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Year : 2003

[Act, No. 44 of 2003]
[7th September, 2003]


Further to amend the Constitution of India in its application to the State of Assam

BE it enacted by Parliament in the Fifty-fourth Year of the Republic of India as follows:-

Section -1 Short Title

This Act may be called the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution (Amendment) Act, 2003.

Section -2 Amendment of Sixth Schedule to the Constitution

The Sixth Schedule to the Constitution shall, in its application to the State of Assam, have effect subject to the following modifications, namely:-

(1) In paragraph 1, after sub-paragraph (2), the following proviso shall be inserted, namely:-

"Provided that nothing in this sub-paragraph shall apply to the Bodoland Territorial Areas District.";

(2) In paragraph 2, after sub-paragraph (1), the following proviso shall be inserted, namely:-

"Provided that the Bodoland Territorial Council shall consist of not more than forty-six members of whom forty shall be elected on the basis of adult suffrage, of whom thirty shall be reserved for the Scheduled Tribes, five for non-tribal communities, five open for all communities and the remaining six shall be nom mated by the Governor having same rights and privileges as other members, including voting rights, from amongst the un-represented communities of the Bodoland Territorial Areas District, of which at least two shall be women.";

(3) In paragraph 2, in sub-paragraph (3), after the proviso, the following proviso shall be inserted, namely:-

"Provided further that the District Council constituted for the Bodoland Territorial Areas District shall be called the Bodoland Territorial Council .";

(4) In paragraph 3, for sub-paragraph (3), the following sub-paragraph shall be substituted, namely:-

"(3) Save as otherwise provided in sub-paragraph (2) of paragraph 3A or sub-paragraph (2) of paragraph 3B, all laws made under this paragraph or sub-paragraph (1) of paragraph 3A or sub-paragraph (1) of paragraph 3B shall be submitted forthwith to the Governor and, until assented to by him, shall have no effect.";

(5) After paragraph 3A, the following paragraph shall be inserted, namely:-

"3B. Additional powers of the Bodoland Territorial Council to make laws.-

(1) Without prejudice to the provisions of paragraph 3, the Bodoland Territorial Council within its areas shall have power to make laws with respect to:-

(i) Agriculture, including agricultural education and research, protection against pests and prevention of plant diseases;

(ii) Animal husbandry and veterinary, that is to say, preservation, protection and improvement of stock and prevention of animal diseases, veterinary training and practice, cattle pounds;

(iii) Cooperation;

(iv) Cultural affairs;

(v) Education, that is to say, primary education, higher secondary including vocational training, adult education, college education (general);

(vi) Fisheries;

(vii) Flood control for protection of village, paddy fields, markets and towns (not of technical nature);

(viii) Food and civil supply;

(ix) Forests (other than reserved forests);

(x) Handloom and textile;

(xi) Health and family welfare;

(xii) Intoxicating liquors, opium and derivatives, subject to the provisions of entry 84 of List I of the Seventh Schedule;

(xiii) Irrigation;

(xiv) Labour and employment;

(xv) Land and Revenue;

(xvi) Library services (financed and controlled by the State Government);

(xvii), Lotteries (subject to the provisions of entry 40 of List I of the Seventh Schedule), theaters, dramatic performances and cinemas (subject to the provisions of entry 60 of List I of the Seventh Schedule);

(xviii) Markets and fairs;

(xix) Municipal corporation, improvement trust, district boards and other local authorities;

(xx) Museum and archaeology institutions controlled or financed by the State, ancient and historical monuments and records other than those declared by or under any law made by Parliament to be of national importance;

(xxi) Panchayat and rural development;

(xxii) Planning and development;

(xxiii) Printing and stationery;

(xxiv) Public health engineering;

(xxv) Public works department;

(xxvi) Publicity and public relations;

(xxvii) Registration of births and deaths; 

(xxviii) Relief and rehabilitation;

(xxix) Sericulture;

(xxx) Small, cottage and rural industry subject to the provisions of entries 7 and 52 of List I of the Seventh Schedule;

(xxxi) Social welfare;

(xxxii) Soil conservation;

(xxxiii) Sports and youth welfare;

(xxxiy) Statistics;

(xxxv) Tourism;

(xxxvi) Transport '(roads, bridges, ferries and other, means of communications not specified in List 1 of the Seventh Schedule, municipal tramways, rope ways, inland waterways and traffic thereon subject to the provision of List 1 and List III of the Seventh Schedule with regard to such waterways, vehicles other than mechanically propelled vehicles);

(xxxvii) Tribal research institute controlled and financed by the State Government;

(xxxviii) Urban development-town and country planning;

(xxxix) Weights and measures subject to the provisions of entry 50 of List I of the Seventh Schedule; and

(xi) Welfare of plain tribes and backward classes:

Provided that nothing in such laws shall-

(a) Extinguish or modify the existing rights and privileges of any citizen in respect of his land at the date of commencement of this Act; and

(b) Disallow any citizen from acquiring land either by way of inheritance, allotment, settlement or by any other way of transfer if such citizen is otherwise READ MORE


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