Establishment of Central Authority

33. The Central Government shall, within a period of nine months from the date on which this Act receives the assent of the President, by notification, establish, for the purposes
of this Act, an Authority to be known as the Central Mental Health Authority.

Composition of Central Authority

34. (1) The Central Authority shall consist of the following, namely:––
(a) Secretary or Additional Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Health and Family Welfare––chairperson ex officio;
(b) Joint Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Health and Family Welfare, in charge of mental health––member ex officio;
(c) Joint Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy— member ex officio;
(d) Director General of Health Services––member ex officio;
(e) Joint Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Disability Affairs of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment–– member ex officio;
(f) Joint Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Women and Child Development–– member ex officio;
(g) Directors of the Central Institutions for Mental Health––members ex officio;
(h) such other ex officio representatives from the relevant Central Government Ministries or Departments;
(i) one mental health professional as defined in item (iii) of clause (r) of sub-section (1) of section 2 having at least fifteen years experience in the field, to be nominated by the Central Government—member;
(j) one psychiatric social worker having at least fifteen years experience in the field, to be nominated by the Central Government––member;
(k) one clinical psychologist having at least fifteen years experience in the field, to be nominated by the Central Government––member;
(l) one mental health nurse having at least fifteen years experience in the field of mental health, to be nominated by the Central Government––member;
(m) two persons representing persons who have or have had mental illness, to be nominated by the Central Government––members;
(n) two persons representing care-givers of persons with mental illness or organisations representing care-givers, to be nominated by the Central Government—members;
(o) two persons representing non-governmental organisations which provide services to persons with mental illness, to be nominated by the Central Government––members;
(p) two persons representing areas relevant to mental health, if considered necessary.

(2) The members referred to in clauses (h) to (p) of sub-section (1), shall be nominated by the Central Government in such manner as may be prescribed.

Term of office, salaries and allowances of chairperson and members

35. (1) The members of the Central Authority referred to in clauses (h) to (p) of sub-section (1) of section 34 shall hold office as such for a term of three years from the date of nomination and shall be eligible for reappointment:
Provided that a member shall not hold office as such after he has attained the age of seventy years.

(2) The chairperson and other ex officio members of the Authority shall hold office as such chairperson or member, as the case may be, so long as he holds the office by virtue of
which he is nominated.

(3) The salaries and allowances payable to, and the other terms and conditions of service of, the chairperson and other members shall be such as may be prescribed.

Resignation

36. A member of the Central Authority may, by notice in writing under his hand addressed to the Central Government, resign his office:
Provided that a member shall, unless he is permitted by the Central Government to relinquish his office sooner, continue to hold office until the expiry of three months from the
date of receipt of such notice or until a person duly appointed as his successor enters upon the office or until the expiry of his term of office, whichever is the earliest.

Filling of vacancies

37. The Central Government shall, within two months from the date of occurrence of any vacancy by reason of death, resignation or removal of a member of the Authority and three months before the superannuation or completion of the term of office of any member of that Authority, make nomination for filling up of the vacancy.

Vacancies, etc., not to invalidate proceedings of Central Authority

38. No act or proceeding of the Central Authority shall be invalid merely by reason of—
(a) any vacancy in, or any defect in the constitution of, the Authority; or
(b) any defect in the appointment of a person as a member of the Authority; or
(c) any irregularity in the procedure of the Authority not affecting the merits of the case.

Member not to participate in meetings in certain cases

39. Any member having any direct or indirect interest, whether pecuniary or otherwise, in any matter coming up for consideration at a meeting of the Central Authority, shall, as
soon as possible after the relevant circumstances have come to his knowledge, disclose the nature of his interest at such meeting and such disclosure shall be recorded in the proceedings of the Central Authority, and the member shall not take any part in any deliberation or decision of the Authority with respect to that matter.

Officers and other employees of Central Authority

40. (1) There shall be a chief executive officer of the Authority, not below the rank of the Director to the Government of India, to be appointed by the Central Government.

(2) The Authority may, with the approval of the Central Government, determine the number, nature and categories of other officers and employees required by the Central
Authority in the discharge of its functions.

(3) The salaries and allowances payable to, and the other terms and conditions of service (including the qualifications, experience and manner of appointment) of, the chief
executive officer and other officers and employees of the Central Authority shall be such as may be specified by regulations with the approval of the Central Government.

Functions of chief executive officer of Central Authority

41. (1) The chief executive officer shall be the legal representative of the Central Authority and shall be responsible for—
(a) the day-to-day administration of the Central Authority;
(b) implementing the work programmes and decisions adopted by the Central Authority;
(c) drawing up of proposal for the Central Authority’s work programmes;
(d) the preparation of the statement of revenue and expenditure and the execution of the budget of the Central Authority.

(2) Every year, the chief executive officer shall submit to the Central Authority for approval—
(a) a general report covering all the activities of the Central Authority in the previous year;
(b) programmes of work;
(c) the annual accounts for the previous year; and
(d) the budget for the coming year.

(3) The chief executive officer shall have administrative control over the officers and other employees of the Central Authority.

Transfer of assets, liabilities of Central Authority

42. On the establishment of the Central Authority—
(a) all the assets and liabilities of the Central Authority for Mental Health Services constituted under sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Mental Health Act, 1987 shall stand transferred to, and vested in, the Central Authority.
Explanation.—The assets of such Central Authority for Mental Health Services shall be deemed to include all rights and powers, and all properties, whether movable or immovable, including, in particular, cash balances, deposits and all other interests and rights in, or arising out of, such properties as may be in the possession of such Unique Identification Authority of India and all books of account and other documents relating to the same; and liabilities shall be deemed to include all debts, liabilities and obligations of whatever kind;
(b) without prejudice to the provisions of clause (a), all data and information collected during enrolment, all details of authentication performed, debts, obligations and liabilities incurred, all contracts entered into and all matters and things engaged to be done by, with or for such Central Authority for Mental Health Services immediately before that day, for or in connection with the purpose of the said Central Authority for Mental Health Services, shall be deemed to have been incurred, entered into or engaged to be done by, with or for, the Central Authority;
(c) all sums of money due to the Central Authority for Mental Health Services immediately before that day shall be deemed to be due to the Central Authority; and
(d) all suits and other legal proceedings instituted or which could have been instituted by or against such Central Authority for Mental Health Services immediately before that day may be continued or may be instituted by or against the Central Authority.

Functions of Central Authority

43. (1) The Central Authority shall––
(a) register all mental health establishments under the control of the Central Government and maintain a register of all mental health establishments in the country based on information provided by all State Mental Health Authorities of registered establishments and compile update and publish (including online on the internet) a register of such establishments;
(b) develop quality and service provision norms for different types of mental health establishments under the Central Government;
(c) supervise all mental health establishments under the Central Government and receive complaints about deficiencies in provision of services;
(d) maintain a national register of clinical psychologists, mental health nurses and psychiatric social workers based on information provided by all State Authorities of persons registered to work as mental health professionals for the purpose of this Act and publish the list (including online on the internet) of such registered mental health professionals;
(e) train all persons including law enforcement officials, mental health professionals and other health professionals about the provisions and implementation of this Act;
(f) advise the Central Government on all matters relating to mental healthcare and services;
(g) discharge such other functions with respect to matters relating to mental health as the Central Government may decide:
Provided that the mental health establishments under the control of the Central Government, before the commencement of this Act, registered under the Mental Health Act, 1987 or any other law for the time being in force, shall be deemed to have been registered under the provisions of this Act and copy of such registration shall be furnished to the Central Authority.

(2) The procedure for registration (including the fees to be levied for such registration) of the mental health establishments under this section shall be such as may be prescribed by
the Central Government.

Meetings of Central Authority

44. (1) The Central Authority shall meet at such times (not less than twice in a year) and places and shall observe such rules of procedure in regard to the transaction of business at its meetings (including quorum at such meetings) as may be specified by regulations made by the Central Authority.

(2) If the chairperson, for any reason, is unable to attend a meeting of the Central Authority, the senior-most member shall preside over the meeting of the Authority.

(3) All questions which come up before any meeting of the Authority shall be decided by a majority of votes by the members present and voting and in the event of an equality of votes, the chairperson or in his absence the member presiding over shall have a second or casting vote.

(4) All decisions of the Central Authority shall be authenticated by the signature of the chairperson or any other member authorised by the Central Authority in this behalf.

(5) If any member, who is a director of a company and who as such director, has any direct or indirect pecuniary interest in any manner coming up for consideration at a meeting of the Central Authority, he shall, as soon as possible after relevant circumstances have come to his knowledge, disclose the nature of his interest at such meeting and such disclosure
shall be recorded in the proceedings of the Authority, and the member shall not take part in any deliberation or decision of the Authority with respect to that matter.


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