The Futwah-Islampur Light Railway Line (Nationalisation) Act, 1985
(Act No. 83 of 1985)
[30th December, 1985].
An Act to provide for the acquisition, in the public interest, of the undertakings of the Futwah-islampur Light Railway Company Limited in relation to the Futwah-Islampur Light Railway Line and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
Whereas the tracks and rolling stock of the Futwah-Islampur Light; Railway Line owned by the Futwah-Islampur Light Railway Company Limited are in a dilapidated condition,
And Whereas the running of trains on the aforesaid line besides being hazardous and uneconomical, is also resulting in heavy loss to the Central Government;
And Whereas the aforesaid Company is not in a position to make the assets serviceable for public use;
And Whereas it is necessary in the public interest to acquire the undertakings of the said Company in relation to the said railway line;
BE it enacted by Parliament in the Thirty-sixth Year of the Republic of India as follows:-
Object & Reasons▼
Statement of Objects and Reasons. – The Futwah-Islampur Light Railway Line takes off from Futwah station on the Patna-Mokamah Main Line and ends at Islampur. It is owned and managed by the Futwah-Islampur Light Railway Company Limited. It is a narrow guage line of 43.45 km. length. The track and rolling stock of the said line is in a dilapidated condition without replacement of the rails, locomotive, coaches and wagons, for a number of years. The heavy floods during the years 1976 and 1978 caused further damage to the track and rolling stock of the aforesaid line and the said Company has not undertaken any replacement of the same so far. In the present condition of track and rolling stock, the running of trains on the aforesaid line is considered to he a potential safety hazard. Further, the Central Government is also incurring huge losses on the working of this line without any corresponding benefit to the public. It is, therefore, proposed to acquire, in the public interest, the undertakings of the Futwah-Islampur Light Railway Company Limited in relation to Futwah-Islampur Light Railway Line.
2. The Bill seeks to achieve the above objects. – Gaz. of India 21-11-85, Part II, S. 2. Ext., p. 8 (No. 56).
(a) “appointed day” means the day on which this Act comes into force;
(b) “Company” means the Futwah-Islampur Light Railway Company Limited being a company as defined in the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956)and having its registered office at 12, Mission Row, Calcutta;
(c) “notification” means a notification published in the Official Gazette;
(d) “undertakings”, in relation to the Company, means the Futwah-Islampur Light Railway Line and all other undertakings of that Company relating to that Railway Line;
(e) wards and expressions used herein and no defined but defined in the Companies Act, 1956 shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in that Act.
ACQUISITION OF THE UNDERTAKINGS OF THE COMPANY
3. Transfer to and vesting in the Central Government of the undertaking of the Company. – On the appointed day, the undertakings of the Company and the right, title and interest of the Company in relation to such undertakings shall, by virtue of this Act, stand transferred to, and vest in, the Central Government.
4. General effect of vesting. – (1) The undertakings of the Company shall be deemed to include all assets, rights, lease-holds, powers, authorities and privileges, and all property, movable and immovable, including lands, buildings, workshops, stores, instruments, machinery and equipment, cash balances, cash on hand, cheques, demand drafts, reserve funds, investments, books debts and all other rites and interests in, or arising out of, such property as were immediately before the appointed day in the ownership, possession, power or control of the Company, whether within or outside India, and all books of account, registers and all other documents of whatever nature relating thereto.
(2) All properties as aforesaid which have vested in the Central Government under section 3 shall, by force of such vesting, be freed and discharged from any trust, obligation, mortgage, charge, lien and all other encumbrances affecting them, and any attachment, injection, decree or order of any court, tribunal or other authority restricting the use of such properties in any manner or appointing any receiver in respect of the whole or any part of such properties shall be deemed to have been withdrawn.
(3) For the removal of doubts, it is hereby declared that the mortgagee of any property referred to in sub-section (2), or any other person holding any charge, lien or other interest in, or in relation to, any such property shall be entitled to claim, in accordance with his rights and interests, payment of the mortgage money or other dues, in whole or in part, out of the amounts payable under section 6 and 7 to the Company, but no such mortgage, charge, lien or other interest shall be enforceable against any property which has vested in the Central Government.
(4) Any licence or other instrument granted to the Company in relation to any undertaking which has vested in the Central Government under section 3 at any time before the appointed day and in force immediately before that day shall continue to in force on and after such day in accordance with its tenor in relation to and for the purposes of such undertaking., and, on and from the date of vesting of such undertaking under section 3 in the Central Government, that Government shall be deemed to be substituted in such licence or other instrument as it such licence or other instrument has been granted to that Government and that Government shall hold it for the remainder of the period for which the Company would have held it under the terms thereof.
5. Owner of the Company to be liable for certain prior liabilities. – (1) Every liability of the Company in respect of any period prior to the appointed day, shall be the liability of the Company and shall be enforceable against it and not against the Central Government.
(2) For the removal of doubts, it is hereby declared that,-
(a) no liability of the Company in relation to its undertakings in respect of nay period before the appointed day, shall be enforceable against the Central Government;
(b) no award, decree or order of any court, tribunal or other authority in relation to the undertakings of the Company passed on or after the appointed day, in respect of any matter, claim or Diaspora, which arose before that day, shall be enforceable against the Central Government;
(c) no liability incurred by the Company before the appointed day, for the contravention of any provision of any law for the time being in force, shall be enforceable against the Central Government.
PAYMENT OF AMOUNT
6. Payment of amount. – (1) For the transfer to, and vesting in, the Central Government, under section 3, of the right, title and interest of the Company in relation to its undertakings, there shall be paid in cash by the Central Government, before the expiry of a period of three months from the appointed day to the Company, an amount equal to a sum of nineteen lakhs twenty nine thousand five hundred and forty-two rupees.
(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section(1), out of the amount referred to in that sub-section, the Central Government shall deduct, in the first instance, any amount due from the Company to that Government and the State Bank of Travancore constituted under section 3 of the State bank of India(Subsidiary Banks) Act, 1959 (38 of 1959) and the liability of that Company shall, to the extent of such deductions, stand discharged and such deductions shall have priority over all other debts, secured or unsecured.
7. Interest. – The amount referred to in sub-section (1)of section 6 as reduced by the deductions under sub-section (2)of that section, shall, if not paid to the Company before the expiry of the period specified in the said subsection (1), carry simple interest at the rate of four percent per annum for the period commencing on the appointed day and ending on the date on which payment of such amount as so reduced is made by the Central Government to the Company:
Provided that if the amount as so reduced is tendered to the Company. But not accepted by it, no interest shall run from the date of such tender.
DUTY OF PERSONS IN CHARGE OF MANAGEMENT OF THE UNDERTAKING OF THE COMPANY TO DELIVER ALL ASSETS ETC.
8. Duty of persons in charge of management of the undertakings of the Company to deliver all assets etc. – On the vesting of the undertakings of the Company in the Central Government, all persons in charge of the management of the undertakings immediately before such vesting, shall be bound to deliver to the Central Government all assets, books of account, registers or other documents in their custody relating to the undertaking.
9. Duty of persons to account for assets, etc., in their possession. – (1) Any person who has, on the appointed day, in his possession or under his control, any assets, books, documents or other papers relating to the undertakings owned buy the Company which have vested in the Central Government and which belong to the Company, or would have so belonged, it the undertakings owned by the Company had not vested in the; Central Government, shall be liable to account for the said assets, books, document and other papers to the Central Government or to such person or persons as the Central Government may specify in this behalf.
(2) The Central Government may take or cause to be taken all necessary steps for securing possession of the undertakings of the Company which have vested in the Central Government under this Act.
(3) The Company shall, within such period as the Central Government may allow in this behalf, furnish to that Government a complete inventory of all its properties and assets, as on the appointed day, pertaining to the undertakings which have vested in the Central Government under section 3 and, for this purpose the Central Government shall afford to the Company all reasonable facilities.
PROVISIONS RELATING TO EMPLOYEES OF THE UNDERTAKING OF THE COMPANY
10. Employment of certain employees to continue. – (1) Every person who has been, immediately before the appointed day, employed in any of the undertakings of the Company shall become, on and from the appointed day, an employee of the Central Government and sill hold office or service under the Central Government with the same rights and privileges as to pensions, gratuity and other matters as would have been admissible to him if there had been no such vesting and shall continue to do so unless and until his employment under the Central Government is duly terminated or unit his remuneration and other conditions of service are duly altered by the Central Government:
Provided that unless any extension of service is granted to such person after the appointed day in accordance with the rules in that behalf in force for the time beings, such person shall retire compulsorily from the service of the Central Government,-
(a) Where he has attained attains the age of fifty-eight years before, or on, or within a period of three months from, the appointed day, on the date of expiry of the said period of three months, or on the date on which he shall retire compulsorily from service in accordance with the conditions of service of service applicable to him immediately before the appointed day, whichever date is earlier;
(b) in any other case, on his attaining Th age of fifty-eight years.
(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, or in any other law for the time being in force, the transfer of the service of any officer or other person employed in any undertaking of the Company to the Central Government shall not entitle such officer or other employee to any compensation under this Act or under any other law for the time being in force and no such claim shall be entertained by any court, tribunal or other authority,.
11. Provident fund and other funds. – (1) Where the Company has established a provident fund, superannuating fund, welfare fund or any other fund for the benefit of the persons employed in any of the undertakings of the Company, the monies reliable to the officers or other employees whose services have become transferred, by or under this, Act, to the Central Government, shall, out of the monies standing, on the appointed day, to the credit of such provident fund, superannuating fund, welfare fund or other fund, standtransferred to, and shall vest in, the Central Government.
(2) The monies which stand transferred under sub-section (1) to the Central Government shall be dealt with by that Government in such manner as may be prescribed by rules.
12. Act to have overriding effect. – The provisions of this Act shall have effect notwithstanding anythings inconsistent therewith contained in any other law for the time being in force or any instrument having effect by virtue of any law, other than this Act, or in any decree or order of any court, tribunal other authority
13. Penalties. – Any person who,-
(a) having in his possession, custody or control any property forming part of the undertakings of the Company, wrongfully withholds such property from the Central Government; or
(b) wrongfully obtains possession of, or retains, any property forming part of the undertakings of the Company: or
(c) wilfully withholds or fails to furnish to the Central Government or any person or persons specified by that Government any document relating to such undertakings, which may be in his possession, custody or control; or
(d) fails to deliver to the Central Government or any person or persons specified by that Government, any assets, books of account, registers or other documents in his possession, custody or control, relating to the undertakings of the Company; or
(e) wrongfully removes or destroys any property forming part of the undertakings of the Company or prefers any claim which he knows or has reason to believe to be false or grossly inaccurate, shall be punishable with imprisonment for term which may extend to two years, or with fine which may extend to ten thousand rupees, or with both.
14. Offences by Companies. – (1) Where an offence under this Act has been committed by a company, every person who, at the time the offence was committed, was in charge of, and was responsible to, the company for the conduct of the business of the company, as well as the company, shall be deemed to be guilty of the offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly :
Provided that nothing contained in this sub-section shall render any such person liable to any punishment, if he proves that the offence was committed without his knowledge or that he had exercised all due diligence to prevent the commission of such offence.
(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), where any offence under this Act has been committed by a company and it is proved that the offence has been committed with the consent or connivance of, or is attributable to any neglect on the part of, any director, manager, secretary or other officer of the company, such director, manager, secretary or other shall be deemed to be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.
Explanation. – For the purposes of this section,-
(a) “company” means any body corporate and includes a firm or other association of individuals; and
(b) “director”, in relation to a firm, means a partner in the firm.
15. Protection action in good faith. – (1) No suit, prosecution or other legal proceeding shall, like against the Central Government or any officer or other employee of that Government or any officer or other person authorised by that Government for anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done under this Act.
(2) No suit or other legal proceeding shall lie against the Central Government or any officer or other employee of that Government or any officer or other person authorised by that Government for any damage caused or likely to be caused by anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done under this Act.
16.Delegation of powers. (1) The Central Government may, by notification direct that all or any of the powers exercisable by it under this Act, other than the powers conferred by this section and sections 17 and 18, may also be exercised by such person or persons as may be specified in the said notification.
(2) Whenever any delegation of power is made under sub-section (1), the person to whom such power has been delegated shall act under the direction, control and supervision of the Central Government.
17. Power to make rules. – (1) The Central Government may, by notification, make rules for carrying out the provisions of this Act.
(2) In Particular and with prejudice to the generally of the foregoing power such rules may provide the manner in which the monies I any provident fund or other fund under section 11 shall be delta with.
(3) Every rule made by the Central Government under this Act shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made, before each House of parliament, while it is in session, for a total period of thirty days which may be comprised in one session or in two or more successive sessions, and if, before the expiry of the session immediately following the session or the successive session aforesaid, both Houses agree in making any modification in the rule or both House agree that the rule should not be made, the rule shall thereafter have effect only in such modification form or be of no effect, as the case may be; so however, that any such modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under that rule.
18. Power to remove difficulties. – if any difficulty arises in giving effect to the provisions of this Act, the Central Government may, by order, not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, remove the difficulty:
Provided that no such order shall be made after the expiry of a period of two years from the appointed day.