Sections Particulars
Chapter I Preliminary
1 Short title, extent and commencement
1.     This Act may be called the Collection of Statistics Act, 2008.2.     It extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir.3.     I...
2 Definitions
In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,- a.     "agency" includes a person or persons engaged by the appropriate Government, directly or by outs...
Chapter II Collection of Statistics
3 Collection of statistics
The appropriate Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, direct that the statistics on economic, demographic, social, scientific and environme...
4 Powers of appropriate Government to appoint statistics officer, etc
1.     The appropriate Government may appoint or cause to appoint an officer to be the statistics officer for any geographical unit for the purpose of collec...
5 Power of statistics officer to call for information
The statistics officer may, for the purpose of collection of statistics on any specified subject in any geographical unit for which the said officer was appoi...
6 Duty of informants
The informants who are asked to furnish any information under the provisions of this Act shall be bound to furnish the information so asked in the prescribed ...
7 All agencies to assist
Every agency shall render such help and assistance and furnish such information to the statistics officer or a person or an agency authorised by him in writin...
8 Right of access to records or documents
The statistics officer or any person authorised by him in writing in this behalf shall, for the purposes of collection of any statistics under this Act, have ...
Chapter III Disclosure of Information in Certain Cases and Restrictions of their use
9 Security of information
1.     Any information furnished to the statistics officer or to any person or agencies authorised under this Act shall only be used for statistical purposes...
10 Appropriate Government authorised to disclose certain information
Notwithstanding the provisions contained in section 9 of this Act, the appropriate Government may disclose the following information, namely:-a.     informat...
11 Disclosure of information schedules for bona fide research or statistical purposes
1.     Notwithstanding the provisions contained in section 9 of this Act, the appropriate Government may disclose individual returns or formats or informatio...
12 Disclosure of historical documents
Notwithstanding anything contained in section 9 of this Act, the appropriate Government may release such documents relating to information schedules, which in...
13 Security of recorded information
The statistics officer or any person or agency authorised for collection of statistics shall, while copying or recording any statistical information collecte...
14 Restrictions on use of information
Save as otherwise provided under this Act,-a.     no information obtained pursuant to this Act and no copy of the information in the possession of any infor...
Chapter IV Offences and Penalties
15 Penalty for neglect or refusal to supply particulars
1.     Whoever, fails to produce any books of accounts, vouchers, documents or other business records or whoever neglects or refuses to fill in and supply th...
16 Penalty for making false statement
Whoever, willfully makes any false or misleading statement or material omission in any information schedule or return filled in or supplied, or in answer to a...
17 Penalty for mutilation or defacement of information schedule
Whoever, destroys, defaces, removes, or mutilates any information schedule, form, or other document containing particulars collected under this Act or request...
18 Penalty for obstruction of employees
Whoever, interferes with, hinders, or obstructs any employee in the exercise of any power or duty conferred by this Act, shall be punishable with simple impri...
19 Penalty for other offences
Whoever-a.     acts in contravention of or fails to comply with any provision of this Act or any requirement imposed under this Act; orb.    willfully dece...
20 Penalty for failure to carry out duties and functions by employees
If any person employed in the execution of any duty or functions under this Act,-a.     omits without lawful excuse to carry out his duty, or knowingly makes...
21 Penalty for impersonation of employee
Whoever, not being authorised to collect statistics under the provisions of this Act, by words, conduct or demeanor pretends that he is authorised to do so, s...
22 General penalty
Whoever, commits an offence under this Act for which no penalty is prescribed elsewhere than in this section, shall be punishable with simple imprisonment for...
23 Offences by companies
1.     Where an offence under this Act has been committed by a company, every person who at the time the offence was committed was in charge of, and was resp...
24 Cognizance of offences
No court shall take cognizance of any offence under this Act except on a complaint made by the appropriate Government or an officer authorised in this behalf ...
25 Sanction for prosecution for offence
No prosecution for an offence committed by any informant shall be instituted except by or with the sanction of the statistics officer, and no prosecution for ...
26 Power of court to try cases summarily
Notwithstanding anything contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, all offences under this Act shall be tried in a summary way by a Judicial Magistra...
Chapter V Power in Respect of Core Statistics
27 Power in respect of core statistics
Without prejudice to the provisions contained in this Act, the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, declare from time to time any ...
Chapter VI Miscellaneous
28 Power to give directions
The Central Government may give directions to any State Government or Union territory Administration or to any local government that is to say Panchayats or ...
29 Public servants
Any statistics officer and any person authorised for the collection of statistics or preparation of official statistics under the provisions of this Act shall...
30 Bar of jurisdiction
No civil court shall have jurisdiction to entertain any suit or proceeding in respect of any matter which the appropriate Government or the statistics officer...
31 Protection of action taken in good faith
No suit or other legal proceedings shall lie against the appropriate Government or agency or any statistics officer or other officers or employees in respect ...
32 Overriding effect
The provisions of this Act shall have effect notwithstanding anything inconsistent therewith contained in any other law for the time being in force except in ...
33 Power to make rules
1.     The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules for carrying out the provisions of this Act.2.     In particular, an...
34 Repeal and savings
1.     The Collection of Statistics Act, 1953 is hereby repealed.2.     Notwithstanding such repeal, anything done or any action taken under the said Act sh...
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