N.-W.F.P. Forest (Amendment) Act 1996

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FOREST (NORTH-WEST FRONTIER PROVINCE)

(AMENDMENT) ACT, 1996.

ACT II OF 1996

An Act further to amend the Forest Act, 1927

[Gazette of N.-W.F.P., Extraordinary, 7th July, 1996]

No.PA/N.W.F.P./Legis/96/ 11563, dated 7-7-1996.---The Forest (North-West Frontier Province) (Amendment) Bill, 1996, having been passed by the Provincial Assembly of the North-West Frontier Province on the 23rd June, 1996, and assented to by the Governor of the North-West Frontier Province on the 3rd July, 1996, is hereby published as test Act of the. Provincial Legislature of North West Frontier Province.

**Preamble.--**Whereas it is expedient further to amend the Forest Act, 1927 (Act XVI of 1927);

It is hereby enacted as follows:

**1. Short title and commencement.--**This Act may be called the Forest (North-West Frontier Province) (Amendment) Act, 1996.

(2) It shall come into force at once.

**2. Amendment of section 26 of Act XVI of 1927.---**In the Forest Act, 1927, hereinafter referred to as the said Act, in section 26, in subsection (1), for the expression "shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees, or with both, in addition to such compensation for damage done to the forest as the convicting Court may direct to be paid", occurring at the end, the following shall be substituted, namely: ,

"shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine which may extend to ten thousand rupees, or with both, in addition to such compensation for damage done to the forest as the convicting Court may direct to be paid;

Provided that where the value of the forest produce, as assessed by the forest officer, exceeds ten thousand rupees, the offence shall be punishable with imprisonment which shall not be less than three months and with fine which shall not be less than five thousand rupees, in addition to such compensation for the damage done to the forest as the convicting Court may direct, which shall not be less than twice the value of the damage so done. ".

**3. Amendment of section 33 of Act XVI of 1927.---**In the said Act, in section 33, in subsection (1), for the expression "shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees, or, with both", occurring at the end, the following shall be substituted, namely:

"shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine which may extend to ten thousnad rupees, or with both, in addition to such compensation for damage done to the forest as the convicting Court may direct to be paid:

Provided that where the value of the forest produce, as assessed by the forest officer, exceeds ten thousand rupees, the offence shall be punishable with imprisonment which shall not be less than three months and with fine which shall not be less than five thousand rupees, in addition to such compensation for the damage done to the forest as the convicting Court may direct, which shall not be less than twice the value of the damage so done.".

**4. Amendment of section 42 of Act XVI of 1927.---**In the said Act, in section 42, for subsection (1), the following shall be substituted, namely:

"(1) The Provincial Government may by such rules prescribe as penalties for the contravention thereof -imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or fine which may extend to ten thousand rupees, or both:

**5. Amendment of section 52 of Act XVI of 1927.---**In the said Act, in section 52, in subsection (1), after the word "cattle", the words "or a mechanically propelled vehicle" shall be inserted.

**6. Amendment of section 53 of Act XVI of 1927.---**In the said Act, in section 53, after the word "cattle", the words "or a mechanically propelled vehicle" shall be inserted.

**7. Amendment of section 55 of Act XVI of 1927.---**In the said Act, in section 55, in subsection (t), after the word "cattle" mechanically propelled vehicle" shall be inserted.

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