PUNJAB VIGILANCE COMMITTEES ACT, 2016
(Act XXVIII of 2016)
[20 April 2016]
An Act to provide for the constitution of
It is necessary to provide for the
constitution of Vigilance Committees at District, Sub-divisional and Union
Council level to ensure better and effective watch and ward system, and to
deal with ancillary matters.
Be it enacted by Provincial Assembly of the
Punjab as follows:
1. Short title, extent,
commencement and application.– (1) This Act
may be cited as the Punjab Vigilance Committees Act 2016.
(2) It extends to whole of the
(3) It shall come into force at once.
(4) The Government may, by notification, and
for reasons to be recorded, exclude any area from the operation of any of
the provisions of this Act.
In this Act:
(a) “Act” means the Punjab Vigilance
Committees Act 2016;
(b) “Cantonment” means a Cantonment
Board constituted under the Cantonments Act, 1924 (II of 1924) or any other
(c) “Committee” means a District
Vigilance Committee, Sub-divisional Vigilance Committee or Local Vigilance
Committee constituted under the Act;
(d) “Municipal Committee” means a
Municipal Committee constituted under the Punjab Local Government Act 2013
(XVIII of 2013);
means prescribed by rules made under the Act;
organization” means an organization which is proscribed under the
Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 (XXVII of 1997); and
(g) “Union Council” means a Union
Council constituted under the Punjab Local Government Act 2013 (XVIII of
2013) or a Union Administration constituted under the Punjab Local
Government Ordinance, 2001 (XIII of 2001).
3. Act to override other laws.–
The provisions of this Act shall have effect notwithstanding anything to the
contrary contained in any other law.
4. Vigilance Committees.–
There shall be Vigilance Committees at District, Sub-divisional and Union
Council or Municipal Committee level to be respectively named as District
Vigilance Committees, Sub-divisional Vigilance Committees and Local
5. Constitution and composition of
Vigilance Committees.– (1) The Government
shall, by notification, constitute a District Vigilance Committee consisting
of the following members:
Coordination Officer or head of district administration as Convener;
head of district
from Special Branch of the Punjab Police;
from Intelligence Bureau; and
less than two members of Provincial Assembly of the
Punjab, including at least one female member, from the district
to be nominated by the Government.
(2) The Government shall constitute a
Sub-divisional Vigilance Committee consisting of the following members:
Commissioner as Convener;
from Special Branch of the Punjab Police; and
members from general public including one female member for a term of three
(3) The District Vigilance Committee
shall, for a term of three years, constitute a Local Vigilance Committee in
each Union Council, Municipal Committee or Cantonment, consisting of the
following members from the local area:
judicial officer or retired Police Officer or retired officer from the Armed
Forces of Pakistan or a retired public servant;
one social worker
or a head of educational or health institution;
representative of the traders; and
member and one female member.
6. Functions of the Vigilance
Committees.– (1) A District Vigilance
Vigilance Committees for a Union Council or Municipal Committee and
cantonment in the district within fifteen days of its constitution;
antecedents of a person to determine his eligibility to be a member of a
Local Vigilance Committee;
resignation of a member of Local Vigilance Committee and nominate a new
member to fill such vacancy;
training of members of Local Vigilance Committees by the Special Branch and
Counter Terrorism Department of the Police; and
the performance of Local Vigilance Committees and devise strategies to
improve their performance.
(2) A Sub-divisional Vigilance Committee
the District Vigilance Committee and Local Vigilance Committees falling
within its jurisdiction;
performance of Local Vigilance Committees and submit reports about such
performance to the District Vigilance Committee; and
that Local Vigilance Committees perform their assigned functions efficiently
(3) A Local Vigilance Committee shall:
information relating to the following activities in the local area and to
submit report to the police and law enforcing agencies:
movement of subversive or dubious elements;
relating to promotion or distribution of objectionable and hate literature
inciting sectarianism or subversion;
brochures, pamphlets, audio, audio-videos likely to promote sectarianism or
contribution or donation for promotion of proscribed organizations and
relating to tenants within its jurisdiction; and
other subversive or suspicious activity or movement of unknown persons.
matters pertaining to security and its recommendations to the
Sub-divisional Vigilance Committee;
keep a close
liaison with the Security Advisory Committee constituted under section 3 of
the Punjab Security of Vulnerable Establishments Act 2015 (XIV of 2015) and
provide information about any of the above activities to the Security
Advisory Committee; and
such other tasks as may be assigned by the Government, District Vigilance
Committee, Sub-divisional Vigilance Committee and Security Advisory
Committee relating to safety and security in the prescribed manner.
(1) The District Vigilance Committees and the Sub-divisional Vigilance
Committees shall meet at least once in a month.
(2) The Local Vigilance Committees shall meet
at least twice in a month.
(3) A Local Vigilance Committee, in its first
meeting, shall elect the convener and deputy convener of the Committee from
amongst its members for a period of one year.
(4) There shall be no bar to the re-election
of the same member as convener and deputy convener.
(5) The Assistant Commissioner and
Sub-divisional Police Officer may attend a meeting of a Local Vigilance
8. Logistic support.–
(1) Secretary of the Union Council or an officer of the Municipal Committee
or Cantonment shall be the ex-officio Secretary of the Local Vigilance
(2) The office of the
Union Council or Municipal Committee shall be the formal place for holding
meetings of the Committee and the Union Council or Municipal Committee shall
provide logistic support to the Committee.
No remuneration shall be paid to the members of the Committees.
10. Conduct of member.–
A person may be nominated as a member of a Local Vigilance Committee if he
bears good character, is not a previous convict and has no past or present
affiliation with any dubious or sectarian group or any proscribed
11. Power of the Government.-
The Government may reconstitute a Committee, terminate membership of any
member of a Committee.
12. Power to make rules.–
The Government may, by notification, make rules for carrying out the
purposes of this Act.
13. Removal of difficulty.–
The Government may, within one year from the commencement of this Act, by
order, not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, provide for the
removal of any difficulty which may arise in giving effect to the provisions
of the Act.
The Punjab Vigilance Committees
Ordinance, 2016 (I of 2016) is hereby