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THE PUNJAB REORGANIZATION ACT, 1966

Title : THE PUNJAB REORGANIZATION ACT, 1966

Year : 1966



On and from the appointed day1, in the Fourth Schedule to the Constitution, in the Table,-

(a) Entries 5 to 21 shall be re-numbered as entries 6 to 22 respectively;

(b) After entry 4, the following entry shall be inserted, namely :-

"5. Haryana..............................5";

(c) In entry 12 as so re-numbered, for the figures "11", the figure "7" shall be substituted;

(d) In entry 19 as so re-numbered, for the figure "2", the figure "3" shall be substituted; and

(e) For the figures "226", the figures "228" shall be substituted.

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1. That is 1-11-1966.

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(1) On and from the appointed day, the eleven sitting members of the Council of States representing the existing State of Punjab shall be deemed to have been elected to fill the seats allotted to the States of Haryana and Punjab and the Union Territory of Himachal Pradesh, as specified in the Fourth Schedule.

(2) The term of office of such sitting members shall remain unaltered.



(1) As soon as may be after the appointed day,1*bye-elections shall be held to fill the vacancies existing on the appointed day in the seats allotted to the State of Harayana.

(2) The term of office of such one of the two members so elected, as the Chairman of the Council of States may determine by drawing lot, shall expire on the 2nd day of April, 1968, and the term of office of the other member shall expire on the 2nd day of April, 1972.

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1. 1st November, 1966.

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The House of the People

Nothing in Part II shall be deemed to affect the constitution or duration of the existing House of the People or the extent of the constituency of any sitting member of that House.



(1) The number of seats as on the appointed day in the Legislative Assemblies of the States of Haryana and Punjab and the Union Territory of Himachal Pradesh shall be fifty-four, eighty-seven and fifty-six respectively.

(2) In the Second Schedule to the Representation of the People Act, 1950-

(a) After entry 4, the following entry shall be inserted, namely:-

"4A. Haryana   .......   ........    54";

(b) In entry 11, for the figures "154", the figures "87" shall be substituted; and

(c) In entry 16, for the figures "40", the figures "54" shall be substituted.



On and from the appointed day, Part B of Schedule XI to the Delimitation of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies Order, 1961, and the Schedule to the Delimitation of Territorial Council Constituencies (Himachal Pradesh) Order, 1962, shall stand amended as directed in the Fifth Schedule to this Act.



(1) Every sitting member of the Legislative Assembly of Punjab elected to fill a seat in that Assembly from a constituency which on the appointed day by virtue of the provisions of section 14 stands allotted, with or without alteration of boundaries, to the State of Haryana or to the Union Territory of Himachal Pradesh, shall, on and from that day, cease to be a member of the Legislative Assembly of Punjab and shall be deemed to have been elected to fill a seat in the Legislative Assembly of Haryana or in the Legislative Assembly of Himachal Pradesh, as the case may be, from that constituency as so allotted.

(2) All other sitting members of the Legislative Assembly of Punjab shall continue to be members of the Legislative Assembly of that State and any such sitting member representing a constituency the extent, or the name and extent, of which are altered by virtue of the provisions of section 14 shall be deemed to have been elected to the Legislative Assembly of Punjab by that constituency as so altered.

(3) Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, the Legislative Assemblies of Haryana Punjab and Himachal Pradesh shall be deemed to be duly constituted on the appointed day.



The period of five years referred to in clause (1) of Article 172 shall, in the case of the Legislative Assembly of Haryana, be deemed to have commenced on the date on which it actually commenced in the case of the Legislative Assembly of Punjab.



The changes in the composition of the Legislative Assemblies of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh shall not affect the duration of either of those Assemblies.



(1) The person who immediately before the appointed day is the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Punjab shall continue to be the Speaker of that Assembly on and from that day.

(2) As soon as may be after the appointed day, the Legislative Assembly of Haryana shall choose a member of that Assembly to be Speaker of that Assembly.

(3) The person who immediately before the appointed day is the Deputy Speaker of the Legisla┬Čtive Assembly of Punjab shall be the Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Haryana.

(4) As soon as may be after the appointed day, the Legislative Assembly of Punjab shall choose a member of that Assembly to be Deputy Speaker of that Assembly.



The rules of procedure and conduct of business of the Legislative Assembly of Punjab as in force immediately before the appointed day shall, until rules are made under clause (1) of article 208, be the rules of procedure and conduct of business of the Legislative Assembly of Haryana subject to such modifications and adaptations as may be made therein by the Speaker thereof.



On and from the appointed day, there shall be forty seats in the Legislative Council of Punjab1*and in the Third Schedule to the Representation of the People Act, 1950, for the existing entry 7, the following entry shall be substituted, namely :-
"7. Punjab 40 14 3 3 14 6".

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1. Since abolished by the Punjab Legislative Council (Abolition) Act, 1969, w.e.f. 7-1-1970.

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On and from the appointed day, the Delimitation of Council Constituencies (Punjab) Order, 1951, shall stand amended as directed in the Sixth Schedule.

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1. Does not survive in view of the abolition of the Council by Act 46 of 1969, which has also repealed the order.

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1. The Council has been abolished w.e.f. 7-1-1970 by Act 46 of 1969 and hence provision has not been printed.



In the House of the People to be constituted after the commencement of this Act, there shall be allotted,-

(a) Nine seats to the State of Haryana of which two seats shall be reserved for the Scheduled Castes;

(b) Thirteen seats to the State of Punjab of which three seats shall be reserved for the Scheduled Castes;

(c) Six seats to the Union territory of Himachal Pradesh1*of which one seat shall be reserved for the Scheduled Castes; and

(d) One seat to the Union territory of Chandigarh which shall form one Parliamentary constituency,

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1. Now a State.

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(1) The total number of seats in the Legislative Assembly of Haryana to be constituted at any time after the appointed day, to be filed by persons chosen by direct election from territorial constituencies, shall be eighty one of which fifteen seats shall be reserved for the Scheduled Castes.

(2) The total number of seats in the Legislative Assembly of Punjab to be constituted at any time after the appointed day, to be filled by persons chosen by direct election from territorial constituencies, shall be one hundred and four of which twenty-three seats shall be reserved for the Scheduled castes.

(3) The total number of seats in the Legislative Assembly of Himachal Pradesh to be constituted at any time after the appointed day1, to be filled by persons chosen by direct election from territorial constituencies, shall be sixty of which fourteen seats shall be reserved for the Scheduled Castes and three seats shall be reserved for the Scheduled Tribes.

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1. That is 1-11-1966.

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(1) The Delimitation Commission shall in the manner herein provided, distribute the seats in the House of the People allotted to Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh under section 23 and the seats assigned to the Legislative Assembly of each of them under section 24 to single-member territorial constituencies and delimit them on the basis of the latest census figures, having regard to the provisions of the Constitution and to the following provisions, namely :-

(a) All constituencies shall, as far as practicable be geographically compact areas, and in delimiting them regard shall be had to physical features, existing boundaries of administrative units, facilities of communication and public convenience;

(b) Every assembly constituency shall be so delimited as to fall wholly within one parliamentary constituency;

(c) Constituencies in which seats are reserved for the Scheduled Castes shall be distributed in different parts of the State or Union territory, as the case may be, and located, as far as practicable, in those areas where the proportion of their population to the total population is comparatively large; and

(d) Constituencies in which seats are reserved for the Scheduled Tribes shall, as far as practicable, be located in areas where the proportion of their population to the total population is the largest.

(2) For the purpose of assisting it in the performance of its functions under sub-section (1), the Delimitation Commission shall associate with itself in respect of each State and Union territory such six persons as the Central Government may by order specify, being persons who are members either of the House of the People or of the Legislative Assembly of Haryana, Punjab or Himachal Pradesh :

Provided
that such persons shall be chosen, as far as practicable, from among those members who were associated before the commencement of this Act with the Delimitation commission in delimiting constituencies of Punjab or Himachal Pradesh :

Provided further
that none of the associate members shall have a right to vote or to sign any decision of the Delimitation Commission.

(3) The Delimitation Commission shall, by one or more orders, determine the delimitation of the parliamentary and assembly constituencies referred to in sub-section (1).

(4) The provisions of sections 7, 10 and 11 of the Delimitation Commission Act, 1962, shall apply in relation to the delimitation of parliamentary and assembly constituencies under this Part as they apply in relation to the delimitation of parliamentary and assembly constituencies under the said Act.

(5) Upon publication in the Gazette of India of the order or orders of the Delimitation Commission made under sub-section (3), the orders previously made by it delimiting the parliamentary and assembly constituencies of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh shall stand cancelled.



On and from the appointed day in Article 371 of the Constitution, in clause (1), the words "or Punjab" shall be omitted.1*

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1. That is 1-11-1966.

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(1) On and from the appointed day, the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950, shall stand amended as directed in the Eighth Schedule.1*

(2) On and from the appointed day, the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) (Union Territories) Order, 1951, shall stand amended as directed in the Ninth Schedule.1*

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1. That is 1-11-1966.

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(1) On and from the appointed day, the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950, shall stand amended as directed in the Tenth Schedule.1*

(2) On and from the appointed day the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) (Union Territories) Order, 1951, shall stand amended as directed in the Eleventh Schedule.1*

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1. That is 1-11-1966.

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