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IRON ORE MINES MANGANESE ORE MINES AND MINES CHROME ORE MINES LABOUR WELFARE FUND ACT, 1976

Ministry of Law and Justice

Act nº 61 of 1976


  • Amending Acts
  • Act nº 61 of 1976

Preamble

THE IRON ORE MINES1[MANGANESE ORE MINES AND MINES CHROME ORE MINES] LABOUR WELFARE FUND ACT, 1976

[Act, No. 61 of 1976]

[10th April, 1976]

PREAMBLE

An Act to provide for the financing of activities to promote the welfare of persons employed in the iron ore mines and manganese ore mines.

BE it enacted by Parliament in the Twenty- seventh Year of the Republic of India as follows:-

1. Substituted for "and Manganese Ore Mines" by the Iron Ore Mines and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Fund (Amendment) Act, 1982, w.e.f. 01- 07-1983.


Section 1. Short title ,extent and commencement

(1) This Act may be called the Iron Ore Mines1[Manganese Ore Mines and Chrome Ore Mines Labour Welfare]Fund Act, 1976.

(2) It extends to the whole of India.

(3) It shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint, and different dates may be appointed for different States:

Provided that the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, apply in the first instance the provisions of this Act, only to iron ore mines, or only to manganese ore mines,2[or only to chrome ore mines] in a State with effect from such date as may be specified in the notification, and if that Government is satisfied that it is necessary or expedient so to do, it may extend this Act to all iron ore mines3[Manganese Ore Mines And Mines Chrome Ore Mines] in that State with effect from such date as may be specified in the notification published in the Official Gazette.

1. Substituted for "and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Welfare" by the Iron Ore Mines and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Fund (Amendment) Act, 1982, w.e.f. 01- 07-1983.

2. Inserted by the Iron Ore Mines and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Fund (Amendment) Act, 1982, w.e.f. 01- 07-1983.

3. Substituted for "and Manganese Ore Mines" by the Iron Ore Mines and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Fund (Amendment) Act, 1982, w.e.f. 01- 07-1983.


Section 2. Definitions

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-

(a) "agent" and "owner" have the meanings respectively assigned to them in clauses (c) and (l) of sub- section (1) of section 2 of the Mines Act, 1952(35 of 1952);

1[(aa) "chrome ore" includes ferro- chrome;]

(b) "contractor" has the meaning assigned to it in clause (c) of sub- section (1) of section 2 of the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970(37 of 1970);

(c) "factory" and "occupier" have the meanings respectively assigned to them in clauses (m) and (n) of section 2 of the Factories Act, 1948(63 of 1948);

(d) "Fund" means the Iron Ore Mines2[Manganese Ore Mines and Chrome Ore Mines Labour Welfare]Fund Act formed under section 3;

(e)"manager" means the manager referred to in section 17 of the Mines Act, 1952(35 of 1952);

(f) "manganese ore" includes ferrogenous manganese ore or ferro- manganese ore;

(g) "metallurgical factory" means--

(i) a factory in which iron or steel or manganese1[ or Chrome] is being processed or manufactured;

(ii) any other factory, being a factory in which iron ore or manganese1[ or Chrome] ore is used for any purpose which the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, declare to be a metallurgical factory for the purposes of this Act;

(h) a person is said to be employed in an iron ore mine or manganese ore mine,-

(1) if he is employed within the premises or in the vicinity of such mine by the owner, agent or manager of such mine or by a contractor or any other agency exclusively in any one or more of the following, namely:-

(i) any iron ore or manganese ore operation;

(ii) the operation, servicing, maintenance or repair of any machinery or any part thereof used in or about such mine;

(iii) the loading, unloading or despatch of iron ore or manganese ore or any other material connected with the mining of iron ore or manganese ore;

(iv) any work in any office, canteen or creche situated within the precincts of such mine;

(v) any welfare, health, sanitary or conservancy services or any watch and ward duties at any place situated within such premises or vicinity, not being a place occupied by any residential building; or

(2) if, in any such area as may be notified by the Central Government in the Official Gazette in this behalf, he is employed by the owner, agent or manager of such mine or by a contractor or any other agency exclusively in the loading, unloading or despatch of iron ore or manganese ore or any other material connected with the mining of iron ore or manganese ore;

(i) "prescribed" means prescribed by rules made under this Act.

1. Inserted by the Iron Ore Mines and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Fund (Amendment) Act, 1982, w.e.f. 01- 07-1983.

2. Substituted for "and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Welfare" by the Iron Ore Mines and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Fund (Amendment) Act, 1982, w.e.f. 01- 07-1983.


Section 3. Iron Ore Mines and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Welfare Fund

There shall be formed a Fund, to be called the Iron Ore Mines1[Manganese Ore Mines and Chrome Ore Mines Labour Welfare]Fund, and there shall be credited thereto--

(a) an amount which the Central Government may, after due appropriation made by Parliament by law in this behalf, provide from and out of the proceeds of duty of customs and duty of excise credited under section 5 of the Iron Ore Mines and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Welfare Cess Act, 1976, after deducting therefrom, the cost of collection as determined by the Central Government under this Act;

(b) any income from investment of the amount credited under the Act referred to in clause (a) and any other moneys received by the Central Government for the purposes of this Act.

1. Substituted for "and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Welfare" by the Iron Ore Mines and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Fund (Amendment) Act, 1982, w.e.f. 01- 07-1983.


Section 4. Application of fund

The Fund shall be applied by the Central Government to meet the expenditure incurred in connection with the measures which, in the opinion of that Government, are necessary or expedient to promote the welfare of persons employed in the iron ore mines 1 [manganese ore mines and chrome ore mines], and in particular--

(a) to defray the cost of measures for the benefit of persons employed in the iron ore mines or manganese ore mines 2 [or Chrome Ore Mines] directed towards--

(i) the provision and improvement of public health and sanitation, the prevention of disease and the provision and improvement of medical facilities;

(ii) the provision and improvement of water supplies and facilities for washing;

(iii) the provision and improvement of educational facilities;

(iv) the provision and improvement of housing and recreational facilities including standards of living, nutrition and amelioration of social conditions;

(v) the provision of transport to and from the place of work;

(b) to grant loan or subsidy to a State Government, a local authority or the owner of an iron ore mine or of a manganese ore mine, 2 [or Chrome Ore Mines] in aid of any scheme approved by the Central Government for any purpose connected with the welfare of persons employed in iron ore mines or manganese ore mines; 2 [or Chrome Ore Mines]

(c) to pay annually grants-in-aid to such of the owners of iron ore mines 2 [or Chrome Ore Mines] who provide to the satisfaction of the Central Government welfare measures of the prescribed standard for the benefit of persons employed in their mines, so, however, that the amount payable as grants-in-aid to such owners shall not exceed--

(i) the amount spent by them in the provision of welfare measures as determined by the Central Government or any person specified by it in this behalf, or

(ii)such amount as may be prescribed,

whichever is less:

Provided that no grant-in-aid shall be payable in respect of any welfare measures provided by the owner of an iron ore mine 2 [or Chrome Ore Mines] where the amount spent thereon determined as aforesaid is less than the amount prescribed in this behalf;

(d) to meet the allowances, if any, of the members of the Advisory Committee and the Central Advisory Committee constituted under section 5 and section 6 respectively and the salaries and allowances, if any, of persons appointed under section 8;

(e) any other expenditure which the Central Government may direct to be defrayed from the Fund.

1. Substituted for "and manganese ore mines" by the Iron Ore Mines and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Fund (Amendment) Act, 1982, w.e.f. 01- 07-1983.

2. Inserted by the Iron Ore Mines and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Fund (Amendment) Act, 1982, w.e.f. 01- 07-1983.


Section 5. Advisory Committees

(1) The Central Government may,-

(a) constitute for each State which produces iron ore or manganese ore1[or Chrome Ore] an Advisory Committee, or

(b) where2[any two of or all such Ores] are produced in a State, constitute, for such State, an Advisory Committee in respect of3[any one of such ores only, or in respect of any two of such ores only, or in respect of all such ores]

to advise the Central Government on such matters arising out of the administration of this Act as may be referred to it by that Government, including matters relating to the application of the Fund.

(2) Each Advisory Committee shall consist of such number of persons as may be appointed to it by the Central Government of whom one shall be a woman and the members shall be chosen in such manner as may be prescribed:

Provided that each Advisory Committee shall include an equal number of members representing Government, the owners of iron ore mines4[manganese Ore mines and Chrome Ore mines] and manganese ore mines and the persons employed in the iron ore mines4[manganese Ore mines and Chrome Ore mines]

(3) The Chairman of each Advisory Committee shall be appointed by the Central Government.

(4) The Central Government shall publish in the Official Gazette the names of the members of every Advisory Committee.

1. Inserted by the Iron Ore Mines and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Fund (Amendment) Act, 1982, w.e.f. 01- 07-1983.

2. Substituted for "both iron Ore and manganese Ore" by the Iron Ore Mines and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Fund (Amendment) Act, 1982, w.e.f. 01- 07-1983.

3. Substituted for "iron ore only or manganese ore only, or in respect of both," by the Iron Ore Mines and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Fund (Amendment) Act, 1982, w.e.f. 01- 07-1983.

4. Substituted for "and manganese ore mines. " by the Iron Ore Mines and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Fund (Amendment) Act, 1982, w.e.f. 01- 07-1983.


Section 6. Central Advisory Committee

(1) The Central Government may constitute a Central Advisory Committee to co-ordinate the work of the Advisory Committees constituted under section 5 and to advise the Central Government on any matter arising out of the administration of this Act.

(2)The Central Advisory Committee shall consist of such number of persons as may be appointed by the Central Government of whom one shall be a woman and the members shall be chosen in such manner as may be prescribed:

Provided that the Central Advisory Committee shall include an equal number of members representing the Government ,the owners of iron ore mines and manganese ore mines and the persons employed in the iron ore mines 1 [manganese Ore mines and Chrome Ore mines].

(3) The Chairman of the Central Advisory Committee shall be appointed by the Central Government.

(4)The Central Government shall publish in the Official Gazette the names of the members of the Central Advisory Committee.

1. Substituted for "and manganese ore mines." by the Iron Ore Mines and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Fund (Amendment) Act, 1982, w.e.f. 01- 07-1983.


Section 7. Power to co-opt, etc

(1) The Advisory Committee or the Central Advisory Committee may, at any time and for such period as it thinks fit, co-opt any person or persons to the Advisory Committee.

(2)A person co-opted under sub-section (1) shall exercise all the powers and functions of a member under this Act but shall not be entitled to vote.

(3)The Advisory Committee or the Central Advisory Committee may, if it considers it necessary or expedient so to do, invite any person to attend its meeting and when such person attends any meeting, he shall not be entitled to vote thereat.

Section 8. Appointment of Welfare Commissioners, etc., and their powers

(1) The Central Government may appoint as many Welfare Commissioners, Welfare Administrators, Inspectors and such other officers and staff as it thinks necessary for the purposes of this Act and the Iron Ore Mines1[Manganese Ore Mines and Chrome Ore Mines Labour Welfare]and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Welfare Cess Act, 1976.

(2) The Central Government may, by general or special order, direct a Welfare Commissioner to appoint such staff as is considered necessary for the purposes of this Act and the Iron Ore Mines and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Welfare Cess Act, 1976.

(3) Every person so appointed shall be deemed to be a public servant within the meaning of section 21 of the Indian Penal Code.

(4) Any Welfare Commissioner, Welfare Administrator or Inspector may,-

(a) with such assistance, if any, as he may think fit, enter at any reasonable time, any place which he considers it necessary to enter for carrying out the purposes of this Act;

(b) do within such place anything necessary for the proper discharge of his duties; and

(c) exercise such other powers as may be prescribed.

1. Substituted for "and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Welfare" by the Iron Ore Mines and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Fund (Amendment) Act, 1982, w.e.f. 01- 07-1983.


Section 9. Power of Central Government to exempt

Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, if the Central Government is satisfied that there is in force in any State or part thereof a law making adequate provision for the financing of activities to promote the welfare of persons employed in the iron ore mines or manganese ore mines, 1 [or Chrome Ore Mines]it may, by notification in the Official Gazette, direct that all or any of the provisions of this Act shall not apply or shall apply to such State or part thereof subject to such exceptions and modifications as may be specified in the notification.

1. Inserted by the Iron Ore Mines and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Fund (Amendment) Act, 1982, w.e.f. 01- 07-1983.


Section 10. Annual report of activities financed under the Act

The Central Government shall, as soon as may be after the end of each financial year, cause to be published in the Official Gazette a report giving an account of its activities financed under this Act during the previous financial year, together with a statement of accounts.

Section 11. Power to call for information

The Central Government may require an occupier of a metallurgical factory or the owner, agent or manager of an iron ore mine or of a manganese ore mine1[or of a Chrome Ore Mine]to furnish, for the purposes of this Act, such statistical and other information in such form and within such period as may be prescribed.

1. Inserted by the Iron Ore Mines and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Fund (Amendment) Act, 1982, w.e.f. 01- 07-1983.


Section 12. Power to make rules

(1) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette and subject to the condition of previous publication, make rules for carrying the provisions of this Act.

(2) In particular and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such rules may provide for--

(a) the manner in which the Fund may be applied for the measures specified in section 4;

(b) the conditions governing the grant of loan or subsidy under clause (b) of section 4;

(c) the standard of welfare measures to be provided by owners of iron ore mines or manganese ore mines1[or Chrome Ore Mines]for the purposes of clause (c) of section 4;

(d) the determination of the amount referred to in sub- clause (ii) of clause (c) of section 4 and in the proviso to that clause;

(e) the composition of the Advisory Committees and the Central Advisory Committee constituted under section 5 and section 6 respectively, the manner in which the members thereof shall be chosen, the term of office of such members, the allowances, if any, payable to them including co- opted members and invites, and the manner in which the Advisory Committees and the Central Advisory Committee shall conduct their business;

(f) the recruitment, conditions of service and the duties of all persons appointed under section 8;

(g) the powers that may be exercised by a Welfare Commissioner, Welfare Administrator or an Inspector under section 8;

(h) the furnishing to the Central Government by the occupiers of metallurgical factories and the owners, agents or managers of iron ore mines or of manganese ore mines,1[or of Chrome Ore Mines]of such statistical and other information as may be required to be furnished, from time to time, by that Government under section 11;

(i) the form in which and the period within which statistical and other information are to be furnished under clause (h);

(j) any other matter which has to be or may be prescribed, or provided for, by rules under this Act.

(3) In making any rule under clause (h) or clause (i) of sub- section (2), the Central Government may direct that a breach thereof shall be punishable with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees.

(4) Every rule made under this section shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made, before each House of Parliament, while it is in session, for a total period of thirty days which may be comprised in one session or in two or more successive sessions, and if, before the expiry of the session immediately following the session or the successive sessions aforesaid, both Houses agree in making any modification in the rule or both Houses agree that the rule should not be made, the rule shall thereafter have effect only in such modified form or be of no effect, as the case may be; so, however, that any such modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under that rule.

1. Inserted by the Iron Ore Mines and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Fund (Amendment) Act, 1982, w.e.f. 01- 07-1983.


Amending Acts

Iron Ore Mines and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Welfare Fund (Amendment) Act, 1982

THE IRON ORE MINES AND MANGANESE ORE MINES LABOUR WELFARE FUND (AMENDMENT) ACT, 1982

[Act, No. 45 of 1982]

[28th August, 1982]

An Act to amend the iron Ore Mines and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Welfare Fund Act, 1976.

BE it enacted by Parliament in the Thirty-third Year of the Republic of India as follows:-

1. Short title and commencement

(1) This Act may be called the Iron Ore Mines and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Welfare Fund (Amendment) Act, 1982.

(2) It shall come into force of such date {1-7-1983. Vide Notification No.G.S.R.534(E), dated 28-6-1983, Gazette of India, Extraordinary, 1983 pt (II) sec. 3(i)} as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint.

2. Amendment of long title

In the Iron Ore Mines and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Welfare Fund Act, 1976 (hereinafter referred to as the principal Act), in the long title, for the words "and manganese ore mines", the words", manganese ore mines and chrome ore mines" shall be substituted.

3. Amendment of section 1

In section 1 of the principal Act,-

(a) in sub-section (1), for the words "and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Welfare", the words, "Manganese Ore Mines and Chrome Ore Mines Labour Welfare" shall be substituted;

(b) in sub-section (3), the proviso -

(i) after the words "only to manganese ore mines", the words, "or only to chrome ore mines" shall be inserted;

(ii) for the words "and manganese ore mines", the words, "manganese ore mines and chrome ore mines" shall be substituted.

4. Amendment of section 2

In section 2 of the principal Act,-

(a) after clause (a), the following clause shall be inserted, namely:-

'(aa) "chrome ore" includes ferro-chrome;';

(b) in clause (d), for the words "and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Welfare", the words, "Manganese Ore Mines and Chrome Ore Mines Labour Welfare" shall be substituted;

(c) in clause (g),-

(i) in sub-clause (i), after the words "or manganese", the words "or chrome" shall be inserted;

(ii) in sub-clause (ii), after the words "manganese ore", the words "or chrome ore" shall be inserted;

5. Amendment of section 3

In section 3 of the principal Act, for the words "and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Welfare", in both the places where they occur, the words "Manganese Ore Mines and Chrome Ore Mines Labour Welfare" shall be substituted.

6. Amendment of section 4

In section 4 of the principal Act,-

(a) in the opening portion, for the words "and manganese ore mines", the words, "manganese ore mines and chrome ore mines" shall be substituted;

(b) in clause (a), in the opening portion, after the words "or manganese ore mines", the words "or chrome ore mines" shall be inserted;

(c) in clause (b),-

(i) after the words "or of a manganese ore mine", the words "or of a chrome ore mine" shall be inserted;

(ii) after the words "or of a manganese ore mine", the words "or chrome ore mines" shall be inserted;

(d) in clause (c),-

(i) after the words "or manganese ore mines", the words "or chrome ore mines" shall be inserted;

(ii) in the proviso, after the words "or of a manganese are mine", the words "or of a chrome ore mine" shall be inserted.

7. Amendment of section 5

In section 5 of the principal Act,-

(a) in sub-section (1),-

(i) in clause (a), after the words "or manganese ore", the words "or chrome ore" shall be inserted;

(ii) in clause (b), for the words "both iron ore and manganese ore", the words "any two of or all such ores" and for the words "iron ore only or manganese ore only, or in respect of both", the words "any one of such ores only, or in respect of any two of such ores only, or in respect of all such ores" and be substituted.

(b) in sub-section (2), in the proviso, for the words "and manganese ore mines", in both the places where they occur, the words, "manganese ore mines and chrome ore mines" shall be substituted.

8. Amendment of section 6

In section 6 of the principal Act, in sub-section (2), in the proviso, for the words "and manganese ore mines", in both the places where they occur, the words, "manganese ore mines and chrome ore mines" shall be substituted.

9. Amendment of section 8

In section 8 of the principal Act, in sub-section (1) and sub-section (2), for the words "and Manganese Ore Mines Labour Welfare", the words, "Manganese Ore Mines and Chrome ore Mines Labour Welfare" shall be substituted.

10. Amendment of section 9

In section 9 of the principal Act, after the words "manganese ore mines", the words "or chrome ore mines' shall be inserted.

11. Amendment of section 11

In section 11 of the principal Act, after the words "of manganese ore mine", the words "or of a chrome ore mine" shall be inserted.

12. Amendment of section 12

In section 12 of the principal Act, in sub-section (2), -

(a) in clause (c), after the words "manganese ore mines", the words "or chrome ore mines" shall be inserted;

(b) in clause (h), after the words "of manganese ore mines", the words, "or of chrome ore mines" shall be inserted.