Article 240 President Power to Make Regulations For Certain Union Territories

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Article 240: Power of President to make regulations for certain Union territories

240(1): The President may make regulations for the peace, progress and good government of the Union territory of—

(a) the Andaman and Nicobar Islands;

(b) 1Lakshadweep;

(c) 2Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu;

(d) 3***;

(e)4 5 Puducherry;

(f) 6***

(g) 7***

8Provided that when any body is created under article 239A to function as a Legislature for the 9Union territory of 10Puducherry, the President shall not make any regulation for the peace, progress and good government of that Union territory with effect from the date appointed for the first meeting of the Legislature:

11Provided further that whenever the body functioning as a Legislature for the Union territory of Puducherry is dissolved, or the functioning of that body as such Legislature remains suspended on account of any action taken under any such law as is referred to in clause (1) of article 239A, the President may, during the period of such dissolution or suspension, make regulations for the peace, progress and good government of that Union territory.

240(2): Any regulation so made may repeal or amend any Act made by Parliament or 12any other law, which is for the time being applicable to the Union territory and, when promulgated by the President, shall have the same force and effect as an Act of Parliament which applies to that territory.


  1. Substituted by the Laccadive, Minicoy and Amindivi Islands (Alteration of Name) Act, 1973 (34 of 1973), s. 4, for entry (b) (w.e.f. 1-11-1973).
  2. Substituted by the Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Act, 2019 (44 of 2019), (w.e.f. 19-12-2019). Entry (C) was inserted by the (10th Amendment) Act, 1961, s. 3 (w.e.f. 11-8-1961).
  3. Entry (d) omitted by the Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Act, 2019 (44 of 2019), (w.e.f. 19-12-2019). Original entry (d) was inserted by the Constitution (12th Amendment) Act, 1962, s. 3 (w.e.f. 20-12-1961) and substituted by the Goa, Daman and Diu Reorganisation Act, 1987 (18 of 1987), s. 63, for entry (d) (w.e.f. 30-5-1987).
  4. Inserted by the Constitution (14th Amendment) Act, 1962, s. 5 and 7 (w.e.f. 16-8-1962).
  5. Substituted by Pondicherry (Alteration of Name) Act, 2006 (44 of 2006) s. 4, for “Pondicherry” (w.e.f. 1-10-2006).
  6. The entry (f) relating to Mizoram omitted by the State of Mizoram Act, 1986, (34 of 1986), s. 39 (w.e.f. 20-2-1987).
  7. The entry (g) relating to Arunachal Pradesh omitted by the State of Arunachal Pradesh Act, 1986 (69 of 1986), s. 42 (w.e.f. 20-2-1987).
  8. Inserted by the Constitution (14th Amendment) Act, 1962, s. 5 (w.e.f. 28-12-1962).
  9. Substituted by the Constitution (27th Amendment) Act, 1971, s. 4, for “Union territory of Goa, Daman and Diu or Pondicherry” (w.e.f. 15-2-1972).
  10. Substituted by the Pondicherry (Alteration of Name) Act, 2006 (44 of 2006), s. 4, for “Pondicherry” (w.e.f. 1-10-2006).
  11. Inserted by the Constitution (27th Amendment) Act, 1971, s. 4 (w.e.f. 15-2-1972).
  12. Substituted by ibid., for “any existing law” (w.e.f. 15-2-1972).

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Article 240 of The Indian constitution Power of President to make regulations for certain Union territories

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