An Act to provide for the abolition of the Legislative Council of the
State of Punjab and for matters supplemental, incidental and consequential thereto.
BE it enacted by Parliament in the Twentieth Year of the Republic of
India as follows:–
1.Short title and commencement.
1. Short title and commencement.-(1) This Act may be called the
Punjab Legislative Council (Abolition) Act, 1969.(2) It shall come into force on such date1 as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint.
2. Definitions.-In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-
(a) “appropriate Government” means, as respects a law relating to a matter enumerated in List I in the Seventh Schedule to the
Constitution, the Central Government, and as respects any other law, the State Government;
(b) “article” means an article of the Constitution;
(c) “Council” means the Legislative Council of the State of Punjab;
(d) “law” includes any enactment, ordinance, regulation, order, bye-law, rule, scheme, notification or other instrument having the force of law in the whole or any part of the State of Punjab;
(e) “Legislative Assembly” means the Legislative Assembly of the State of Punjab.
3.Abolition of the Council.
3. Abolition of the Council.-(1) The Legislative Council of the State of Punjab is hereby abolished.
(2) On the abolition of the Council, every member thereof shall cease to be such member.
4.Amendment of article 168.4. Amendment of article 168.-In sub-clause (a) of clause (1) of article 168, the word “, Punjab”, shall be omitted. 1. 7th January,
1970 : vide Notifn. No. G.S.R. 72, dated 7th January, 1970, Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Pt. II, Sec. 3 (i), p. 13.5.Amendment of Act 43 of 1950.
5. Amendment of Act 43 of 1950.-In the Representation of the People
(a) in the Third Schedule, entry No. 7 relating to Punjab shall be omitted;
(b) in the Fourth Schedule, the heading “Punjab” and the entries thereunder shall be omitted.
6.Repeal of Delimitation of Council Constituencies (Punjab) Order, 1951.6. Repeal of Delimitation of Council Constituencies (Punjab) Order,
1951.-The Delimitation of Council Constituencies (Punjab) Order, 1951, is hereby repealed.
7.Provision as to pending Bills.
7. Provision as to pending Bills.-(1) A Bill pending in the Council immediately before the commencement of this Act which has not been passed by the Legislative Assembly shall lapse on the abolition of the
(2) A Bill pending in the Council immediately before the commencement of this Act which has been passed by the Legislative Assembly shall lapse on the abolition of the Council, but on such abolition shall be deemed to have been passed before such commenc ment by both Houses of the Legislature of the State of Punjab in the form in which it was passed by the Legislative Assembly.
(3) A Bill which having been passed by the Legislative Assembly is, before the commencement of this Act, either rejected by the Council or passed by the Council with amendments, the Legislative Assembly may, after such commencement, pass the Bill again ith or without such amendments, if any, as have been made by the Council and the Bill so passed shall be deemed to be a Bill introduced in and passed by the
Legislative Assembly after the commencement of this Act.
8.Power to adapt laws.
8. Power to adapt laws.-The appropriate Government may, before the expiration of one year from the commencement of this Act, by order, make such adaptations and modifications of any law made before such commencement, whether by way of repeal or amendment as may be necessary or expedient in consequence of the abolition of the Council under section 3, and thereupon every such law shall effect subject to the adaptations and modifications so made.
9.Power to construe laws.
9. Power to construe laws.-Notwithstanding that no provision or insufficient provision has been made under section 8 for the adaptation or modification of law made before the commencement of this
Act, any court, tribunal or authority required or empowere to enforce such law may construe the law in such manner, without affecting the substance, as may be necessary or proper on account of the abolition of the Council, in regard to the matter before the court, tribunal or authority.