The Lalit Kala Akadami (Taking Over of Management) Act, 1997
Act No. 17 of 1997
[25th March, 1997.]
An Act to provide for the taking over of the management of the Lalit Kala Akadami for a limited period in the public interest and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
WHEREAS the Lalit Kala Akadami was set up as an apex cultural body in the field of visual arts by the Government of India by the Parliamentary Resolution passed on the 5th day of August, 1954 to encourage and promote visual arts such as paintings, graphics, sculptures, etc.; AND WHEREAS the Lalit Kala Akadami was registered as a society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 (21 of 1860) on the 11th day of March, 1957;
AND WHEREAS the Akadami has full functional autonomy in the field of its activity, even though the Government of India is the sole-funding agency for the organisation; AND WHEREAS pursuant to the complaints received with regard to the misuse of funds by the Lalit Kala Akadami from several quarters including from the Hon'ble Members of Parliament, a Committee was set up by the Government of India by Resolution dated the 24th day of March, 1988 under the Chairmanship of Shri P.N. Haksar to go into the functioning of National Akadamies including the Lalit Kala Akadami and the said Committee, after a detailed scrutiny of the affairs in the management of the said Akadami, recommended the restructuring of their General Council, Executive Board and the electoral roll, of the artists constituency;
AND WHEREAS, in view of the serious difficulties which have arisen with regard to the management of the Lalit Kala Akadami, it is necessary to take over, for a limited period, the management thereof and it is felt that any delay in taking over the management of the Lalit Kala Akadami would be highly detrimental to the interests and objective of Akadami;
BE it enacted by Parliament in the Forty-eighth Year of Republic of India as follows:-