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PUNJAB REORGANISATION ACT

Ministry of Law and Justice

Act nº 31 of 1966


  • Part I
  • Part II
  • Part III
  • Part IV
  • Part V
  • Part VI
  • Part VII
  • Part VIII
  • Part IX
  • Part X
  • Schedules
  • Act nº 31 of 1966

Preamble

THE PUNJAB REORGANISATION ACT, 1966

[Act, No. 31 of 1966]

[18th September, 1966]

PREAMBLE

An Act to provide for the reorganisation of the existing State of Punjab and for matters connected therewith.

BE it enacted by Parliament in the Seventeenth Year of the Republic of India as follows :

Part I

Section 1. Short title

This Act may be called The Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966.

Section 2. Definitions

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,

(a) "Administrator" means the administrator of a Union territory appointed by the President under Article 239 of the Constitution;

(b) "appointed day" means the 1st day of November, 1966;

(c) "article" means an article of the Constitution;

(d) "assembly constituency", "council constituency" and "parliamentary constituency" have the same meanings as in the Representation of the People Act, 1950;

(e) "Delimitation Commission" means the Delimitation Commission constituted under section 3 of the Delimitation Commission Act, 1962;

(f) "existing State of Punjab" means the State of Punjab as existing immediately before the appointed day;

(g) "law" includes any enactment, ordinance, regulation, order, bye-law, rule, scheme, notification or other instrument having, immediately before the appointed day, the force of law in the whole or in any part of the existing State of Punjab;

(h) "notified order" means an order published in the Official Gazette;

(i) "population ratio", in relation to the States of Haryana and Punjab and the Union, means the ratio of 37.38 to 54-84 to 7.78;

(j) "prescribed" means prescribed by rules made under this Act;

(k) "sitting member", in relation to either House of Parliament or of the Legislature of the existing State of Punjab, means a person who immediately before the appointed day is a member of that House;

(l) "State of Punjab" means the State with the same name, comprising the territories referred to in sub-section (1) of section 6;

(m) "successor State", in relation to the existing State of Punjab, means the State of Punjab or Haryana, and includes also the Union in relation to the Union territory of Chandigarh and the transferred territory;

(n) "transferred territory" means the territory which on the appointed day is transferred from the existing State of Punjab to the Union territory of Himachal Pradesh;

(o) "treasury" includes a sub-treasury; and

(p) any reference to a district, tahsil or other territorial division of the existing State of Punjab shall be construed as a reference to the area comprised within that territorial division on the 1st day of July, 1966.

Part II

Section 3. Formation of Haryana State

(1) On and from the appointed day1, there shall be formed a new State to be known as the State of Haryana comprising the following territories of the existing State of Punjab, namely :-

(a) Hissar, Rohtak, Gurgaon, Karnal and Mahendragarh districts;

(b) Narwana and Jind tahsils of Sangrur district;

(c) Ambala, Jagadhri and Naraingarh tahsils of Ambala district;

(d) Pinjore kanungo circle of Kharar tahsil of Ambala district; and

(e) the territories in Manimajra kanungo circle of Kharar tahsil of Ambala district specified in the First Schedule,and thereupon the said territories shall cease to form part of the existing State of Punjab.

(2) The territories referred to in cl. (b) of sub-section (1) shall form a separate district known as the Jind district in the State of Haryana.

(3) The territories referred to in clauses (c), (d) and (e) of sub-section (1) shall form a separate district to be known as Ambala district in the State of Haryana and in that district,-

(i) the territories referred to in clauses (d) and (e) of sub-section (1) shall be included in and form part of the Naraingarh tahsil, and

(ii) the territories referred to in clause (e) of sub-section (1) shall be included in, and form part of Pinjore kanungo circle in the Naraingarh tahsil.

1. That is 1-11-1966.


Section 4. Formation of Union territory of Chandigarh

On and from the appointed day1there shall be formed a new Union territory to be known as the Union territory of Chandigarh comprising such of the territories of Manimajra and Manauli kanungo circles of Kharar tahsil of Ambala district in the existing State of Punjab as are specified in the Second Schedule and thereupon the territories so speci­fied shall cease to form part of the existing State of Punjab.

1. That is 1-11-1966.


Section 5. Transfer of territory from Punjab to Himachal Pradesh

(1) On and from the appointed day1, there shall be added to the Union territory of Himachal Pradesh the territories in the existing State of Punjab comprised in-

(a) Simla, Kangra, Kulu and Lahaul and Spiti districts;

(b) Nalagarh tahsil of Ambala district;

(c) Lohara, Amb and Una kanungo circles of Una tahsil of Hoshiarpur district;

(d) the territories in Santokhgarh kanungo circle of Una tahsil of Hoshiarpur district specified in Part 1 of the Third Schedule;

(e) the territories in Una tahsil of Hoshiarpur district specified in Part II of the Third Schedule; and

(f) the territories of Dhar Kalan kanungo circle of Pathankot tahsil of Gurdaspur district specified in Part III of the Third Schedule,

and thereupon the said territories shall cease to form part of the existing State of Punjab.

(2) The territories referred to in clause (b) of sub-section (1) shall be included in, and form part of, Simla district.

(3) The territories referred to in clauses (c), (d) and (e) of sub-section (1) shall be included in, and form part of, Kangra district, and

(i) the territories referred to in clauses (c) and (d) shall form a separate tahsil known as Una tahsil in that district and in that tahsil the territories referred to in clause (d) shall form a separate kanungo circle known as the Santokhgarh kanungo circle; and

(ii) the territories referred to in clause (e) shall form part of the Hamirpur tahsil in the said district.

(4) The territories referred to in clause (f) of sub-section (1) shall be included in, and form part of, the Bhattlyat tahsil of Chamba district in the Union territory of Himachal Pradesh and in that tahsil, the villages Dalhousie and Balun shall be included in, and form part of, Banikhet kanungo circle and the village Bakloh shall form part of Chowari kanungo circle.

1.That is 1-11-1966.


Section 6. State of Punjab and territorial divisions thereof

(1) On and from the appointed day, the State of Punjab shall comprise the territories of the existing State of Punjab other than those specified in sub-section (1) of section 3, section 4 and sub-section (1) of section 5.

(2) The territories which immediately before the appointed day were part of Ambala district in the existing State of Punjab but are not transferred by virtue of Sections 3, 4 and 5, shall, together with the territories which immediately before that day were part of the Una tahsil of Hoshiarpur district in the existing State of Punjab but are not transferred by virtue of section 5, form a separate district known as the Rupar district in the State of Punjab and in that district

(i) the territories which immediately before the appointed day were part of Manimajra Kanungo circle of Kharar tahsil of Ambala district but are not transferred by virtue of sections 3 and 4, shall form in that tahsil a separate kanungo circle called the Mullanpur kanungo circle;

(ii) the territories which immediately before the appointed day were part of Una tahsil of Hoshiarpur district but are not transferred by virtue of section 5, shall form a separate tahsil known as Anandpur Sahib tahsil, and in that tahsil, the territories which immediately before the appointed day were part of Santokhgarh kanungo circle of Una tahsil of Hoshiarpur district but are not transferred by virtue of section 5, shall be included in, and form part of Nurpur Bedi kanungo circle.

Section 7. Amendment of the First Schedule to the Constitution

On and from the appointed day1, in the First Schedule to the Constitution,-

(a) under the heading "I. THE STATES",-

(i) in the paragraph relating to the territories of the State of Punjab, the following shall be added at the end, namely:-

"and the territories specified in sub-section (1) of section 3, section 4 and sub-section (1) of section 5 of the Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966";

(ii) after entry 16, the following entry shall be inserted, namely :-

"17. Haryana : The territories specified in sub-section (1) of sections of the Punjab Reorganisa­tion Act, 1966;"

(b) under the heading "II. THE UNION TERRITORIES".-

(i) in the paragraph relating to the extent of the Union territory of Himachal Pradesh, the follow­ing shall be added at the end, namely :-

"and the territories specified in sub-section (1) of section 5 of the Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966";

(ii) after entry 9, the following entry shall be inserted, namely :-

"10. Chandigarh..................The territories specified in section 4 of the Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966."

1. That is from 1-11-1966.


Section 8. Saving power of Government

Nothing in the foregoing provisions of this Part shall be deemed to affect the power of the Government of Punjab or Haryana or the Administrator of the Union territory of Himachal Pradesh to alter, after the appointed day, the name, area or boundaries of any district or other territorial division in the State or Union territory, as the case may be,

Part III

Section 9. Amendment of the Fourth Schedule to the Constitution

On and from the appointed day1, in the Fourth Schedule to the Constitution, in the Table,-

(a) entries 5 to 21 shall be re-numbered as entries 6 to 22 respectively;

(b) after entry 4, the following entry shall be inserted, namely :-

"5. Haryana..............................5";

(c) in entry 12 as so re-numbered, for the figures "11", the figure "7" shall be substituted;

(d) in entry 19 as so re-numbered, for the figure "2", the figure "3" shall be substituted; and

(e) for the figures "226", the figures "228" shall be substituted.

1. That is 1-11-1966.


Section 10. Allocation of sitting members

(1) On and from the appointed day, the eleven sitting members of the Council of States representing the existing State of Punjab shall be deemed to have been elected to fill the seats allotted to the States of Haryana and Punjab and the Union Territory of Himachal Pradesh, as specified in the Fourth Schedule.

(2) The term of office of such sitting members shall remain unaltered.

Section 11. Filling up of vacancies

(1) As soon as may be after the appointed day,1bye-elections shall be held to fill the vacancies existing on the appointed day in the seats allotted to the State of Harayana.

(2) The term of office of such one of the two members so elected, as the Chairman of the Council of States may determine by drawing lot, shall expire on the 2nd day of April, 1968, and the term of office of the other member shall expire on the 2nd day of April, 1972.

1. 1st November, 1966.