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Section 1 of the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act 1970

Section 1 (Short title, extent, commencement and application) under Chapter I (Preliminary) of the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970 —

❝(1) This Act may be called the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970.

(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 provisions of this Act.

(4) It applies—
 (a) to every establishment in which twenty or more workmen are employed or were employed on any day of the preceding twelve months as contract labour;
 (b) to every contractor who employees or who employed on any day of the preceding twelve months twenty or more workmen:

 Provided that the appropriate Government may, after giving not less than two months’ notice of its intention so to do, by notification in the Official Gazette, apply the provisions of this Act to any establishment or contractor employing such number of workmen less than twenty as may be specified in the notification.

(5) (a) It shall not apply to establishments in which work only of an intermittent or casual nature is performed.
 (b) If a question arises whether work performed in an establishment is of an intermittent or casual nature, the appropriate Government shall decide that question after consultation with Central Board or, as the case may be, a State Board, and its decision shall be final.

Explanation.—For the purpose of this sub-section, work performed in an establishment shall not be deemed to be of an intermittent nature—
 (i) if it was performed for more than one hundred and twenty days in the preceding twelve months, or
 (ii) if it is of a seasonal character and is performed for more than sixty days in a year.❞



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Notes:

Preamble of the Act: An Act to regulate the employment of contract labour in certain establishments and to provide for its abolition in certain circumstances and for matters connected therewith.

Effective date: The Act came into force w.e.f. 10th February, 1971, vide notification No. G.S.R. 190, dated 1st February, 1971, see Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II, sec. 3(i).

List of Amending Acts:

The Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970 (No. 37 of 1970) was amended by:
- the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Amendment Act, 1986 (No. 14 of 1986) (w.e.f. 28-1-1986);
- the Delegated Legislation Provisions (Amendment) Act, 2004 (No. 04 of 2005) (w.e.f. 11-1-2005).

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