Chota Nagpur Tenancy Act (Brief Introduction)

Chota Nagpur Tenancy Act (or C.N.T. Act)

Bengal Act VI of 1908
(Published in the Calcutta Gazette of the 11th November, 1908)
An Act to amend and consolidate certain amendments relating to the law of Landlord and Tenant and the settlement of rents in Chota Nagpur.
Whereas it is expedient to amend and consolidate certain enactments relating to the law of landlord and tenant and the settlement of rents in Chota Nagpur; and whereas the sanction of the Governor General has been obtained, under section 5 of the Indian Councils Acts, 1892, to the passing of this act. 
 
The Act came into force on the 11th November, 1908, on which date it was first published in the Calcutta Gazette. It received the assent of the Governor General on the 29th October 1908, see section 6, Bengal General Clauses Act (Act I of 1899).
Please Note:
  • These are excerpts from the CNT Act by Reid during the pre-independence era in the Chota-Nagpur Region (1900 onwards).
  • It is attempt to understand how our ancestors / forefathers were governed by the CNT Acts of that era. Hence it does not incorporates many of the amendments and changes brought about in the CNT Act in the later years, since its introductions by the British Government.
  • It simply put forwards the Acts / Laws as defined in the CNT Acts by the British Rulers.
  • It does not try to change the words and their meanings in the CNT Act of the bygone era in circa 1900.
  • Lastly it is NOT a CNT Act that can be used in circa 2012, as lot of water has flowed since then….lot has changed….

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