Merit Council consists of all the recipients of Skoch Awards, including the Order-of-Merit. Skoch Awards are among the highest independently instituted civilian honours in India. The awardees include those who hold the highest government offices, corporate leaders and also the ordinary people who have done “extraordinary” work at the grassroots. They are among the best rated practitioners in the fields like governance, finance, banking, technology, corporate citizenship, economics, change management, empowerment, citizen services, financial inclusion, digital inclusion and inclusive growth. They add value to the Association through their expertise in their respective fields. All the awardees get automatic membership to Association and place in the Merit Council for a duration of one year from the date of joining.