Topic: Section 28. Memorandum Regarding Delegated Legislation

Clause 53 of the Bill empowers the Central Government to make, by notification in
the Official Gazette, rules for carrying out the provisions of the proposed legislation. Subclause (2) specifies the matters in respect of which such rules may be made. These matters,  inter alia, include matters:
(a) the form in which a declaration shall be made by the owner of  a publication under sub-clause (1) of clause 4; (b) the form, fees and manner of making an
application under sub-clause (2) of clause 6; (c) the manner in which the Press Registrar
General may approve or reject the title under sub-clause (4) of clause 6; (d) the manner in
which owner of publication may transfer the title under sub-clause (7) of clause 6; (e) the
form in which a declaration shall be made by the printer and publisher under sub-clause (1)
of clause 7; (f) limit in a publication, of foreign news content under clause (c), and of foreign
investment under item (d) sub-clause (1) of clause 9; (g) the form and fee for an application
under sub-clause (2) of clause 9; (h) the form in which fresh declaration shall be made under
clause 14; (i) the form in which a declaration may be made by a person whose name has been
incorrectly published as editor under sub-clause (1) of clause 18; (j) the manner in which a
Register shall be maintained under sub-clause (1) of clause 29; (k) other particulars relating
to ownership under clause (j), and any other particulars under item (k) of sub-clause (2) of
clause 29; (l) the time within which and the particulars in respect of which, an annual statement
shall be furnished by the publisher or the owner of a publication, to the Press Registrar
General under item (a) of sub-clause (1) of clause 31; (m) the manner in which verification may
be conducted by an officer or auditor under sub-clause (1) of clause 34; (n) the fee for
verification conducted on the request made by the owner, publisher or any other person
under sub-clause (3) of clause 34; (o) the form in which, and the time within which, annual
report may be prepared by the Press Registrar General under clause 35; (p) fee for furnishing
copies of extracts from the Register and the form and manner in which such copies may be
furnished under clause 36; (q) any matter relating to books referred to in Chapters III and IV;
(r) any other matter which is required to be, or may be, prescribed.

2. The rules made by the Central Government are required to be laid, as soon as they
are made, before both Houses of Parliament.

3. Clause 54 of the Bill empowers the State Government to make, by notification in the
Official Gazette, rules in respect of books referred to in Chapters III and IV, not inconsistent
with the rules made by the Central Government, as may be necessary or desirable for carrying
out the objects of the proposed legislation.

4. The rules made by the State Government are required to be laid, as soon as may be
after it is made, before the State Legislature.

5. The matters in respect of which rules may be made are generally matters of procedure
and administrative details and it is not practicable to provide for them in the Bill itself. The
delegation of legislative powers is, therefore, of a normal character.