The Punjab Home Guards Act, 1947
East Punjab Act No. 8 of 1947
The word "National" in the short title omitted by East Punjab Act, 31 of 1949, Section 2.
Received the assent of His Excellency the Governor of East Punjab on the 4th December, 1947, and first published in the East Punjab Government Gazette (Extraordinary) of the 8th December, 1947.
An Act to provide for the constitution of [Punjab Home Guards].
It is hereby enacted as follows :-
1. Short title, extent and commencement. - (1) This Act may be called [the Punjab Home Guards Act, 1947.]
(2) It extends to the whole of the State of [Punjab].
(3) It shall come into force at once.
2. Constitution of [Punjab] [Home Guards]. - The [State] Government may for any case constitute a body to be called the [Punjab] [Home Guards] the members of which shall discharge such functions in relation to the protection of persons, the security of property or the public safety as may be assigned to them in accordance with the provisions of this Act and the rules made thereunder.
3. Appointment of members. - The State Government may appoint as members of the [Punjab] [Home Guards] so many persons who are fit and willing to serve as such, as the State Government may see fit to appoint and may appoint any such member to any office of command in the [Punjab Home Guards].
4. Calling out of members. - The [State] Government in any area at any time may call out a member of the [Punjab Home Guards] for training or to discharge any of the functions assigned to the [Punjab Home Guards] in accordance with the provisions of this Act and the rules made thereunder.
5. Powers, protection and control. - (1) A member of the [Punjab] [Home Guards] when called out under section 4 shall have the same powers, privileges and protection as an officer of police appointed under any law for the time being in force.
(2) No prosecution shall be instituted against a member of the [Punjab] [Home Guards] in respect of anything done or purporting to be done by him in the discharge of his functions as such member, except with the previous sanction of the [State] Government.
6. Control by officers of police force. - The members of the [Punjab] [Home Guards] when called out under section 4 directly in aid of the police force, shall be under the control of the officers of such force, in such manner and to such extent as may be prescribed by rules made under section 8.
7. Penalty. - [(1)] If any member of the [Punjab Home Guards] on being called out under section 4, without sufficient excuse neglects or refuses to obey such order, or to discharge his functions as a member of the [Punjab Home Guards], or to obey any lawful order or direction given to him for the performance of his duties, he shall, on conviction by a competent Court, be punishable with [simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months or with fine which may extend to one hundred rupees or with both.
(2) An offence under this Act shall be cognizable].
8. Delegation of Powers. - The [State] Government may by notification and subject to any conditions which may be specified delegate its functions under section 2, 3 or 4 to any person or body of persons.
9. Rules. - The [State] Government may make rules consistent with this Act -
Amended in part by East Punjab Act 31 of 1949
Amended in part the Adaptation of Laws Order, 1950
Extended to Pepsu Territory by Punjab Act 18 of 1958
Amended by Punjab Act 42 of 1960
(a) providing for the exercise of control by officers of the police force over members of the [Punjab] [Home Guards] when acting directly in aid of the police force;
(b) regulating the organisation, appointment, conditions of service, duties, discipline, arms, accoutrements and clothing of members of the [Punjab] [Home Guards] and the manner in which they may be called out for service;
(c) conferring on members of the [Punjab] [Home Guards] according to their office any powers, other than magisterial or judicial powers, exercisable by any person under any law for the time being in force; and
(d) generally for giving effect to the provisions of this Act.
10. Repeal of Ordinance No. 10 of 1947. - The East Punjab National Volunteer Corps Ordinance, 1947, is hereby repealed.