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THE GOVERNMENT OF UNION TERRITORIES ACT, 1963

Title : THE GOVERNMENT OF UNION TERRITORIES ACT, 1963

Year : 1963



(1) As from such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint in this behalf, all revenues received in1*[the Union territory] by the Government of India or the Administrator the Union territory in relation to any matter with respect to which the Legislative Assembly of the Union territory has power to make laws, and all grants made and2*["all loans advanced to the Union territory from the Consolidated Fund of India and all loans raised by the Government of India or the Administrator of the Union territory upon the security of the Consolidated Fund of the Union territory"] and all moneys received by the Union territory in repayment of loans shall form one Consolidated Fund to be entitled "the Consolidated Fund of the Union territory."

(2) No moneys out of the Consolidated Fund of1*[the Union territory] shall be appropriated except in .accordance with, and for the purposes and in the manner provided in, this Act.

(3) The custody of the Consolidated Fund of1*[the Union territory] the payment of moneys into such Fuad the withdrawal of moneys there from and all other matters connected with or ancillary to those matters shall be regulated by rules made by the Administrator with the approval of the President.

47A - 3*Public Account of the Union territory and moneys credited to it

(1) As from such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint in this behalf, all other public moneys received by or on behalf of the Administrator shall be credited to a Public Account entitled "the Public Account of the Union territory".

(2) The custody of public moneys, other than those credited to the Consolidated Fund of the Union territory or the Contingency Fund of the Union territory, received by or on behalf of the Administrator, their payment into the Public Account of the Union territory and the withdrawal of moneys from such account and all other matters connected with or ancillary to the aforesaid matters shall be regulated by rules made by the Administrator with the approval of the President.]

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1. Substituted for the words "a Union territory" by Goa, Daman and Diu Reorganisation Act (18 of 1987), Section 65(a) (30-5-87).

2. Substituted by The Government Of Union Territories And The Government Of National Capital Territory Of Delhi (Amendment) Act, 2001. w.e.f. 06.09.2001. Prior to substitution the words read as under :

"all loans advanced to the Union territory from the Consolidated Fund of India"

3. Inserted by The Government Of Union Territories And The Government Of National Capital Territory Of Delhi (Amendment) Act, 2001. w.e.f. 06.09.2001.

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(1) There shall be established a Contingency Fund in the nature of an imprest to be entitled "the Contingency Fund of the Union Territory" into which shall be paid from and out of the Consolidated Fund of the Union territory such sums as may, from time to time, be determined by law made by the Legislative Assembly of the Union territory; and the said Fund shall be held by the Administrator to enable advances to be made by him out of such Fund.

(2) No advances shall be made out of the contingency Fund of the Union territory except for the purposes of. meeting unforeseen expenditure pending authorisation of such expenditure by the Legislative Assembly of the Union territory under appropriations made by law.

(3) The Administrator may make rules regulating all matters connected with or ancillary to the custody of, the payment of moneys into, and the withdrawal of moneys from the Contingency Fund of the Union territory.

48A -1* Borrowing upon the security of the Consolidated Fund of Union Territory

(1) The executive power of the Union extends to borrowing upon the security of the Consolidated Fund of the Union territory within such limits, if any, as may, from time to time, be fixed by Parliament by law and to the giving of guarantees within such limits, if any, as may be so fixed:

Provided that the powers exercisable by the Government of India under this sub-section shall also be exercisable by the Administrator subject to such conditions, if any, as the Government of India may think fit to impose.

(2) Any sums required for the purpose of invoking a guarantee shall be charged on the Consolidated Fund of the Union territory.
 
48B -1* Form of accounts of the Union territory

The accounts of the Union territory shall be kept in such form as the Administrator may, after obtaining advice of the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India and with the approval of the President, prescribe by rules.".]

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1. Inserted by The Government Of Union Territories And The Government Of National Capital Territory Of Delhi (Amendment) Act, 2001. w.e.f. 06.09.2001.

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The reports of the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India relating to the accounts of1*[the Union territory] for any period subsequent to the date referred to in sub-section (1) of section 47-shall be submitted to the Administrator who shall cause them to be laid before the Legislative Assembly of the Union territory.

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1. Substituted for the words "a Union territory" by Goa, Daman and Diu Reorganisation Act (18 of 1987), Section 65(a) (30-5-87).

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Notwithstanding anything in this Act, the Administrator and his Council of Ministers shall be under the general control of, and comply with such particular directions, if any, as may from time to time be given by, the President.



If the President, on receipt of a report from the Administrator of1*[the Union territory] or otherwise, is satisfied-

(a) That a situation has arisen in which the administration of the Union territory cannot be carried on in accordance with the provisions of this Act, or

(b) That for the proper administration of the Union territory it is necessary or expedient so to do, the President may, by order, suspend the operation of all or any of the provisions of this Act for such period as he thinks fit and make such incidental and consequential provisions as may appear to him to be necessary or expedient for administering the Union territory in accordance with the provisions of Article 239.

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1. Substituted for the words "a Union territory" by Goa, Daman and Diu Reorganisation Act (18 of 1987), Section 65(a) (30-5-87).

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Where the Legislative Assembly of1*[the Union territory] is dissolved, or its functioning as such Assembly remains suspended, on account of an order under section 51-, it shall be competent for the President to authorise when the House of the People is not in session expenditure from the Consolidated Fund of that Union territory pending the sanction of such expenditure by Parliament.]

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1. Substituted for the words "a Union territory" by Goa, Daman and Diu Reorganisation Act (18 of 1987), Section 65(a) (30-5-87).

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(1) As soon as practicable after the commencement of this Act, elections shall be held in accordance with law-

(a) To fill the seats in the House of the People allotted to the Union territory of Goa, Daman and Diu; and

(b) To fill the seat in the House of the People and the seat in the Council of States allotted to the Union territory of Pondicherry.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, the members nominated to represent the Union territory of Goa, Daman and Diu in the House of the People shall continue to be such until the election of the members to fill the two seats in that House allotted to that Union territory:

Provided that where the dates of election of the members are different, the members so nominated shall cease to be members of that House on the earlier of those two dates.

Explanation
.- In this sub-section, the expression "date of election" has the same meaning as in Section 67-A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951-.



On and from the commencement of this Act in the Union territory of Mizoram and until other provisions in this behalf are made by a competent Legislature or other competent authority, the administration of justice in those areas of that Union territory which are not comprised in any autonomous district under the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution shall be carried on, so far as may be, in accordance with the provisions of paragraphs 4 and 5 of that schedule, as if those areas were comprised in an autonomous district under that Schedule and the provisions of the said paragraphs were in force in those areas and for this purpose.-

(i) All powers and functions of a District Council under the provisions of the said paragraph 4 shall be exercised and discharged by the Administrator or any officer appointed by him in this behalf;
(ii) the said paragraph 5 shall have effect as if references to the District Council, the Regional Council and the Courts constituted by the District Council, by whatever form of words, had been omitted there from; and

(iii) References to Governor in the said paragraphs 4 and 5 shall be construed as references to the Administrator.]

54A - Provision as to provisional Legislative Assembly of Arunachal Pradesh

(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act(including provisions relating to the strength of the Legislative Assembly of the Union territory of Arunachal Pradesh), until the Legislative Assembly of the Union territory of Arunachal Pradesh has been duly constituted and summoned to meet for the first session under and in accordance with the provisions of this Act, there shall 'be provisional Legislative Assembly which shall consist of members, being those persons referred to in clauses (b), (c) and (d) of section 3 of the North East Frontier Agency (Administration) Supplementary Regulation, 1971and who are functioning immediately before the commencement of this Act in the Union territory of Arunachal Pradesh, as members of the Pradesh Council constituted under the said section 3-.

(2) The term of office of the members of the provisional Legislative Assembly shall expire immediately before the first meeting of the Legislative Assembly duly constituted after the first general election to that assembly.

(3) The provisional Legislative Assembly constituted under this section shall, for so long as it is in existence, be deemed to be the Legislative Assembly duly constituted under this Act and accordingly the other provisions of this Act so far as may be, apply in relation to the provisional Legislative Assembly as they apply in relation to the Legislative Assembly.]



For the removal of doubts it is hereby declared that-

(a) All contracts in connection with the administration of1*[the Union territory] are contracts made in the exercise of the executive power of the Union:

(b) All suits and proceedings .in connection with the administration of1*[the Union territory] shall be instituted by or against the Government of India.

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1. Substituted for the words "a Union territory" by Goa, Daman and Diu Reorganisation Act (18 of 1987), Section 65(a) (30-5-87).

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If any difficulty arises in relation to the transaction from the provisions of any of the laws repealed by this Act or in giving effect to the provisions of this Act and, in particular, in relation to the constitution of the Legislative Assembly for any Union territory, the President may by order do anything not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act which appear to him to be necessary or expedient for the purpose of removing the difficulty.



(1) The enactments specified in the Second Schedule-

(a) shall, together with all rules, notifications and orders made or issued there under, extend to and come into force in the Union territories of Goa, Daman and Diu, and Pondicherry; and

(b) shall be subject to the amendments mentioned in the fourth column of the said Schedule.

(2) All things done, and all steps taken, before the commencement of this Act in connection with the preparation or revision of electoral rolls for the purpose of elections to the House of the People from the Union territories of Goa, Daman and Diu, and Pondicherry, and to the Legislative Assemblies of those Union territories shall, in so far as they are in conformity with the provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1950-, as amended by this Act, be deemed to have been done in accordance with law.



(1) The following laws are hereby repealed:-

(a) The Territorial Councils Act, 1956;

(b) The Decree No. 46-2381, dated the 25th October, 1946, as subsequently amended, . relating to the Representative Assembly of the State of Pondicherry;

(c) The Decree No. 47-1490, dated the 12th August, 1947 as subsequently amended, relating to the setting up of a Council of Government in the State of Pondicherry;

(d) The State of Pondicherry (Representation of the People)Order, 1955, in so far as it relates to the Representative Assembly of Pondicherry.

(2) Notwithstanding the repeal of the Territorial Councils Act 1956,-

(a) Every officer and other employee of the Territorial Council of a Union territory serving under the Council immediately before such repeal shall become an officer or other employee of Government and shall be employed in connection with the administration of the Union territory with such designation as the Administrator may determine and shall hold office by the same tenure and at the same remuneration and on the same terms and conditions of service as he would have but for such repeal held the same and shall continue to do so unless and until such tenure, remuneration and terms and conditions are duly altered by the Administrator:

Provided that-

(i) The tenure, remuneration and terms and conditions of service of any such officer or other employee shall not be altered to his disadvantage without the previous sanction of the Central Government;

(ii) Any service rendered by any such officer or other employee before such repeal shall be deemed to be service rendered in connection with the administration of the Union territory;

(iii) The Administrator may employ any such officer or other employee in the discharge of such functions as the Administrator may think proper and every such officer or other employee shall discharge those functions accordingly;

(b) Anything done or any action taken (including any notification, order, scheme, rule, form, notice or bye-law made or issued, any licence or permission granted) under the repealed Act shall in so far as it is not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, continue in force unless and until it is superseded by anything done or any action taken in accordance with law;

(c) All debts, obligations and liabilities incurred, all contracts entered into and all matters and things engaged to be done by, with or for the Territorial Council before such repeal shall be deemed to have been incurred, entered into or engaged to be done in exercise of the executive power of the Union for the purposes of the administration of the Union territory;

(d) All assessments, valuations, measurements or divisions made by the Territorial Council shall, in so far as they are not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, continue in force unless and until they are superseded by any assessment, valuation, measurement or division made by the Administrator in accordance with law;

(e) All properties, movable and immovable, and all interests of whatsoever nature and kind, vested in the Territorial Council immediately before such repeal shall, with all rights of whatsoever description, used, enjoyed or possessed by that Council, vest in the Union for the purposes of the administration of the Union territory;

(f) All rates, taxes, cesses, fees, rents, fares and other charges which immediately before such repeal were being lawfully levied by the Territorial Council shall continue to be levied at the same rate at which they were being levied by the Council immediately before such repeal until provision to the contrary is made by law.

(g) All rates, taxes, cesses, fees, rents, fares and other charges due to the Territorial Council immediately before such repeal shall be deemed to be due to the Union in connection with the administration of the Union territory;

(h) All suits, prosecutions and other legal proceedings instituted or which might have been instituted by or against the Territorial Council may be continued or instituted by or against the Government of India.

Schedule I

FIRST SCHEDULE

FROMS OF OATHS OR AFFIRMATIONS

I Form of Oath or Affirmation to be made by a Candidate for Election to the Legislative Assembly "I.A.B., having been nominated as a candidate to fill a seat in the Legislative Assembly do swear in the name of God of ........................................ that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India as by law established solemnly affinn and that I will uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India."

II Form of Oath or Affirmation to be made by a Member of the Legislative Assembly of [the Union Territory] "I.A.B., having been elected (or nominated) a member of the Legislative Assembly do swear in the name of God of ............................... that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India as solemnly affirm by law established, that I will uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India and that I will faithfully discharge the duty upon which I am about to enter."

III Form of Oath of Office for a Member of the Council of Ministers of [the Union Territory] do swear in the name of God "I.A.B.
................................... that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution solemnly affirm of India as by law established, that I will uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India, that I will faithfully and conscientiously discharge my duties as a Minister for the Union territory of ............................. and that I will do right to all manner of people in accordance with the Constitution and the law without fear or favour, affection or ill-will."

IV Form of Oath of Secrecy for a Member of the Council of Ministers of [the Union Territory] do swear in the name of God "I.A.B. .................................. that I will not directly or indirectly communicate or reveal solemnly affirm to any person or persons any matter which shall be brought under my consideration or shall become known to me as a Minister for the Union Territory of ....................... except as may be required for the due discharge of my duties as such Minister."
roval of the President, prescribe by rules.".
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