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THE SALAR JUNG MUSEUM ACT, 1961

Title : THE SALAR JUNG MUSEUM ACT, 1961

Year : 1961



(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 Salar Jung Museum 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 be sued.

(3) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (2), the
Board shall not, except with the previous approval of the Central
Government sell or otherwise dispose of any article or thing specified in Part I or II of the Schedule.



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

(a) The Governor of Andhra Pradesh, ex officio Chairman;

(b) The Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry concerned with matters relating to the museum, ex officio;

(c) The Mayor of the Corporation of Hyderabad, ex officio;

(d) The Vice-Chancellor of the Osmania University, ex officio;

(e) The Accountant-General, Andhra Pradesh, ex officio;

(f) A person to be nominated by the Central Government, who shall be a member of the family of the late Nawab Salar Jung Bahadur who died on the 2nd day of March, 1949;

(g) Three persons to be nominated by the Central Government who shall as far as possible be persons having knowledge of, and experience in, matters relating to the administration of museums and libraries;

(h) Two persons to be nominated by the State Government.

(2) Every nomination under this section shall take effect as soon as it is notified by the Central Government in the Official Gazette.



(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 Central Government, and on such resignation being notified by the Central Government in the Official Gazette, shall be deemed to have vacated his office.

(3) A casual vacancy created by the resignation of a nominated member under sub-section (2) or for any other reason may be filled by fresh nomination.

(4) An outgoing member shall be eligible for renomination.



(1) 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.

(2) 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.



(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 of the Board, 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 of the Board nominated by it that he has no such interest; and any person who 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 of the Board shall, whenever requested by the Central or State Government so to do, furnish to it such information 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, directly or indirectly, interested in a contract made, or proposed to be made, by the Board shall, as soon as possible, after relevant circumstances have come to his knowledge, disclose the nature of his interest at a meeting of the Board and the disclosure shall be recorded in the minutes of the Board and the member shall not take any part after the disclosure in any deliberation or decision of the Board with respect to that contract.



(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, any member chosen by the members present from among themselves, shall preside at a meeting of the Board.

(3) If any of the members referred to in clauses (b), (c), (d)
and (e) of section 5 is unable to attend any meeting of the Board, he may, with the previous approval of the Chairman, authorise any person in writing to do so.

(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 member presiding shall have a second or casting vote.



(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 in performing 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.



All orders and decisions of the Board shall be authenticated by the signature of the Chairman 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.



(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.



Subject to the provisions of this Act, every person employed in the museum immediately before the date of establishment 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 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.



The museum shall be located at Hyderabad.
Last updated on July, 2016

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