The Territorial Army Act, 1948
(ACT 56 OF 1948)
FACT SHEET ▼
[a] This act is made applicable to -
[i] all the partly excluded areas in :-
(a) Assam - see Assam Gaz. 1948. Part II, p. 1571;
(b) Bombay, Gujarat, Maharashtra - see Bom., Govt. Gag., 1949, Part IV A, page 190;
(c) Madhya Pradesh - see C.P. and Berar Gag., 1948 Part I, p. 725.
(d) Madras (Tamil Nadu and Andhra) - see Ft. St. Geo. Gaz. 1949, Part I, p. 1984.
(ii) all the excluded area in Assam, see Assam Gaz., 1949, Part II, p. 567.
(iii) the Chotu Nagar Division and Santhal parganas District in Bihar, see Bihar Gaz, 1948, Part II, page 2736.
(iv) Madhya Bharat - see M.B. Govt. 1950, Part I, Section 1, page 53;
(v) all the excluded area in Madras - see Ft. St. Geo. Gaz., 1950, Part I, p. 1079.
(vi) the State of Travancore Cochin (Kerala) - see Trav-Co. Gaz. 1950, Pt. I, p 123.
(vii) Partially excluded areas of Jaunsar Bhawar Paragna in Dehra Dun and the Portion of Mirzapur District south of Kaimur Range - See U.P. Gaz. 1949, Pt. I. p. 78.
(viii) Darjeeling District - see Cal. Gaz. 1948, Part I, p. 1574.The Act has been extended to the union territories of :
(1) Goa, Deman and Diu by Regn. 12 of 1962 (27.12.1962);
(2) Dadra and Nagar Haveli by Regn. 6 of 1963 (1.7.1965);
(3) Pondicherry by Regn. 7 of 1963 (1.10.1963); and
(4) Laccadive, Minicoy and Amindivi Islands by Regn. 8 of 1965 (1.10.1967). These islands are now known as Lakshadweep - See Act 34 of 1973, S. 3 (1.11.1973).
Object & Reasons▼
"This Bill seeks to provide the legal basis for raising the Territorial Army the proposal, regarding which were announced in Parliament on the 8th April, 1948. Owing to the constitutional changes the old Territorial Force Act, 1920 is no longer suitable for this purpose. For example, the Act of 1920 makes members of the Force subject to the British Army Act. The present Bill merely lays down the broad principles on which the Territorial Army is to be raised leaving all administrative details, etc., to be provided for in rules and regulation. The role of the force will be ----
(a) to provide a second line to, and it source of reinforcement for, the regular army;
(b) to assist in internal defence duties in a national emergency;
(c) to be responsible for anti-aircraft and coastal defence; and
(d) to give the youth of India an opportunity of training themselves to defend their country.With the passage of this Bill, the Indian Territorial Force Act, 1920, will lapse."-Gazette of India, 1948, Part V, Page 619 Amending Act 33 of 1952. - The Territorial Army Act, 1948, does not at present contain any provision affording protection in civil employment to those who join the Territorial Army, with the result that some private employers have found it possible to refuse to allow their employees to retain a lien on their appointments while on duty with the Territorial Army. These difficulties were foreseen when the Territorial Army Act was enacted, but it was hoped at the time that employers would generally co-operate with Government in this national effort and voluntarily ensure that no person suffers either financially or otherwise by joining the Territorial Army. 2. Although many employers have treated their employees fairly even generously, in this matter, experience has shown that there are many others who are not willing to act likewise. It has therefore become expedient to amend the Territorial Army Act to impose a statutory liability on the employers to afford necessary protection in civil employment to members of the Territorial Army and the proposed legislation seeks to achieve this purpose. - Gazette of India 23-2-1952, Part II, Section 2, Page 72.
(a) "enrolled" means enrolled in the Territorial Army under the provisions of this Act;
(b) "officer" means an officer of any of the two classes specified in section 5;
(c) "non-commissioned officer" means a person holding a non-commissioned rank in the Territorial Army, and includes an acting non-commissioned officer;
(d) "prescribed" means prescribed by rules made under this Act;
[(dd) "public utility service" means any undertaking which supplies power, light, gas or water to the public, or carries on a public transport, or maintains any system of public conservancy or sanitation and which is declared, by notification in the Official Gazette, by the Central Government to be a public utility service to which this Act applies :Provided that no such notification shall be issued unless the Central Government is satisfied that, having regard to the needs of the Territorial Army, the persons employed in any such public utility service should, in the public interest, be made compulsory liable for service in that Army under this Act;]
(e) the expression ["regular army"] means officers and other ranks who, by their commission, terms of enrolment or otherwise, are liable to render continuously for a term military service under [the Army Act, 1950]; and
(f) all words and expressions used herein and defined in the [Army Act 1950] and not herein before defined, shall be deemed to have the meanings respectively attributed to them by that Act.3. Constitution of the Territorial Army. - (1) There shall be raised and maintained in the manner hereinafter provided an army to be designated the Territorial Army. (2) The Central Government may constitute such number of units of the Territorial Army as it thinks fit and may disband or reconstitute any unit so constituted. 4. Personnel of the Territorial Army. - There shall be the following classes of persons in the Territorial Army, namely,-
(a) Officers; and
(b) enrolled persons5. Officers. - Officers in the Territorial Army shall be of the two following classes, namely,--
(a) Officers holding commissions in the Territorial Army granted by the President with designations of rank corresponding to those of Indian commissioned officers [of the Regular Army]; and
(b) Junior commissioned officers holding commissions in the Territorial Army granted by the President with designation of rank corresponding to those of [junior commissioned officers of the Regular Army].6. Persons eligible for enrolment. - [Any person who is a citizen of India] may offer himself for enrolment in the Territorial Army, and may, if he satisfies the prescribed conditions, be enrolled for such period and subject to such conditions as may be prescribed. [6-A. Liability of Certain persons for compulsory service in the Territorial Army. - (1) Without prejudice to the provision contained in section 6, every person employed under the Government or in a public" utility service who has attained the age of twenty years but has not completed the age of forty years shall, subject to the other provisions contained in this section and subject to such rules as may be made in this behalf, be liable, when so required to do, to perform service in the Territorial Army. (2) Where it appears to the prescribed authority that, having regard to the strength of the Territorial Army or of any unit thereof in any area or place or, having regard to the exigencies of service in the Territorial Army, it is necessary that person compulsory liable to perform service in the Territorial Army under sub-section (1) should be called upon for such service, the prescribed authority may call upon such number of person as he thinks fit for the purpose of performing service in the Territorial Army. (3) In requisitioning the services of any persons under sub-section (2) the prescribed authority shall have regard to the age, physical fitness, qualifications and experience of the persons to be called upon for service and the nature of the work previously performed by then while employed under the Government or in the public utility service, and the work to be performed by them in the Territorial Army. (4) Every person liable to perform service under sub-section (1) shall, if so required by the prescribed authority, be bound to fill up such forms as may be prescribed and sign and lodge them with the prescribed authority within such time as may be specified in the requisition. (5) The prescribed authority may require any person incharge of the management of a public utility service to furnish within such time as may be specified in the requisition such particulars as may be prescribed with respect to persons employed under him, who may be liable to perform service under sub-section (1). (6) Any person whose services are requisitioned under this section may be required to join the Territorial Army as an officer or as an enrolled person according to the rules made in this behalf by the Central Government, and where any person has so joined the Territorial Army, he shall be entitled to the same rights and privileges and be subject to the same liabilities as an officer or enrolled person under the provisions of this Act. Explanation. -- For the purposes of this section, the expression "person employed under the Government or in a public utility service" shall not include :-
(a) a woman;
(b) a member of the regular Army,the Navy or the Air Force or a member of any Reserve Force;
(c) a person who is not a citizen of India;
(d) a person employed under the Government in any country or place outside India for so long as he is so employed; and
(e) any other persons as may be exempted from the operation of this Act the Central Government, by notification in the Official Gazette, on the ground that, having regard to the nature of the service performed by such persons or to the exigencies of the service in which they are employed, it is, in the opinion of the Central Government, expedient in the public interest, that they should not be liable to perform service under this Act.]7. Liability for military service. - (1) No officer or enrolled person shall be required to perform military service beyond the limits of India save under a general or special order of the Central Government. (2) Subject to the provisions of sub-section (1) every officer or enrolled person shall, subject to such conditions as may be prescribed, be bound to serve in any unit of the Territorial Army to which he is for the time being attached, and shall be subject to all the rules made under this Act in relation to such unit. (3) Every officer or enrolled person shall be liable to perform military service -
(a) when called out in the prescribed manner to act in support of the civil power or to provide essential guards;
(b) when embodied in the prescribed manner for training or for supporting or supplementing the regular forces; and
(c) when attached to any regular forces either at his own request or under the prescribed conditions.[7-A. Reinstatement in civil employ of persons required to perform military service. - (1) It shall be the duty of every employer by whom a person who is required to perform military service under section 7 was employed to reinstate him in his employment on the termination of the military service in an occupation and under conditions, not less favourable to him than those which would have been applicable to him had his employment not been so interrupted : Provided that if the employer refuses to reinstate such person or denies his liability to reinstate such person, or if for any reason reinstatement of such person is represented by the employer to be impracticable, either party may refer the matter to the prescribed authority and that authority shall, after considering all matters which may be put before it and after making such further inquiry into the matter as may be prescribed, pass an order-
(a) exempting the employer from the provisions of this section, or
(b) requiring him to re-employ such person on such terms as he thinks suitable, or
(c) requiring him to pay to such person by way of compensation for failure or inability to re-employ a sum not exceeding an amount equal to six months' remuneration at the rate at which his last remuneration was payable to him by the employer.(2) If any employer fails to obey the order of any such authority as is referred to in the proviso to sub-section (1), he shall be punishable with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, and the court by which an employer is convicted under this section shall order him (if he has not already been so required by the said authority) to pay to the person whom he has failed to re-employ a sum equal to six months' remuneration at the rate at which his last remuneration was payable to him by the employer, and any amount so required to be paid either by the said authority or by the Court shall be recoverable as if it were a fine imposed by such count. (3) In any proceeding under this section it shall be a defence for an employer to prove that the person formerly employed did not apply to the employer for reinstatement within a period of two months from the termination of his military service. (4) The duty imposed by sub-section (1) upon an employer to reinstate in his employment a person such as it described in that sub-section shall attach to an employer, who, before such person is actually required to perform military service under section 7, terminates his employment in circumstances such as to indicate an intention to evade the duty imposed by that sub-section, and such intention shall be presumed until the contrary is proved if the termination takes place after the issue of orders requiring him to perform military service under this Act.] [7-B. Preservation of certain rights of persons required to perform military service. - When any person required to perform military service under section 7 has any rights under any provident fund or superannuation fund or other scheme for the benefit of employees maintained in connection with the employment he relinquishes, he shall continue, so long as he is engaged, in military service and if he is reinstated, until such reinstatement under the provisions of this Act, to have in respect of such fund or scheme such rights as may be prescribed.] 8. Discharge. - Every person enrolled under this Act shall be entitled to receive his discharge from the Territorial Army on the expiration of the period from which he was enrolled and any such person may, prior to the expiration of that period, be discharged from the said army by such authority and subject to such conditions as may be prescribed : Provided that no enrolled person who is for the time being engaged in military service under the provisions of this Act, shall be entitled to receive his discharge before the termination of such service. 9. Application of the Army Act, 1950. - (1) Every officer, when doing duty as such officer, and every enrolled person when called out or embodied or attached to [the Regular Army], shall, subject to such adaptations and modifications as may be made therein by the Central Government by notification in the official Gazette, be subject to the provisions of [the Army Act, 1950], and the rules or regulations made there under in the same manner and to the same extent as if such officer or enrolled person held the same rank in the regular army as he holds for the time being in the Territorial Army. (2) When an offence punishable under [the Army Act, 1950], has been committed by any persons whilst subject to that Act under the provisions of sub-section (1) such person may be taken into and kept in military custody, and tried and punished, for such offence as aforesaid in like manner as he might have been taken into and kept in military custody, tried and punished, if he had continued to be so subject. 10. Summary trial and punishments. - In addition to, or in substitution for, any punishment or punishments to which he may be liable under [the Army Act,1950] any enrolled person may be punished either by a criminal Court or summarily by order of the prescribed authority for any offence under that Act or for the contravention of any of the provisions of this Act or of any rules made thereunder with fine which may extend to one hundred rupees to be recovered in such manner and by such authority as may be prescribed : Provided that no fine shall be summarily inflicted by order of the prescribed authority in any case in which the accused claims to be tried by a criminal Court. [10-A. Punishment for failure to lodge forms duly filled up etc. - If any person fails without sufficient cause :-
(a) to comply with any requisition under sub-section (4) or sub-section (5) of section 6A, of
(b) to report himself for service when so required to do by the prescribed authority under sub-section (2) of that section, or
(c) to submit himself to medical or other examination when so called upon to do by the prescribed authority under rules made under this Act.he shall be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to three months, or with fine which may extend to two hundred rupees, or with both.] 11. Jurisdiction to try offences. - No courts inferior to that of a Presidency Magistrate or a Magistrate of the first class shall try any offence made punishable by or under this Act. 12. Presumption as to certain documents. - Where an enrolled person is required by or in pursuance of any rule made under this Act to attend at any place a certificate purporting to be signed by the prescribed officer stating that the person so required to attend failed to do so in accordance with such requirement shall, without proof of the signature of appointment of such officer, be evidence of the matters stated therein. 13. Persons subject to this Act to be deemed part of regular army for certain purposes. - For the purposes of sections 128, 130 and 131 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (V of 1898), all officers, non-commissioned officers and other enrolled persons who have been attached to a unit shall be deemed to be officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers respectively of the [Regular Army]. 14. Power to make rules. - (1) The Central Government may make rules to carry out the purposes of this Act. (2) In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing Power, such rules may-
(aa) prescribe the procedure for requiring persons liable for compulsory service in the Territorial Army to be medically or otherwise examined with a view to determining whether they satisfy the conditions imposed under this Act;]
[(aaa) prescribe the manner in which, the period for which and the conditions subject to which any person may be enrolled under this Act or may be required to perform compulsory service in the Territorial Army];
(b) prescribe the manner in which and the conditions subject to which officers and enrolled persons may be called out for service, or embodied for training or for supporting or for supplementing [the Regular Army] or attached to [the Regular Army];
(c) prescribe preliminary and periodically military training, compulsory and voluntary, for any enrolled person and provide for the embodiment of any unit for that purpose;
(d) define the manner in which and the conditions under which any enrolled person may be excused from training;
(ddd) define the rights under section 7B;]
(e) prescribe the authorities by which and the conditions subject to which enrolled persons may be discharged under section 8;
(f) prescribe the authorities by which offences under this Act may be punished and the fine inflicted may be recovered;
(g) prescribe the officers by whom certificates may be signed under section 12;
(h) generally provide for any other matter which Under this Act is to be or may be prescribed.[(3) Every rule made under this section 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 compromised 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 session aforesaid, both Houses agree in making any modification in 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.] 15. Repealed of Act 48 of 1920. - [Repealed by the Repealing and Amending Act, 1950 (35 of 1950), Section 2 and Schedule.]