Section 38 in The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board Act, 2006

Title: Grants by Central Government

Description: The Central Government may, after due appropriation made by Parliament by law in this behalf, make to the Board grants of such sums of money as are required to pay salaries and allowances payable to the Chairperson and the other members and the administrative expenses including the salaries, allowances and pensions payable to the officers and employees of the Board.

Title: Fund

Description: (1) There shall be constituted a Fund to be called the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board Fund and there shall be credited thereto— (i) all grants, fees, penalties and charges received by the Board under this Act; (ii) all sums received by the Board from such other sources as may be approved by the Central Government. (2) The Fund shall be applied for making payments towards— (i) the salaries and allowances payable to the Chairperson and other members and the administrative expenses including the salaries, allowances and pensions payable to the officers and employees of the Board; (ii) the expenses incurred or to be incurred in carrying out the provisions of this Act. (3) The Central Government shall— (i) constitute a committee consisting of such persons as it thinks fit to recommend to that Government the budgetary requirements of the Board for salaries, allowances and all other expenses; and (ii) fix the budgetary ceiling of the Board on the basis of the recommendations of the committee.

Title: Accounts and audit

Description: (1) The Board shall maintain proper accounts and other relevant records and prepare an annual statement of accounts in such form as may be prescribed by the Central Government in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India. (2) The accounts of the Board shall be audited by the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India at such intervals as may be specified by him and any expenditure incurred in connection with such audit shall be payable by the Board to the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India. Explanation.--For the removal of doubts, it is hereby declared that the decisions of the Board taken in the discharge of its functions under this Act, being matters appealable to the Appellate Tribunal, shall not be subject to audit under this section. (3) The Comptroller and Auditor-General of India or any other person appointed by him in connection with the audit of the accounts of the Board shall have the same rights and privileges and authority in connection with the audit of the Government accounts and, in particular, shall have the right to demand the production of books, accounts, connected vouchers and other documents and papers and inspection of offices of the Board. (4) The accounts of the Board as certified by the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India or any other person appointed by him in this behalf together with the audit report thereon shall be forwarded annually to the Central Government and that Government shall cause the same to be laid before each House of Parliament.

Title: Annual report and its laying before Parliament

Description: (1) The Board shall prepare once every year in such form and at such time as may be prescribed, an annual report giving a summary of its activities including information relating to the proceedings and policies during the previous years and such report shall also contain statements of annual accounts of the Board. (2) A copy of the report shall be forwarded to the Central Government and the Central Government shall cause such report to be laid, as soon as may be after it is received, before each House of Parliament.

Title: Power of Central Government to issue directions

Description: (1) The Central Government may, from time to time, by writing issue to the Board such directions as it may think necessary in the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the State, friendly relations with foreign States or public order. (2) Without prejudice to the foregoing provision, the Central Government may, if it finds necessary or expedient so to do in public interest or for maintaining or increasing supplies of petroleum, petroleum products or natural gas or all or any of them or for securing their equitable distribution and ensuring adequate availability, issue policy directives to the Board in writing and such policy directives shall be binding upon the Board: Provided that no such directive shall relate to any day-to-day affairs of the Board: Provided further that the Board shall, as far as practicable, be given an opportunity of expressing its views before any directive is issued under this sub-section. (3) The decision of the Central Government whether a question is one of policy or not shall be final.