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Section 19 of Minimum Wages Act, 1948

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Appointment of Inspectors

Section 19 (1) of Minimum Wages Act, 1948 says that the appropriate Government can appoint such persons, by notification, as Inspectors and define the local limits within which they shall exercise their function. The Inspectors are deemed to be public servants as per Section 21 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860

Powers / Functions of Inspectors

Section 19 (1) empowers Inspectors to:

  • Enter any premises or place, at all reasonable hours, with such assistants, where employees are employed to work or work is given out to out-workers, for the purpose of examining any register, record of wages or notices required to be kept or exhibited by or under this Act or rules made thereunder.
  • Examine any person who is an employee employed therein or employee to whom work is given out therein
  • Require any person to give any information, with respect to names and addresses of the persons, to, for and from whom the work is given out and with respect to payments to be made for the work
  • Seize or take copies of such register, record of wages or notices or portions thereof as he may consider relevant in respect of an offense under the Act.
  • Exercise such other powers as many be prescribed.


Section 19 (4) says that any person required to produce any document or thing or to give any information by an inspector shall be deemed to be legally bound to do so with the meaning of Section 175 and Section 176 of Indian Penal Code, 1860.

See Also

  • Section 21 of Minimum Wages Act, 1948