Health, environment, labour may get third-party inspectors

New Delhi, Nov 8 | Updated: Nov 9 2005, 06:36am hrs
The government is considering a proposal for allowing third party inspectors, both public and private, for conducting mandated inspections in the health, environment and labour sectors.

According to a report prepared by the Planning Commission for reducing the menace of inspector-raj, any public-private party certified by the quality council of India, should be allowed to conduct inspections in addition to the government designated inspectors.

To ensure that the third-party inspectors are competent, the report has suggested that they should adhere to strict quality norms including ISO 14001 and two international standards.

The proposal, which also includes suggestions for reducing bias in conduct on income tax inspections, will be submitted to the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) for its consideration.

Speaking to FE, officials said that the idea behind the proposal was to give the industry the option to choose between government inspectors and third-party inspectors.

If a particular unit is apprehensive that the government appointed inspector may not give a fair report, it should have an option to fall back upon, an official said.