Talcher Thermal Power Station (Acquisition and Transfer) Act, 1994
(Orissa Act 7 of 1995)
Last Updated 9th December, 2019 [or863]
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY 6
Preliminary1. Short Title and Commencement. - (1) This Act may be called the Talcher Thermal Power Station (Acquisition and Transfer) Act, 1994. (2) It shall come into force on such date as the State Government may, by notification, appoint in this behalf. 2. Definitions. - In this Act unless the context other wise requires, -
(a) "appointed day" means the date of commencement of this Act;
(b) "Board" means the Orissa State Electricity Board constituted under the Electricity (Supply) Act, 1948;
(c) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner appointed under section 16;
(d) "Corporation" means the National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd., a Government company within the meaning of the Companies Act, 1956, (1 of 1956) and having its registered office at 7. Institutional Area, NTPC Bhawan, Core-7, Scape Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi-110003;
(e) "Power Station" means the Talcher Thermal Power Station including all associated facilities, etc. of the Board, situated at Talcher is the district of Angul;
(f) words and expression used herein but not defined in this Act and defined in the Indian Electricity Act, 1910 or the Electricity (Supply) Act, 1948 shall have the meaning respectively assigned to them in those Acts.
Acquisition and Transfer of Power Station3. Transfer to and vesting in the State Government of the Power Station. - On the appointed day, the Power Station and the right, title and interest of the Board in relation thereto shall, by virtue of this Act, at and transferred to, and vest in, the State Government. 4. General effects of vesting. - (1) The power Station shall be deemed to include all properties and assets, rights, leaseholds, powers, authorities and privileges and all property movable and immovable lands, buildings, offices, plants, machinery and equipments, installations, instruments, officer furniture, stationery and office equipments, vehicles, staff quarters, workers' colonies together with amenities and installations pertaining thereto, and other rights and interest in, or arising out of such properties and as assets as were immediately before the appointed day in the ownership, possession, power and control of the Board in relation to the Power Station whether within or outside the State of Orissa and and all books of accounts, registers and other documents of whatsoever nature relating thereto, but not to include cash in hand, cash at bank, investments, book debts other than outstanding advances for procurement of mater all and equipments for the Power Station) or rights, liabilities and obligations respecting any other contract or Memorandum of understanding or agreement entered into by the Board or the State Government. (2) If on the appointed day, any suit, appeal or other proceeding of whatsoever nature in relation to any property or asset which has vested in the State Government under section 3, instituted or preferred by or against the Board in relation to the Power Station, is pending, the same shall not abate, be discontinued or be, in any way, prejudicially affected by reason of the transfer of the Power Station or of anything contained in this Act but the suit, appeal or other Proceeding may be continued, prosecuted or enforced by or against the State Government or, where the Power Station vests in the Corporation, under section 5, by or against the Corporation, subject to the provisions of section 6. 5. Vesting of the Power Station in the Corporation. - (1) The Power Station vested in the State Government under section 3 shale on such date as the State Government may, by notification, specify in this behalf vest in the Corporation free from all encumbrances and thereafter, the Corporation shall become the owner of the Power Station; Provided that no such notification shall be made unless a resolution passed by the Corporation for he purpose in conformity with the provisions of this Act is communicated to the State Government. (2) Land measuring 216-02 acres acquired for Ash Pond in Talcher, in the district of Angul shall stand transferred to the Corporation, free from all encumbrances, after due physical possession of the land. 6. State Government or Corporation not to be liable for prior liabilities. - No liability of the Board in relation to the Power Station incurred prior to the appointed day and no award, decree or order of any court, tribunal or other authority in relation to the Power Station passed after the appointed day in respect of any matter, claim or dispute which arose before that day, shall be enforceable against the Corporation.
Payment of Amount7. Payment of the Amount by the State Government. - For the transfer to, and vesting in, the State Government, under section 3, of the Power Station and the right, title and interest of the Board in relation to the Power Station, there shall be given by the State Government to the Board such amount as may be determined in the manner specified in Chapter VI. 8. Payment of the Amount by the Corporation. - (1) For the transfer to, and vesting in, the corporation, under section 5, of the Power Station and the right, title and interest of the State Government in relation to the Power Station, there shall be paid by the corporation, to the State Government, such amount and in such manner, as is specified in the Schedule. (2) The State Government may, after consultation with the Corporation, by notification, make suitable changes in the amount and the manner of its payment specified in the Schedule, and on publication of the notification in the Gazette, the Schedule shall stand amended accordingly.
Delivery of Possession9. Duty of persons to account for assets etc. in their possession. - (1) Any person who has, on the appointed day, in his possession or under his control, any assets, books, documents or other papers relating to the Power Station which has vested in the State Government or the Corporation under this Act, shall be liable to account for the said assets, books, documents and other papers to the State Government or as the case may be, to the Corporation, and shall deliver them to the State Government or the Corporation or to such person or persons as the State Government or the Corporation may specify in this behalf. (2) The State Government or, as the case may be, the Corporation, may take or cause to be taken all necessary steps for securing possession of the Power Station which has bested in the State Government or the Corporation under this Act. (3) The Board shall, within such period as the State Government may allow in this behalf, furnish to the State Government a complete inventory of all its properties and assets, both movable and immovable, as on the appointed day, pertaining to the Power Station which has vested in the State Government under section 3 and for this purpose, the State Government or the Corporation shall afford to the Board all reasonable facilities.
Provisions Relating to Employees of the Power Station10. Absorption of employees. - (1) Every person who has been, immediately before the appointed day, a regular employee of the Power Station, shall, on and from the appointed day, be deemed to be on deputation with the State Government on the same terms and conditions, subject to the provisions contained in sub-section (2). (2) On the vesting of the Power Station in the Corporation under section 5, the Corporation shall, save as otherwise provided, absorb the employees of the Board working in the Power Station, in the following manner: -
(a) Subject to the provisions of clauses (b) and (c) of this sub-section and sub-sections (3) and (4), all the employees on the regular rolls of the Power Station shall be absorbed in the services of the Corporation who may, with a view to achieving better productivity and efficiency, redeploy them in Talcher Super Thermal Power Project or in any other Project or Power Station belonging to them and such employees absorbed in the services of the Corporation shall be governed by the Rules and Regulations of the Corporation in force from time to time.
(b) Officers in the rank of Executive Engineer and above, whatever designation they hold, shall be retained by the Board for deployment in other activities of the Board or the State Government.
(c) Officers in the rank of Assistant Engineer, whatever designation they hold, shall be kept on deputation with the Corporation, and their absorption in the Corporation or repatriation to the Board or the State Government shall be regulated in the following manner: -
(i) Twenty-five percentum of them shall be absorbed, in order of their suitability as may be determined by the Corporation, during the first year of vesting of the Power Station in the Corporation;
(ii) Twenty-five percentum of them shall be repatriated to the Board during the first year of such vesting for redeployment in the Board or under the State Government departments;
(iii) Further twenty-five percentum of them shall be absorbed in order of their suitability as may be determined by the Corporation, during the second and third years of such vesting (that is 15% in second year and 10% in the third year);
(iv) The remaining twenty-five percentum of the officers hall be repatriated to the Board during the second and third years of such vesting for redeployment to the Board of under the State Government Departments.(3) All Stipendiary Engineers in employment in the Power Station immediately before the appointed day, shall be retained by the Board. (4) Notwithstanding anything in the preceding sub-sections, employees appointed, if any, in the Power Station after the 11th October 1994 shall be retained by the Board. 11. Terms and conditions of service of employees of Power station of to be varied to their disadvantage. - (1) Every employee of the Power Station absorbed in the Corporation shall hold office or render service under the Corporation on the same terms and conditions and with the same rights and privileges as to pension, gratuity, leave and other matters, as would have been applicable to him immediately before such vesting, till his employment under the Corporation is duly terminated or until his remuneration and other conditions of service as a package are duly altered by the Corporation to his advantage. (2) The financial liabilities of the Board in relation to the employees absorbed by the Corporation on account of the matters referred to in sub-section (1) for the service rendered under the Board shall be computed till the date immediately preceding the date of vesting of the Power Station with the Corporation and the amount shall be paid to the Corporation as soon as the employees are absorbed. 12. Reservation of Search Results Web results Deputationist. - Any person who was on deputation to the Power Station from any other organisation immediately before the appointed day shall, on that day, be deemed to have been reverted to his parent organisation. 13. Status of employees of Power Station on its vesting with the Corporation. - Any person referred to sub-clauses (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv) of clause (c) of sub-section (2) of section 10 shall, on the dater of vesting of the power station with the Corporation, be deemed to be on deputation with the Corporation on the same terms and conditions of service as were applicable to him before such vesting, until he is absorbed in the service of the Corporation or repatriated to the Board, as the case may be. 14. Employees not been entitled to compensation. - Notwithstanding anything contained in the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 or in any other law for the time being in force, the transfer of the services of any employee of the Power Station to the Corporation shall not entitle him to any compensation under this Act or under any other law for the time being in force and no such claim shall be entertained by any court, tribunal or other authority. 15. Transfer of provident fund money to the corporation. - Where the Board has established a provident fund or any other fund for the benefit of the persons employed by it the Power Station, the moneys relatable to the employees who are absorbed by or under this Act in the Corporation, standing on the appointed day to the credit of such funds, shall, on the date of vesting of the Power Station in the Corporation, stand transferred to the Corporation.
Determination of Payment by the State Government16. Appointment of Commissioner. - (1) The State Government shall, for the purposes of determining the amount payable to the Board for acquisition of the Power Station by the State Government and for its disbursement, appoint, by notification, a Commissioner of Payments. (2) The State Government may appoint such other persons as it may think fit to assist the Commissioner. 17. Determination of commissioner. - (1) The Commissioner shall, so far as may be within six months from the date of the notification under section 16, determine the amount payable by the State Government to the Board for acquisition of the Power Station. (2) In determining such amount, the Commissioner shall take into consideration the value of all assets and properties, pertaining to the Power Station as have vested in the State Government under section 3, and such other matters as may be relevant for the purpose. (3) The amount so determined shall be intimated by the Commissioner to the State Government, whereupon the State Government shall, after deducting the amount owed to it by the Board, make available the balance amount to the Board.
Miscellaneous[18. The Provisions of this Act shall have effect notwithstanding anything inconsistent therewith contained in the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (Act 5 of 1908), the Transfer of Property Act, 1882 (Act 4 of 1982) and the Registration Act, 1908 (Act 16 of 1908), or in any other State law for the time being in force, or in any instrument having effect by virtue of nay of the said laws, other than this Act, or in any decree or order of any court, tribunal or other authority.] 19. Penalties. - Any person who -
(a) having in his possession, custody or control any property forming part of the Power Station wrongfully withholds such property from the Corporation; or
(b) wrongfully obtains possession of, or retains, any property forming part of the Power Station; or
(c) wilfully withholds or fails to furnish to the Corporation or any person or body of persons specified by the Corporation, any document or inventory relating to the Power Station which may be in his possession, custody or control; or
(d) fails to deliver to the Corporation of any person or body of persons specified by the Corporation, any assets, book; of accounts, registers or other documents in his possession, custody or control relating to the Power Station.shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years and also with fine which may extend to ten thousand rupees. 20. Offence by the Board or Company. - (1) Where an offence punishable under section 19 has been committed by the Board or a company, every person who, at the time the offence was committed, was in charge of, and was responsible to the Board or company, as the case may be, for the conduct of its business as well as the Board or the company, as the case may be, shall be deemed to be guilty of the offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly: Provided that nothing contained in this sub-section shall render any such person liable to any punishment, if he proves that the offence was committed without his knowledge and that he had exercised all due diligence to prevent the commission of such offence. (2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), where any offence under section 19 has been committed by a company and it is proved that the offence was committed with consent or connivance of, or is attributable to any neglect on the part of, any director, manager, secretary or other officer of the company, such director, manager, secretary or other office shall be deemed to be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly. Explanation. - For the purposes of this Section, -
(a) "company" means any body corporate and includes a firm or other association of individuals; and
(b) "director" in relation to a firm, means a partner in the firm.21. Protection of action taken in good faith. - No suit, prosecution or other legal proceedings shall lie against the State Government or any person, for anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done in pursuance of this Act or the rules made thereunder. 22. Power to make Rules. - (1) The State Government may, by notification, make rules, for carrying out the purposes of this Act. (2) In particular and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power such rules may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely: -
(a) the detailed manner, if any, in which the amount is to be paid under sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) of section 8;
(b) the manner in which the moneys in any provident fund or other fund referred to in section 15 shall be dealt with for the purpose of that section;
(c) any other matter as may be considered expedient to be provided.23. Power to remove difficulties. - (1) If any difficulty arises in giving effect to the provisions of this Act, the State Government may, by order, make such provisions, not effecting the substance of this Act, as appears to it to be necessary or expedient for removing the difficulty. (2) No order under sub-section (1) shall be made after the expiration of the period of two years from the commencement of this Act. (3) Every order made under sub-section (1) shall be laid as soon as may be, before the State Legislature and the provisions of the Orissa General Clauses Act, Orissa Act 1937 shall apply as they apply in respect of rules made by the State Government under any Orissa Act.
(See Section 8)1. The amount payable by the Corporation as referred to in Section 8 shall be three hundred and fifty-six crore rupees. 2. Such amount shall be paid in the following manner, namely: -
(a) Rupees on hundred crores shall be paid to the State Government of Orissa at the time of vesting the Power Station with the Corporation.
(b) The balance rupees two hundred and fifty-six crores shall be paid as follows: -
(i) by adjustment of the outstanding dues of the Corporation against the Board on account of sale of energy and surcharge for delayed payment, as on the date of vesting of the Power Station with the Corporation; and
(ii) after such adjustment, the balance amount shall be paid in five consecutive equal annual instalment which shall carry interest liability at the rate of fourteen percentum per annum on the Corporation. The payment of instalments along with the interest shall commence on the expiry of one year from the date of the down payment of rupees one hundred crores as mentioned at (a) above.In case of non-payment by the Board or its successors, of electricity dues, if any, for more than three months, of any Corporation station, the Corporation shall be entitled to appropriate those dues from the Board against its dues to the State Government after due reconciliation of the Corporation accounts with the Board accounts.