Act 53 of Although, armed force of the Union are stationed in cantonments within Part B States, the Cantonments Act, amdthe Camtonments (House. (1) This Act may be called the Cantonments Act, (2) It extends to the whole of India 2*** 3***. (3) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official. Cantonments Act, DEFINITION AND DELIMITATION OF CANTONMENTS of cantonment fund when area ceases to be included in a cantonment.

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Short title, extent and commencement. Alteration of limits of cantonments. The effect of including area in cantonment. Disposal of cantonment fund when area ceases to be a cantonment. Disposal of cantonment fund when area ceases to be included in a cantonment. Application of funds and property transferred under sections 6 and 7.

Limitation of operation of Act. Cantonment Board and Executive Officer. Incorporation of Cantonment Board. Constitution of Cantonment Boards. Power to vary constitution of Boards in special circumstances.

Term of office of members. Vacancies in special cases. Term of office of Vice-President. Appointment of Executive Officer.

Duties of Executive Officer. Special power of the Executive Officer. Qualification for being a member of the Board. Power to make rules regulating elections. Member not to vote on matter in which he is interested. Member of the Board to be deemed a public servant. Disqualification of person as servant of Board. Cantonment servant to be deemed a public servant. Business to be transacted. Meetings to be public. Method of deciding questions.


Committees for civil areas. Power to make regulations. Joint action with other local authority. Power of Central Government to require production of documents.

Power to call for documents. Power to require execution of work, etc.


Power to provide for enforcement of direction under section Power to override decision of Board. Power of the Central Government to review. Power of Officer Commanding–in-Chief, the Command, on reference under section 51 or otherwise.

Powers of Central Government on a reference made under section Validity of proceedings, etc. Unauthorised sale of spirituous liquor or intoxicating drug. Unauthorised possession of spirituous liquor.

Arrest of persons and seizure and confiscation of things for offences against the two last foregoing sections. Saving of articles sold or supplied for medicinal purposes. General power of taxation.

Framing of preliminary proposals. Objections and disposal thereof. Power of Central Government to issue directions to the Board. Publication of assessment list. Revision of cantknment list. Authentication of assessment list. Evidential value of assessment list. Amendment of assessment list. Preparation of new assessment list. Notice of erection of buildings.

Power to require entry in-assessment list of details of buildings. Cantonmenh to be given of the circumstances in which remission or refund is claimed. Notice to be given of every occupation of vacant building or house. Charge on immovable property. Tax on buildings and land to be a charge thereon. Octroi, terminal tax and toll.

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Inspection of imported goods, etc. Evasion of octroi or terminal tax. Lease of octroi, terminal tax or toll. Recovery of costs from Board. Conditions of right to appeal. Finality of appellate orders. Payment and recovery of taxes. Time and manner of payment 1942 taxes.


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Interest payable on taxes due. Disposal of distrained property. Attachment and sale of immovable property. Recovery from a person about to leave cantonment.

Power to institute suit for recovery. Special provisions relating to taxation. Power to prohibit or exempt from taxation. Power to make special provision for conservancy in certain cases. Exemption in the case of buildings. General power of exemption. Exemption of poor persons. Obligation to disclose liability.

Immaterial error not to affect liability. Distraint not to be invalid by reason of immaterial defect. Custody of cantonment fund. Application of cantonment fund and property. Acquisition of immovable property. Power to make rules regarding cantonment fund and property.

Contracts by whom to be executed.

Contracts improperly executed not to be binding on a Board. Power to manage property. Discretionary functions of Board. Power of expenditure for educational purposes outside the cantonment. Penalty for causing nuisances.

Registration and control of dogs.

Rule of the road. Prevention of fire, etc. Use of inflammable materials for building purposes. Stacking or collecting inflammable materials. Care of naked lights. Regulation of cinematographic and dramatic performance. Discharging fire-works, fire-arms, etc.