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Press Council (Budget and Accounts) Rules, 1981

To be published In Gazette of India , Extraordinary, Part II, Section III,
Sub-Section (i)
Government. of India
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

New Delhi, Dated 16.4.1981


G.S.R. 296(E) In exercise of the powers conferred by section 25 of the Press Council Act 1978 (37of 1978), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules, namely;-

  1. Short title; These rules may be called the Press Council(Budget and Accounts) Rules 1981.
  2. Definitions; In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires,
    1. ‘Act’ means the Press Council Act, 1978 (37 of 1978)
    2. Council, means the Press Council of India established under section 4 of Press Council Act, 1978 (37 of 1978)
  3. Budget;
    1. The Council shall not later than 15th September, in each year prepare the budget in respect of the financial year next ensuing showing the details of estimated receipts and expenditure.
    2. The budget shall be prepared in the form set out in Appendix I and copy thereof shall be forwarded to the Central Government not later than the Ist October. Preceding the year to which it relates.
  4. Accounts and Audit;
    1. The Council shall cause regular accounts to be kept of all its money and properties in respect of the Press Council of India. The Council shall cause to be maintained the books of Accounts and the registers specified in Appendix II in respective forms set out therein.
    2. The accounts of the Council shall be audited annually by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India or by any person authorised by him in this behalf.
    3. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India and any person appointed by him in connection with audit of accounts of the Council shall have the same rights privileges and authority in connection with such audit as the Comptroller and Auditor General of India has in connection with the Audit of Government accounts and in particular shall have the right to demand the production of books, accounts, connected vouchers and other necessary documents and papers.
    4. The results of the audit shall be reported by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India to the Chairman of the Council who shall submit a copy of the report along with the Council’s observations to Central Government in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The Comptroller and Auditor General shall also forward a copy of the report direct to Central Government in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
  5. Returns to be furnished;
    1. The Council shall furnish to be Central Government the following returns;-
      1. Half yearly statements of grants and advances made to the Council by any authority, and funds collected by the Council as fee under Section 16 of the Act;
      2. Half yearly statements of the expenditure out of the grants and advances referred to in clause (a) above;
      3. Half yearly statements showing investments of the Council
    2. The statement referred to in sub-rule(i) shall be prepared for the half yearly ending 31st March and the 30th September of each year and shall be submitted so as to reach the Central Government on or before the Ist May and the Ist November, respectively.

File No. 4/19/79-Press
(Suresh Mathur)
Joint Secretary to the Government of India


  1. Form of Annual Accounts with Statement of Assets and Liabilities, Statement of Assets and Statement of Liabilities
  2. Other Forms.
    1. Cash Book
    2. Subsidiary Accounts to the Cash Book
    3. Classified Abstract
    4. Receipt Book
    5. Register of Stock of Receipt/Cheque Books
    6. Register of stock of consumable/non-consumable articles
    7. Register of pension and leave salary contribution
    8. Register of Advances
    9. Register of Contingent charges
    10. Register of Securities.
    11. Establishment Register.
    12. Travelling Allowance Audit Register.
    13. Register showing the final settlement of the transactions.
    14. Register showing particulars of transactions needing further details/ settlement
    15. Abstract of transactions needing further details/settlement
    16. Register of advances and recoveries
    17. CPF. Account Ledger with Broadsheets of the C.P.F.