Sections Particulars
Chapter I Preliminary
1 Short title and extent
(1) This Act may be called the Press Council Act, 1965. (2) It extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir. ...
2 Definitions
In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,- (a) "Chairman" means the Chairman of the Council; (b) "Council" means the Press Council of India establi...
Chapter II Establishment Of The Press Council
3 Incorporation of the Council
(1) With effect from such date{4th July, 1966; vide Notification No.G.S.R..1065, dated 2-7-1966, Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Pt.II, Sec.3(i), p.504} as t...
4 Composition of the Council
(1) The Council shall consist of a Chairman and twenty-five other members. (2) The Chairman shall be a person nominated by the Chief Justice of India. (3) The...
5 Term of office and retirement of members
(1) Save as otherwise provided in this section, the Chairman and other members shall hold office for a period of three years. (2) Where a person chosen as a m...
6 Conditions of service of members
(1) The Chairman shall be a whole-time officer and shall be paid such salary as the Central Government may think fit; and the other members shall receive such...
7 Meetings of the Council
The Council shall meet at such times and places and shall observe such rules or procedure in regard to the transaction of business at its meetings as may be p...
8 Committees of the Council
For the purpose of performing its functions under this Act, the Council may constitute from amongst its members such committees for general or special purpose...
9 Vacancies amongst members or defect in the constitution not to invalidate acts and Proceedings of the Council
No act or proceeding of the Council shall be deemed to be invalid by reason merely of the existence of any vacancy in, or any defect in the constitution of, t...
10 Staff of the Council
(1) Subject to such rules as may be made by the Central Government in this behalf, the Council may appoint a Secretary and such other employees as it may thin...
11 Authentication of orders and other instruments of the Council
All orders and decisions of the Council shall be authenticated by the signature of the Chairman or any other member authorized by the Council in this behalf a...
Chapter III Powers And Functions Of The Council
12 Objects and functions of the Council
(1) The object of the Council shall be to preserve the freedom of the Press and to maintain and improve the standards of newspapers in India (2) The Council m...
13 Power to ensure
(1) Where, on receipt of a complaint made to it or otherwise, the Council has reason to believe that a newspaper has offended against the standards of journal...
14 General powers of the Council
(1) For the purpose of performing its functions under this Act, the Council may require the publisher of any newspaper to furnish to it information on such po...
15 Payments to the Council
The Central Government may, after due appropriation made by Parliament by law in this behalf, pay to the Council in each financial year such sums as may be co...
16 Fund of the Council
(1) The Council shall have its own Fund; and all such sums as may, from time to time, be paid to it by the Central Government and all grants and advances made...
17 Budget
The Council shall prepare, in such form and at such time each year as may be prescribed, a budget in respect of the financial year next ensuing showing the es...
18 Annual report
The council shall prepare once every year, in such form and at such time as may be prescribed, an annual report giving a summary of its activities during the ...
19 Accounts and audit
The accounts of the Council shall be maintained and audited in such manner as may, in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India, be presc...
Chapter IV Miscellaneous
20 Protection of action taken in good faith
(1) No suit or other legal proceeding shall lie against the Council or any member thereof or any person acting under the direction of the Council in respect o...
21 Members etc., to be public servants
Every member of the Council and every officer or other employee appointed by the Council shall be deemed to be a public servant within the meaning of section ...
22 Power to make rules
(1) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules to carry out the purposes of this Act; that when the Council has been est...
23 Power to make regulations
The Council may make regulations not inconsistent with this Act and the rules made thereunder, for-(a) regulating the meetings of the Council and the procedur...
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