Short Title, Extent, Commencement and Scope of the Act [Section 1]

    1). This Act may be called as 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:

    1. 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;
    2. To every contractor who employs or who employed on any day of the preceding twelve months twenty or more workmen.

    5). It is 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.

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