PUNJAB AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH BOARD ACT 1997
(Act XIV of 1997)
An Act to provide for the establishment of the
Agricultural Research Board and matters
Whereas it is expedient to make provisions for the establishment of the
Punjab Agricultural Research Board;
It is hereby enacted as follows:-
1. Short title, extent and commencement.–
(1) This Act may be called the Punjab Agricultural Research Board Act 1997.
(2) It extends to the whole of the
Province of the
(3) It shall come into force at once.
(1) The Government may establish a Board to be called the Punjab
Agricultural Research Board.
(2) The Board shall be a body
corporate, having perpetual succession and a common seal with powers to
acquire, hold and dispose of property and shall by the said name sue and be
3. Functions and powers of the Board.–
The Board shall take all such measures as it deems necessary for the
promotion, development and conduct of agricultural research in the
Explanation.– In this Act
“agricultural research” means research in respect of all subjects and
activities related to crops, plants, livestock & dairy development, poultry,
fisheries, forestry, wildlife, ecology, range management, agricultural
engineering, water management, irrigation and such other activities and
subjects as the Government may declare as “agricultural research.”
4. Composition of the Board.–
(1) The Government shall appoint a Board, which shall consist of not more
members including the chairman.
(2) The Minister incharge of the Department shall be the
chairman of the Board.
Not less than three members of Provincial Assembly of the
Punjab including at least one female member and three
representatives of the farmers including at least one female representative
shall be the members of the Board.]
(4) The members of the Board, other
than ex-officio members, shall hold office for a period of three years and
shall be eligible for re-nomination:
Provided that a member of the
Assembly, nominated on the Board, shall hold
office during his membership of the Assembly.
(5) A member of the Board, other than
ex-officio members, may, by writing under his hand addressed to the
chairman, resign his office.
5. Supervision of the Government.–
The affairs of the Board shall be conducted subject to the supervision and
control of the Government.
6. Business of the Board.–
(1) The meetings or the business of the Board shall be conducted in such
manner and in accordance with such procedure as may be prescribed and until
these matters are prescribed as may be determined by the Board.
(2) No act or proceeding of the Board
shall be invalid by reason of any vacancy or defect in the constitution of
7. Chief Executive.–
(1) The Government shall appoint a Chief Executive of the Board, and the
terms and conditions of his service shall be such as may be determined by
(2) The Chief Executive shall be the
chief executive of the Board and shall perform such functions as may be
prescribed or as may be assigned to him by the Board.
The Board may constitute such committees as may be deemed necessary for
carrying out the purposes of this Act.
(1) The Board, on such terms and conditions as may be prescribed, may
appoint such persons in its service as may be necessary.
(2) All direct appointments shall be
made on merit determined through open competition, from amongst duly
10. Board Fund.–
(1) There shall be a fund to be known as the Punjab Agricultural Board Fund
which shall vest in the Board and to which shall be credited all sums
received by the Board.
(2) The Fund shall be kept in such
custody and utilized and regulated in such manner as may be prescribed.
11. Budget, audit and accounts.–
The budget of the Board shall be approved and its accounts shall be
maintained and audited in such manner as may be prescribed.
The Government may make rules for carrying out the purposes of this Act.
The Board may, by notification, make regulations not inconsistent with the
provisions of this Act and the rules made thereunder for the administration
and management of the affairs of the Board.
14. Removal of difficulties.–
If any difficulty arises in giving effect to the provisions of this Act, the
Government may make such order as is not inconsistent with the Act, to
remove the difficulty.
Upon the commencement of this Act–
(a) all funds, properties, rights
and interests of whatsoever kind issued, used, enjoyed, possessed, owned or
vested in the Punjab Agricultural Research Co-ordination Board as
constituted through the Government of the Punjab, Agriculture Department’s
Notification No.SO(R&E)-8(1)/78 dated 6th January 1979 and all liabilities
subsisting against the said Board shall stand transferred to the Board
established under this Act; and
(b) every thing done, action taken, obligations and liabilities incurred,
rights and assets acquired, persons appointed or authorized, jurisdictions
or powers conferred, endowments, bequests, funds or trusts created,
donations or grants made, orders issued and rules or regulations made by or
in relation to the Board immediately before the commencement of this Act
shall be deemed to have been respectively done, taken, incurred, acquired,
appointed, conferred, created, made or issued under this Act.
The Punjab Agricultural Research Board Ordinance, 1997 (XXX of 1997) is
Act was passed by the Punjab Assembly on 24th October, 1997; assented to
by the Governor of the Punjab on 28th October, 1997; and, was published
in the Punjab Gazette (Extraordinary), dated 28th November, 1997, pages
2065 to 2067.
for the word “fifteen” by the Punjab Fair Representation of Women Act
2014 (IV of 2014).
for sub-section (3) by the Punjab Fair Representation of Women Act 2014
(IV of 2014) which reads as under:-
less than five members of the Board shall be from amongst the members of
the Assembly and the representatives of the farmers.”
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