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Prevention Of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 Sec-4, 5

Updated: Dec 22, 2023


Sec-4. Establishment of Animals Welfare Board of India.―

(1) For the promotion of animal welfare generally and for the purpose of protecting animals from being subjected to unnecessary pain or suffering, in particular, there shall be established by the Central Government, as soon as may be after the commencement of this Act, a Board to be called the 3 [Animal Welfare Board of India].


(2) The Board shall be a body corporate having perpetual succession and a common seal with power, subject to the provisions of this Act, to acquire, hold and dispose of property and may by its name sue and be sued.


Sec-5. Constitution of the Board.―

(1) The Board shall consist of the following persons, namely:―


(a) the Inspector-General of Forests, Government of India, ex officio;


(b) the Animal Husbandry Commissioner to the Government of India, ex officio;


[(ba) two persons to represent respectively the Ministries of the Central Government dealing with home affairs and education, to be appointed by the Central Government;


(bb) one person to represent the Indian Board for Wild Life, to be appointed by the Central Government;


(bc) three persons who, in the opinion of the Central Government, are or have been actively engaged in animal welfare work and are well-known humanitarians, to be nominated by the Central Government;]


(c) one person to represent such association of veterinary practitioners as in the opinion of the Central Government ought to be represented on the Board, to be elected by that association in the prescribed manner;


(d) two persons to represent practitioners of modern and indigenous systems of medicine, to be nominated by the Central Government;


[(e) one person to represent each of such two municipal corporations as in the opinion of the Central Government ought to be represented on the Board, to be elected by each of the said corporations in the prescribed manner;]


(f) one person to represent each of such three organizations actively interested in animal welfare as in the opinion of the Central Government ought to be represented on the Board, to be chosen by each of the said organizations in the prescribed manner;


(g) one person to represent each of such three societies dealing with prevention of cruelty to animals as in the opinion of the Central Government ought to be represented on the Board, to be chosen in the prescribed manner;


(h) three persons to be nominated by the Central Government;


(i) six members of Parliament, four to be elected by the House of the People (Lok Sabha) and two by the Council of States (Rajya Sabha).


(2) Any of the persons referred to in clause (a) or 3 [clause (b) or clause (ba) or clause (bb)] of sub-section (1) may depute any other person to attend any of the meetings of the Board.


[(3) The Central Government shall nominate one of the members of the Board to be its

Chairman and another member of the Board to be its Vice-Chairman.]



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