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The Indian Nursing Council Act,1947
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Central Government Act The Indian Nursing Council Act,1947 THE INDIAN NURSING COUNCIL ACT, 1947 1 Short title, extent and commencement:- (1) This Act may be called the Indian Nursing Council Act,1947. 1 [ (2) It extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir.] (3) It shall come into force at once. 2 Interpretation:- In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,- (a) "the Council" means the 2 [Council] constituted under this Act (b) " prescribed means prescribed by regulations made under section 16 (c) "State Council" means a Council (by whatever name called) constituted under the law of a State to regulate the registration of nurses, midwives or health visitors in the State; (d) "State register" means a register of nurses, midwives or health visitors maintained under the law of a State. 3 Constitution and composition of the Council:- (1) The Central Government shall as soon as may be constitute a Council consisting of the following members, namely:- (a) one nurse enrolled in a State register elected by each State Council. 3 [ (b) two members elected from among themselves by the heads of institutions recognised by the Council

register and one shall be an experienced educationalist; 13 [ (o) three members elected by Parliament, two by the House of the People from among its members and the other by the Council of States from among its members.] (2) The President of the Council shall be elected by the members of the Council from among themselves: Provided that for five years from the first constitution of the Council the President shall be a person nominated from amongst the members of the Council by the Central Government, who shall hold office during the pleasure of the Central Government. (3) No act done by the Council shall be questioned on the ground merely of the existence of any vacancy in, or any defect in the constitution of, the Council. 4 Incorporation of the Council:- The Council constituted under section 3 shall be a body corporate by the name of the Indian Nursing Council having perpetual succession and a common seal, with power to acquire property both movable and immovable, and shall by the said name sue and be sued. 5 Mode of elections:- (1) Elections under sub-section (1) of section 3 by State Councils shall be conducted in accordance with rules

third of the said meetings exceeds six months. (4) A casual vacancy in the Council shall be filled by fresh election or nomination, as the case may be, and the person elected or nominated to fill the vacancy shall hold office only for the remainder of the term for which the member whose place he takes was elected or nominated. (5) Members of the Council shall be eligible for re-election or renomination. 7 [* * *] 8 Officers, Committees and servants of the Council:- (1) The Secretary of the Council (who may also, if it is deemed expedient by the Council, act as Treasurer) shall, for three years from the first constitution of the Council, be a person appointed by the Central Government and shall hold office during the pleasure of the Central Government. (2) The Council shall- (a) elect from among its members a Vice-President; (b) constitute from among its members an Executive Committee and such other committees for general or special purposes as the Council deems necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act; (c) subject to the provisions of sub-section (1), appoint a Secretary, who may also. if deemed expedient, act as Treasurer; (d) appoint

nominate such other officers and servants as the Council deems necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act; (e) require and take from the Secretary, or from any other officer or servant, such security for the due performance of his duties as the Council deems necessary; (f) with the previous sanction of the Central Government, fix the fees and allowances to be paid to the President. Vice President and members and the pay and allowances of officers and servants of the Council. 9 The Executive Committee:- (1) The Executive Committee shall consist of nine members, of whom seven shall be elected by the Council from among its members. (2) The President and Vice-President of the Council shall be members ex officio of the Executive Committee, and shall be President and Vice-President, respectively, of that Committee. (3) In addition to the powers and duties conferred and imposed upon it by this Act, the Executive Committee shall exercise and dis- charge such powers and duties as the Council may confer or impose upon it by any regulations which may be made in this behalf. 10 Recognition of qualifications:- (1) For the purposes of this Act, the qualifications included