The Government Grants Act, 1895

Central  Act
Government of india

THE GOVERNMENT GRANTS ACT, 1895

ACT NO. 15 OF 1895

[ 10th October, 1895.]

An Act to explain the Transfer of Property Act, 1882, so far as relates to grants from the  Government], and to remove certain doubts as to the powers of the  Government] in relation to such grants.

WHEREAS doubts have arisen as to the extent and operation of the Transfer of Property Act, 1882 (4 of 1882), and as to the power of the  Government] to impose limitations and restrictions upon grants and other transfers of land made by it or under its authority, and it is expedient to remove such doubts;

It is hereby enacted as follows:-

1. Title and extent.-

(1) This Act may be called the  Government] Grants Act, 1895 .
(2) It extends to the whole of India except 3 the territories which, immediately before the 1st November, 1956 , were comprised in Part B States] 4 . 
2. Transfer of Property Act, 1882 , not to apply to Government grants.-
Nothing in the Transfer of Property Act, 1882 (4 of 1882 ), contained shall apply or be deemed ever to have applied to any grant or other transfer of land or of any interest therein heretofore made or hereafter to be made 5 by or on behalf of the Government] to, or in favour of, any person whomsoever; but every such grant and transfer shall be construed and take effect as if the said Act had not been passed.
3. Government grants to take effect according to their tenor.-
All provisions, restrictions, conditions and limitations over contained in any such grant or transfer as aforesaid shall be valid and take effect according to their tenor, any rule of law, statute or enactment of the Legislature to the contrary notwithstanding.


1. This Act has been partially extended to Berar by the Berar Laws Act, 1941 (4 of 1941 ). The Act has been amended in- (i) Uttar Pradesh by U. P. Act 9 of 1959, s. 2 and Sch. (ii) Madhya Pradesh by M. P. Act 16 of 1971; (iii) Mysore by Mysore Act 13 of 1973. 2 Subs. by the A. O. 1950, for” Crown”. 3 Subs. by the Adaptation of Laws (No. 2) Order, 1956, for” Part B States”. 4 The word” and” at the end of sub- section (2), and sub- section (3), rep. by Act 10 of 1914, s. 3 and Sch. II. 5 Subs. by the A. O. 1937, for” by or on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen Empress, Her heirs or successors, or by or on behalf of the Secretary of State for India in Council”. Rep, in its application to Malabar District of Kerala by Kerala Act 30 of 1960. The Act as been extended to, and brougght into force in Dadra and Nagar Haveli (w. e. f. 1- 7- 1965 ) by Reg. 6 opf 1963, s. 2 and Sch. I. The Act as been extended to- (i) Goa, Daman Diu by Reg. 11 of 1963, s. 3 and Sch.; (ii) Union territory of Laccadive, Minicoy and Amindivi Islands (w. e. f. 15- 10- 1970 ), vide Reg. 2 of 1970, s. 2 and Sch.