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THE SALAR JUNG MUSEUM ACT, 1961

Title : THE SALAR JUNG MUSEUM ACT, 1961

Year : 1961



(1) In the discharge of its functions under this Act, the Board shall be bound by such directions on questions of policy as the Central Government may give to it from time to time:

Provided that the Board shall be given an opportunity to express its views before any direction is given under this sub-section.

(2) The decision of the Central Government whether a question is one of policy or not shall be final.



The Board may, by general or special order in writing, direct that all or any of the powers or duties which may be exercised or discharged by it shall, in such circumstances and under such conditions, if any, as may be specified in the order, be exercised or discharged also by any member, officer or employee of the Board specified in this behalf in the order.



All officers and employees of the Board shall, when acting or purporting to act in pursuance of the provisions of this Act or of any rule or regulation made there under, be deemed to be public servants within the meaning of section 21 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1866).



No suit, prosecution or other legal proceeding shall lie against the Board or any member, officer or employee of the Board for any thing which is in good faith done or intended to be done in pursuance of this Act or of any rule or regulation made there-under.



(1) The Central Government may, after consultation with the Board, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules to give effect to the provisions of this Act.

(2) In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such rules may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely:-

(a) The term of office of, and the manner of filling casual vacancies among, the members nominated under clauses (f), (g) and (h) of sub-section (1) of section 5;

(b) The travelling and other allowances payable to a member other than the Chairman;

(c) The disqualifications for membership of the Board and the procedure to be followed in removing a member who is or becomes subject to any disqualification;

(d) The conditions subject to which, and the mode in which,contracts may be entered into by or on behalf of the Board;

(e) The fees to be levied for admission to the museum;

(f) Any other matter which has to be, or may be, prescribed.

(3) Every rule made under this section shall be laid as soon as may be after it is made before each House of Parliament while it is in session for a total period of thirty days which may be comprised in one session or 1*[in two or more successive sessions, and if, before the expiry of the session immediately following the session or the successive sessions aforesaid], both Houses agree in making any modification in the rule or both Houses agree that the rule should not be made, the rule shall thereafter have effect only in such modified form or be of no effect, as the case may be; so however that any such modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under that rule.

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1. Subs. by Act 20 of 1983, s. 2 & Sch. (w.e.f. 15-3-1984).

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(1) The Board may,with the previous approval of the Central Government, by notification in the Official Gazette, make regulations, not inconsistent with this Act and the rules made there under, for enabling it to discharge its functions under this Act.

(2) In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such regulations may provide for all or any or the following matters, namely:-

(a) The conditions and restrictions subject to which articles and things vested in the Board may be given on loan;

(b) The recruitment and conditions of service of officers and employees of the Board;

(c) The time and place of meetings of the Board, the procedure to be followed in regard to the transaction of business at such meetings and the quorum necessary for the transaction of business at a meeting;

(d) The maintenance of minutes of meetings of the Board and the transmission of copies thereof to the Central Government;

(e) The appointment of sub-committees, or the association of person by the Board, for the purpose of assisting or advising it in performing its functions under this Act;

(f) The persons by whom, and the manner in which, payments, deposits and investments may be made on behalf of the Board;

(g) The maximum amount that may be kept in the current account;

(h) The maintenance of registers and accounts;

(i) The compilation of catalogues and inventories of the books,manuscripts and other articles and things in the museum;

(j) The steps to be taken for the preservation of the books, manuscripts and other articles and things in the museum;

(k) The general management of the museum;

(l) The fees to be levied for purposes other than admission to the museum; 

(m) Any other matter in respect of which provision is, in the opinion of the Board, necessary for the performance of its functions under this Act.

(3) The Central Government may, after consultation with the Board, by notification in the Official Gazette, amend, vary or rescind any regulation which it has approved; and thereupon the regulation shall have effect accordingly, but without prejudice to the exercise of the powers of the Board under sub-section (1) and (2).

(4) Every regulation made under this Act and every notification issued under sub-section (3) shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made or issued, before each House of Parliament, while it is in session, for a total period of thirty days which may be comprised in one session or in two or more successive sessions, and if, before the expiry of the session immediately following the session or the successive sessions aforesaid, both Houses agree in making any modification in the regulation or notification or both House agree that the regulation or notification should not be made, the regulation or notification shall thereafter have effect only in such modified form or be of no effect, as the case may be; so however, that any such modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under that regulation or notification.

Last updated on September, 2016

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