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The Rampur Raza Library Act, 1975

An Act to declare the Rampur Raza Library to be an institution of national importance and to provide for is administration and matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

But it enacted by Parliament in the Twenty-sixth year of the Republic of India as follows:-

Preliminary

1.(1) This act may be called the Rampur Raza Library Act, 1975.

(2) It shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint.

2. It is hereby declare that Rampur Raza Library, at Rampur, is an institution of national importance.

3. In this Act, unless the context otherwise require-

(a) "Board" means the board established under section 4;

(b) "Chairman" means the chairman of the board;

(c) "deeds of trust" means deed of trust executed by late Nawab Sir Syed Raza Ali Khan Bahadur of Rampur, on the 6th August, 1951 and registered as No. 103, Book IV, Volume No. 8, 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 Rampur Raza Library, which is declared by this Act to be an institution of national importance;

(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 the rules made under this Act;

(h) "Rampur" means the headquarter of the District of Rampur in the state of Uttar Pradesh;

(i) "State Government" means the Government of the State of Uttar Pradesh.

Rampur Raza Library Board

4 (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 "RampurRaza 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 provision of this Act, to acquire, hold and dispose of property and to contract, and may, by that name, sue and, be sued.

5(1) The board shall consist of the following persons, namely:-

(a) the Governor of the State of Uttar Pradesh, ex officio, who shall be the Chairman;

(b) Shri Syed Murtaza Ali Khan, for life, who shall be the Vice-Chairman; (c) Colonel Bashir HussainZaidi, for life;

(d) The Accountant-General, Uttar Pradesh, ex officio;

(e) a descendent 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 regards 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 make 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.

6 (1) The term 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 nominating 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 publication of such notification.

(3) If the office of any nominated member 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 sure members was nominated, and the member 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 leave or otherwise in circumstances 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.

(7) No act of the board shall be invalid merely by reason-

(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 merit of the case.

8 (1) Before nominating a person to be the 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 who is or whom the Central 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 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 propose contract or arrangement, entered into or to be entered into, by or on behalf of the Board shall, as soon as possible, after relevant circumstances have come to his knowledge, disclose the nature of his concern or interest at the meeting of the Board and the disclosure shall be recorded in the minutes of the board and the member shall not be take any part after such disclosure in the discussion , or vote, on the contract or arrangement; and if he does vote, his vote shall be void.

9(1) The board shall meet at such times and place and shall, subject to the provisions of sub-sections (2), (3) and (4), observe such rules of procedures in regards to the transaction of business at its meeting as may be provided by the regulations made under this Act.

(2) The Chairman or, in his absence, the Vice-Chairman, if any, or in the absence of both, any member chosen by the members present from amongst themselves, shall preside at a meeting of the Board.

(3) If any Officer of the 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, of , in, the absence of both, the member presiding, shall have a second or casting vote.

10(1) The board may associate with itself in such a 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 regards to the performance of nay 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.

11(1) All orders and decisions of the board shall be authenticated by the signature of the Chairman or Vice-Chairman, if any, or any other member authorized 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 authorized in like manner in this behalf.

(2) Orders, decisions or instruments authenticated in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (1) shall be evidence of the matters recorded therein and shall be admissible in evidence not withstanding anything contained in the Indian Evidence Act, 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 be 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.

12(1) Subject to the provisions of sub-section (2), the board may, for the purpose of enabling efficiently to perform its function 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 regulation made under this Act.

13. Subject to the provisions of this Acts, every person employed in the library immediately before the date of establishment of the Board shall, on and from such date, become and 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.

14. The Library and the collection thereof shall continue to be located at Rampur.

PROPERTY, LIABILITIES AND FUNCTION OF BOARD

15(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 deeds of the 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 establishment of the Board, be given, bequeathed or otherwise transferred to the Library or acquired by the Board, shall vest in the Board.

16(1) Subject to the provisions of the deeds 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 scripts) 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.

17(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.

FINANCE, ACCOUNTS, AUDIT AND REPORTS

18. For the purpose of enabling the board to discharge its function 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.

19(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 money received by the board by way of grant, gift, donation, benefaction, bequest, subscription, contribution or transfer;

(e) All other moneys received by the Board in any other manner or from any other source.

(2) The Boar5d 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 with the agents of the Reserve Bank of India or invested in such manner as may be generally or specially approved by the Central Government. Explanation in this subsection-

(a) "nationalised bank" means a corresponding new bank as defined in the Banking Companies(Acquisition and Transfer of Undertaking) Act, 1970;

(b) "scheduled bank" means a bank included for the time being in the second Schedule to the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934.

20(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 sum 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 the Central Government for that year.

(4) Subject to the provisions of sun-section (5), no sum shall be expended by or on behalf of the Board, unless the expenditure is covered by provision in the budget approved 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-appropriate from one head of expenditure to another or from a provision made for one purpose to that for another purpose.

21(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 in 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 comptroller and Auditor General of India and any person authorised by him in connection with the audit of the account 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 Indiahas 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 account 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 of Parliament.

22(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 Boards 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 and full account of the activities of Board during the previous financial year and an account of activities likely to be undertaken during the current financial year.

   
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