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THE MANCEUVRES, FIELD FIRING AND ARTILLERY PRACTICE ACT, 1938

Title : THE MANCEUVRES, FIELD FIRING AND ARTILLERY PRACTICE ACT, 1938

Year : 1938



In this Chapter-

(a) "Field firing" includes air armament practice;

(b) " Notified area " means an area defined in a notification issued under sub-section (1) of section 9.


(1) The State Government may, by notification in the local Official Gazette, define any area as an area within which for a specified term of years the carrying out periodically of field firing and artillery practice may be authorised.

(2) The State Government may, by notification in the local
Official Gazette, authorise the carrying out of field firing and artillery practice throughout a notified area or any specified part thereof during any period or periods specified in the notification.

(3) Before any notification under sub-section (2) is issued, the
State Government shall publish notice of its intention to issue such notification as early as possible in advance of the issue of the notification, and no such notification shall be issued until the expiry of two months from the date of the first publication of the notice in the local Official Gazette.

(4) The notice required by sub-section (3) shall be given by publication in the local Official Gazette and shall also be given throughout the notified area by publication in some newspaper circulating in and in the language commonly understood in that area and by beat of drum and by affixation in all prominent places of copies of the said notice in the language of the locality and in such other manner as may be prescribed by rules made under section 13 and shall be repeated by like publication one week as nearly as may be before the commencement of the period or of each period specified in the notification:

Provided that the fact of the said beat of drum and affixation shall be verified in writing by one headman and two other literate inhabitants of the locality and provided further that such notice by the beat of drum shall be given seven and two days as nearly as may be before the commencement of such field firing and artillery practice.



(1) Where a notification under sub-section (2) of section 9.has been issued, such persons as are included in the forces engaged in field firing or artillery practice may, within the notified area or specified part thereof during the specified period or periods,-

(a) Carry out field firing and artillery practice with lethal missiles, and

(b) Exercise, subject to the provisions of sections 3 and
4, any of the rights conferred by section 3 on forces engaged in military manoeuvres:

Provided that the provisions of sub-section (2) of section 3.shall not debar entry into, or interference with, any place specified in that sub-section, if it is situated in an area declared to be a danger zone under sub-section (2) of this section, to the extent that may be necessary to ensure the exclusion from it of persons and domestic animals:

Provided further
that in the case of a dwelling house occupied by women adequate warning shall be given through a local inhabitant and entry shall be effected after such warning in the presence of two respectable inhabitants of the locality.

(2) The Officer Commanding the forces engaged in any such practice may, within the notified area or specified part thereof, declare any area to be a danger zone, and thereupon the Collector shall, on application made to him by the Officer Commanding the forces engaged in the practice, prohibit the entry into and secure the removal from such danger zone of all persons and domestic animals during the times when the discharge of lethal missiles is taking place or there is danger to life or health.



The provisions of sections 5 and 6 shall apply in the case of field firing and artillery practice as they apply in the case of military manoeuvres :

Provided that the compensation payable under this section shall include compensation for exclusion or removal from any place declared to be a danger zone of persons or domestic animals, such compensation to be disbursed at not less than the minimum rates prescribed by rules made under section 13 before the exclusion or removal is enforced, and shall also include compensation for any loss of employment or deterioration of crops resulting from any such exclusion or removal.



If, during any period specified in a notification issued under sub-section (2) of section 9, any person within a notified area-

(a) Willfully obstructs or interferes with the carrying out of field firing or artillery practice, or

(b) Without due authority enters or remains in any camp, or

(c) Without due authority enters or remains in any area declared to be a danger zone at a time when entry thereto is prohibited, or

(d) Without due authority interferes with any flag or mark or target or any apparatus used for the purposes of the practice, he shall be punishable with fine which may extend to ten rupees.
Last updated on May, 2016

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