The Maharashtra Official Languages Act, 1964
Maharashtra Act No. 5 of 1965
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY 6
(a) "appointed day" in relation to section 3 means the 26th day of January 1965, and in-relation to any other provision of this Act or any such provision in relation to any matter therein means the day on which that provision or any provision in relation to that matter comes into force;
(b) "Constitution" means the Constitution of India;
(c) "Marathi" means the Marathi language in Devanagari script which is adopted in this State under Government Resolution in the Education and Social Welfare Department, No. TBK. 1762-G, dated 20th July, 1962.3. Continuance of English language for use in State Legislature. - Notwithstanding the expiration of the period of fifteen years, from the commencement of the Constitution mentioned in article 210, the English language may, as from the appointed day, continue to be used, in addition to Hindi and Marathi, for the transaction of business in the Legislature of the State. 4. Official language for official purposes of State. - Subject to the provisions of this Act, Marathi shall, as from the appointed day, be the language to be used for all official purposes referred to in article 345 of the Constitution, as respects the State of Maharashtra except such purposes as the State Government may, by rules issued from time to time in the Official Gazette, specify, and Hindi may be used as the official language for such excepted purposes. 5. Marathi language to be used in Bills, etc. - Marathi shall, as from the appointed day, be the language to be used-
(a) in Bills introduced (or amendments thereto to be moved) in either House of the Legislature of the State;
(b) in all Acts passed by the Legislature of the State and in all Ordinances promulgated by the Governor of Maharashtra under article 213 of the Constitution;
(c) in all orders, rules, regulations and bye-laws issued by the State Government under the Constitution or under any law made by Parliament or the Legislature of the State:[Provided that the State Government may use the English language for the purposes of clauses (a) to (c), if it is satisfied that it is necessary so to do under special circumstances or for technical reasons.] 6. Power to make rules. - (1) The State Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules for carrying out the purposes for this Act. (2) Every rule made under this section shall be laid, as soon as may be, after it is made before each House of the State Legislature while it is in session for a total period of thirty days which may be comprised in one session or in two successive sessions, and if, before the expiry of the session in which it is so laid in the session immediately following, both Houses agree in making any modification in the rule or both Houses agree that the rule should not be made, the rule shall from the date of publication of a notification in the Official Gazette of such decision 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 to anything previously done or omitted to be done under that rule.
NotificationsG. N., G. A. D., No. OFL-1066-(i)-M, dated 30th April, 1966 (M. G., Part IV-B, page 542) - In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (3) of section 1 of the Maharashtra Official Languages Act, 1964 (Maharashtra V of 1965), the Government of Maharashtra hereby appoints the 1st day of May 1966 to be the date on which the provisions of sections 4 and 6 of the said Act shall come into force.