SectionsParticulars
1Short title and commencement
(1) This Act may be called the Public Liability Insurance Act, 1991. (2) It shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification,...
2Definitions
In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,- 1[(a) "accident" means an accident involving a fortuitous or sudden or unintended occurrence while handlin...
3Liability to give relief in certain cases on principle of no fault
(1) Where death or injury to any person (other than a workman) or damage to any property has resulted from an accident, the owner shall be liable to give such...
4Duty of owner to take out insurance policies
(1) Every owner shall take out, before he starts handling any hazardous substance, one or more insurance policies providing for contracts of insurance whereby...
5Verification and publication of accident by Collector
Whenever it comes to the notice of the Collector that an accident has occurred at any place within his jurisdiction, he shall verify the occurrence of such ...
6Application for claim for relief
(1) An application for claim for relief may be made- (a) by the person who has sustained the injury; (b) by the owner of the property to which the damage has ...
7Award of relief
(1) On receipt of an application under sub-section (1) of section 6, the Collector shall, after giving notice of the application to the owner and after giving...
7AEstablishment of Environmental Relief Fund
(1)The Central Government may, by notification, establish a fund to be known as the Environmental Relief Fund. (2) The Relief Fund shall be utilized for paying...
8Provisions as to other right to claim compensation for death, etc.
(1) The right to claim relief under sub-section (1) of section 3 in respect of death of, or injury to, any person or damage to any property shall be in additi...
9Power to call for information
Any person authorized by the Central Government may, for the purposes of ascertaining whether any requirements of this Act or of any rule or of any direction ...
10Power of entry and inspection
Any person, authorized by the Central Government in this behalf, shall have a right to enter, at all reasonable times with such assistance as he considers nec...
11Power of search and seizure
(1) If a person, authorized by the Central Government in this behalf, has reason to believe that handling of any hazardous substance is taking place in any pl...
12Power to give directions
Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law but subject to the provisions of this Act, the Central Government may, in exercise of its powers and perfo...
13Power to make application to courts for restraining owner from handling hazardous substances
(1) If the Central Government or any person authorized by that Government in this behalf has reason to believe that any owner has been handling any hazardous ...
14Penalty for contravention of sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) of section 4 or failure to comply with directions under section 12
(1) Whoever contravenes any of the provisions of 3[sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) or sub-section (2A) or sub-section (2C)] of section 4 or fails to comply...
15Penalty for failure to comply with direction under section 9 or order under section 11 or obstructing any person in discharge of his functions under section 10 or 11
If any owner fails to comply with direction issued under section 9 or fails to comply with order issued under sub-section (2) of section 11, or obstructs an...
16Offences by companies
(1) Where any offence under this Act has been committed by a company, every person who, at the time the offence was committed, was directly in charge of, and ...
17Offences by Government Departments
Where an offence under this Act has been committed by any Department of Government, the Head of the Department shall be deemed to be guilty of the offence and...
18Cognizance of offences
No court shall take cognizance of any offence under this Act except on a complaint made by- (a) the Central Government or any authority or officer authorized ...
19Power to delegate
The Central Government may, by notification, delegate, subject to such conditions and limitations as may be specified in the notification, such of its powers ...
20Protection of action taken in good faith
No suit, prosecution or other proceeding shall lie against the Government or the person, officer, authority or other agency in respect of any thing which is d...
21Advisory Committee
(1) The Central Government may, from time to time, constitute an Advisory Committee on the matters relating to the insurance policy under this Act. (2) The Ad...
22Effect of other laws
The provisions of this Act and any rules made thereunder shall have effect notwithstanding anything inconsistent therewith contained in any other law. ...
23Power to make rules
(1) The Central Government may, by notification, make rules for carrying out the purposes of this Act. (2) In particular, and without prejudice to the generali...
Schedule
[Section 3(1)] (i) Reimbursement of medical expenses incurred up to a maximum of Rs.12,500 in each case. (ii) For fatal accidents the relief will be Rs.25,000...
Public Liability Insurance Rules, 1991
1Short title and commencement
(1) These rules may be called the Public Liability Insurance Rules, 1991. (2) These rules shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Offici...
2Definitions
In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires:- (a) "Act" means the Public Liability Insurance Act, 1991 (6 of 1991); (b) "advisory committee" means th...
3Application for relief
An application for claim for relief shall be made to the Collector in Form I. ...
4Documents that may be required
The claim application shall be made to the Collector in Form I accompanied by such of the following documents as maybe applicable:- (i) certificate of an autho...
5Powers of Collector
(i) The Collector may follow such summary procedure for conducting an inquiry on an application for relief under the Act, as he thinks fit. (ii) The Collector...
6Establishment and administration of fund
2[(1) An owner seeking exemption under sub-section (3) of section 4 of the Act, shall with the prior approval of the Central Government create and maintain a ...
7Miscellaneous
(1) The Collector shall maintain a register of the application for relief of claim petitions, and a register of awards and payments made thereunder. (2) These...
8Directions
(1) Any direction issued under section 12 shall be in writing. (2) The directions shall specify the nature of action to be taken and the time within which it ...
9Manner of giving notice
The manner of giving notice under clause (b) of section 18 shall be as follows: (a) The notice shall be in writing in Form II. (b) The person giving notice ma...
10Extent of liability
(1) Subject to the provisions of sub-section (2A) of section 4 of the Act, the maximum aggregate liability of the insurer to pay relief under an award to the...
11Contribution of owner to the environmental relief fund
(1) An owner 5[unless exempted under sub-section (3) of section 4 of the Act] shall contribute to the environmental relief fund a sum equal to the premium pa...
Form IForm of Application for Compensation
Shri/Shrimati/Kumari son of/daughter of/Widow* of Shri _____________________ who died/ had sustained injuries in an accident on ________________ at _________...
Form IIForm of Notice
[Rule 9(1)] By registered post acknowledgement due From* To Notice under clause (b) of section 18 of the Public Liability Insurance Act, 1991; Whereas it ap...
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