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NATIONAL CADET CORPS ACT

Ministry of Law and Justice

Act nº 31 of 1948


  • Act nº 31 of 1948

Preamble

THE NATIONAL CADET CORPS ACT, 1948

[Act, No. 31 of 1948]

[16th April, 1948]

PREAMBLE

An Act to provide for the constitution of a National Cadet Corps.

WHEREAS it is expedient to provide for the constitution of a National Cadet Corps; It is hereby enacted as follows :--

Section 1. Short title, extent and application

(1) This Act may be called the National Cadet Corps Act, 1948.

(2) It extends, to the whole of India1[ * * *] and applies to all persons enrolled or appointed under this Act, wherever they may be.

1. Words "except the State of Hyderabad" which were inserted by A.L.O., 1950, were omitted by the Part BStates (Laws) Act, 1961 (3 of 1951), Section 3 and Sch. (1-4-1951).


Section 2. Definitions

In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,--

"corps" means the National Cadet Corps constituted under this Act;

"enrolled" means enrolled in the Corps under this Act;

"prescribed" means prescribed by rules made under this Act;

"school" includes any institution recognised in this behalf by the Central Government or the1[State Government];

"university" means any university established by law in India and includes colleges affiliated to universities, intermediate colleges and such technical institutions of collegiate status, as are recognised in this behalf by the Central Government or the1[State Government].

1. Substituted for the words 'Provincial Government' by A.L.O., 1950.


Section 3. Constitution of the National Cadet Corps

There shall be raised and maintained in the manner hereinafter provided a Corps to be designated the National Cadet Corps :

Provided that the Central Government may establish all or any of the units of the Corps as and when necessary.

Section 4. Constitution and disbandment of units

The Central Government may constitute in any1[State]2[* * *] one or more units of the Corps members of which shall be recruited from amongst the students of any university or school, and may disband or reconstitute any unit so constituted.

1. Substituted for the word 'Province' by A.L.O., 1950.

2. The words "or Acceding State" were omitted by A.L.O., 1950 (26-1-1950).


Section 5. Division of Corps into Divisions

There shall be three Divisions of the Corps, namely:--

(i) the Senior Division, recruitment to which shall be from amongst the students of the male sex of any university;

(ii) the Junior Division, recruitment to which shall be from amongst the students of the male sex of any school; and

(iii) the Girls' Division, recruitment to which shall be from amongst the students of the female sex of any university or school.

Section 6. Enrolment

(1) Any student of the male sex of any university may offer himself for enrolment as a cadet in the Senior Division, and any student of the male sex of any school may offer himself for enrolment as a cadet in the Junior Division if he is of the prescribed age or over.

(2) Any student of the female sex of any University or school may offer herself for enrolment as a cadet in the Girls Division :

Provided that in the latter case she is of the prescribed age or over.

Section 7. Central Government may raise other units

Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, the Central Government may, by notification, provide for the constitution of any other units of the Corps in any place and prescribe the persons or class of persons who may be eligible for enrolment therein.

Section 8. Discharge

Every person enrolled under this Act shall be entitled to receive his or her discharge from the Corps on the expiration of the period for which he or she was enrolled or on his or her ceasing to be borne on the roll of the university or school to which he or she may belong:

Provided that any person enrolled may be discharged at any time by such authority and subject to such conditions as may be prescribed.

Section 9. Appointment of officers

The Central Government may provide for the appointment of officers in or for any unit of the Corps either from amongst members of the staff of any university or school or otherwise and may prescribe the duties, powers and functions of such officers.

Section 10. Duties of persons subject to this Act

No person subject to this Act shall by virtue of being a member of the Corps be liable for active military service, but subject thereto any such person shall be liable to perform such duties and discharge such obligations as may be prescribed.

Section 11. Punishment for offences under this Act

Any person enrolled under this Act may be punished for the contravention of any rule made under this Act with fine which may extend to fifty rupees to be recovered in such manner and by such authority as may be prescribed.

Section 12. Power to appoint Advisory Committees

(1) The Central Government may for the purpose of advising it on all matters of policy connected with the constitution and administration of the Corps appoint a Central Advisory Committee consisting of the following persons, namely :--

(a) the Minister for Defence, who shall be the Chairman of the Committee;

(b) the Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Defence, ex-officio;

(c) the Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Education, ex-officio;

(d) the Financial Advisor, Defence, ex-officio;

1(e) the Chief of the Army Staff, ex-officio;

(f) the Chief of the Naval Staff, ex-officio;

(g) the Chief of the Air Staff, ex-officio; ]

(h) five non-official members to be nominated by the Central Government; and

2[(i) three Members of Parliament of whom two shall be elected by the House of the People and one by the Council of States.]

3[(1A) A member elected under clause (i) of sub-section (1) shall hold office for a period of one year from the date of his election or until he ceases to be a Member of the House which elected him, whichever is earlier.]

(2) The Central Government may also appoint, for the same purpose as is specified in sub-section (1), such4[* *] State Advisory Committees as it may consider desirable from time to time and may prescribe their duties and functions.

1. Substituted for the former clauses (e), (f) and (g), by the Commanders-in-Chief (Change in Designation) Act, 1955 (19 of 1955), Section 2 and Sch. (7-5-1955).

2. Substituted for clause (i), as substituted by the National Cadet Corps (Amdt.) Act, 1952 (37 of 1952), Section 2 (11-8-1952), by the National Cadet Corps (Amdt.) Act, 1975 (50 of 1975), Section 2 (16-8-1975).

3. Inserted, section 2 (11-8-1952), by the National Cadet Corps (Amdt.) Act, 1975 (50 of 1975), section 2 (16-8-1975).

4. The words "Provincial or" were omitted by A.L.O., 1950 (26-1-1950).


Section 13. Power to make rules

(1) The Central Government may make rules to carry out the objects of this Act.

(2) In particular and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power such rules may--

(a) prescribe the conditions subject to which universities or schools shall be allowed to raise units under this Act;

(b) prescribe the persons or class of persons who may be eligible for enrolment under section 7;

(c) prescribe the manner in which, the period for which and the conditions subject to which any person or class of persons may be enrolled under this Act;

(d) provide for the medical examination of persons offering themselves for enrolment under this Act;

(e) prescribe preliminary and periodical military training for any person or class of persons subject to this Act;

(f) prescribe the military or other obligations to which members of the Corps shall be liable when undergoing military training and provide generally for the maintenance of discipline amongst members of the Corps;

(g) prescribe the duties, powers and functions of officers appointed under this Act;

(h) prescribe the allowances or other remuneration payable to persons subject to this Act;

(i) provide for the removal or discharge of any person subject to this Act;

(j) prescribe the offences for which any person subject to this Act may be tried and provide for the trial thereof;

(k) prescribe the manner in which fines levied under this Act may be recovered;

(l) prescribe the duties, powers and functions of Central1[* *] or Slate Advisory Committees; and

(m) provide for any other matter which under this Act is to be or may be prescribed.

2[(3) Every rule made under this Act shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made, before each House of Parliament while it is in session, for a total period of thirty days which may be comprised in one session or in two or more successive sessions, and if, before the expiry of the session immediately following the session or the successive sessions aforesaid, both Houses agree in making any modification in the rule or both Houses agree that the rule should not be made, 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. The word "Provincial" was omitted by A.L.O., 1950 (26-1-1950).

2. Inserted by the National Cadet Corps (Amdt.) Act, 1975 (50 of 1975), Section 3 (16-8-1975).