The Rampur Raza Library Act, 1975
Section 1. Short title and commencement
[Act No. 22 OF 1975]
[9th May, 1975]
An Act to declare the Rampur Raza Library to be an institution of national importance and to provide for its administration and matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
BE it enacted by Parliament in the Twenty-sixth Year of the Republic of India as follows:–
(1) This Act may be called the Rampur Raza Library Act, 1975.
(2) It shall come into force on such date1 as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint.
1. 1-7-1975 vide Notification No.G.S.R.354 (E), dt.26-6-75.
Section 2. Declaration of Rampur Raza Library as an institution of national importance
It is hereby declared that the Rampur Raza Library, at Rampur, is an institution of national importance.
Section 3. Definitions
In this Act, unless the contest otherwise requires,–
(a) “Board” means the Board established under section 4;
(b) “Chairman” means the Chairman of the Board;
(c) ‘Deed of trust” means the deed of trust executed by the late Nawab Sir Syed Raza Ali Khan Bahadur of Rampur, on the 6th August, 1951, and registered as No.103, Book IV, Volume No.3, on pages 74 to 93 of the Office of the officiating Chief Sub-Registrar, Rampur;
(d) “Fund” means the Fund referred to in section 19;
(e) “Library” means the Rampur Raza Library, which is declared by this Act to be an institution of national important;
(f) “Member” means a member of the Board and includes the Chairman, and also includes the Vice-Chairman, if any;
(g) “Prescribed” means prescribed by rules made under this Act;
(h) “Rampur” means the headquarters of the District of Rampur in the State of Uttar Pradesh;
(i) “State Government” means the Government of the State of Uttar Pradesh.
Section 4. Establishment and incorporation of Board
(1) With effect from such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint, there shall be established for the purposes of this Act, a Board, to be known as the “Rampur Raza Library Board”.
(2) The Board shall be a body corporate with the name aforesaid, having perpetual succession and a common seal with power, subject to the provisions of this Act, to acquire, hold and dispose of property and to contract, and may, by that name, sue and he sued.
Section 5. Composition of Board
(1) The Board shall consist of the following person, namely—
(a) Shri Syed Murtaza Ali Khan, for life, who shall be the Vice-Chairman;
(b) Shri Syed Murtaza Ali Khan, for life, who shall be the Vice-Chairman;
(c) Colonel Bashir Hussain Zaidi, for life;
(d) The Accountant-General, Uttar Pradesh, ex officio;
(e) A descendant of the late Nawab Sir Syed Raza Ali Khan Bahadur of Rampur, to be nominated by the Central Government.
(f) Four persons to be nominated by the Central Government, out of whom—
(i) Two shall be persons who, in the opinion of the Central Government, have expert knowledge with regard to the collections in the library or are distinguished historians or scholars of Arabic.Persian or Urdu,
(ii) One shall be an officer, not below the rank of a Deputy Secretary to the Government of India in the Department dealing with matters connected with the library,
(iii) One shall be a person who, in the opinion of the Central Government, has expert knowledge of, and experience in, management of public libraries;
(g) The Collector and District Magistrate, Rampur, ex officio;
(h) Three other persons, of whom at least two shall be scholars of repute, to be nominated by the State Government;
(i) The Director of the Library, ex officio, who shall be the Member-Secretary.
(2) Every nomination made under this section shall be notified by the Central Government in the Official Gazette and every nomination so notified shall take effect from the date of the notification.
Section 6. Term of office and fresh nomination in certain cases
(1) The terms of office of nominated members shall be such as may be prescribed.
(2) Any nominated member may resign his office by giving notice in writing to the Government nomination him, and on such resignation being notified by the Central Government in the Official Gazette, he shall be deemed to have vacated his office on the date of public of such notification.
(3) If the office of any nominated members is vacated before the expiry of the term of his office, the resulting vacancy may be filled by fresh nomination by the Government by which such members was nominated, and the members so nominated shall hold office for the remainder of the term of office of the member in whose place he is nominated.
(4) An outgoing member shall be eligible for re-nomination.
(5) If any nominated member is, by infirmity or otherwise, rendered temporarily incapable of carrying out his duties or is absent on lave or otherwise in circumstance not involving the vacation of his office, the Central Government or the State Government, as the case may, be may nominate another person to act in his place during his absence.
Section 7. Vacancies, etc., not to invalidate acts
No act of the Board shall be invalid merely by reason of—
(a) Any vacancy, in or defect in the constitution, of the Board, or
(b) Any defect in the nomination of a person acting as a member thereof, or
(c) Any irregularity in its procedure not affecting the merits of the case.
Section 8. Duty of Government nominating persons
(1) Before nominating a person to be a member of the Board, the Central Government or the State Government, as the case may be, shall satisfy itself that the person will have no such financial or other interest as is likely to affect prejudicially the exercise or performance by him of his functions as a member, and the Central Government or the State Government, as the case may be, shall also satisfy itself from time to time with respect to every member nominated by it that he has no such interest; and any person why is or whom the Central Government or the State Government, as the case may, be proposes to nominate and who has consented to be a member shall, whenever requested by the Central Government of the State Government so to do, furnish to it such information with regard to his financial or other interest in the library as that Government considers necessary for the performance by it of its duties under this sub-section.
(2) A nominated member who is, in any way, whether directly or indirectly, concerned or interested in a contract or arrangement or proposed contract or arrangement, entered into or to be entered into, by or on behalf of the Board shall, as soon as possible, after relevant circumstance have come to his knowledge, disclose the nature of his concern or interest at a meeting of the Board and the disclose shall be recorded in the minutes of the Board and the member shall not take any party after such disclosure in the discussion, or vote, on the contract or arrangement; and if he does vote, his vote shall be void.
Section 9. Meetings of Board
(1) The Board shall meet at such times and places and shall, subject to the provisions of sub-sections (2), (3) and (4), observe such rules of procedure in regard to the transaction of business at its meetings (including the quorum at meetings) as may be provided by regulations made under this Act.
(2) The Chairman or, in his absence, the Vice-Chairman, if any, or in the absence of both, any members chosen by the members present from amongst themselves, shall preside at a meeting of the Board.
(3) If an officer of Government who is nominated as a member of the Board by virtue of his office is unable to attend any meeting of the Board, he may, with the previous approval of the Chairman, authorise in writing, any person to attend that meeting, but the person so authorised shall not be entitled to vote at that meeting.
(4) All questions at a meeting of the Board shall be decided by a majority of the votes of the members present and voting and in the case of an equality of votes, the Chairman or, in his absence, the Vice-Chairman, if any, or, in the absence of both, the members presiding, shall have a second or casting vote.
Section 10. Temporary association of persons with Board for particular purposes
(1) The Board may associate with itself in such manner and for such purposes as may be provided by regulations made under this Act, any person whose assistance or advice it may desire to have with regard to the performance of any of its functions under this Act.
(2) A person associated with it by the Board under sub-section (1) for any purpose shall have the right to take part in the discussions of the Board relating to that purpose, but shall not, by virtue of this section, be entitled to vote.
Section 11. Authentication of orders and other instruments of Board
(1) All orders and decisions of the Board shall be authenticated by the signature of the Chairman or the Vice-Chairman, if any, or any other member authorised by the Board in this behalf, and all other instruments issued by the Board shall be authenticated by the signature of an officer of the Board authorised in like manner in this behalf.
(2) Orders, decisions or instruments authenticated in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (1) shall be evidence notwithstanding anything contained in the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 (1 of 1872), or in any other law for the time being in force.
(3) Any member, officer or other employee of the Board or any other person interested in the library shall be entitled to the furnished, within seven days after he has made a request in that behalf to the library, with a copy of the order, decision or instrument authenticated in the manner specified in sub-section (1), on payment of such fee as may be prescribed.
Section 12. Staff of Board
(1) Subject to the provisions of sub-section (2), the Board may, for the purpose of enabling it efficiently to perform its functions under this Act, appoint such number of officers and other employees as it may think fit.
(2) The recruitment and conditions of service of such officers and employees shall be such as may be provided by regulations made under this Act.
Section 13. Transfer of service of existing employees to Board
Subject to the provisions of this Act, every person employed in the library immediately before the date of established of the Board shall, on and from such date, become an employee of the Board with such designation as the Board may determine and shall hold his office or service therein by the same tenure, at the same remuneration and upon the same terms and conditions as he would have held the same on such date if the Board had not been established and shall continue to do so unless and until his employment in the Board is duly terminated or until such tenure, remuneration and terms and conditions are duly altered by the Board:
Provided that the tenure, remuneration and terms and conditions of service of any such person shall not be altered to his disadvantage without the previous approval of the Central Government.
Section 14. Location of library
The library and the collections thereof shall continue to be located at Rampur.
Section 15. Properties and liabilities of Board
(1) On the establishment of the Board—
(i) All properties, funds and dues which are vested in, or realisable by, the trustees of the library constituted by the deed of trust, in their capacity as such, shall vest in, and be realisable by, the Board; and
(ii) All liabilities in relation to the library, which are enforceable against the said trustees, shall be enforceable only against the Board.
(2) All properties, which may, after the establishment of the Board be given, bequeathed or otherwise transferred to the library or acquired by the Board, shall vest in the Board.
Section 16. Duties of Board
(1) Subject to the provisions of the deed of trust, it shall be the general duty of the Board to manage the library and to plan, promote, organise and implement programmes for the development of the library on modern scientific lines (including provision of adequate facilities for preservation and photo-duplication of rare manuscripts) and to perform such other functions as the Central Government may, from time to time, assign to the Board.
(2) In particular and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing provisions, the Board may take such steps as it thinks fit–
(a) To provide for instruction and research in matters relating to libraries and for the advancement of learning and dissemination of knowledge in such matters;
(b) To protect, enlarge and improve the collections in the library;
(c) To promote study and research and to provide facilities to scholars for this purpose;
(d) To do all such other things as may be necessary for the discharge of its functions under this Act.
Section 17. Powers of Board
(1) Subject to such conditions and restrictions as the Central Government may think fit to impose, the Board may exercise all such powers as may be necessary or expedient for the purpose of carrying out its functions and duties under this Act.
(2) Subject to such regulations as may be made by the Board in this behalf, the Board may, from time to time, purchase or otherwise acquire such manuscripts, books, articles or things as may, in the opinion of the Board, be worthy of preservation in the library.
Section 18. Grants by Central Government to Board
For the purpose of enabling the Board to discharge its functions efficiently under this Act, the Central Government may, after due appropriation made by Parliament by law in this behalf, pay to the Board in each financial year such sums of money as that Government considers necessary by way of grant, loan or otherwise.
Section 19. Fund of Board
(1) The Board shall maintain a Fund to which shall be credited—
(a) All moneys paid to it by the Central Government;
(b) Such sums of money as the State Government may pay annually for specified purposes;
(c) All fees and other charges levied by it under this Act;
(d) All moneys received by the Board by way of grant, gift, donation, benefaction, bequest, subscription, contribution or transfer;
(e) All other money received by the Board in any other manner or from any other source.
(2) The Board may expend such sums as it thinks fit for performing its functions under this Act and such sums shall be treated as expenditure payable out of the Fund.
(3) A sum of money, not exceeding such sum as may be specified by regulations made under this Act, shall be kept in current account with any nationalised bank, or any other scheduled or other bank approved by the Central Government in this behalf, but any moneys in excess of that sum shall be deposited in the Reserve Bank of India or vested in such manner as may be generally or specially approved by the Central Government.
Explanation.- In this sub-section,–
(a) “Nationalised bank” means a corresponding new bank as defined in the Banking Companies (Acquisition and Transfer of Undertakings) Act, 1970 (5 of 1970);
(b) “Scheduled bank” means a bank included for the time being in the Second Schedule to the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934 (2 of 1934).
Section 20. Budget
(1) The Board shall, by such date in each financial year as may be specified by the Central Government, submit to it for approval a budget for the next financial year in the form specified by that Government, showing therein the estimated receipts and expenditure, and the sums which would be required from the Central Government during that financial year.
(2) The budget for a financial year, as approved by the Central Government for any financial year, shall be the budget of the library for that financial year.
(3) If any sum granted by the Central Government to the library for any financial year remains wholly or partly unspent in that financial year, the unspent sum may be carried forward to the next financial year and taken into account in determining the sum to be provided for by the Central Government for that year.
(4) Subject to the provisions of sub-section (5), no sum shall be expended by or on behalf of the Board, unless the expenditure is covered by provision in the budget proved by the Central Government.
(5) Subject to such conditions and restrictions as the Central Government may think fit to impose, the Board may sanction any re-appropriation from one head of expenditure to another or from a provision made for one purpose to that for another purpose.
Section 21. Accounts and audit
(1) The Board shall maintain proper accounts and other relevant records and prepare an annual statement of accounts, including the balance-sheet in such form as may be specified, in accordance with such general directions as may be issued by the Central Government consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India.
(2) The accounts of the Board shall be audited annually by the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India or any officer authorised by him in this behalf, and any expenditure incurred by him in connection with such audit shall be payable by the Board to the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India.
(3) The Controller and Auditor-General of India and any person authorised by him in connection with the audit of the accounts of the Board shall have the same rights, privileges and authority in connection with such audit as the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India has in connection with the audit of Government accounts, and,.In particular, shall have the right to demand the production of books, accounts, connected vouchers and other documents and papers and to inspect the office of the Board, and the library.
(4) The accounts of the Board, as certified by the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India or any other person authorised by him in this behalf, together with the audit report thereon, shall be forwarded annually to the Central Government and that Government shall, as soon as may be after the receipt thereof, cause the same to be laid before each House Parliament.
Section 22. Returns and reports
(1) The Board shall furnish to the Central Government, at such time and in such form and in such manner as the Central Government may direct, such returns, statements and particulars as the Central Government may, from time to time, require.
(2) Without prejudice to the provisions of sub-section (1), the Board shall, as soon as possible after the commencement of each financial year, submit to the Central Government, within such time as may be specified by the Central Government, a report giving true giving true and full account of the activities of the Board during the previous financial year and an account of activities likely to be undertaken during the current financial year.
Section 23. Power of Central Government to issue directions to Board
In the discharge of its functions under this Act, the Board shall be bound by such directions on question of policy as the Central Government may give to it from time to time:
Provided that the Board shall be given an opportunity to express its views before any direction is given to it under this sub-section.
Section 24. Delegation of powers and duties
The Board may, by general or special order in writing, direct that all or any of the powers or duties, which may be exercised or discharged by it, shall, in such circumstances and under such conditions, if any, as may be specified in the order, be exercised or discharged also by any member, officer or employee of the Board specified in this behalf in the order.
Section 25. Officers and employees of Board of be public servants
Every officer or employee of the Board shall, when acting or purporting to act in pursuance of the provisions of this Act or of any rule or regulation made thereunder, be deemed to be public servant within the meaning of section 21 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1960).
Section 26. Protection of action taken under the Act
No suit prosecution or other legal proceeding shall lie against the Board or any member, officer or other employee of the Board for anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done in pursuance of this Act or of any rule or regulation made thereunder.
Section 27. Power of Central Government to make rules
(1) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules to give effect to the provisions of this Act:
Provided that when the Board has been established, no such rules shall be made without consulting the Board.
(2) In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such rules may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely:–
(a) The term of office of, and the manner of filling casual vacancies among, the members nominated under clause (e), clause (f) or clause (h) of sub-section (1) of section 5;
(b) The travelling and other allowances payable to a member other than the Chairman and to a person associated with 6the Board under section 10;
(c) The disqualifications for membership of the Board and the procedure to the followed in removing a member who is or becomes subject to any disqualification;
(d) The conditions subject to which, and the mode in which, contract may be entered into by or on behalf Board;
(e) Any other matter which has to be or may be prescribed.
(3) Every rule made under this section shall be laid as soon as may b e after it is made before each House of Parliament while it is in session for a total period of thirty days which may be comprised in one session or in two or more successive sessions, and if, before the expiry of the session immediately following the session or the successive sessions aforesaid, both Houses agree in making any modification in the rule or both Houses agree that the rule should not be made, the rule shall thereafter have effect only in such modified form or be of no effect, as the case may b; so, however, that any such modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under that rule.
Section 28. Power of Board to make regulations
(1) The Board may, with the previous approval of the Central Government, make regulations, not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act and the rules made thereunder, with regard to the discharge of its functions under this Act.
(2) In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such regulations, may provide for all or any of the following matters:–
(a) The conditions and restrictions subject to which manuscripts and books in the library may be used;
(b) The manner in which, and the purposes for which, persons may be associated with the Board;
(c) The time and place of meetings of the Board, the procedure to be followed in regard to the transaction of business at such meetings and the quorum necessary for the transaction of business at a meeting of the Board;
(d) The maintenance of minutes of meetings of the Board and the transmission of copies thereof to the Central Government;
(e) The recruitment and conditions of service of officers and other employees of the Board;
(f) The persons by whom, and the manner in which, payments, deposits and investments may be made on behalf of the Board;
(g) The maximum amount that may be kept by the Board in a current account;
(h) The maintenance of registers and accounts;
(i) The compilation of catalogues and inventories of the manuscripts, books and other articles and thinks in the library;
(j) The steps to be taken for the preservation of the manuscripts, books and other articles and things in the library
(k) The general management of the library;
(l) The fees and other charges to be levied for the use of any manuscript or book in the library;
(m) Any other matter in respect of which provisions is, in the opinion of the Board, necessary for the performance of its functions under this Act.
(3) The Central Government may, after consultation with the Board, by notification in the Official Gazette, amend, vary or rescind any regulation which it has approved and thereupon the regulation shall have effect as so amended or varied to be of no effect, as the case may be, but without prejudice to the exercise of the powers of the Board under sub-sections (1) and (2).
Section 29. Act to override other enactments, and instruments
The provisions of this Act shall have effect notwithstanding anything inconsistent therewith contained in any law other than this Act for the time being in force or any instrument having effect any virtue of any enactment other than this Act.