3. Central Advisory Board

(1) The Central Government shall, as soon as may be, constitute a board to be called the Central Advisory Contract Labour Board (hereinafter referred to as the Central Board) to advise the Central Government on such matters arising out of the administration of this Act as may be referred to it and to carry out other functions assigned to it under this Act.


(2) The Central Board shall consist of--


(a) a Chairman to be appointed by the Central Government;

(b) the Chief Labour Commissioner (Central), ex-officio;

(c) such number of members, not exceeding seventeen but not less than eleven,


as the Central Government may nominate to represent that Government, the Railways, the coal industry, the mining industry, the contractors, the workmen  and any other interests which, the opinion of the Central Government, ought to be represented on the Central Board.


(3) The number of persons to be appointed as members from each of the categories specified in sub-section (2), the term of office and other conditions of service of, the procedure to be followed in the discharge of their functions by, and the manner of filling vacancies among, the members of the Central Board shall be such as may be prescribed:


Provided that the number of members nominated to represent the workmen shall not be less than the number of members nominated to represent the principal employers and the contractors.


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