उत्तर प्रदेश असाधारण गजट
उत्तर प्रदेश असाधारण गजट,13 मार्च, 1975
No. 896 (2) /XVII-V-1-85-74
 

Dated Lucknow, March 13, 1975

 
In pursuance of the provisions of clause (3) of Article 348 of the Constitution of India, the Governor is pleased to order the publication of  the following English translation of the Uttar Pradesh Van Nigam Adhiniyam ( Uttar Pradesh Adhiniyam Sankhya 4 of 1975 ), as passed by the Uttar Pradesh Legislature and assented to by the Governor on March 6, 1975:
 

The Uttar Pradesh Forest Corporation Act, 1974
(U.P. Act No. 4 of 1975)
(As passed by the Uttar Pradesh Legislature)
AN
ACT

 

To provide for the establishment of a corporation for better preservation, supervision and development of forests and better exploitation of forest produce within the state and for matters connected therewith.

It is hereby enacted in the Twenty-fifth year of the Republic of India as follows :--

CHAPTER  I

Preliminary

1.              (1) This Act may be called the Uttar Pradesh Forest Corporation Act , 1974.

(2) It extends to the whole of Uttar Pradesh .

(3) It shall come into force on such date as the State Government may, by Notification in the Gazette, appoint in this behalf.

2.              In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-

(a)     “Corporation” means the Uttar Pradesh Forest Corporation, established under section 3;

(b)     “local body” means a Nagar Mahapalika, Municipal Board, Town Area Committee, Notified Area committee, Zila Parishad, Kshetra Samiti or Gaon Sabha;

(c)     “Managing Director” means the Managing Director of the  Corporation appointed under clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 40;

(d)     “prescribed” means prescribed under rules made under this Act;

(e)     “regulations” means regulations under rules made under this Act;

(f)      “State Government” means the Government of Uttar Pradesh.

 

 

Short Title, extent and commencement

 

 

 

 

Definitions

CHAPTER – II

Establishment and Constitution of the Corporation

 

3.      (1) The State Government shall, by notification in the Gazette and with effect from a date to be specified therein, constitute a Corporation by the name of Uttar Pradesh Forest Corporation.

(2) The Corporation shall be a body corporate having perpetual succession and a common seal and may sue and be sued in its corporate name and shall have the power to acquire, hold and dispose of property for the purpose of this Act.

(3) The Corporation shall for all purposes be a local authority.

(4) The Corporation shall have its head office at Lucknow and may have offices at such other places as it may consider necessary.

4.         (1) The Corporation shall consist of a Chairman, to be appointed by the State Government and the following other members, namely :

(a)      five members to be appointed by the State Government from amongst the officers serving under it, one of whom shall be appointed as the Managing Director of the Corporation; and

(b)     not more than three non-official members to be appointed by the State Government from amongst the persons who in its opinion possess experience in maters relating to preservation and development of forests.

(2)  The appointment of the Chairman and other members shall be notified in the Gazette.

5.          A person shall be disqualified to be appointed as, and for being the Chairman or other member of the Corporation, if he-

(a)      has been convicted of an offence which in the opinion of the State Government involved moral turpitude; or

(b)     is an undischarged insolvent; or

(c)      is physically or mentally incapable of acting as such member; or

(d)     in the opinion of the State Government has failed to act or has become incapable of acting in the best interests of the Corporation or has so abused his position as the Chairman or other member, as to render his continuance as such detrimental to the interests of the Corporation or the general public; or

(e)      has directly or indirectly by himself or by any partner, employer or employee has any share or interest, whether pecuniary or of any other nature, in any contract or employment, with, by, or on behalf of the Corporation; or

(f)       is a director, secretary, manager or other officer of any company which has any share  or interest  in any contract or employment with by ,or on behalf of the Corporation :

Provided that a person shall not be disqualified under clause (e) or clause (f) by reason only of his or the company in which he is a director, secretary, Manger or other officer having a share or interest in -

(i)       any sale, purchase, lease or exchange of immovable property or any agreement for the same;

(ii)     any agreement for  loan of money, or any security for  payment or money only;

(iii)    any newspaper in which any advertisement relating to the affairs of the Corporation is published;

(iv)   an occasional sale to the Corporation upto a value not exceeding ten thousand rupees in any year, of any article in which he or his company regularly trades .

 

Explanation – A  person shall not be deemed to have to any share or interest in any contract or employment with, by or on behalf of the Corporation by reason only of his being a share-holder of the company which has such share of interest.

6.         (1) The term of the office of the Chairman, if  he is not an officer serving under the State Government, or of a non-official member of the Corporation shall be three years unless  it is determined earlier by the State Government by notification in the Gazette.

(2)  The Chairman or a non-official member  of the Corporation may at any time, by writing under has hand addressed  to the State Government, resign his office and on such resignation being accepted, he shall be deemed to have vacated  his office.

7.         (1) If the Chairman or any non-official member is , by infirmity or otherwise, rendered temporarily incapable of carrying his duty or is absent otherwise, in circumstances not involving the vacation of his appointment, the State Government may appoint another person to officiate for him and to carry out his functions under this Act.

(2)  A casual vacancy created by the resignation of the Chairman or any non-official member under sub-section (2) of section 6 or for any other reason shall be filled by fresh appointment and the Chairman or non-official members so appointed shall hold office for the remainder of the term of the Chairman or, as the case may be, for the non-official member in whose place he is so appointed.

8.         (1)  The Corporation may appoint such employees as it considers necessary for the efficient performance of his function under this Act :

 

Provided that the appointment of such employees as the State Government may, by general or special order, specify, shall be made in consultation with the Public Service Commission, Uttar Pradesh or   with the approval of the State Government, as the State Government may direct.

 

(2)  The Corporation may, with the previous approval of the State Government, appoint an employee of the Central Government or the State Government or local body on such terms and conditions as may agreed upon.

 

9.          (1)  The Chairman and the non-official members shall be entitled to draw such traveling and daily allowances from the fund of the Corporation as may be determined by regulations.

 

(2)       The Managing Director and other employees of the Corporation shall be entitled to receive from the fund of the Corporation such salaries and allowances and shall be governed by such conditions of service as may be determined by the regulations.

 

10.         Subject to superintendence of the Corporation,  the general control over the employees of the Corporation shall be vested  in the Managing Director.

 

11.         (1) The Corporation shall meet at such times and places and shall observe such procedure in regard to the transaction of  business in its meeting as may be determined by regulations.

 

(2)       The Chairman or in his absence, a member of the Corporation elected by the members present from amongst themselves, shall  preside the meeting of the Corporation.

 

(3)       All questions at the meetings of the Corporation shall be decided by majority of votes  of the members present and voting and the case of equality of votes, the Chairman ,or in his absence the member presiding, shall have second or casting vote.

 

(4)       The Chairman may invite any person to attend a meeting of the Corporation for the purpose of assisting or advising it on any matter and the person so invited may take part in the discussions  of the Corporation but shall have no right of vote.

 

12.  A member who is directly or indirectly concer­ned or interested in any contract, loan, arrangement or proposal ,entered into or proposed to be entered into by or on behalf of the Corporation shall at the earliest possible opportunity disclose the nature of his interest to the Corporation and shall not be present at any meeting thereof when any such contract, loan, arrangement or proposal is discussed unless his presence is required by other members for the purpose of eliciting information, and no member so required to be present shall vote on any such contract, loan, arrangement or proposal.

 

13.  No act done or proceedings taken under this Act, by the Corporation shall be deemed to be invalid by reason merely of any vacancy or defect in the constitution of the Corporation.

Establishment of the Corporation.

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Constitution of the Corporation .

Disqualifications for being Chairman or other member.

 

 

 

 

 

 Terms of Office Of the Chairman or non-official members.

 

 

 

Casual Vacancy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appointment of Employees of the Corporation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salaries and Allowances

 

 

 

 

 

Control by Managing Director

 

 

Meetings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disqualification for participation in proceedings on account of interests.

 

 

Acts not to be invalidated by vacancy etc.

CHAPTER – III

Functions And Powers Of The Corporation

 

14.  Subject to the provisions of this Act, and to any general or special directions of the State Government, the functions of the Corporation shall be following, namely :­

(a) to undertake removal and disposal of trees and exploitation of forest resources entrusted to it by the State Government;

(b) to prepare projects relating to forestry within the State;          

(c) to undertake research programmes relating to forest and forest products and render technical advice to State Government on matters relating to forestry;

(d) to manage, maintain and develop such forests as are transferred or entrusted to it by the State Government;

(e) to perform such functions as the State Government may from time to time require.

 

15. (1) The Corporation shall ,subject to the provision of this Act, have power to do anything which I may be necessary or expedient for carrying out its functions under this Act.

 

(2) without prejudice to the generality of the for­egoing provision, such power shall include the power­

(a) to set up workshops or factories for processing forest raw materials;

(b) to establish maintain and operate laboratories and experimental and research stations;

(c) to enter into such contract or arrangement with any person as the Corporation may deem necessary for performing its functions under this Act;

(d) to borrow money, issue debentures and manage its fund;

(e) to incur expenditure and grant loans and Advances to such persons as the Corporation may deem necessary for performing its functions under this Act.

 

16. The Corporation may undertake the execution of any afforestation project at the request of the State Government or, with the previous approval of the State Government, at the request of any other person on such terms and conditions as may be agreed upon.

Function of the Corporation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power of the Corporation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power of the Corporation to undertake Projects at the instance of others

 

CHAPTER – IV

Finance, Accounts and Audit

17.   (1) The Corporation shall have its own fund which shall be a local fund and to which shall be cre­dited all money received by or on behalf of the Corporation.

 

(2) The fund shall, be applied towards meeting expenses incurred by the Corporation  in the discharge of its functions under this Act and  for no other purpose.

 

(3) The money of the Fund shall be kept in the State Bank of India or in the Uttar Pradesh Co-opera­tive Bank or in any Scheduled Bank:

 

Provided that nothing in this sub-section shall be deemed to preclude the Corporation from retaining such balance in case as may be necessary for current payment or from investing any portion of the fund not required for immediate expenditure in any of the securities described in section 20 of the India Trust Act ,1882.

 

18.    (1) The Corporation may from time to time, with the previous sanction of the State Government and subject to the provisions of this Act and to such conditions as the State Government may be general or special order determine, borrow any sum required for the purposes of this Act ,whether by the issue of bonds or stocks or otherwise or by making arrange­ment with bankers.

 

(2) Stock issued by the Corporation under this section shall be issued, transferred, dealt  with and redeemed in such manner as the State Government may by, general or special order, direct.

 

19.    The State Government may, after due appro­priation by law of the State Legislature, from time to time make subventions to the Corporation for the purpose of this Act on such terms and conditions as the State Government may determine.

 

20.    The State Government may, from time to time, advance loans to Corporation for the purposes of this Act on such terms and conditions as the State Government may determine.

 

21.    (1) The Corporation shall, for the purpose of re-payment of any loan raised by it establish a Sinking Fund in such manner as may by prescribed.

 

(2) The Sinking Fund shall be maintained, invested and applied in such manner as may be prescribed.

 

22.    The Corporation shall prepare, in such form and at such time every year at the State Government may direct, budget in respect of the financial year next ensuing, showing the estimated receipts and expenditure of the Corporation.

 

23.   (1) The Corporation shall maintain proper accounts and prepare an annual statement of accounts including balance-sheet in such form as the State Government may direct.

 

 (2) The accounts of the Corporation shall be sub­ject to audit annually by the Examiner, Local Fund Accounts and any expenditure incurred by him in connection with such audit shall be payable by the Corporation to the Examiner, local Fund Accounts.

 

(3) The Examiner, Local Fund Accounts or any person authorised by him in connection with the audit of accounts of the Corporation shall have the same rights, privileges and authority in connection with such audit as the Examiner, Local Fund Accounts has in connection with the audit of the accounts of a local body and, in particular, shall have right to demand the production of books, accounts, connected vouchers and other document and papers and to inspect the office of the Corporation.

 

(4) The accounts of the Corporation as certified by the Examiner, Local Fund Accounts or any person authorised by him in that behalf together with the audit report thereof shall be forwarded annually to the State Government.

 

(5) The State Government Shall­

 

(a) cause the accounts of the Corporation, to­gether with the audit report thereon, received by it under sub-section (4) to be laid annually before each House of the State Legislature, and

(b) cause the accounts of the Corporation to be published in the prescribed manner and make available copies thereof for sale at a reasonable price.

 

24.     (1) The Chairman, the Managing Director or any other member or any employee of the Corporation shall be liable to surcharge for the loss, waste or misapplication of any money or property of the Corporation if such loss, waste or misapplication is a direct consequence of his neglect or misconduct while acting as such Chairman. Managing Director or other member or employee.

 

(2)  The procedure of surcharge shall be such as may be prescribed.

 

(3)  Any amount found to be involved in any such Loss, waste  or misapplication as a result of proceedings for surcharge shall be recoverable as arrears of land revenue.

 

(4) Nothing in sub-section (3) shall prevent the Corporation from deducting any amount referred to therein from any sum payable by the Corporation to Chairman, Managing Director or other member or employee. as the case may be.

 

 

Fund of the Corporation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power of the Corporation to Borrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subventions to the Corporation.

 

 

 

Loans to the Corporation.

 

 

Re-payment of Loans.

 

 

Budget

 

 

Accounts and Audits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

surcharge

CHAPTER –V

External Control

25.   (1) In the discharge of its functions under this Act, the Corporation shall be guided by such directions on question of policy as may be given to it by the State Government.

 

(2) If any question arises whether any matter is or is not a matter as respects which the State Govern­ment may issue a direction under Sub-section (1), the decision of the State Government thereon shall be final. 

 

26.    (1) The Corporation shall. as soon as may be after the end of each financial year, prepare and submit to the State Government before such date and in such form as the State Government may direct, a report giving an account of its activities during the pre­vious financial year, and such report shall also give an account of the activities, if any, which are likely to be undertaken  by Corporation in the next financial year and the State Government shall cause such report to be laid before each House of the State Legislature, as soon as may be, after it is received by the State Government.

 

(2) The Corporation shall furnish to the State Government at such times and in such form and manner as the State Government may direct such statistics and returns and such particulars in regard to any proposed or existing activities of the Corporation or any other matter under the control of the Corporation as the State Government may from time to time require.

 

Direction on question of Policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Reports.

 

CHAPTER –VI

Miscellaneous

27.   (1) Every local body shall render such assistance and furnish such information to the Corporation and make available for its inspection and examination such records, maps, plans and other documents as it may require in connection with the performance of its functions under this Act.

 

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, the State Government may give to any local body such direct­ions as in its opinion are necessary or expedient for enabling the Corporation to perform its functions under this Act and there upon it shall be the duty of the local body to comply with such directions.

 

28.      No suit, prosecution or other legal proceedings shall lie against the State Government or the Corporation or the Chairman or the Managing Director or any other member thereof or any employee of the State Government or the Corporation for anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done under this Act or any rule made thereunder.

 

29.   Chairman, Managing Director or other member and employees of the Corporation shall be  deemed, while acting or purporting to act in pursuance of any of the provisions of this Act to be public servants within the meaning of section 21 of the Indian Penal Code.

30.   All proceedings of the Corporation shall be authenticated by the Signature of the Chairman or as the case may be, of the member presiding in the meeting of the Corporation in the absence of the Chairman, and all orders and other instruments issued by the Corporation shall be authenticated by the signature of such employee of the Corporation as may be authorised by it in this behalf.

31.   (1) Subject to the provisions of this Act and the rules made thereunder the State Government may by general or special order delegate either unconditio­nally or subject to such conditions including the condition of review by itself, as may be specified in the order to the Corporation such of its powers and duties under the Indian Forest Act, 1927 or any other law for the time being in force, as it may deem necessary.

(2) Subject to the provision of this Act and the rules made thereunder the Corporation may be general or special order, delgate either unconditionally or subject to such conditions, including the condition of review by itself, as may be specified in the order, to the Chairman or the Managing Director or any other member or employee of the Corporation such of its powers and duties not being the powers and duties delegated to it under sub-section (1), as it may deem necessary.

 

32.   The State Government may invest the Mana­ging Director or and employee of the Corporation with  all or any of the powers of a Forest Officer under section 72 of the Indian Forest Act, 1927, and the Managing Director or such employee in relation to such powers shall be deemed to be a Forest Officer within the meaning of clause (2) of section 2 of the Indian Forest Act, 1927.

33.   (1) The State Government may, by notifica­tion in the Gazette, make rules for carrying out the purposes of this Act.

(2) In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power , such rules may pro­vide of all or any of the following matters, namely :--

(a) the manner in which the Sinking Fund shall be established, maintained, invested and applied under Section 21;

(b) the procedure in respect of surcharge under section 24 including the provision of appeal, if any, in respect thereof;

(c) any other matter which has to be or may be, prescribed.

 

(3) All rules made under this Act shall as soon as may be after they are made be laid before each House of the State Legislature while it is in session for a total period of not less than thirty days extending in its one session or more than one successive sessions, and shall unless later date is appointed take effect from the date of their publication in the Gazette sub­ject to such modifications or annulments as the two Houses of the Legislature may, during the said period, agree to make, so however than any such modifica­tions or annulments shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done thereunder.

 

34.     (1) The Corporation may, with the previous  approval of the State Government make regulations not inconsistent with this Act and the rules made thereunder for the administration of the Corporation.

 

(2) In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such regulations may provided for or any of the following matters, namely :­

(a) salaries and allowances and conditions of service of the Managing Director and employees of the Corporation and traveling and daily allowances to be paid to the Chairman and non-official members;

(b) times and places of, and the procedure in regard to the transaction of business in, the  meetings of the Corporation;

(c) any other matter for which provision is to be or may be made in the regulations.

 

(3)  Until any regulations are made by the Corporation under sub-section (1) any regulations which may be so made by it, may be made by the State Government, and  any regulations so made may be altered or rescinded by the Corporation in exercise of its power under sub-section(1).

35.    (1) The Uttar Pradesh Forest Corporation  Ordinance 1974 is hereby repealed.

(2)  Notwithstanding such repeal, anything done or any action taken under the said ordinance shall be deemed to have done or taken under this Act as if this Act had came into force on September 13, 1974.

 

पी0एस0यू0पी0-ए0पी0 386 स.(विधायिका)1975-525(में)


आज्ञा से,|


कैलाश नाथ गोयल


सचिव

Local Bodies to assist the Corporation.

 Protection for action taken in good faith.

 

 

 

 Members etc. deemed to be public servants

 

 Authentication of proceedings order and other instruments of the Corporation

 

 

 Delegation of Powers.

 

 

State Government may invest the officers with powers of forest officer.

 

 

 

Power to make Rule

 

 

 

 

Regulations

U.P.Ordinanace No.15 of 1974