Topic: Sec 55. Power to make rules

(1) The appropriate Government shall have power to make rules consistent with the Act for the guidance of officer in all matters connected with its enforcement, and may from time to time alter and add to the rules so made:

Provided that the power to make rules for carrying out the purposes of Part VII of this Act shall be exercisable by the Central Government and such rules may be made for the guidance of the State Governments and the officers of the Central Government and of the State Governments:

Provided further that every such rule made by the Central Government shall be laid as soon as may be after it is made, before each Houses of Parliament while it is in session for a total period of thirty days which may be comprised in one session or two or more successive sessions, and if, 1[before the expiry of the session, in which it is so laid or the successive sessions aforesaid, both house agree in making any modification in the rule shall thereafter have effect only in such modified form or be of no effect, as the case may be, so, however, that any such modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under that rule.]

1[Provided also that every such rule made by the State Government shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made, before the State Legislature.]

(2) The power to make, alter and add to rules under subsection (1) shall be subject to the condition of the rules being made, altered or added to after previous publication.

(3) All such rules, alterations and additions shall be published in the Official Gazette, and shall thereupon have the force of law.


1. Subs by Act No. 68 of 1984 sec. 29 (w.e.f. 24-9-1984)