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Section 20 – The General Clauses Act, 1897

The General Clauses Act, 1897



20. Construction of notifications, etc., issued under enactments.-


Where, by any (Central Act) or Regulation, a power to issue any (notification), order, scheme, rule, form, or bye-law is conferred, then expressions used in the (notification), order, scheme, rule, form or bye-law, if it is made after the commencement of this Act, shall, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context, have the same respective meaning as in the Act or Regulation conferring the power.


Provided that nothing in this section shall apply to any act or proceeding to which the Indian Limitation Act, 1877 (15 of 1877)2 , applies.


(2) This section applies also to all 1[Central Acts] and Regulations made on or after the fourteenth day of January, 1887.




Since the last date of the prescribed period was subsequent to the date of notification, declared to be a holiday on the basis of the principles laid down in this section the last date of prescribed period for obtaining the tender schedules was extended to the next working day; K. Soosalrathnam v. Div. Engineer, N.H.C. Tirunelveli, AIR 1995 Mad 90.



1. Subs. by the A.O. 1937, for “Acts of the Governor General in Council”.


2. See now the Limitation Act, 1963 (36 of 1963).



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