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The Jute Regulation Act, 1940 (Bengal Act)

( ACT NO. V OF 1940 )

Power to procure information of stocks of raw jute and jute products

7. (1) The Government may, at any time, and by notification-


(a) direct any person to maintain and submit, by such date as may be specified in the notification, a statement showing in the prescribed form the quantity of jute and manufactured jute products which was in the possession, or under the control, of such person on such date as may be specified in the notification, and/or


(b) direct any person, as may be specified in the notification, to declare and maintain in the prescribed form a correct account of jute produced and/or received by him during a particular calendar year and also of the manner in which he disposes of such jute and specify the officers who will function as assessing and revising authority in this respect; and/or


(c) direct the manner in which the standard output of jute in each Union/Circle is to be assessed.


(2) Subject to the rules any Government servant, other than a Police officer, authorised by the Government by general or special order in this behalf may, within the local limits for which he is so authorised and for carrying out the purposes of this section,-


(a) enter and remain in any premises in which he has reason to believe that there is jute or any jute product,


(b) make such examination of such premises and of any record or register maintained therein and relating to jute or any jute product, and take on the spot or otherwise such evidence of any person, as he may deem necessary for carrying out the purposes of this section, and


(c) require any person having custody of any such record or register to produce it:


Provided that no person shall be required under this sub section to answer any question or give any evidence tending to criminate himself.

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