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Central Industrial Security Force Act,1968

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No.50 of 1968
[2nd December 1968] An Act to provide for the constitution and regulation of a Force called the Central
Industrial Security Force for the better protection and security of certain industrial
undertakings.

BE it enacted by Parliament in the Nineteenth Year of the Republic of India as follows;-

1.Short title extent and commencement.- (1) This Act may be called the Central Industrial
Security Force Act, 1968.

(2) It extends to the whole of India.

(3) It shall come into force on such date { 10-3-1969 ; vide S.O.924, dated the 3rd march
,1969, Gazette of India , 1969.extraordinary, Pt.II, Sec.3(ii), p,921.} as the Central
Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint,

2.Definitions.- (1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-

(a) “Forces” means the Central Industrial Security Force constituted under
section 3;

(b) “industrial undertaking” means any undertaking pertaining to a scheduled
industry and includes an undertaking engaged in any other industry or in any trade,
business or service which may be regulated by Parliament by law;
(c) “industrial undertaking in public sector” means an industrial undertaking
owned , controlled or managed by –
(i) a Government company as defined in section 617 of the Companies Act,
1956.
(ii) a corporation established by or under a Central Provincial or State Act, which is
controlled or managed by the Government;
(d) “Inspector – General” means the Inspector-General of the Force appointed
under section 4;
(e) “Managing Director” in relation to an industrial undertaking, means the
person (whether called a managing agent, general manager, manager, chief executive officer
or by any other name) who exercises control over the affairs of that undertaking;

(f) “members of Force” means a person appointed to the Force under this Act,
other than a supervisory officer;

(g) “prescribed” means prescribed by rules made under this Act;

(h) “scheduled industry” means any industry engaged in the manufacture or
production of the articles mentioned in the First Schedule to the Industries (Development
and Regulation) Act, 1951;

(i) “supervisory officer” means any of the officers appointed under section 4
(65 of 1951) and includes any other officer appointed by the Central Government as a
supervisory officer of the Force.
(2) Any reference in this Act to a law which is not in force in the State of Jammu and
Kashmir shall, in relation to that State, be construed as a reference to the corresponding
law, if any, in force in that State.
3.Constitution of the Force.- (1) There shall be constituted and maintained by the Central
Government a Force to be called the Central Industrial Security Force for the better
protection and security of industrial undertakings owned by that Government.

(2) The force shall be constituted in such manner, shall consist of such number of
supervisory officers and members of the Force who shall receive such pay and other
remuneration as may be prescribed.

4.Appointment and powers of supervisory officers.- (1) The Central Government may appoint
a person to be the Inspector-General of the Force and may appoint persons to be Deputy
Inspector-General, Chief Security Officers or Security Officers of the Force.

(2) The Inspector-General and every other supervisory officer so appointed shall have, and
may exercise such powers and authority as is provided by or under this Act.

5.Appointment of members of the Force.- The appointment of members of the Force shall rest
with the Inspector-General who shall exercise that power in accordance with rules made
under this Act.

Provided that the power of appointment under this section may also be exercised by such
other supervisory officer as the Central Government may by order specify in this behalf.

6.Certificate of members of the Force.- (1) Every member of the Force shall receive on his
appointment a certificate in the form specified in the Schedule, under the seal of the
Inspector-General or such other supervisory officer as the Inspector-General may specify
in this behalf, by virtue of which the person holding such certificate shall be vested
with the powers of a member of the Force.

(2) Such certificate shall cease to have effect whenever the person named in it ceases for
any reason to be a member of the Force.

7.Superintendence and administration of the Force.- (1) The superintendence of the Force
shall vest in the Central Government, and subject thereto the administration of the Force
shall vest in the Inspector-General and shall be carried on by him in accordance with the
provisions of this Act and of any rules made thereunder;

(2) Subject to the provisions of sub-section (1) the administration of the Force within
such local limits as may be prescribed shall be carried on by a Deputy Inspector-General,
Chief Security Officer or Security Officer in accordance with the provisions of this Act
and of any rules made under and every supervisory officer placed in charge of the
protection and security of an industrial undertaking shall subject to any directions that
may be given by the Central Government in this behalf, discharge his functions under the
general supervision, direction and control of the Managing Director of that undertaking.

8.Dismissal, removal, etc., of members of the Force.- Subject to the provisions of article
311 of the Constitution and to such rules as the Central Government may make under this
Act, any supervisory officer may-

(i) dismiss suspend or reduce in rank any member of the Force whom he thinks remiss or
negligent in the discharge of his duty, or unfit for the same; or

(ii) award any one or more of the following punishments to any member of the Force who
discharges his duty in a careless or negligent manner or who by any act of his own renders
himself unfit for the discharge thereof, namely;–
(a) fine to any amount not exceeding seven days’ pay or reduction in pay scale,

(b) drill, extra guard, fatigue or other duty;

(c) removal from any office of distinction or deprivation of any special emolument.

9.Appeal and revision.- (1) Any member of the Force aggrieved by an order made under
section 8 may, within thirty days from the date on which the order is communicated to him,
prefer an appeal against the order to such authority as may be prescribed, and subject to
the provision of sub-section (3) the decision of the said authority thereon shall be
final.
Provided that the prescribed authority may entertain the appeal after the expiry of the
said period of thirty days, if it is satisfied that the appellant was prevented by
sufficient cause from filing the appeal in time.

(2) In disposing of an appeal, the prescribed authority shall follow such procedure as may
be prescribed.
(3) The Central Government may call for and examine the record of any proceeding under
section 8 or under sub-section (2) of this section and may make such inquiry or cause such
inquiry to be made and subject to the provisions of this Act, may pass such order thereon
as it thinks fit;

Provided that no order imposing an enhanced penalty under sub-section (2) or sub-section
(3) shall be made unless a reasonable opportunity of being heard has been given to the
person affected by such order.

10.Duties of member of the Force.- It shall be the duty of every supervisory officer and
member of the Force;-

(a) promptly to obey and execute all orders lawfully issued to him by his superior
authority;

(b) to protect and safeguard the industrial undertakings owned by the Central Government
together with such other installations s are specified by that Government to be vital for
the carrying on of work in those undertakings, situate within the local limits of this
jurisdiction;

Provided that before any installation not owned or controlled by the Central Government is
so specified the Central Government shall obtain the consent of the Government of the
State in which such installation is situate;
(c) to protect and safeguard such other industrial undertakings and installations for the
protection and security of which he is deputed under section 14;
(d) to do any other act conducive to the better protection and security of the industrial
undertakings referred to in clauses (b) and (c).
11.Power to arrest without warrant.- (1) Any supervisory officer or member of the Force
may, without any order from a Magistrate and without a warrant, arrest any person who has
been concerned in, or against whom a reasonable suspicion exists of his having been
concerned in, or who is found taking precautions to conceal his presence under
circumstances which afford reason to believe that he is taking such precautions with a
view to committing, a cognizable offence relating to
(i) the property belonging to any industrial undertaking o

(ii) the other installations,

referred to in clauses (b) and (c) of section 10.
(2) If any person is found trespassing on the premises of any industrial undertaking
referred to in clauses (b) and (c) of section 10, he may, without prejudice to any other
proceedings which may be taken against him, be removed from such premises by any
supervisory officer or member of the Force.

12.Power to search without warrant.- (1) Whenever any supervisory officer, or any member
of the Force, not below the prescribed rank, has reason to believe that any such offence
as is referred to in section 11 has been or is being committed and that a search warrant
cannot be obtained without affording the offender an opportunity of escaping or of
concealing evidence of the offence, he may detain the offender and search his person and
belongings forthwith and if he thinks proper, arrest any person whom he has reason to
believe to have committed the offence.

(2) The provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1968 relating to searches under that
Code shall, so far as may be, apply to searches under this section;
13.Procedure to be followed after arrest.- Any supervisory officer or member of the Force
making an arrest under this Act shall, without unnecessary delay make over the person so
arrested to a police officer or in the absence of a police officer, take such person or
cause him to be taken to the nearest police station together with a report of the
circumstances occasioning the arrest.
14.Deputation of the Force to industrial undertakings in public sector.- (1) Subject to
any general directions which may be issued by the Central Government, it shall be lawful
for the Inspector-General, on a request received in this behalf from the Managing Director
concerned of an industrial undertaking in public sector showing the necessity thereof, to
depute such number of supervisory officers and members of the Force as the
Inspector-General may consider necessary for the protection and security of that
industrial undertaking and any installations attached thereto and the officers and members
of the Force so deputed shall be at the charge of the Managing Director;
Provided that in the case of an undertaking owned, controlled or managed;

(i) by a Government company of which the Central Government is not a member;

(ii) by a corporation established by or under a Provincial or State Act.

no such request shall be entertained unless it is made with the consent of the Government
of the State in which the undertaking is situate;

(2) If the Inspector-General is of the opinion that circumstances necessitating the
deputation of the officers and members of the Force in relation to an industrial
undertaking under sub-section (1) have ceased to exist, or for any other reason it is
necessary so to do, he may, after informing the Managing Director of that industrial
undertaking withdraw the officers and members of the Force so deputed;

Provided that the Managing Director may on giving one month’s notice in writing to the
Inspector-General , require that the officers and members of the Force so deputed shall be
withdrawn, and the Managing Director shall be relieved from the charge from the date of
expiration of such notice or from any earlier date on which the Force is to withdrawn.

(3) Every officer and member of Force, while discharging his functions during the period
of deputation, shall continue to exercise the same powers and be subject to the same
responsibilities, discipline and penalties as would have been applicable to him under this
Act, if he had been, discharging those functions in relation to an industrial undertaking
owned by the Central Government.

15.Officers and members of the Force to be considered always on duty and liable to be
employed anywhere in India.- (1) Every supervisory officer and member of the Force shall,
for the purpose of this Act, be considered to be always on duty, and shall, at any time,
be liable to be employed at any place within India.

(2) Save as provided in section 14, no supervisory officer or member of the force shall
engage himself in any employment or office other than his duties under this Act.

16.Responsibilities of members of the Force during suspension.- A member of the Force
shall not by reason of his suspension from office cease to be a member of the Force and he
shall, during that period be subject to the same responsibilities, discipline, and
penalties to which he would have been subject if he were on duty.

17.Surrender of certificate, arms , etc., by persons ceasing to be members of the Force.-
(1) Every person who for any reason ceases to be a member of the Force, shall forthwith
surrender to any supervisory officer empowered to receive the same his certificate of
appointment, the arms, accoutrements, clothing, and other articles which have been
furnished to him for the performance of duties as a member of the Force.

(2) Any person who wilfully neglects or refuses or to surrender his certificate of
appointment or the arms, accoutrements, clothing and other articles furnished to him , as
required by sub- section (1) , shall, on conviction , be punished with imprisonment for a
term which may extend to one month, or with fine which may extend to two hundred rupees ,
or with both.

(3) Nothing in this section shall be deemed to apply to any article which, under the
orders of the Inspector- General, has become the property of the person to whom the same
was furnished.

18.Penalties for neglect of duty , etc.- (1) Without prejudice to the provisions contained
in section 8, every member of the Force who shall be guilty of any violation of duty or
wilful breach or neglect of any rule or regulation or lawful order made by a supervisory
officer, or who shall withdraw from the duties of his office without permission, or who,
being absent on leave, fails, without reasonable cause, to report himself for duty on the
expiration of the leave, or who engages himself without authority in any employment other
than his duty as a member of the Force, or who shall be guilty of cowardice, shall, on
conviction, be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (5 of
1893), an offence punishable under this section shall be cognizable.
(3) Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to prevent any member of the
Force from being prosecuted under any other law for any offence made punishable by that
law, or for being liable under any such law to any other or higher penalty or punishment
than is provided for such offence by this section:
Provided that no person shall be punished twice for the same offence.

19.Application of Act 22 of 1922 to officers and members of the Force.- The Police (
Incitement to Disaffection) Act, 1922, shall apply to supervisory officers and members of
the Force as it applies to members of a police force.

20.Certain Acts not to apply to members of the Force.- Nothing contained in the Payment of
Wages Act, 1936, or the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, or the Factories Act, 1948, or any
corresponding law relating to investigation and settlement of industrial disputes in force
in a State shall apply to members of the Force.

21.Protection of acts of officers and members of the Force.- (1) In any suit or proceeding
against any supervisory officer or member of the Force for any act don by him in the
discharge of his duties, it shall be lawful for him to plead that such act was done by him
under the orders of a competent authority.
(2) Any such plea may be proved by the production of the order directing the act, and if
it is so proved, the supervisory officer or member of the Force shall there upon be
discharged from any liability in respect of the act so done by him, notwithstanding any
defect in the jurisdiction of the authority which issued such order.
(3) Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, any
legal proceeding, whether civil or criminal, which may lawfully be brought against any
supervisory officer or member of the Force for anything done or intended to be done under
the powers conferred by, or in pursuance of , ant provision of this Act or the rules
thereunder shall be commenced within three months after the act complained of shall have
been committed and not otherwise; and notice in writing of such proceeding and of the
cause thereof shall be given to the person concerned and his supervisory officer at least
on month before the commencement of such proceeding,
22.Power to make rules.- (1) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official
Gazette, make rules for carrying out the purposes of this Act.

(2) In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing powers, such
rules may provide for-
(a) regulating the classes, ranks, grades, pay and remuneration of supervisory officers
and members of the Force and their conditions of service in the Force;

ulating the powers and duties of supervisory officers and members of the Force
authorised to exercise any functions by or under this Act

(c) fixing the period of service for supervisory officers and members of the Force;

(d) prescribing the description and quantity of arms, accoutrements, clothing and other
necessary articles to be furnished to the members of the Force

(e) prescribing the places of residence of members of the Force

(f) institution , management and regulation of any fund for any purpose connected with the
administration of the Force;
(g) regulating the punishments and prescribing authorities to whom appeals shall be
preferred from orders of punishment , or remission of fines or other punishment , and the
procedure to be followed for the disposal of such appeals;

(h) the terms and conditions subject to which supervisory officers and members of the
Force may be deputed under section 14 and the charges therefor; and

(i) any other matter which has to he, or may be, prescribed.

(3) 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 successive sessions, and if before the
expiry of the session in which it is so laid or the session immediately following, 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.

THE SCHEDULE

( See section 6)

A.B.has been appointed a member of the Central Industrial Security Force under the Central
Industrial Security Force Act, 1968, and is vested with the powers, functions and
privileges of a members of the Force.

 

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