Section 1: Short title of the General Clauses Act, 1897

The General Clauses Act, 1897
[No. 10 of 1897]
[11th March, 1897]

An Act to consolidate and extend the General Clauses Act, 1868 and 1887.
WHEREAS it is expedient to consolidate and extend the General Clauses Acts, 1868 (1 of 1868) and 1887 (1 of 1887); it is hereby enacted as follows:-


Section 1: Short title.

1. (1) This Act may be called the General Clauses Act, 1897; 2[***]
(2) 3[***]

Notifications & Circulars

1. For Report of the Select Committee, see Gazette of India, Pt. V, p.77, and for Proceedings in Council see Gazette of India, Pt.VI, pp. 35, 40, 56 and 76.

This Act has been declared to be in force in the Santhal Parganas by the Santhal Parganas Settlement Regulation, 1872 (3 of 1872), s. 3; in Panth Piploda by the Panth Piploda Laws Regulation, 1929 (1 of 1929), s. 2; in Khondmals District by the Khondmals Laws Regulation, 1936 (4 of 1936), s. 3 and the Schedule; and in the Angul District by the Angul Laws Regulation, 1936 (5 of 1936), s. 3 and the Schedule

The Act has been partially extended to Berar by the Berar Laws Act, 1941 (4 of 1941) and to the new Provinces and Merged States by the Merged States (Laws) Act, 1949 (59 of 1949).

The Act has been extended to—

Goa, Daman and Diu with modifications by Regulation 12 of 1962, s. 3 and the Schedule;
Dadra and Nagar Haveli by Regulation 6 of 1963, s. 2 and the First Schedule;
Pondicherry by Regulation 7 of 1963, s. 3 and the First Schedule; and
Laccadive, Minicoy and Amindivi Islands by Regulation 8 of 1965, s. 3 and Schedule
Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union territory of Ladakh by Act 34 of 2019, s. 95 and the fifth schedule (w.e.f. 31-10-2019).

It has been amended in Assam by the Assam Commissioners’ Powers Distribution Act, 1939 (Assam Act 1 of 1939).

2. The word “and” rep. by Act 10 of 1914, s. 3 and the Second Schedule.
3. Sub-section (2) rep. by s. 3 and the Second Schedule, by Act 10 of 1914

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