MEANING OF CENTRAL ACT

The term ‘Central Act’ have been defined under clause (7) of section 3 of the General Clauses Act, 1897 which reads as under:-

“(7) ‘Central Act’ shall mean an Act of Parliament, and shall include—
(a) an Act of the Dominion Legislature or of the Indian Legislature passed before the
commencement of the Constitution, and (b) an Act made before such commencement by the Governor General in Council or the Governor General, acting in a legislative capacity.”.
Clause (7) of section 3 of the General Clauses Act, 1897 becomes relevant n terms of article 367 of the Constitution which reads under:-

“367. Interpretation.—(1) Unless the context otherwise requires, the General Clauses Act, 1897, shall, subject to any adaptation and modifications that may be made therein under article 372, apply for the interpretation of this Constitution as it applies for the interpretation of an Act of Legislature of the Dominion of India.

(2) Any reference in this Constitution to Acts or laws of, or made by, Parliament, or to Acts or laws of, or made by, the Legislature of a State, shall be construed as including a reference to an Ordinance made by the President or, to an Ordinance made by a Governor, as the case may be.
(3)For the purposes of this Constitution ‘foreign State’ means any State other than India:
Provided that subject to the provisions of any law made by Parliament, the President may by order declare any State not to be a foreign State for such purposes as may be specified in the order.”.

CENTRAL ACTS TOTAL CENTRAL ACTS ENACTED (No’s.) TOTAL CENTRAL
ACTS ENACTED
(No’s.)
CENTRAL ACTS
REPEALED
(No’s.)
Enacted before
The commencement
Of the constitution
(from the year
1834 to the year
1910 380 2530
Enacted after
The commencement
Of the constitution
I.e., 26th january, 1950 upto 15 october, 2014)
3702 2401 1301
TOTAL  6612 2781 3831