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Can a co-operative society, which is already covered under the provisions of the Act, contend that it has ceased to be so covered on the ground that its employment strength has fallen below 50 which is the number fixed under Section 16(1)(a) of the Act?

Section 1 (5) says that an establishment to which this Act applies shall continue to be governed by this Act notwithstanding that the number of persons employed therein at any time falls below 20. Section 1 (5) does not of course specifically refer to coverage under Section 16(1 )(a) where the employment strength required for the coverage is 50 persons. But it is not necessary to look into Section 16(1 )(a) for specific words to say that cessation of coverage will not take place when the employment strength falls below 50 and it remains above 20. The contention of the co-operative society cannot be accepted.

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