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WILD LIFE (PROTECTION) ACT

Title : WILD LIFE (PROTECTION) ACT

Year : 1962



(1) The Central Government may, for the purposes of this Act, appoint,-

(a) A Director of Wild Life Preservation;

(b) Assistant Directors of Wild Life Preservation; and

(c) Such other officers and employees as may be necessary.

(2) In the performance of his duties and exercise of his powers by or under this Act, the Director shall be subject to such general or special directions, as the Central Government may, from time to time, give.

(3) The Assistant Directors of Wild Life Preservation and other officers and employees appointed under this section shall be subordinate to the Director.



(1) The State Government may, for the purposes of this Act, appoint,-

(a) A Chief Wild Life Warden;

(b) Wild Life Wardens; and

(c) Such other officers and employees as may be necessary.

(2) In the performance of his duties and exercise of his powers by or under this Act, the Chief Wild Life Warden shall be subject to such general or special directions, as the State Government may, from time to time, give.

(3) The Wild Life Warden and other officers and employees appointed under this section shall be subordinate to the Chief Wild Life Warden.



(1) The Director may, with the previous approval of the Central Government, by order in writing, delegate all or any of his powers and duties under this Act to any officer subordinate to him subject to such conditions, if any, as may be specified in the order.

(2) The Chief Wild Life Warden may, with the previous approval of the State Government by order in writing, delegate all or any of his powers and duties under this Act, except those under clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 11, to any officer subordinate to him subject to such conditions, if any, as may be specified in the order.

(3) Subject to any general or special children given or condition imposed by the Director or the Chief Wild Life Warden, any person, authorised by the Director or the Chief Wild Warden to exercise any powers, may exercise those powers in the same manner and to the same effect and if they had been conferred on that person directly by this Act and not by way of delegation.



(1) The State Government, or, in the case of a Union territory, the Administrator, shall, as soon as may be after the commencement of this Act, constitute a Wild Life Advisory Board consisting of the following members, namely :-

(a) The Minister in charge of forests in the State or Union territory, or, if there is no such Minister, the Chief Secretary to the State Government, or, as the case be, the Chief Secretary to the Government of the Union territory, who shall be the Chairman;

(b) Two members of the State Legislature or, in the case of a Union territory having a Legislature two members of the Legislature of the Union territory, as the case may be;

(c) Secretary to the State Government, or the Government of the Union territory, in charge of forests;

(d) Chief Conservator of Forests, ex officio;

(e) An officer to be nominated by the Director;

(f) Chief Wild Life Warden, ex officio;

(g) Such other officers and non-officials, not exceeding fifteen, who, in the opinion of the State Government, are interested in the protection of wild life.

(2) The State Government shall appoint Chief Conservator of Forests or Chief Wild Life Warden as the Secretary of the Board.

(3) The term of office of the members of the Board refereed to in clause (g) of sub-section (1) and the manner of filling vacancies among them shall be such as may be prescribed.

(4) The members shall be entitled to receive such allowances in respect of expenses incurred in the performance of their duties as the State Government may prescribe.



(1) The Board shall meet at least twice a year at such place as the State Government may direct.

(2) The Board shall regulate its own procedure (including the quorum).

(3) No act or proceeding of the Board shall be invalid merely by reason of the existence of any vacancy therein or any defect in the constitution thereof or any irregularity in the procedure of the Board not affecting the merits of the case.



It shall be the duty of the Wild Life Advisory Board to advise the State Government,-

(a) In the selection of areas to be declared as sanctuaries, National Parks, game reservoirs and closed areas and the administration thereof;

(b) In formulation of the policy in granting licences and permits under this Act;

(c) In any matter relating to the amendment of any Schedule; and

(d) In any other matter connected with the protection of wild life, which may be referred to it by the State Government.
Last updated on September, 2016

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