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THE JALLIANWALA BAGH NATIONAL MEMORIAL ACT, 1951

Title : THE JALLIANWALA BAGH NATIONAL MEMORIAL ACT, 1951

Year : 1951

ACT NO. 25 OF 1951.
[1st May, 1951.]

An Act to provide for the erection and management of a National Memorial to perpetuate the memory of those killed or wounded on the 13th day of April, 1919, in Jallianwala Bagh.

BE it enacted by Parliament as follows:-



This Act may be called the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Act, 1951.



In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-

(a) "Memorial" means the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial to perpetuate the memory of those killed or wounded on the 13th day of April, 1919, on the site known as the Jallianwala
Bagh, Amritsar;

(b) " Trust " means the Trust for the erection and management of the Memorial;

(c) " Trustees " means the Trustees of the Jallianwala Bagh
National Memorial.



The objects of the Trust shall be-

(a) To erect and maintain suitable buildings, structures and parks at or near the site of the Jallianwala Bagh in the city of Amritsar, to perpetuate the memory of those who were killed or wounded on the 13th day of April, 1919, on the said site ;

(b) To acquire lands, buildings and other properties for the purposes of the Trust; and

(c) To raise and receive funds for the purposes of the Memorial.



The Trustees of the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial shall be the following, namely:-

(a) Shri Jawaharlal Nehru,

(b) Dr. Saifuddin Kitchlew,

(c) Maulana Abul Kalam Azad,

(d) The President of the Indian National Congress,

(e) The Governor of the State of Punjab,

(f) The Chief Minister of the State of Punjab, and

(g) Three persons nominated by the Central Government.

(2) The Trustees shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession by the name of the "Trustees of the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial" and a common seal, and in that name shall sue and be sued, and shall have power to acquire and hold property, to enter into contracts and to do all acts necessary for and consistent with, the purposes of this Act.



(1) The three Trustees mentioned in clauses (a),(b) and(c) of sub- section (1) of section 4.shall be Trustees for life.

(2) Every Trustee nominated under clause (g) of the said sub- section shall be a Trustee for a period of five years, and shall be eligible for denomination.



All the property and funds set out in the Schedule to this Act and all other property, whether movable or immovable, which may hereafter be given, bequeathed or otherwise transferred for this purposes of the Memorial or acquired for the said purposes shall vest in the Trustees.



(1) For the purposes of managing the affairs of the Trust, the Trustees may, by resolution passed at a meeting, appoint a committee of management, and entrust to it such powers, duties and functions, under such directions and limitations, as may be defined by such resolution.

(2) The Trustees may appoint any persons as members of the committee of management, whether such persons are Trustees or not, and may, from time to time, vary or rescind any resolution passed by it under this section.



No act of the Trustees shall be deemed to be invalid merely by reason of any vacancy in, or any defect in the constitution of, the body of Trustees.



(1) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules 1* to carry out the objects of this Act.

(2) In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such rules may provide for-

(a) The manner in which funds belonging to the Memorial shall be kept, deposited or invested;

(b) The mode of authentication of orders for payment of money by the Trustees;

(c) The form in which accounts shall be kept by the Trustees and the audit and publication of such accounts;

(d) The laying out, erection, improvement, maintenance and management of the Memorial and the care and custody of the properties thereof;

(e) The conditions under which the public shall have access to the Memorial or particular parts thereof and the regulation of the conduct of persons entering the precincts of the Memorial ;

(f) The preservation of, and the prevention of injury to or interference with, any property vested in the Trustees and the prevention of persons from trespassing into any particular part of the Memorial.

(3) A rule made under this section may provide that a breach of any rule made under clauses (e) and (f) of sub-section (2) shall be punishable with fine which may extend to one hundred rupees.

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1 For the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Rules, 1952, see Gazette of India, 1952, Pt. II, Sec. 3, p. 1484.

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