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Section 18FA -The Industries (Development And Regulation) Act, 1951

The Industries (Development And Regulation) Act, 1951

 

18FA. Power of Central Government to authorize, with the permission of the High Court, persons to take over management or control of industrial undertakings

 

(1) If the Central Government is of opinion that there are possibilities of running or re-starting an industrial undertaking in relation to which an investigation has been made under section 15A, and that such industrial undertaking should be run or re-started, as the case may be, for maintaining or increasing the production, supply or distribution of articles or class of articles relatable to the scheduled industry, needed by the general public, that Government may make any application to the High Court praying for permission to appoint any person or body of persons to take over the management of the industrial undertaking or to exercise in respect of the whole or any part of the industrial undertaking such functions of control as may be specified in the application.

 

(2) Where an application is made under sub-section (1), the High Court shall make an order empowering the Central Government to authorize any person or body of persons (hereinafter referred to as the “authorised person”) to take after the management of the industrial undertaking or to exercise functions of control in relation to the whole or any part or the undertaking (hereinafter referred to as the “concerned part”) for a period not exceeding five years.

 

Provided that if the Central Government is of opinion that it is expedient in the interests of the general public that the authorised person should continue to manage the industrial undertaking, or continue to exercise functions of control in relation to the concerned part, as the case may be, after the expiry of the period of five years aforesaid, it may make an application to the High Court for the continuance of such management or functions of control, for such period not exceeding two years at a time, as may be specified in the application and thereupon the High Court may make an order permitting the authorised person to continue to manage the industrial undertaking or to exercise functions of control in relation to the concerned part:

 

Provided further that the total period of such continuance (after the expiry of the initial period of five years) shall not, in any case, be permitted to exceed 1[twelve years],

 

(3) Where an order has been made by the High Court under sub-section (2), the High Court shall direct the Official Liquidator or any other person having, for the time being, charge of the management or control of the industrial undertaking, whether by or under the orders or any court, or any contract or instrument or otherwise, to make over the management of such undertaking or the concerned part, as the case may be, the Official Liquidator in respect of the industrial undertaking or the concerned part, as the case may be to the authorised person and thereupon the authorised person shall be deemed to be the Official Liquidator in respect of the industrial undertaking or the concerned part, as the case may be.

 

(4) Before making over the possession of the industrial undertaking or the concerned part to the authorised person, the Official Liquidator shall make a complete inventory of all the assets and liabilities of the industrial undertaking or the concerned part, as the case may be, in the manner specified in section 18FG and deliver a copy of such inventory to the authorised person, who shall, after verifying the correctness thereof, sigh on the duplicate copy thereof as evidence of the receipt of the inventory by him.

 

(5) On taking over the management of the industrial undertaking, or on the commencement of the exercise of functions of control in relation to the concerned part, the authorised person shall take immediate steps to so run the industrial undertaking or the concerned part as the ensure the maintenance of production.

 

(6) The authorise person may, on such terms and conditions and subject to such limitations or restrictions as may be prescribed, raise any loan for the purpose of running the industrial undertaking or the concerned part, and may, for that purpose, create a floating charges on the current assets of the industrial undertaking or the concerned part as the case may be.

 

(7) Where the authorised person is of opinion that the replacement or repair of any machinery of the industrial undertaking or the concerned part is necessary for the purpose of efficient running of the industrial undertaking or such part, he shall, on such terms and conditions and subject to such limitations or restrictions as may be prescribed, make such replacement on repair, as the case may be.

 

(8) The loan obtained by the authorised person shall be recovered from the assets of the industrial undertaking or the concerned part, in such manner and subject to such conditions as may be prescribed.

 

(9) For the purpose of running the industrial undertaking, or exercising functions of control in relation to the concerned part, the authorised person may employ such of the former employees of the industrial undertaking whose services became discharged by reason of the winding up of the company owning such undertaking and every such person employed by the authorised person shall be deemed to have entered into a fresh contract of service with the company.

 

(10) The proceedings in the winding up of the company in so far as they relate to —

 

(a) The industrial undertaking, the management of which has been taken over by the authorised person under this section, or

 

(b) The concerned part in relation to which any function of control is exercised by the authorized person under this section

 

Shall, during the period of such management or control, remain stayed, and, in computing the period of limitation for the enforcement of any right, privilege, obligation or liability in relation to such undertaking or the concerned part, the period during which such proceedings remained stayed shall be excluded.

 

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1. Ins. by Act 72 of 1971 sec. 6 (w.e.f. 01-11-1971)

 

1. Ins by Act 32 of 1974, sec. 2 or “ten years” (w.e.f. 29-06-1974).

 

 

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