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THE NORTHERN INDIA CANAL AND DRAINAGE ACT, 1873

Title : THE NORTHERN INDIA CANAL AND DRAINAGE ACT, 1873

Year : 1873



For the purposes referred to in this Part, the word " labourer '' includes persons who exercise any handicraft specified in rules to be made in that behalf by the State Government.



In any district in which a canal or drainage-work is constructed, maintained or projected by the State Government, the State Government may, if it thinks fit, direct the Collector-

(a) To ascertain the proprietors, sub-proprietors or farmers whose villages or estates are or will be in the judgment of the Collector, benefited by such canal or drainage-work, and

(b) To set down in a list, having due regard to the circumstances of the districts and of the several proprietors, sub-proprietors or farmers, the number of labourers which shall be furnished by any of the said persons, jointly or severally, from any such village or estate, for employment on any such canal or drainage-work when required as hereinafter provided.
 
The Collector may, from time to time, add to or alter such list or any part thereof.



Whenever it appears to a Divisional Canal-officer duly authorised by the State Government that, unless some work is immediately executed such serious damage will happen to any canal or drainage-works as to cause sudden and extensive public injury, and that the labourers necessary for the proper execution thereof cannot be obtained in the ordinary manner within the time that can be allowed for the execution of such work so as to prevent such injury, the said officer may require any person named in such list to furnish as many labourers (not exceeding the number which, according to the said list he is liable to supply) as to the said officer seems necessary for the immediate execution of such work.

Every requisition so made shall be in writing, and shall state-

(a) The nature and locality of the work to be done;

(b) The number of labourers to be supplied by the person upon whom the requisition is made; and

(c) The approximate time for which and the day on which the labourers will be required; and a copy thereof shall be immediately sent to the Superintending Canal-officer for the information of the State Government.

The State Government shall fix,and may from time to time alter the rates to be paid to any such labourers:

Provided
that such rates shall exceed the highest rates for the time being paid in the neigh bour hood for similar work.

In the case of every such labourer, the payment shall continue the whole period during which he is, in consequence of the provisions of this part, prevented from following his ordinary occupation.

The State Government may{The words "with the previous sanction of the G.G.in C."were by Act 4 of 1914.} direct that t provisions of this part shall apply, either permanently or temporarily (as the case may be), to any district or part of a district for t purpose of effecting necessary annual silt-clearances,or to prevent proper operation of a canal or drainage-work being stopped or much interfered with as to stop the established course of irrigation or drainage.



When any requisition has been made on any person named in the said list, every labourer ordinarily resident within the village or estate of such person shall be liable to supply, and to continue to supply, his labour, for the purposes fore said.
Last updated on August, 2016

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