PUNJAB ECONOMIC RESEARCH INSTITUTE ORDINANCE, 1980
(Ordinance X of 1980)
[13 November 1980]
An Ordinance to provide for the
establishment of the
Economic Research Institute as a statutory body.
WHEREAS it is expedient to provide for the establishment of the Punjab
Economic Research Institute as a statutory body and for matters ancillary
NOW, THEREFORE, in
pursuance of the Proclamation of the fifth day of July, 1977, read with the
Laws (Continuance in Force) Order, 1977 (CMLA Order 1 of 1977), the Governor
of the Punjab is pleased to make and
promulgate the following Ordinance:-
1. Short title and
commencement.– (1) This Ordinance may be
called the Punjab Economic Research Institute Ordinance 1980.
(2) It shall come into
force at once.
In this Ordinance, unless the context otherwise requires, the following
words and expressions shall have the meanings hereby respectively assigned
(a) “Board” means the
Board of the Punjab Economic Research Institute constituted under the
(b) “Chairman” means the
Chairman of the Board;
“Director” means Director of the Institute who shall be an ex-officio member
and Secretary of the Board;]
(d) “Government” means
Government of the Punjab;
(e) “Institute” means
the Punjab Economic research Institute established under the Ordinance;
“member” means a member of the Board and includes
the Chairman and Vice Chairman;]
means prescribed by rules framed under the Ordinance;
means regulations made under the Ordinance;
means specified by an order of the Government
“Vice Chairman” means the Vice Chairman of the Board.]
3. Establishment of the
Institute.– (1) As soon as may be after the
promulgation of this Ordinance, Government may, by notification in the
official Gazette, establish an institute to be called the Punjab Economic
(2) The Institute shall
be a body corporate, having perpetual succession and a common seal with
power to acquire, hold and dispose of property,
both movable and immovable, and may, by the said name, sue and be sued.
(3) The head office of
the Institute shall be at Lahore.
4. Functions of the Institute.– (1) The functions of the Institute shall be:-
to conduct and promote research seminars,
conferences, demonstrations and experiments in the fields of economics,
demography and socio-economic problems relating thereto;
to provide information and advice regarding
modern research techniques and methodology in economics and related social
(iii) to compile
results of such studies and investigations as are carried out by or under
the auspices of the Institute and to publish such results in the form of
monographs, books or reports together with its recommendations;
(iv) to carry out
such research in the aforementioned fields for Government, semi-Government
organizations and private bodies as may be desired or
authorised by Government;
advise and make recommendations to Government, as and when required, with
regard to various economic policies;
provide facilities for training in socio-economic research and demographic
analysis to such persons as Government may direct;
to assist and extend co-operation to national and
international agencies in the field of economic research and training and to
perform such ancillary functions as may be required by Government; and
to undertake such other activities as may be
necessary to carry out the aforesaid functions.
(2) In the performance
of its functions, the Institute shall be guided on questions of policy by
instructions, if any, given to it by Government who shall be the sole judge
as to whether a question is a question of policy.
(1) Subject to the provisions of the Ordinance, the administration and
management of the Institute shall vest in the Board which may exercise such
powers and perform such functions as may be exercised or done by the
Institute under the Ordinance.
The Board shall consist of the following:
Chairman, Planning and Development Board of the Government;
economist, to be appointed by the Government;
Secretary to the Government, Finance Department or his nominee
not below the rank of an Additional Secretary;
Secretary to the Government, Agriculture Department or his
nominee not below the rank of an Additional Secretary;
Secretary to the Government, Industries, Commerce and Investment
Department or his nominee not below the rank of an Additional
Secretary to the Government, Higher Education Department or his
nominee not below the rank of an Additional Secretary;
Economist to the Government, Planning and Development
non-official members, including at least one female member, to
be nominated by the Government from amongst the economists and
Members from Provincial Assembly of the
Punjab, including one female Member, to be nominated
by the Government; and
(2A) A non-official member
including the Vice Chairman shall possess at least doctorate degree in
economics or in any other related field and the Vice Chairman shall have at
least fifteen years’ experience in the relevant field and a non-official
member shall have at least ten years’ experience in the relevant field
provided that each non-official member has different area of research in
(3) Government may, by
notification in the official Gazette, increase, decrease or alter the
membership of the Board.
(4) The members other
than ex-officio members shall hold office for a period of three
Provided that Government may remove any non-official member before the
expiry of his term without assigning any reason.
(5) Government may suspend the
execution of any resolution or order of the Board which in the opinion of
Government, contravenes the provisions of the Ordinance, or the rules or
regulations made thereunder or the directions given by Government, and may
prohibit the doing of any act which is being done in pursuance of the said
resolution or order, or if the act has been accomplished, order its
rectification in such manner as may be directed.
6. Meetings of the Board.– (1) The meetings of the Board shall be held at such time and place as
may be determined by the Chairman of the Board.
(2) The quorum for
transacting business at a meeting of the Board shall be four.
(3) All decisions at a
meeting of the Board shall be taken by a majority of votes of the members
present and in the event of equality of votes, the Chairman shall have a
(4) The meetings of the
Board shall be presided over by the Chairman and
in his absence by a member elected for the purpose from amongst the members
(5) The minutes of every
meeting of the Board shall be recorded in a book to be maintained for the
purpose and shall be signed by the person who presided over the meeting.
(6) No act or
proceedings of the Board shall be invalid merely by reason of any vacancy
in, or defect in the constitution of the Board.
(1) There shall be appointed by the Government a Director of the Institute
who shall exercise such executive powers and perform such functions and
duties as may be assigned to him by the Board or as may be specified.
(2) The Director shall–
be a whole-time officer of the Institute;
hold office for a term of three years from the
day he enters upon his office;
be entitled to receive such salary and allowances
as may be specified:
Provided that the
Director shall, notwithstanding the expiration of his term, continue to hold
office for a further period of three months or till his successor enters
upon his office, whichever is earlier.
(3) Nothing contained in
sub-section (2) shall preclude Government from re-appointing the Director to
hold that office for such further period as may be specified but not
exceeding three years at a time.
(4) The Director may, at
any time, before the expiry of his term, resign his office by writing under
his hand addressed to Government with three months’ notice or on payment of
three months pay in lieu thereof.
(1) There shall be a Secretary of the Institute who shall be its regular
(2) The Secretary shall
perform such functions 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 the Ordinance.
10. Advisers, etc.–
The Board may, from time to time and with the approval of Government,
appoint or engage such advisers, experts and consultants as it considers
necessary on such terms and conditions as may be prescribed.
(1) There shall be a fund of the Institute to be known as Punjab Economic
Research Institute Fund.
(2) The fund shall
grants made by Government or other authorities or
donations from national and international
proceeds of sale and royalty of the publications of the Institute;
research fee earned by the Institute from
research undertaken by it for private organizations;
(e) balance of the
fund of the Society known as Punjab Economic Research Institute which under
the provisions of this Ordinance is being dissolved and succeeded by the
income from other sources.
(3) The fund shall be
maintained and invested in such manner as may be prescribed.
(4) The fund of the
Institute shall be utilized to meet the expenses of the Institute in
connection with its functions under the Ordinance.
12. Budget and accounts.–
(1) The Institute shall, before the commencement of each financial year,
prepare a statement of the estimated receipts and expenditure of the
Institute for the next financial year and forward the same to Government for
(2) The Institute shall
maintain such accounts and in such manner as may be prescribed.
(3) The accounts of the
Institute shall be audited annually in such manner and by such authority as
may be prescribed.
13. Employees of the Institute.–
(1) The Institute may, subject to the approval of Government, employ such
officers and other employees as it considers necessary for the efficient
performance of its functions under the Ordinance.
(2) The Institute may
provide for the grant of such allowances, leave, pension, gratuity,
provident fund and other benefits and facilities as may be prescribed.
(3) The Institute shall give to
the officers and other employees of the Society known as the Punjab Economic
Research Institute being dissolved under the provisions of the Ordinance, an
option for service under the Institute on such terms and conditions as may
be offered to them by the Institute:
Provided that such terms and conditions shall not be less favourable than
those applicable to them as servants of the Society known as the Punjab
Economic Research Institute being dissolved under the Ordinance.
14. Delegation of powers.–
The Board may, by general or special order and subject to such conditions as
may be specified in such order, delegate any of its powers, duties or
functions under the Ordinance to the Chairman, Director, members, adviser,
officer, expert, consultant or an employee of the Institute or to a
committee constituted under the Ordinance.
15. Winding up of the Society.–
(1) Notwithstanding the provisions contained in the Societies Registration
Act, 1860 (XXI of 1860) or in the Memorandum and Articles of Association of
the Punjab Economic Research Institute, a Society registered under the said
Act, Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, order the
dissolution of the said Society with effect from such date as may be
mentioned in the notification.
(2) On the dissolution
of the Society referred to in sub-section (1)–
all properties, funds and other assets of the
Society shall vest in the Institute;
all publications and other research material
prepared or collected by the Society shall be deemed to have been issued,
prepared and published by the Institute;
(c) all debts,
liabilities, contracts entered into, matters or things done or to be done by
or for, all suits and other proceedings by or against the said Society shall
be deemed to be the debts, liabilities and obligations incurred, contracts
entered into, matters or things done or to be done by or for, and suits and
other proceedings by or against the Institute.
16. Winding up of the
Institute.– (1) No provision of any law
relating to winding up of companies shall apply to the Institute.
(2) When, in the opinion
of Government, it is expedient that the Institute shall cease to exist,
Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, declare that the
Institute shall be dissolved from such date as may be mentioned in the
notification and the Institute shall be deemed to have been dissolved
accordingly and from such date–
(a) all properties, funds
and dues which are vested in or realizable by the Institute shall vest in
and be realizable by an administrator or any other officer appointed by
Government in this behalf;
all liabilities which are enforceable against the
Institute shall be enforceable only against the administrator or the other
officer appointed by Government in this behalf;
(c) the administrator or the
other officer appointed by Government shall keep separate accounts of all
moneys respectively received and expended by him under the Ordinance until
all liabilities referred to in clause (b) have been duly discharged; and
the administrator or the other officer appointed
by Government in this behalf shall have power to dispose of the properties,
assets and rights of the Institute in such manner as Government may direct
from time to time.
(3) Any properties and
assets left over after all the liabilities of the Institute have been
discharged shall vest in Government and all liabilities left undischarged
after all the properties and assets of the Institute have been disposed of
shall become the liabilities of Government.
(4) The administrator or
the other officer appointed by Government in this behalf may delegate any of
his powers under this section to an officer of Government or to an officer
of the Institute to such extent and on such terms and conditions as may be
approved by Government.
17. Officers and
employees of the Institute to be public servants.–
The Director, officers and other employees of the Institute shall be deemed
to be public servants within the meanings of section 21 of the Pakistan
Penal Code (XLV of 1860).
18. Government not bound
by the opinion of the Institute.– Government
shall not be bound or held responsible for any opinion expressed or any
conclusion reached by the authors of the publications issued or published by
or under the authority of the Institute.
19. Annual report.–
The Institute shall submit annual report of its activities to Government at
the end of each financial year and circulate a quarterly report of its
activities to all members of the Institute in the manner prescribed.
20. Power to make rules.–
(1) Government may make rules for carrying out the purposes of the
(2) In particular and
without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing provision, such rules
may provide for–
the manner and form of keeping the accounts of
the qualifications and procedure to be followed
for appointment or recruitment of advisers, consultants, experts, officers
and other employees of the Institute;
terms and conditions of employment or service of the advisers, consultants,
experts, officers and other employees of the Institute;
the date on which and the form in which the annual budget statement
of the Institute shall be submitted to Government each year;
the procedure for appropriation and
reappropriation of moneys at the disposal of the
the form and manner in which the accounts of
receipts and expenditure of the Institute shall be kept;
the manner in, and the authority, by, which
accounts of the Institute shall be audited;
the manner in which audit reports shall be
submitted to Government by the Institute;
the manner and form in which and the authority to
whom returns, reports, or statements shall be submitted;
establishment, composition, powers and duties of various committees which
may be established under the Ordinance; and
such other mattes relating to the administration
and other affairs of the Institute as Government may think fit to be
prescribed by rules.
21. Power to make
regulations.– The Institute may, with the
previous approval of Government, make regulations for matters not provided
for in the rules for which provision is necessary or expedient for carrying
out the purposes of the Ordinance.