appointed under section 10 of this Act, who maliciously abuses any powers conferred on him by or under this Act, shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to one year or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees or with both.
(2) No prosecution shall be instituted under this section without the previous sanction of the Government.
154. Delegation of powers by Government.
The Government may, by notification and subject to any restrictions, limitations and conditions specified therein, authorise any person to exercise any one or more of the powers wested in them by this Act and may in like manner withdraw such authority:
Provided that nothing Contained in this section shall apply to any power of the Government to make rules under this Act or to their powers under sections 6 (2), 135 and 161.
(154А.— x x x)
155. Establishment and constitution of the Public Health Board
(1) As soon as may be after the commencement of this Act, the Government shall, by notification in the Gazette, establish a Public Health Board.
(2) The Public Health Board shall consist of the following members:-
- (a) the Director of Health Services), the Surgeon-General, the Director of Indigenous
Medicine, the Superintendent, Public Health Laboratory and the Superintendent of the Avittom Thirunal Women and Children Hospital, Trivandrum, to be ex-officio members;
- (b) three members elected by the Legislative Assembly from among themselves;
- (c) one member elected by the members of the Council of the Corporation of Trivandrum from among themselves;
- (d) two members elected by the members of the Municipal Councils in the State from among themselves; and
- (e) four members, one from each Revenue District elected by the Presidents of Panchayats of that District from among themselves.
(3) The Director of Health Services) shall be the President of the Board and the District Health Officer, Trivandrum its Secretary.
(4) If any of the members mentioned in clauses (b), (c), (d) or (e) of sub-section (2) is not elected, the Government may nominate such person as they may deem fit; and the person so nominated shall for the purposes of this Act be deemed to have been duly elected under clauses (b), (c), (d) or (e) of sub-section (2) as the case may be.
(5) The Government may, by notification in the Gazette, make rules with reference to the election of members including election petitions and deposits to be made by the candidates standing for election as members and the conditions under which such deposits may be forfeited.
156. Term of Office of elected members.
(1) Save as otherwise provided, the term of office of the members other than the ex-officio members shall be for a period of three years commencing from the date on which the first meeting of the Board is held.
(2) An out-going member shall continue in office until the election of his successor and shall be eligible for re-election.
157. Cessation of membership in the Board.
A member of the Board other than an exofficio member shall cease to hold office