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Chapter-II- Indian Electricity Rules

Indian electricity rules, 1956

Chapter-II
Inspectors

14. Qualifications of Inspectors

No person shall be appointed to be an Inspector unless-

(a) he possesses a degree in electrical engineering or its equivalent from a recognised university or institution; and

(b) he has been regularly engaged for a period of at least eight years in the practice of electrical engineering, of which not less than two years have been spent in an electrical or mechanical engineering workshop or in generation or distribution of electricity , or in the administration of the Act and these rules, in a position of responsibility:

PROVIDED that the appropriate government may, for a period of seven years commencing on the date the Indian Electricity (Amendment 4) Rules, 1986 are brought into force, also appoint a person possessing recognised diploma in electrical engineering and having prescribed experience to be an Inspector in respect of low and medium voltage installations only.

24A. Appointment of officers to assist the Inspectors

(1) The appropriate government may, by notification in the official gazette, appoint as many officers as it thinks fit to assist Inspector.

3(2) The appropriate government may, by a separate notification in the official gazette, authorise certain officers appointed under sub-rule (1) for the purposes of 4sub-rule (4) and sub-rule (6) of Rule 3, sub-rule (3) and sub-rule (4) of the Rule 5, Rule 9, Rule 10, clause (c) of sub-rule (1) of Rule 32, clause (b) of sub-rule (1) and clause (c) of sub-rule (2) of Rule 46, 5sub-rule (1) of Rule 49, 1sub-rule (3) of Rule 51, sub-rule (3) of Rule 59, sub-rule (6) of Rule 61 and clause (b) of sub-rule (5) of Rule 67.

14B. Qualifications of officers appointed to assist the Inspectors

6(1) No person shall be appointed as an officer to assist an Inspector, unless-

(a) (i) he possesses a degree in electrical engineering or its equivalent from a recognised university or institution; and

(ii) he has been regularly engaged for a period of at least three years in the practice of electrical engineering, of which not less than one year has been spent in an electrical or mechanical engineering workshop or in generation or transmission or distribution of electricity or in the administration of the Act and these rules, in a position of responsibility :

PROVIDED that the appropriate government may relax the requirements of experience in case of officers otherwise well qualified.

(b) (i) he possesses a diploma in electrical engineering or its equivalent from a recognised institution; and

(ii) he has been regularly engaged for a period for a period of at least six years in the practice of electrical engineering, of which not less than two years have been spent in an electrical or mechanical engineering workshop or in generation or transmission or distribution of electricity or in the administration of the Act and these rules, in a position of responsibility.

7(2) The persons appointed under Rule 4A shall undergo such training as appropriate government may consider it necessary for purpose and be completed to satisfaction of government.

8(3) The appropriate government may relax requirements of practical experience' in case of officers otherwise found suitable but a notification under sub-rule (2) of Rule 4A in case of such officers shall be issued only after they have acquired the experience as required by sub-rule (1).

5. Entry and inspection

(1) Any Inspector or any officer appointed to assist an Inspector may enter, inspect and examine any place, carriage or vessel in which he has reason to believe that there is any appliance or apparatus used in the generation, transmission, transformation, conversion, distribution or use of energy and may carry out tests therein.

(2) Every supplier, consumer, owner and occupier shall afford at all reasonable times facilities to any such Inspector or officer to make such examinations and tests as may be necessary to satisfy himself as to the due observance of the provisions of Act, the terms of the licence (if any) and these rules.

(3) Every supplier and every owner of a generating station or of a high or extra-high voltage installation shall, if required so to do by an Inspector 9or any officer appointed to assist the Inspector and 10 authorised under sub-rule (2) of Rule 4A provide reasonable means for carrying out all tests, prescribed by or under the Act, of the appliances or apparatus used for the supply or use of energy by him as the case may be.

(4) An Inspector, or any officer appointed to assist an Inspector 10and authorised under sub-rule (2) of Rule 4A may serve an order in the form set out in Annexure IX, upon any supplier, consumer, owner or occupier, calling upon him to comply with any specified rule and the person so served shall thereupon comply with the order within the period named therein, and shall report in writing to the Inspector l 2or the officer serving the order, as the case may be, when the order is complied with:

PROVIDED that, if within the period specified in the aforesaid order an appeal is filed against the order, the appellate authority may suspend its operation pending the decision of the appeal.

6. Appeals

2(1) An appeal against an order served under these rules shall lie-

(a) if the order is served by an officer appointed to assist an Inspector and authorised under sub-rule (2) of Rule 4A to the Inspector;

(b) if the order is served by an Inspector, to the Central Government or the State Government, as the case may be.

(2) In the case of an order of an Inspector on an appeal preferred to him under clause (a) of sub-rule(I), a further appeal shall lie to the Central Government or the State Government, as the case may be.

 2(3) Every appeal made under sub-rule (1) shall be in writing, shall be accompanied by a copy of the order appealed against and shall be presented within 3 months of the date on which such order has been served or delivered or is deemed to have been served or delivered as the case may be.

7. Amount of fees

(1) The fees set out in Annexure II shall be payable in respect of the service therein mentioned where the tests are carried out by comparison with the Government of India Standards referred to in sub-rule (1) of Rule 2.

(2) The Central Government or the State Government, as the case may be, may levy such fees for testing and inspection and generally for the services of Inspectors 9or any officers appointed to assist the Inspectors as it may from time to time by general or special order, direct; and may, if it thinks fit, remit any fee or any portion thereof.

8. Incidence of fees recoverable in the cases of dispute

Where an Inspector is called in to decide any difference or dispute and where a fee for such service is recoverable, the Inspector shall decide by whom such fee shall be payable.

9. Submission of records

An Inspector 9or any officer appointed to assist the Inspector and 11 authorised under sub-rule (2) of Rule 4A may require a supplier or an owner to submit to him for examination any records of tests made in connection with his works and he shall comply with such requisition. Similarly, a supplier or an owner may require the Inspector 9 or any officer appointed to assist the Inspector and authorised under sub-rule (2) of rule 4A to submit to him, for examination any records of test made by the Inspector or any officer appointed to assist the Inspector and authorised under sub-rule (2) of rule 4A in connection with his works and the Inspector or any officer appointed to assist the Inspector and authorised under sub-rule (2) of rule 4A shall comply with such requisition.

10. List of consumers

An Inspector 9or any officer appointed to assist the Inspector and 11authorised under sub-rule (2) of rules 4A may require a supplier to submit to him a list of all persons supplied with energy by him, the addresses at which such energy is supplied, the months of connecting services, the voltage of supply, the connected load, the purpose of supply, and the name of contractor carrying out the installation work and the supplier shall comply with such requisition.


1 Substituted vide GSR 772, dt 5-9-1986, w.e.f. 20-9-1986.
2 Inserted vide GSR 523, dt. 28-3-1966, w.e.f. 9-4-1966.
3 Inserted vide GSR 1723, dt. 21-11-1977, w.e.f. 31-12-1977.
4 Inserted vide GSR 466, dt.18-7-1991, w.e.f.17-8-1991.
5 Substituted vide GSR 29, dt. 24-12-1983, w.e.f. 24-1-1984.
6 Renumbered as l (a) and (b) by insertion vide GSR 730, dt. 7-9-1989, w.e.f. 30-9-1989.
7 Inserted vide GSR 358, dt. 30-4-1987, w.e.f. 9-5-1987.
8 Clause (c) renumbered as sub-rule (2) and (3) by insertion vide by GSR 730, dt. 7-9-1989, w.e.f. 30-9-1989.
9 Inserted vide GSR 522, dt.17-3-1970w.e.f. 4-4-1970.
10 Substituted vide GSR 1723, dt. 21-11-1977 w.e.f.31-12-1977.
11 Substituted vide GSR 1723 for" holding gazetted rank", dt.21-11-1977 w.e.f 31-12-1977.

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