Section 71. Power to collect statistics

(1) If the Government considers that for the purposes of better administration of this Act, it is necessary so to do, it may by notification in the Official Gazette, direct that statistics be collected relating to any matter dealt with, by or under this Act.

(2) Upon such direction being made, the Commissioner may, by notice in any newspaper or in such other manner as he deems fit to bring to the notice of dealers, call upon any class of dealers to furnish such information or statements as may be stated in such notice relating to any matter in respect of which statistics are to be collected. The form in which, the persons to whom or, the authorities to which, such information or returns should be furnished and the intervals at which such information or returns should be furnished, shall be such as may be prescribed.

(3) Without prejudice to the generality of the provisions of this Act, the State Government may by rules provide that every registered dealer or any class of registered dealer shall furnish such statements as may be prescribed.