Section 15 in The Haj Committee Act, 2002

Title: Filling of a casual vacancy

Description: (1) When the seat of a member becomes vacant by his removal, resignation, death or otherwise, a new member shall be nominated or elected, as the case may be, in his place and such member shall hold office so long as the member whose place he fills would have been entitled to hold office if such vacancy had not occurred. (2) Any casual vacancy under sub-section (1) shall be filled up by the same category to which the former member belonged.

Title: Chief Executive Officer and other employees

Description: (1) The Central Government shall appoint a person, from a panel of Muslim officers of the Central Government and of the State Governments not below the rank of Deputy Secretary to the Government of India, to be the Chief Executive Officer of the Committee on such terms and conditions as may be prescribed. (2) The Chief Executive Officer shall be the ex officio Secretary of the Committee. (3) The Chief Executive Officer shall be appointed for a period of three years, which may be extended by a maximum period of one year by the Central Government. (4) The Chief Executive Officer shall execute the decisions of the Committee and perform such other functions as may be prescribed: Provided that in case of any difference of opinion between the Chief Executive Officer and the Committee, he shall bring the matter to the notice of the Central Government, whose decision thereon shall be final. (5) The Committee may, with the previous sanction of the Central Government, employ such other officers and employees as it deems necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act, on such terms and conditions as may be prescribed.

Title: Establishment and incorporation of State Haj Committee.

Description: (1) With effect from such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint in this behalf, the Government of a State shall constitute a Committee by the name of the......[name of the State] Haj Committee: Provided that in case it appears to the Central Government for any reasons that it is not necessary for a State or Union territory to establish a Haj Committee, it may authorise the State Haj Committee of a contiguous State to deal with those pilgrims and suggest suitable representation of those States and Union territories. (2) The State Committee shall be a body corporate, by the name aforesaid, having perpetual succession and a common seal with power, subject to the provisions of this Act, to acquire, hold and dispose of property, both movable and immovable, to create a charitable trust or endowment, and to contract and shall by the said name sue and be sued. (3) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, an agreement may be entered into— (a) by two or more Governments of contiguous States, or (b) by the Central Government (in respect of one or more Union territories) and one or more Governments of States contiguous to such Union territory or Union territories, to be in force for such period and to be subject to renewal for such further period, if any, as may be specified in the agreement to provide for the constitution of a Joint State Committee,-- (i) in a case referred to in clause (a), for all the participating States, and (ii) in a case referred to in clause (b), for the participating Union territory or Union territories and the State or States. (4) An agreement under this section shall be published, in a case referred to in clause (a) of sub-section (2), in the Official Gazette of the participating States and in a case referred to in clause (b) of that sub-section, in the Official Gazette of the participating Union territory or Union territories and participating State or States. (5) Any reference in this Act to the State Committee shall, unless the context otherwise requires, be construed as including a Joint State Committee.

Title: Composition of State Committee

Description: (1) A State Committee shall consist of sixteen members, to be nominated by the State Government, namely:-- (i) three members from the Muslim members of— (a) Parliament representing the State; (b) State Legislative Assembly; and (c) Legislative Council, where it exists; (ii) three members from Muslim members representing local bodies in the State; (iii) three members having expertise in Muslim theology and law including one who shall be a Shia Muslim; (iv) five members representing Muslim voluntary organisations working in the fields of public administration, finance, education, culture or social work; (v) the Chairperson of the State Wakf Board; and (vi) Executive Officer of the State Committee, who shall be the ex officio member of the State Committee: Provided that a Committee for any Union territory or a Joint State Committee shall consist of such number of members as may be prescribed. (2) In case where there is no Muslim member in any of the categories mentioned in clauses (i) and (ii) of sub-section (1), or where there is no Legislative Council in a State, nomination may be made in such manner as may be prescribed.

Title: Notification of members

Description: As soon as may be after the nomination of the members of a State Committee under sub-section (1) of section 18, the State Government shall publish, in the Official Gazette of that State, the names of all such members.

The Haj Committee Act, 2002