Advisory Committee Rules, 1997
Published vide Notification No. G. O. MS. No. 275, C.T. & R.E. Department, dated 16th July 1997 - SRO No. A-102(a) 1987
Published in Part III-Section 1(a) of the Tamil Nadu Government Gazette Extraordinary, dated 29th September 1997.
G. O. MS. No. 275, C.T. & R.E. Department, dated 16th July 1997 - SRO No. A-102(a) 1987. - In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (4) of section 7 read with sub-section (1) of section 116 of the Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Act 1959 (Tamil Nadu Act 22 of 1959), the Governor of Tamil Nadu hereby makes the following rules, namely:-
1. These rules may be called the Advisory Committee Rules, 1997.
2. A person who is or was a non-official member, shall be eligible for re-nomination. The Government may, at their discretion, reconstitute the Advisory Committee at any time for its proper functioning.
3. The Commissioner is the Member-Secretary ex officio and shall be the convenor of the meetings of the Advisory Committee.
4. The Advisory Committee shall meet at least once in six months and more often if need be as decided by the Chairman.
5. The meetings of the Advisory Committee shall, ordinarily, be held at [Chennai]. However, the Chairman may, if he considers it necessary, at any time hold the meeting at any place outside [Chennai].
6. The quorum for the meeting shall be eight.
7. Every meeting of the Advisory Committee shall be presided over by the Chairman and in his absence by the Vice-Chairman. In the absence of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman, the members present may choose one from among themselves to preside over the meeting.
8. The question which may come up before any meeting shall be decided by a majority of votes and when the votes are equally divided, the Chairman or the Vice-Chairman or the member presiding over the meeting, as the case may be, shall have and exercise a second and casting vote.
9. The minutes of the proceedings of the meeting shall be recorded in a book to be kept for the purpose and shall be signed by the Chairman and in his absence by the Vice-Chairman or by the presiding member, as the case may be. Any minute of dissent shall be recorded, if required by the dissenting member. The minutes book shall be kept in the office of the Commissioner in his custody in the capacity as the Member-Secretary to the Committee.
10. The subjects on the agenda before the meeting shall be taken up and disposed of in the order, in which they appear in the agenda for the meeting unless the Chairman decides to give preference to any subject or subjects on the agenda. No subject which is not in the agenda shall be taken up at a meeting except with the concurrence of the Chairman. Within ten days from the date of the meeting, a copy of the minutes of the proceedings of the meeting shall be forwarded to the Government and the members of the Advisory Committee by the Member-Secretary of the Advisory Committee.
11. The Member-Secretary shall be responsible for the issue of notice of meeting, the preparation of agenda, the arrangements for the meeting, for the custody of minutes book and communication of the proceedings of the meeting and such other matters relating to the Advisory Committee, as may be prescribed by the Chairman, from time to time. The Member-Secretary shall always be present at the meeting and shall produce such records as may be necessary for the discussion of the subjects in the agenda.
12. The Advisory Committee may make recommendations in respect of the following matters:-
1. Arrangements to be made by religious institutions for the propagation of the religious tenets and the steps to be taken to enlist co-operation of the public in this regard;
2. Establishment and maintenance of schools or refresher courses for the training of Archakas, Adyapakas, Vedaparayanikas and Othuwars and the study of Divyaprabandams, Thevarams and the like including the study of Indian languages;
3. Establishment and maintenance of University or colleges or other institutions with special provisions for the study of Hindu Religion, Philosophy or Sastras or for imparting instructions in temple architecture;
4. Amenities to be provided for securing the health, safety or convenience of the pilgrims visiting the institutions during festivals;
5. Renovation of temples in need of repairs by enlisting the co-operation of the public;
6. General suggestions in accordance with terms of the Trust and usage in regard to the better administration of religious institutions;
7. The preservation of architectural beauty of temples;
8. Ways and means of increasing the revenue of religious institutions; and
9. Sale of immovable properties vested with religious institutions.
13. The members of the Committee shall be paid travelling allowance and daily allowance at the rates allowed to members of First-Class Government Committees.
14. (a) The Commissioner shall be the counter-signing and drawing officer for travelling allowance bills of the members of the Committee.
(b) The Commissioner shall encash the travelling allowance bills of the members at the Pay and Accounts Office, [Chennai] and send the amount to each member by money order or by bank draft at the cost of the Government and the expenditure on such cost shall be met from the permanent advance of the Commissioner.
(c) In the case of the members of the Committee, who are also members of the Legislature or of the Parliament or of a Metropolitan Corporation, a non-drawal certificate shall be obtained from the Legislative Assembly Department or from the Secretariat of Parliament or from the Metropolitan Corporation concerned, as the case may be, before counter-signature by the Commissioner.