Section 12 in The Public Records Act, 1993

Title: Access to public records

Description: (1) All unclassified public records as are more than thirty years old and are transferred to the National Archives of India or the Archives of the Union territory may be, subject to such exceptions and restrictions as may be prescribed made available to any bona fide research scholar. Explanation.-- For the purposes of this sub-section, the period of thirty years shall be reckoned from the year of the opening of the public record. (2) Any records creating agency may grant to any person access to any public record in its custody in such manner and subject to such conditions as may be prescribed.

Title: Archival Advisory Board

Description: (1) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, constitute an Archival Advisory Board for the purposes of this Act. (2) The Board shall consist of the following members, namely:-- (a) Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Central Government dealing with Culture Chairman, ex officio; (b) one officer not below the rank of Joint Secretary to the Government of India, each from the Cabinet Secretariat, Ministry of Home Affairs,Ministry of Defence, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension Members, ex officio; (c) two representatives not below the rank of Joint Secretary in the Union territory Administrations to be nominated by the Central Government Members; (d) three persons to be nominated by the Central Government for a period not exceeding three years, one being an Archivist and two being Professors in the Post-graduate Department of History in any recognised University. Members; (e) Director General Member-Secretary, ex officio (3) The members nominated under clause (d) of sub-section (2) shall be paid such allowances as may be prescribed.

Title: Functions of the Board

Description: The Board shall perform the following functions, namely:-- (a) advise the Central Government and Union territory Administrations on matters concerning the administration, management, conservation and use of public records; (b) lay down guidelines for training of Archivists; (c) give directions for acquisition of records from private custody; (d) deal with such other matters as may be prescribed.

Title: Power of the Director General to lay down norms and standards for courses in archival science

Description: The Director General shall have the power to lay down norms and standards for courses curricula, assessment and examinations relating to the training in archival science and other ancillary subjects.

Title: Protection of action taken in good faith

Description: No suit, prosecution or other legal proceedings shall lie against any person in respect of anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done in pursuance of this Act or the rules made thereunder.

The Public Records Act, 1993