POA Act, 1989 Rules
MINISTRY OF WELFARE
New Delhi, the 31st March, 1995
G.S.R 316(E) - In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of Section 23 of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 (33 of 1989), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules, namely:-
1. Short title and commencement.-
- These rules may be called the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Rules, 1995.
- They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.
2. Definitions: In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires:-
- "Act" means the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 (33 of 1989);
- "dependent", with its grammatical variations and cognate expressions, includes wife, children, whether married or unmarried, dependent parents, widowed sister, widow and children of pre-deceased son of a victims of atrocity;
- "identified area" means such area where State Government has reason to believe that atrocity may take place or there is an apprehension of reoccurrence of an offence under the Act or an area prone to atrocity;
- "Non-Government Organisation" means a voluntary organisation engaged in the welfare activities relating to the scheduled castes and the scheduled tribes and registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 (21 of 1860) or under any law for the registration of documents or such organisation for the time being in force;
- "Schedule" means the Schedule annexed to these rules;
- "Section" means section of the Act;
- "State Government", in relation to a Union Territory, means the Administrator or the Union Territory appointed by the President under Article 239 of the Constitution;
- words and expressions used herein and not defined but defined in the Act shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in the Act.
3. Precautionary and Preventive Measures.-
(1) With a view to prevent atrocities on the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes, the State Government shall:-
- identify the area where it has reason to believe that atrocity may take place or there is an apprehension of reoccurrence of an offence under the Act:
- order the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police or any other officer to visit the identified area and review the law and order situation;
- if deem necessary, in the identified area cancel the arms licences of the persons, not being member of the Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes, their near relations, servants or employees and family friends and get such arms deposited in the Government Armoury;