If any question arises as to whether any excavation or working 1* [or premises in or adjacent to and belonging to a mine, on which any process ancillary to the getting, dressing or preparation for sale of minerals or of coke is being carried on] is a mine within the meaning of this Act, the Central Government may decide the question, and a certificate signed by a Secretary to the Central Government shall be conclusive on the point.
1*[(1)] The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, exempt either absolutely or subject to any specified conditions any local area or any mine or group or class of mines or any part of a mine or any class of persons from the operation of 2* [all or any of the provisions of this Act or the regulations, rules or bye-laws] Provided that no local area or mine or group or class of mines shall be exempted from the provisions of 2*[sections 40 and 45] unless it is also exempted from the operation of all the other provisions of this Act.
3*[(2) The Central Government may, by general or special order and subject to such restrictions as it may think fit to impose, authorize the Chief Inspector or any other authority to exempt, subject to any specified conditions, any mine or part thereof from the operation of any of the provisions of the 3*[regulations, rules or bye-laws] if the Chief Inspector or such authority is of opinion that the conditions in any mine or part thereof are such as to render compliance with such provisions unnecessary or impracticable.]
This Act shall 1*[also] apply to mine belonging to the Government.
85A - 2*Persons required to give notice, etc., legally bound to do so
Every person required to give any notice or to furnish any information to any authority under this Act shall be legally bound to do so within the meaning of section 176 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860)].
85B - 3*Signing of returns, notices, etc.
All returns and notices required to be furnished or given or communications sent by or on behalf of the owner of a mine in connection with the provisions of this Act or any regulation, rule, bye-law or any order made thereunder shall be signed by the onwer, agent or manager of the mine or by any person to whom power in this behalf has been delegated by the owner by a power of attorney,
85C - No fee or charge to be realised for facilities and conveniences
No fee or charge shall be realised from any person employed in a mine in respect of any protective arrangements or facilities to be provided or any equipment or appliances to be supplied under the provisions of this Act,]
The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, direct that the provisions of Chapters III and IV of the Factories Act, 1948 (63 of 1948) shall subject to such exceptions and restrictions as may be specified in the notification, apply to all mines and the precincts thereof.
No suit, prosecution or other legal proceeding whatever shall lie against any person for anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done under this Act.
[Rep. by the Repealing and Amending Act, 1957 (36 of 1957), section 2 and the First Schedule]
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