(d) he fails to disclose any conflict of interest at or within the time provided for such disclosure by or under this Act or contravenes any of the provisions of Act pertaining to unauthorized disclosure of information.
(8) A member other than ex-officio member may, at anytime, resign from his office by written notice addressed to the Federal Government. The office of a private sector member shall become vacant upon the death or resignation of such member. A vacancy caused by resignation or any other reason shall be filled by the appointment of a person qualified to fill such vacancy.
(9) The Managing Director shall not, during his term of office in the PPIB, engage himself in any other service, business, vocation or employment and enter into the employment of or accept any advisory or consultancy relationship.
(10) Subject to Section 9 and any policy of the Board made in this behalf, the Managing Director may, at his discretion, delegate any of his functions to any other officers of PPIB.
8. Meeting of the Board.—(1) The meetings of the Board shall be presided over by the Chairman and in his absence a member designated by the Chairman shall preside over the meeting of the Board.
(2) At least fifty per cent of the total membership of the Board shall constitute a quorum for meetings of the Board.
(3) The meetings of the Board shall be held at such time and place as the Chairman of the Board or a majority of members may from time to time determine. The members shall have reasonable notice of the time and place of the meeting and the matters on which a decision by the Board is to be taken in such meeting.
(4) Decisions of the Board shall be taken by the majority of its members present and in case of a tie the Chairman or the member presiding over the meeting shall, as the case may be, have a casting vote.
(5) The Secretary shall keep minutes of the proceedings of every meeting of the Board. The decisions of the Board shall be recorded in writing.
9. Delegation.—(1) The Board may, for carrying out its functions, constitute such committees, from time to time, as may be considered necessary. The Board or any of its committees may invite any technical expert or other representative of a Government or reputable private institution for assistance in the performance of its functions. The proceeding of the committees shall be duly reduced in writing and recommendation etc., shall be sent to the Board for approval.
(2) The Board may, subject to such conditions and limitations as it may deem fit to impose, delegate any of its functions or powers to the Managing Director or one or more members of the Board or any officer of PPIB, except—
(a) the power to approve the audited account's;
(b) the power to incur annual expenses in excess of any limits set out in the regulations;
(c) the power to commit anything involving financial liability or impact on the Federal Government; and
(d) the power to make or repeal regulations.
(3) A delegation under this section shall not prevent the concurrent performance or exercise by the Board of the functions or powers so delegated.
10. Employees.—(1) To carry out the purposes of this Act, PPIB may, from time to time, employ persons to be staff of PPIB who shall be paid such remuneration and allowances and shall hold their employment on such terms and conditions as may be prescribed by regulations.
(2) The staff of PPIB shall be liable to disciplinary action in accordance with the regulations.
11. Employment of agents, advisers and consultants.—(1) Subject to sub-section (2) the PPIB may employ any technical, professional and other advisers, agents and consultants, including accountants, bankers, engineers, lawyers, valuers and other persons to transact any business or to do any act required to be transacted or done in the exercise of its powers, the performance of its functions or for the better implementation of the purposes of this Act.
(2) The decision to employ and the terms of employment of advisers, agents and consultants shall be made by PPIB in accordance with the regulations.
12. Public servants.—The Chairman, Managing Director, members, staff and other persons employed or authorized to perform or exercise any function or power under this Act or rendering services to PPIB as advisers, agents or consultants shall be deemed to be public servants within the meaning of Section 21 of the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 (Act XLV of 1860).
13. Disclosure of interest.—(1) Where a person is present at a meeting of the Board or any committee of the Board and that person or his family or his professional or business partner or associate has direct or indirect interest in the subject for consideration in that meeting; such person shall—
(a) forthwith disclose such interest; and
(b) not take part in any consideration on that matter unless the Board or the committee thereof otherwise directs.
(2) Where a member or staff, including an adviser, agent, consultant or family member of such person has a direct or indirect interest in any matter relating to PP1B, such person shall forthwith disclose such interest to the PPIB and the PPIB shall take such action as it deems appropriate.
14. Fund of the PPIB.—(1) There is hereby established, for the purposes of this Act, a Private Power and Infrastructure Board Fund to be administered and controlled by the PPIB. The operation of the PPIB shall be funded from the Fund. The Fund shall consist of —
(a) grants and loans from the Federal Government and by donor agencies;
(b) proceeds from encashment of security instruments;
(c) other loans or funds obtained by the PPIB subject to prior approval of the Federal Government;
(d) fees and all other sums collected by it as prescribed from time to time;
(e) all other sums or property which may in any manner become payable to or vested in the PPIB in respect of any matter incidental to the exercise of its functions and powers; and
(f) returns and profits on the investments.
(2) It shall be the duty of the PPIB to conserve the Fund while performing its function and exercising its powers under this Act.
15. Expenditure to be charged on Fund.—The Fund shall be expended for the purposes of—
(a) paying any expenditure lawfully incurred by the PPIB, including the remuneration and allowances of the Chairman, Managing Director, members, staff, employees, accountants, advisers, agents, consultants, lawyers, valuers and other experts appointed and employed by PPIB. including provident fund contributions, superannuating allowances or gratuities and legal fees and costs and other fees and costs, if any;
(b) paying for expenditure incurred on—
(i) marketing and publicity;
(ii) capacity building, seminars and conferences, and
(c) purchasing or hiring equipment, machinery and any other materials, acquiring land and constructing buildings and carrying out any other work and undertakings by PPIB in the performance of its functions or the exercise of its powers under this Act.
(d) re-paying any financial accommodation received or moneys borrowed under or pursuant to or by virtue of this Act and the profit, mark-up or return due thereon; and
(e) paying any other expenses, costs or expenditure properly incurred or accepted by the PPIB in the performance of its functions or the exercise of its powers under this Act.
16. Investment.–The PPIB may, in so far as its moneys are not required to be expended under this Act, invest amounts in such manner as prescribed by the Board from time to time.
17. Bank accounts.—The PPIB may open and maintain its accounts in local and foreign currencies in such scheduled banks and other financial institutions as it may from time to time determine in accordance with the instruction of the Federal Government in this regard.
18. Account.—(1) The PPIB shall maintain proper accounts and other records relating to its financial affairs and shall, as soon as practicable after the end of each financial year, cause to be prepared for that financial year statements of accounts of the PPIB which shall include a balance sheet and an account of income and expenditure.
(2) The financial year of PPIB shall be the period of twelve months ending on the 30th June in each year.
19. Audit.—The accounts of PPIB shall be audited annually by a reputable firm of chartered accountants approved by the Board from amongst the approved list of Auditor General of Pakistan:
Provided that the Federal Government may also require the Auditor-General of Pakistan to conduct special audit of the PPIB, as and when it considers necessary.
20. Information.—The PPIB may call for any information required by it for carrying out the purposes of this Act or as is required under contracts entered into by the PPIB from any person involved, directly or indirectly, in the power sector or any matter incidental or consequential thereto and any such person shall provide the required information called by the PPIB.
21. Annual report.—(1) As soon as practicable but no later than three months after the end of each financial year, Secretary shall prepare and submit to the Board an annual report concerning its activities during the financial year within three months. The Chairman of the Board shall submit the same before the Council of Common Interests and both Houses of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament).
(2) The report referred to in sub-section (1) shall include—
(a) activities of PPIB during the financial year;
(b) an audited statement of income and expenditure;
(c) an audited balance sheet; and
(d) any other matter which the PPIB may consider appropriate.
22. Indemnity.—No suit, prosecution or other legal proceedings shall lie against the Chairman, Managing Director, members, consultants, officers or other employees of PPIB in respect of anything done or intended to be done in good faith under this Act.
23. Tower to make rules.—The Board may, by notification in the official Gazette, make rules, not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, for exercising its powers and carrying out of its functions under this Act and any other matter incidental or consequential to the implementation of this Act.
24. Power to make regulations.—The Managing Director may, with the approval of the Board, make regulations, not inconsistent with this Act and the rules, concerning the internal affairs of PPIB.
25. Act to override other laws.—The provisions of this Act shall have effect notwithstanding anything inconsistent contained in any other law for the time being in force.
26. Common seal.—The PPIB shall have a common seal and such seal shall be kept in the custody of the Managing Director or such other person as may be authorized by the regulations. Documents required or permitted to be executed under seal shall be specified in and authenticated in such manner as shall be authorized by regulations.
27. Support of the Federal Government.—The Federal Government and all its agencies, particularly the concerned enterprises owned and controlled wholly or partially, directly or indirectly by the Federal Government shall render such support to the PPIB as may be necessary to fulfill its objective and functions under this Act.
28. Removal of difficulties.—If any difficulty arises in giving effect to any provision of this Act the Federal Government may make such order, not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, as may appear to it to be necessary for the purposes of removing the difficulty.
29. Dissolution of the Board.—(1) Upon commencement of this Act, the Private Power and Infrastructure Board established and reconstituted vide the Federal Government's Notification No. PPC-3(33)/94, dated the 2nd August, 1994 and other related notifications issued from time to time hereinafter referred to as the former board, shall stand dissolved and upon such dissolution:—
(a) all assets, rights, powers, authorities and privileges and all property, cash and bank balances, reserve funds, investment and all other interests and rights in or arising out of such property and all debts, liabilities and obligations of whatever kind of the former board subsisting immediately before its dissolution shall stand transferred to and vest in PPIB constituted under this Act;
(b) notwithstanding anything contained in this Act or any other law for the time being in force or in any agreement, deed, document, or other instrument.—
(i) Chairman of the former board shall continue as the Chairman of PPIB;
(ii) the Managing Director of the former board shall continue as the Managing Director unless and until a Managing Director is appointed under Section 7;
(iii) a member of the former board shall continue to be a member of the PPIB unless and until such member is appointed under Section 7: and
(iv) all officers, consultants, advisers, auditors and other employees and staff of the former board shall stand transferred to and be officers consultants, advisers, auditors and employees and staff of PPIB;
(c) the persons mentioned in clause (b) shall be deemed lo have been appointed or engaged by PPIB in accordance with the same terms and Conditions of service as were applicable to them, immediately before such continuance in office or transfer under this Act and shall not be entitled to compensation because of such continuance or transfer:
Provided that the civil servants appointed to or working in the former board shall upon their transfer to the PPIB continue to be governed by the Civil Servants Act, 1973 (LXXI of 1973) and rules made thereunder;
(d) all debts and obligations incurred or contracts entered into, rights acquired and all matters and things engaged to be done by, with or for the former board shall be deemed to have been incurred, entered into, acquired or engaged to be done by, with or for the PPIB;
(e) all suits and other legal proceedings instituted by or against the former board before its dissolution shall be deemed to be suits and proceedings by or against the PPIB and shall be proceeded or otherwise dealt with accordingly; and
(f) any reference to the former board in any statutory instrument or document shall, unless the context otherwise requires, be read and construed as reference to be PPIB.
(2) All rules, regulations, notifications, orders or instructions in force pertaining to or in anyway concerned with or affecting the former board immediately before the commencement of this Act, shall, so far as they are not inconsistent with any of the provisions of this Act, continue to be in force until repealed, altered or rescinded by rules or regulations made under this Act.