• The Central Government or a State Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint such persons as it thinks fit, having the prescribed qualifications, to be Inspectors for such areas as may be assigned to them by the Central Government or the State Government, as the case may be.
  • The powers which may be exercised by an Inspector and the duties which may be performed by him, the drugs or (Note: Subs. by Act 21 of 1962, sec.17 for "class of drugs" (w.e.f. 27-7-1964))classes of drugs or cosmetics or classes of cosmetics in relation to which and the conditions, limitations or restrictions subject to which, such powers and duties may be exercised or performed shall be such as may be prescribed.
  • No person who has any financial interest (Note: Subs. by Act 21 of 1962, sec.17, for "in the manufacture, import or sale of drugs" (w.e.f. 27-7-1964) in the import, manufacture or sale of drugs or cosmetics shall be appointed to be an Inspector under this section.
  • Every Inspector shall be deemed to be a public servant within the meaning of section 21 of the Indian Penal Code, and shall be officially subordinate to such authority (Note: Ins. by Act 68 of 1982, sec.18 (w.e.f. 1-2-1983) ,having the prescribed qualifications, as the Government appointing him may specify in this behalf.
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