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The Public Demands Recovery Act, 1913 (Bengal Act)

( ACT NO. III OF 1913 )

Short title, commencement and extent
1. (1) This Act may be called the 1[* * *] Public Demands Recovery Act, 1913.
(2) It shall come into force on such date as the Government may appoint by notification in the official Gazette.
(3) It extends to the whole of Bangladesh.
2. [Repealed by the Bengal Repealing and Amending Act, 1938 (Act No. I of 1939).]
3. In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,-
(1) “Certificate-debtor” means the person named as debtor in a certificate filed under this Act, and includes any person whose name is substituted or added as debtor by the Certificate-officer;
(2) “Certificate-holder” means the Government or person in whose favour a certificate has been filed under this Act, and includes any person whose name is substituted or added as creditor by the Certificate-officer;
(3) “Certificate-officer” means a Collector, a 2[Upazila Nirbahi Officer, a Upazila Magistrate,] and any officer, appointed by a Collector 3[, with the sanction of the Commissioner] to perform the functions of a Certificate-officer under this Act;
(4) “movable property” includes growing crops;
(5) “prescribed” means prescribed by rules;
(6) “public demand” means any arrear or money mentioned or referred to in Schedule I, and includes any interest which may, by law, be chargeable thereon up to the date on which a certificate is signed under part II; and
(7) “rules” means rules and forms contained in Schedule II or made under section 39.

  • 1
    The word “Bengal” was omitted by section 3 and 2nd Schedule of the Bangladesh Laws (Revision And Declaration) Act, 1973 (Act No. VIII of 1973).
  • 2
    The words and commas "Upazilla Nirbahi Officer, a Upazila Magistrate," were substituted, for the words and commas “Sub-divisional Officer,” by section 2 of the Public Demands Recovery (Amendment) Act, 1987 (Act No. XXXV of 1987).
  • 3
    The comma and words ", with the sanction of the Commissioner" were inserted by section 2 and Schedule of the Bangladesh Laws (Amending) Ordinance, 1976 (Ordinance No. IX of 1976).
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