Section 13 in The Public Records Act, 1993

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.

Title: Power to make rules

Description: (1) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules to carry out the provisions of this Act. (2) In particular and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such rules may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely:-- (a) the period after which public records of permanent nature may be accepted under clause (b) of sub-section (2) of section 3; (b) the manner in which and the conditions subject to which public records can be destroyed under clause (d) of sub-section (1) of section 6; (c) the manner in which periodical review of classified public records for downgrading shall be undertaken under clause (f) of sub-section (1) of section 6; (d) the manner in which the records officer will report to the Director General or the head of the Archives under clause (k) of sub section (1) of section 6; (e) the manner in which and the conditions subject to which public records may be destroyed or disposed of under sub-section (1) of section 8; (f) the manner in which and the conditions subject to which records of historical or national importance may be made available to research scholar under sub-section (2) of section 11; (g) exceptions and restrictions subject to which public records may be made available to a research scholar under sub-section (1) of section 12; (h) the manner in which and the conditions subject to which any records creating agency may grant to any person access to public records in its custody under sub-section (2) of section 12; (i) the allowances payable to members of the Board under sub-section (3) of section 13; (j) the matters with respect to which the Board may perform its functions under clause (d) of section 14; (k) any other matter which is required to be, or may be, prescribed.

The Public Records Act, 1993