The Tobacco Board Act,1975
Section 8. Functions of the Board
(1) It shall be the duty of the Board to promote, by such measures as it thinks fit, the development under the control of the Central Government of the tobacco industry.
(2) Without prejudice of the generality of the provisions of sub-section (1), the measures referred to therein may provide for
(a) Regulating the production and curing of virginia tobacco having regard to the demand therefor in India and abroad;
(b) Keeping a constant watch on the virginia tobacco market, both in India and abroad, and ensuring that the growers get a fair and remunerative price for the same and that there are no wide fluctuations in the prices of the commodity;
(c) Maintenance and improvement of existing markets, and development of new markets outside Indian for Indian virginia tobacco and its products and devising of marketing strategy in consonance with demand for the commodity outside, Indian, including group marketing under limited brand names;
(d) Recommending to Central Government the minimum prices which may be fixed for purposes of export of virginia tobacco with a view of avoiding unhealthy competition amongst the exporters;
(e) Regulating in other respects virginia tobacco marketing in India and export of virginia tobacco having due regard to the interests of growers, manufacturers and dealers and the nation;
(f) Propagating information useful to the growers, dealers and exporters (including packers) of virginia and manufacturers of virginia tobacco products and concerned with virginia tobacco and products thereof;
(g) Purchasing virginia tobacco from growers when the same is considered necessary or expedient for protecting the interests of the growers and disposal, of the same in India or board as and when considered appropriate;
(h) Promoting the grading of Tobacco at the level of growers;
(i) Sponsoring, assisting, co-ordinating or encouraging scientific, technological and economic research for the promotion of tobacco industry;
(j) Such other matters as may be prescribed.
(3) Without prejudice to the generality of the provisions of sub-section (1) and subject to priority being given to matters specified in sub-section (2), the measures referred to in sub-section (1) may also provide in relation to tobacco, other than virginia tobacco, for all or any of the matters specified in clauses (c) to (g) of sub-section (9) and for this purpose any referred in those clauses to virginia tobacco shall be construed as including a reference to tobacco other than virginia tobacco.
(4) The Board shall perform its functions under this section in accordance with and subject to such rules as may be made by the Central Government and such rules in particular make provisions for ensuring that the Board functions in close liaison with Union agencies, institutions and authorities concerned with the tobacco industry (including growing of tobacco) and avoids duplication of effort.