Puducherry Factories (Amendment) Rules, 2018

Sep 20, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team


The Labour Department of Puducherry has published the Puducherry Factories (Amendment) Rules, 2018 to further amend the Puducherry Factories Rules, 1964. These rules shall extend to the whole of the Union Territory of Puducherry.

The Puducherry Factories (Amendment) Rules, 2018 specifies that:

 All the application for submission of plans; the fees applicable for registration and grant of licence to a factory; application for the amendment of a licence granted to a factory; application for renewal in Form No. 2; renewal of licence; transfer of licence; payment of fees; the fees to be paid for medical examinations and the returns shall be paid through the on-line payment portal of the Government of Puducherry under relevant Head of Account.

 A new Rule 118A has been inserted related to “Maintenance of registers” 

“All the books, registers and records required to be maintained under the rules stipulated under the Factories Act, 1948 shall at the discretion of the occupier or manager may be maintained in electronic form. 

Provided that during inspection, the inspector may require the production of books, registers and other documents maintained in electronic form. 

Explanation: For the purposes of this rule, the expression “electronic form” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in Section 2(r) of the Information Technology Act, 2000.”

 The Rule 6(3-A) related to “Renewal of licence” has been substituted, namely: 

“The occupier of a factory may opt to remit the licence fee for obtaining initial licence or renewal of licence for a period up to fifteen consecutive calendar years instead of getting it renewed every year. The occupier shall make a specific request in Form No. 2 indicating the number of years for which licence is sought for. In such cases, the fee payable for grant of or renewal of licence of a factory shall be proportionate to the annual fee as per multiplied by number of years for which licence is sought for.”

[Notification No. G.O. Ms. No. 07/2019/Lab.]


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