Assistant Surgeons (Plantations) have to inspect the Garden Hospitals and Dispensaries in Plantations and to see whether they are sufficiently equipped and stocked with drugs and also to take action to redress the grievances of workers if any, regarding non-provision or inadequate provision of medical facilities in the Dispensaries or Garden Hospitals run by employers as required under the Tamil Nadu Plantations Labour Rules, 1955 and to ensure that the provisions regarding medical facilities laid down under the Plantations Labour Act and the Rules framed under the act are complied with by the planters.

To attend to this work, these officers have also been notified as Inspector under the Plantations Labour Act, 1951

These officers are under the control of the Chief Inspector of Plantations.