute its legal and financial accountability.
A new addition is the section on first aid measures for saving heritage. What should be done in both states and cities where heritage regulations are in place, and conversely what should be done in states and cities where no heritage regulations are in place is the focus of detailed attention. Another novelty is the FAQs (frequently asked questions) section, which, it is hoped, gives satisfactory answers to some of the more commonly asked questions.
On technical issues like keeping of accounts and timely filing of UCs and periodic reports, detailed instructions have been provided, which it is hoped, will help in understanding why certain procedures must be followed by the Chapters. Adherence to such protocols and procedure goes a long way in promoting the vital interdependence between the Central Office and the Chapters and in creating the necessary environment for a smooth interaction between the two.
It is hoped that this issue of the Guidelines will help facilitate communication between the Head Office and the Chapters so that precious time is not wasted in routine activities, time that can be used towards the work for conservation of heritage. INTACH fervently encourages the Chapters to make the Guidelines available to all their members.