17A. Commencement of the award.-
An award (including an arbitration award) shall become enforceable on the expiry of thirty days from the date of its publication under section 17: Provided that--
if the appropriate Government is of opinion, in any case where the award has been given by a Labour Court or Tribunal in relation to an industrial dispute to which it is a party; or
if the Central Government is of opinion, in any case where the award has been given by a National Tribunal, that it will be inexpedient on public grounds affecting national economy or social justice to give effect to the whole or any part of the award, the appropriate Government, or as the case may be, the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, declare that the award shall not become enforceable on the expiry of the said period of thirty days.
Where any declaration has been made in relation to an award under the proviso to sub- section (1), the appropriate Government or the Central Government may, within ninety days from the date of publication of the award under section 17, make an order rejecting or modifying the award, and shall, on the first available opportunity, lay the award together with a copy of the order before the Legislature of the State, if the order has been made by a State Government, or before Parliament, if the order has been made by the Central Government.
Where any award as rejected or modified by an order made under sub- section (2) is laid before the Legislature of a State or before Parliament, such award shall become enforceable on the expiry of fifteen days from the date on which it is so laid; and where no order under sub- section (2) is made in pursuance of a declaration under the proviso to sub- section (1), the award shall become enforceable on the expiry of the period of ninety days referred to in sub- section (2).
Subject to the provisions of sub- section (1) and sub- section (3) regarding the enforceability of an award, the award shall come into operation with effect from such date as may be specified therein, but where no date is so specified, it shall come into operation on the
date when the award becomes enforceable under sub- section (1) or sub- section (3), as the case may be.]