PUNJAB JOURNALISTS HOUSING FOUNDATION ACT, 2004
(Act XI of 2004)
1. Short title,
extent and commencement.
3. Establishment of
Board of Directors.
Powers and functions of the Board.
Eligibility of allotment of plots.
8. Fixation of quota.
10. Managing Director.
11. Annual progress
12. Establishment of
13. Location, price and
allocation of plots.
14. Budget and audit.
15. Public servants.
16. Power to make
17. Power to make
PUNJAB JOURNALISTS HOUSING FOUNDATION ACT 2004
(Act XI of 2004)
[10 March 2004]
An Act to provide for the establishment of
Punjab Journalists Housing
Preamble.– Whereas it is expedient to
establish the Punjab Journalists Housing Foundation in order to introduce
schemes for allotment of plots for construction of houses, on no profit no
loss basis, and to make provisions for matters connected therewith or
It is hereby enacted as follows:-
1. Short title, extent and commencement.–
(1) This Act may be called the Punjab Journalists Housing Foundation Act
(2) It extends to the Province of the
(3) It shall come into force at once
but shall take effect on such date as may be notified by the Government in
the official Gazette.
In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,
the following expressions shall have the meanings hereby respectively
assigned to them, that is to say–
(a) “Board” means the Board of
Directors of the Foundation;
“Broadcast Media” means broadcast by radio, television or such other
broadcast media as the Board may determine from time to time;
member” means a member declared as such by the press club;
means a district as defined in the Punjab Local Government Ordinance, 2001
(XIII of 2001);
(e) “Foundation” means the Punjab
Journalists Housing Foundation established under this Act;
means the fund established under this Act;
(g) “Government” means the Government
of the Punjab;
scheme” means a scheme notified by the Government for district under this
“journalist” means a person who is a council
member of the press club;
means prescribed by rules made under this Act; and
(k) “press club” means the press club
of Lahore, Rawalpindi or Multan and includes any other club of journalists
declared as a press club by the Government to carry out the purposes of this
Act; provided that not more than one club shall be declared as such in a
3. Establishment of Foundation.–
(1) As soon as may be, after the commencement of this Act, the Government
shall establish a foundation to be known as the Punjab Journalists Housing
The Foundation shall be a body corporate having perpetual succession and a
common seal with power, subject to the provisions of this Act, to acquire
land in accordance with law, hold and transfer properties both movable and
immovable, and may sue and be sued by the said
4. Board of Directors.–
(1) The Foundation shall have a Board of Directors comprising the
(a) Chief Minister,
(b) Minister for Information,
Punjab; Vice Chairman/Director
(c) Secretary to Government of the
Information Department; and
(d) Three members of the Provincial
Punjab, two from treasury benches and
from the opposition, to be nominated by
Chief Minister; provided that [at
one of them shall be a female member of the
Assembly and] the member from the opposition
be proposed by the Leader of the Opposition
(2) The nominated Directors shall hold
office for a term of three years and shall be eligible for reappointment.
(3) The nominated Directors shall not
be entitled to any perks and privileges under this Act.
(4) The Government may remove a
nominated Director of the Board, without assigning any reason, before the
expiry of his tenure.
Any nominated Director of the Board may, by notice in writing under his hand
addressed to the Chairman of the Board, resign from his office.
(6) No act or proceedings of the Board shall be invalid merely on the
ground of the existence of any vacancy or defect in the constitution of the
(7) Three Directors shall constitute
quorum in a meeting of the Board.
(8) Decisions in the meeting shall be
taken by the Board by simple majority and the Chairman shall have the
casting vote in case of equality of votes.
5. Powers and functions of the Board.–
(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Board shall exercise such
powers and perform such functions as may be necessary for carrying out the
purposes of this Act, including–
(a) to take
steps for the establishment of the fund;
arrange, purchase or acquire land wherever necessary;
develop the land for the purpose of setting up housing schemes;
prepare policy for allotment of plots;
receive such fees and other user charges as may be prescribed;
(f) to sell
or dispose of assets, movable or immovable;
authorize spending from the fund;
delegate any of these powers and functions to the Managing Committee; and
to do such acts as are ancillary and incidental
to carry out the purposes of this Act.
6. Managing Committee.–
(1) There shall be a Managing Committee of the Foundation with the following
Secretary to Government of
Punjab, Information Department;
Secretary to Government of Punjab,
Finance Department or his nominee;
Secretary to Government of Punjab,
Housing Urban Development and Public Health Engineering Department
or his nominee;
Member (Colonies), Board of Revenue,
District Coordination Officer
concerned where the housing scheme is notified;
Managing Director of the Foundation;
Director General Public Relations,
Director General of the Lahore Development Authority in case of
Lahore District, or the Director General of the authority
established under the Punjab Development of Cities Act, 1976, in
respect of the district for which a housing scheme is notified; and
President of Press Club of the
District where the housing scheme is notified
(2) The Managing Committee shall
perform the functions as may be prescribed.
7. Eligibility of allotment of plots.–
(1) The following shall be eligible for allotment of plots in a housing
of the Punjab Information Department as may be prescribed; and
of the broadcast media subject to the policy determined by the Board:
Provided that an
eligible person shall not be allotted more than one plot in all the housing
schemes of the Foundation.
(2) An allotted plot shall not be
alienated for a period as may be prescribed.
8. Fixation of quota.–
The number of plots to be allotted to persons other than council members
shall not exceed one-fifth of the plots available for allotment.
The Board may constitute such committees as may be necessary for carrying
out the purposes of this Act.
10. Managing Director.–
(1) There shall be a Managing Director of the Foundation who shall also be
the Chief Executive of the Foundation.
(2) The Managing Director shall be
appointed by the Board for a specified period and shall hold office during
the pleasure of the Board.
(3) The Managing Director shall
exercise such powers and perform such functions as may be prescribed.
(4) The Managing Director shall cease
to hold office in the manner as may be prescribed.
11. Annual progress report.–
(1) The Managing Committee shall prepare an annual progress report at the
end of each financial year.
(2) This report shall be submitted in a
meeting of the Board, whenever such meeting takes place after the
preparation of the report.
Establishment of fund.–
(1) As soon as may be, after the commencement of this Act, the Foundation
shall arrange establishment of a fund.
(2) The fund shall consist of–
grants as may be provided by the Government;
contributions and donations by private or public organizations;
loans and advances as may be obtained from financial institutions;
contributions towards purchase of plots and development charges;
and profits from investments from various sources;
or other user charges;
received from sale or disposal of assets of the Foundation;
as may from time to time be made by the Government of Pakistan; and
all other sums and income from any other source
received by the Foundation.
(3) The moneys credited to the fund
shall be kept in such custody as may be prescribed.
13. Location, price and allocation of plots.–
(1) The housing schemes shall be carried out at such districts as may be
determined by the Board.
(2) The Board shall determine the price
of the plot and the mode of its payment.
(3) The title and the possession of the
plot shall not be transferred unless the full price of the same is paid by
14. Budget and audit.–
The budget of the Foundation shall be approved and its accounts audited in
such manner as may be prescribed.
15. Public servants.– All persons
acting or purporting to act in pursuance of any provision of this Act shall
be deemed to be public servants as defined in section 21 of the Pakistan
Penal Code, 1860 (XLV of 1860).
16. Power to make rules.–
Government may make rules for carrying out the purposes of this Act.
17. Power to make regulations.–
Subject to the provisions of this Act and the rules made thereunder, the
Board may make regulations to give effect to the provisions of this Act.