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Inspectors.

13. (1)  The appropriate Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint such persons as it thinks fit to be Inspectors for the purposes of this Act 1[, the Scheme,] 2[the 3[Pension] Scheme or the Insurance Scheme] and may define their jurisdiction.

(2) Any Inspector appointed under sub-section 1 may, for the purpose of inquiring into the correctness of any information furnished in connection with this Act or with any 4[Scheme or the Insurance Scheme] or for the purpose of ascertaining whether any of the provisions of this Act or of any 4[Scheme or the Insurance Scheme] have been complied with 5[in respect of 6[an establishment] to which any 4[Scheme or the Insurance Scheme] applies or for the purpose of ascertaining whether the provisions of this Act or any 4[Scheme or the Insurance Scheme] are applicable  to any  7[establishment] to which the 4[Scheme or the Insurance Scheme] has not been applied or for the purpose of determining whether the conditions subject to which exemption was granted under section  17 are being complied with by the employer in relation to an exempted 7[establishment]].

(a) require an employer 8[or any contractor from whom any amount is recoverable under section 8A] to furnish such information as he may consider necessary 9[ * * * ].

(b) At any reasonable time 10[and with such assistance, if any, as he may think fit, enter and search] any 7[establishment] or any premises connected therewith and require any one found in charge thereof to produce before him for examination any accounts, books, registers and other documents relating to the employment of persons or the payment of wages in the 7[establishment];

(c) Examine, with respect to any matter relevant to any of the purposes aforesaid, the employer 8[or any contractor from whom any amount is recoverable under section 8A], his agent or servant or any other person found in charge of the 7[establishment] or any premises connected therewith or whom the Inspector has reasonable cause to believe to be or to have been, an employee in the 7[establishment];

11[(d) Make copies of, or take extracts from, any book, register or other document maintained in relation to the establishment and, where he has reason to believe that any offence under this Act has been committed by an employer, seize with such assistance as he may think fit, such book, register or other document or portions thereof as he may consider relevant in respect of that offence;]

(e) Exercise such other powers as the 4[Scheme or the Insurance Scheme] may provide.

12[(2A) Any Inspector appointed under sub-section 1 may, for the purpose of inquiring into the correctness of any information furnished in connection with the 13[Pension] Scheme or for the purpose of ascertaining whether any of the provisions of this Act or of the 13[Pension] Scheme have been complied with in respect of an establishment to which the 13[Pension] Scheme applies, exercise all or any of the powers conferred on him under clause a, b, clause c, or  clause d sub-section 2.]

14[15[(2B)] The provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (5 of 1898) shall, so far as may be, apply to any search or seizure under sub-section 2 16[or under sub-section 2A, as the case may be], as they apply to any search or seizure made under the authority of a warrant issued under section 98 of the said Code.]

17[(3) ***]

Note:

1. Subs. by Act 16 of 1971, s. 24, for “or of any Scheme” (w.e.f. 23-4-1971).

2. Subs. by Act 99 of 1976, s. 29, for “or the Family Pension Scheme” (w.e.f. 1-8-1976).

3. Subs. by Act 25 of 1996, s. 4, for “Family Pension” (w.e.f. 16-11-1995).

4. Subs. by Act 99 of 1976, s. 29, for “Scheme” (w.e.f. 1-8-1976).

5. Ins. by Act 37 of 1953, s. 11.

6. Subs. by Act 94 of 1956, s. 3, for “a factory”.

7. Subs. by s. 3, ibid., for “factory”.

8. Ins. by Act 28 of 1963, s. 9 (w.e.f. 30-11-1963).

9. The words “in relation to the Scheme” omitted by Act 37 of 1953, s. 11.

10. Subs. by Act 28 of 1963, s. 9, for “enter” (w.e.f. 30-11-1963).

11. Subs. by s. 9, ibid., for clause (d) (w.e.f. 30-11-1963).

12. Ins. by Act 16 of 1971, s. 24.

13. Subs. by Act 25 of 1996, s. 4, for “Family Pension” (w.e.f. 16-11-1995).

14. Ins. by Act 28 of 1963, s. 9 (w.e.f. 30-11-1963)

15.  Sub-section (2A) re-numbered as sub-section (2B) by Act 16 of 1971, s. 24 (w.e.f. 23-4-1971).

16.  Ins. by s. 24, ibid. (w.e.f. 23-4-1971)

17. Sub-section (3) omitted by Act 33 of 1988, s. 17 (w.e.f. 1-8-1988).