(1) The State Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint for the State a duly qualified person to be the chief inspector or plantations and so many duly qualified persons to be inspectors or plantations subordinate to the chief inspector as it thinks fit.
(1A) 1* The State Government may also, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint such officers of the State Government or of any local authority under its control, as it thinks fit, to be additional inspectors of plantations for all or any of the purposes of this Act.
(2) Subject to such rules as may be made in this behalf by the State Government, the chief inspector may declare the local area or areas within which, or the plantations with respect to which, inspectors shall exercise their powers under this Act, and may himself exercise the powers of an inspector within such limits as may be assigned to him by the State Government.
(3) The chief inspector and all inspectors shall be deemed to be public servants within the meaning of the Indian Penal Code (Act XLV of 1860).
Subject to any rules made by the State Government in this behalf, an inspector may within the local limits for which he is appointed--
(a) make such examination and inquiry as he thinks fit in order to ascertain whether the provisions of this Act and of the rules made there under are being observed in the case of any plantation;
(b) With such assistants, if any, as he thinks fit, enter, inspect and examine any plantation or part thereof at any reasonable time for purpose of carrying out the objects of this Act;
(c) Examine the crops grown in any plantation or any worker employed therein or require the production of any register or other document maintained in pursuance of this Act, and take on the spot or otherwise statements of any person which he may consider necessary for carrying out the purposes of this Act;
(d) Exercise such other powers as may be prescribed: Provided that no person shall be compelled under this section to answer any question or make any statement tending to incriminate himself.
Every employer shall afford the inspector all reasonable facilities for making any entry, inspection, examination or inquiry under this Act.
(1) The State Government may appoint qualified medical practitioners to be certifying surgeons for the purposes of this Act within such local limits or for such plantation or class of plantations as it may assign to them respectively.
(2) The certifying surgeon shall carry out such duties as may be prescribed in connection with-
(a) The examination and certification of workers;
(b) The exercise of such medical supervisions as may be prescribed where adolscents 1*[are], employed in any work in any plantation which is likely to clause injury to their health.
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