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THE RESERVE AND AUXILIARY AIR FORCES ACT, 1952

Title : THE RESERVE AND AUXILIARY AIR FORCES ACT, 1952

Year : 1952



(1) It shall be the duty of every employer by whom a person called up under section 25 is employed to grant him such leave as may be necessary and to reinstate him in his employment on the termination of the period during which he has been so called up in an occupation and under conditions not less favourable to him than those which would have been applicable to him had he not been so called up:

Provided that if the employer refuses to reinstate such person or denies his liability to reinstate such person, or if for any reason the reinstatement of such person is represented by the employer to be impracticable, either party may refer the matter to the prescribed authority and that authority shall, after considering all matters which may be put before him and after making such further inquiry into the matter as may be prescribed, pass an order-

(a) Exempting the employer from the provisions of this section, or

(b) Requiring him to re-employ such person on such terms as that authority thinks suitable, or

(c) Requiring him to pay to such person by way of compensation for failure or inability to re-employ a sum not exceeding an amount equal to six months remuneration at the rate at which his last remuneration was payable to him by the employer.

(2) If any employer fails to obey the order of any such authority as is referred to in the proviso to sub-section (1), he shall be punishable with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, and the court by which an employer is convicted under this section shall order him (if he has not already been so required by the said authority) to pay to the person whom he has failed to re-employ a sum equal to six months remuneration at the rate at which his last remuneration was payable to him by the employer, and any amount so required to be paid either by the said authority or by the court shall be recoverable as if it were a fine imposed by such court.

(3) In any proceeding under this section it shall be a defence for an employer to prove that the person formerly employed did not apply to the employer for reinstatement within a period of two months from the termination of the period during which he was called up under section 25.

(4) The duty imposed by sub-section (1) upon an employer to grant leave to a person such as is described in that sub-section or to reinstate him in his employment shall attach to an employer who, before such person is actually called up under section 25, terminates his employment in circumstances such as to indicate an intention to evade the duty imposed by that sub-section and such intention shall be presumed until the contrary is proved if the termination takes place after the issue of an order relating to that person under section 25.




When any person called up under section 25 has any rights under any provident fund or superannuation fund or other scheme for the benefit of employees maintained in connection with the employment he relinquishes, he shall continue, during the period for which he has been so called up and if he is reinstated, until such reinstatement under the provisions of this Act, to have in respect of such fund or scheme such rights as may be prescribed.



(1) Every member of an Air Force Reserve or the Auxiliary Air Force shall, during the period of training or active service, receive such pay and allowances as are admissible to an officer or airman, as the case may be, in the corresponding rank, branch or trade of the Air Force.

(2)Where any such member was in any employment immediately before he is called up for training under section 25, the employer shall,during the period of the training, be liable to pay to him the difference, if any, between the pay and allowances which he would have received from the employer if he had not been called up for such training and the pay and allowances which he receives as such member while under training.

(3) If any employer refuses or fails to pay to any such member the difference in pay and allowances as provided in sub-section (2), such difference in pay and allowances may, on application by the member to the prescribed authority, be recovered from the employer in such manner as may be prescribed.



(1) If any person refuses or without lawful excuse (the burden of proving which shall lie upon such person) neglects to comply fully with the requirements of sub-section (1) of section 11 or of any order made under sub-section (2) of that section or with the requirements of section 14, he shall be punishable with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees.

(2) If any person willfully fails to comply with any notice issued under section 13 or section 16, he shall be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both.



Any notice or order to be served on any person for the purposes of this Act may be sent by post to that person at his last known address or may be served upon him in such other manner as may be prescribed.



For the purposes of this Act every competent authority and where the competent authority consists of a committee of two or more air officers, every member of the committee shall be deemed to be a public servant within the meaning of section 21 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860).



The Central Government may, for special reasons and subject to such conditions as may be prescribed, by order exempt any person from any obligation or liability under this Act or any particular provision thereof.



(1) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules 1* for carrying out the purposes of this Act.

(2) In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such rules may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely :-

(a) The composition and strength of any Air Force Reserve;

(b) The circumstances in which and the conditions subject to which any officer or airman may be transferred or appointed to the Regular Air Force Reserve under section 5;

(c) The age beyond which persons shall not be liable to serve in the Regular Air Force Reserve;

(d) The form and manner in which the particulars required by sub -section (2) of section 11 shall be furnished;

(e) The form and manner in which registers shall be maintained in pursuance of section 15, the particulars to be entered therein, and the correction or revision of such particulars from time to time;

(f) The pay or allowances payable to persons called up for inquiry or medical examination under this Act;

(g) The terms and conditions subject to which a person may be enrolled as a member of the Auxiliary Air Force;

(h) The authority by which and the conditions subject to which the service of any officer or enrolled person in the Auxiliary Air Force may be terminated;

(i) The constitution and the duties, powers and procedure of Advisory Committees to be constituted under section 24;

(j) The period and manner of training of members of any Air
Force Reserve and the Auxiliary Air Force;

(k) The manner in which and the conditions subject to which the rank of any member of an Air Force Reserve may be determined;

(l) The constitution of the authority for the purpose of section 27 and the manner in which such authority may conduct any inquiry under this Act;

(m) The authority to which an application under sub-section (3) of section 29 may be made and the manner in which the difference in the pay and allowances may be recovered under that sub-section ;

(n) The manner in which any notice or order issued or made under this Act may be served;

(o) The conditions subject to which any person may be exempted from any obligation or liability under this Act or any particular provision thereof ;

(p) Any other matter which under this Act is to be, or may be prescribed.

(3) Any rule made under this section may provide that a contravention thereof shall be punishable with fine which may extend to fifty rupees.

2*[(4) 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 or more successive sessions, and if, before the expiry of the session immediately following the session or the successive sessions aforesaid, 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.]

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1 See the Reserve and Auxiliary Air Forces Act Rules, 1953, Gazette of India 1953, Pt. II, sec. 4, p. 187.

2 Subs. by Act 4 of 1986, s.2 and Sch. (w.e.f. 15.5.1986).

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Rep. by the Repealing and Amending Act, 1957 (36 of 1957), s. 2 and Sch. I.



Rep. by s.2 and Sch. I, ibid.

Last updated on September, 2016

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