Section 51 in The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board Act, 2006

Title: Maintenance of data bank and information

Description: (1) The Board shall maintain a data bank and information system relating to activities of entities dealing with petroleum, petroleum products and natural gas in such form and manner as may be provided by regulations. (2) The Board shall have power to verify the data supplied by the entities and appoint any person or persons for the purpose and take such measures as it may consider necessary.

Title: Obligations of entities

Description: (1) Every entity shall— (a) maintain such documentary records as may be specified by the Board by regulations; (b) allow inspection of such facilities and documentary records, as may be specified by the Board, by any person authorised by the Board; (c) commence operation of activities for which authorisation has been granted within such period as may be specified by the Board in the document of authorisation; (d) register— (i) agreements with the Board relating to use of pipelines for supply of petroleum, petroleum products and natural gas; or (ii) any other document which the Board may determine by regulations; (e) comply with marketing service obligations and retail service obligations. (2) The Board may call for any information from any entity including information which is considered necessary for ensuring transparency or ascertaining true ownership of the entity. (3) The Board or any officer authorised by the Board shall have the power to inspect and obtain information, wherever necessary, from the entities. (4) For the effective enforcement of the terms and conditions of authorisation, the Board or any officer authorised by it for that purpose, shall have all the powers of an inspecting officer as provided under section 209A of the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956). (5) It shall be the duty of every entity to carry out the directions of the Board given under this section. (6) The Board shall maintain confidentiality in respect of any information and record received by it from the entities and shall not disclose information contained therein to any person or authority except on the grounds of public interest.

Title: Furnishing of returns, etc., to Central Government

Description: The Board shall furnish to the Central Government at such time and in such form and manner as may be prescribed or as the Central Government may direct, such returns and statements and such particulars in regard to any matter in connection with proposed or existing activities under this Act, as the Central Government may, from time to time, require.

Title: Chairperson, members, etc., to be public servants

Description: The Chairperson, Members, Officers and other employees of the Board and Technical Member (Petroleum and Natural Gas) of the Appellate Tribunal shall be deemed, when acting or purporting to act in pursuance of any of the provisions of this Act, to be public servants within the meaning of section 21 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860).

Title: Protection of action taken in good faith

Description: No suit, prosecution or other legal proceeding shall lie against the Central Government, Board, Technical Authority or Appellate Tribunal or any officer of the Central Government or any Chairperson, Member, officer or other employee of the Board or Technical Member (Petroleum and Natural Gas) of the Appellate Tribunal for anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done under this Act or the rules or regulations made thereunder.