Topic: Financial Memorandum

Sub-clause (1) of clause 20 provides that any person aggrieved by an order of a specified authority refusing to authenticate a declaration under clause 10 or cancelling a declaration under clause 19 may, within sixty days from the date on which such order is communicated to him, prefer an appeal to the Press and Registration Appellate Board, to be constituted by the Central Government, by notification in the Official Gazette consisting of a Chairperson and another member, to be nominated by the Press Council of India, established under section 4 of the Press Council Act, 1978, from among its member.

2. Clause 28 of the Bill provides that the Central Government may appoint Press Registrar General of India and such other officers under the general superintendence and control of the Press Registrar General as may be necessary for the purpose of performing the functions assigned to them by or under the proposed legislation, and may, by general or special order, provide for the distribution or allocation of functions to be performed by them under the proposed legislation.

3. It proposed that the Press Registrar and other officers appointed under section 19A of the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867 to be repealed under proposed legislation and holding office as such immediately before the commencement of the proposed legislation, shall, on the commencement of the proposed legislation, continue to hold their respective offices under the corresponding provisions of the proposed legislation, unless and until they are removed or superannuated and the Press and Registration Appellate Board established under the said repealed shall, continue to function under the corresponding provisions of the proposed legislation, unless and until the Appellate Board is constituted under the proposed legislation.

4. As the Press Registrar and other officers appointed under section 19A of the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867 and the Press and Registration Appellate Board established under the said Act are proposed to continue to function as such under the proposed legislation, there is no financial implication involved in the Bill.