Village, Village Headman, Village Panchayat
An Act to make provision for the perfomancc of nightly
patrol duty by the inhabitants of villages and small
towns in ‘[Haryana] in case of emergency.
Whereas it is expedient to make ~ovision for the performance
of nightly patrol duty by the inhabitants of villages add small towns in
‘[Haryana] in case of emergencq; it is hereby enacted as follows :-
Title and cxtmt. 1. (1) This Act may be called the Punjab Village and Small Towns
Patrol Act, 19 1 8.
(2) It extends to ‘[Haryana].
- la this Act-
“Wlage” includes a town with a popuation not exceeding ten
thousand in habitants according t3 the last census; also any
recognized sub-division of a dage or of such a town ;
“village headman” means the person duly appointed to perlbrm
the duties of the dlage headman ;
“village panchayat” means 2[(2) in the cw of a municipality, the
municipal committee; @) in-the cas: of a notified area, the
notified area committee; (c) in tht case of a small town,
the small town committee; and (d) J in the case of any other
village, the whole body of the village headmen and such
other pasons as the Deputy Coxmissioner may appoint
on a report made, after consulting be viIlage community
concerned, by the za-idar or other person deputed for the
purpose by the Deputy Cormnissbner ; provided that the
number of persons so appointed shall not be more than
twice the number of the village 5eadmen.
Order for 3. (1) When the Deputy Commissioner i: of opinion that in any
perhrmancc or village in his district (a) special measures’ are ~tquired to secure the
patrol duty. public safety, and the inbabi tants have not, either voluntarily, or on
- Substituted fbr the word “Punjab” by Aaryana Adzptation of Laws (State and
Concurrent Subjects) Ordcr, 1968.
- Substitnred for the wards “in the case ofa municipality & muoicipal ccffnmittcc
and” by Ponjiib Act, 2 of 1942, section 2.
being required so to do by the-Deputy Commissioner, made sufficient
provision for watch and ward, he may make an order in writing that
that fTom such date as he may fix in the order all able-bodied adult male
inhabitants of the village shall be liable to patrol duty.
(2) An order under sub-section (I) shall remain in force for
such period not exceeding one year as the Deputy Commissioner may
fix, but it may be removed t?om time to time as the Deputy
Commissioner may direct.
(3) An Order under sub-section (I) or (2) may be cancelled at
any time by the Deputy Commissioner.
, 4. (I) When the Deputy Commissioner has made an order under
section 3 he shall, unless the village is a municipality, ‘[a notified area
or a small town], appoint a village panchayat2 for the village.
(2) The village pnchayat of &ti village in respect of which an
order under section 3 bas been passed shall report forthwith-
(a) the number of able-bodied adult male inhabitants of the
b the number of persons which ia their opinion will be
required for patrol duty each night ;
(c) the mefhod by which in their opinion such persons shall be
selected, that is, whether by . . rotation or by lot or otherwise.
(3) Upon receipt of the report of the iillage panchayat the
Deputy Commissioner shall determine the number of perions required
for patrol duty and the method of their se~eaidn, and shall inform the
village pgcbayat of his decision.
(4) Persons shall be selected by the dage panchayat for
patrol duty in such numbers and according to such methods as the I.
~eputy donmrissioner my determink.
(5) Where the selection is by lot, names once drawn shall not be
dram again until all the remaining names on the list have been
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