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THE AIR CORPORATIONS ACT, 1953

Title : THE AIR CORPORATIONS ACT, 1953

Year : 1953



(1) All non-recurring expenditure incurred by the Central Government for, or in connection with, each of the Corporations up to the date of establishment of that Corporation and declared to be capital expenditure by that Government, shall be treated as capital provided by the Central Government to that Corporation.

(2) The Central Government may provide any further capital that may be required by either of the Corporations for the carrying on of the business of the Corporation or for any purpose connected therewith on such terms and conditions as the Central Government may determine.

(3) Each of the Corporations may, with the consent of the Central Government, or in accordance with the terms of any general authority given to it by the Central Government-

(a) Borrow money for all or any of the purposes of the Corporation, and

(b) Secure the payment of any money borrowed by it or any interest thereon by the issue of bonds, debentures, debenture-stock or any mortgage or charge or other security on the undertaking of the Corporation or any part of it or on any of its properties.



All properties, assets and funds owned or acquired by the Central Government for the purpose of Indian Airlines or, as the case may be, Air India International before the establishment of those Corporations shall, on such establishment, vest in the Corporation concerned.



(1) Each of the Corporations shall have its own funds and all receipts of the Corporations shall be carried thereto and all payments for the Corporations shall be made there from.

(2) Each of the Corporations may keep in 1*[account] with any scheduled bank as defined in section 2 of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934 or in any other bank approved by the Central Government in this behalf a sum of money not exceeding such amount as may be prescribed, but any moneys in excess of the said 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 approved by the Central Government.

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1. Substituted for the words "current account" by the Air Corporations (Amdt.) Act (49 of 1971), Section 6 (1-2-1972).

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Each of the Corporations shall have power, subject to the provisions of this Act, to spend such sums as it thinks fit on objects or for purposes authorised by this Act and such sum shall be treated as expenditure out of the funds of that Corporation.



All obligations incurred, ail contracts entered into and all matters and things engaged to be done by, with, or for the Central Government for any of the purposes of this Act before the establishment of either of the Corporations shall be deemed to have been incurred, entered into or engaged to be done by, with or for Indian Airlines or, as the case may be, Air India International according as the obligations, contracts, matters and things relate to the purposes of the former Corporation or the latter.



(1) The Corporations shall maintain proper accounts and other relevant records and prepare annual statement of accounts including the profit and loss ac¬count and the balance sheet in such form as may be prescribed by the Central Government in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

(2) The accounts of the Corporations shall be audited annually by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and any expenditure incurred by him in connection with such audit shall be payable by the Corporations to the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

(3) The Comptroller and Auditor General of India and any person appointed by him in connection with the audit of the accounts of the Corporations shall have the same rights and privileges and authority in connection with such audit as the Comptroller and Auditor-General 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 any of the offices of the corporations.

(4) The accounts of the Corporations as certified by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India or any other person appointed by him in this behalf together with the audit report thereon shall be forwarded annually to the Central Government and that Government shall cause the same to be laid before both Houses of Parliament.

15A 1* Audit of accounts of companies formed by Corporations

(1) Not with standing anything contained in the Companies Act, 1956, the auditor of any company formed by either of the Corporations under clause (kk) of sub-section(2) of section 7 shall be appointed or re-appointed by the Corporation concerned on the advice of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

(2) Save as otherwise provided in sub-section (1),in addition to the provisions contained in the Companies Act, 1956, relating to the audit of the accounts of any company, the follow¬ing provisions shall apply to the audit of the accounts of any company referred to in sub-section (1),namely:-

(i) The Comptroller and Auditor General of India shall have power to conduct a supplementary or test audit of the company's accounts by such person or persons as he may authorise in this behalf; and for the purposes of such audit to require information to be furnished to any person or persons so authorised, on such matters by such person or persons and in such form as the Comptroller and Auditor General may, by general or special order, direct;

(ii) The author appointed or re-appointed under sub-section (1) shall submit a copy of his audit report to the Comptroller and Auditor General of India who shall have the right to comment upon, or supplement, the audit report in such manner as he may think fit;

(iii) Any such comments upon, or supplement to, the audit report shall be placed before the annual general meeting of the company at the same time and in the same manner as the audit report.]

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1.Inserted by the Air Corporation (Amdt.) Act (49 of 1971), S. 7 (1-2-1972).

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