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Section 5 – The General Clauses Act, 1897

The General Clauses Act, 1897



5. Coming into operation of enactments.-


1[(1) Where any Central Act is not expressed to come into operation on a particular day, then it shall come into operation on the day on which it receives the assent,—


(a) in the case of a Central Act made before the commencement of the Constitution † , of the Governor-General, and


(b) in the case of an Act of Parliament, of the President.]




(3) Unless the contrary is expressed, a 3[Central Act] or Regulation shall be construed as coming into operation immediately on the expiration of the day preceding its commencement.



1. Subs. by the A.O. 1950, for sub-section (1).


† 26th January, 1950.


2. Sub-section (2) omitted by the A.O. 1950.


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



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