13th June, 2002

Notification No. 23/2002-C.E. (N.T.)

In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 37, read with section 12D of the Central Excise Act, 1944 (1 of 1944), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Consumer Welfare Fund Rules, 1992, namely :-

1. Short title and commencement. – (1) These rules may be called the Consumer Welfare Fund (Amendment) Rules, 2002.

(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2.In the Consumer Welfare Fund Rules, 1992,-

(i) in rule 2, in clause (b), for the words “or State Government”, the words “the Central Government or the State Government” shall be substituted;

(ii) in rule 5, in sub-rule 2, for clauses (b), (c), (d) and (e), the following clauses shall be substituted, namely, –

“(b)  Secretary, Department of Expenditure in the Ministry of Finance or the Financial Adviser, Department of Consumer Affairs in the Ministry of Food, Civil Supplies and Public Distribution, who shall be the Vice-Chairman of the Committee;

(c) Chairman, Central Board of Excise and Customs or an officer not below the rank of a Joint Secretary in the Department of Revenue of Ministry of Finance;

(d) Member (Central Excise) of the Central Board of Excise and Customs or an officer not below the rank of a Joint Secretary in the Department of Revenue of Ministry of Finance;

(e) Secretary/Joint Secretary/Economic Adviser (Monitoring) Department of Rural Development”;

(iii) in rule 7, in sub-rule (1), after the clause (j), the following clauses shall be inserted, namely :-

“(k) to relax the conditions required for the period of engagement in consumer welfare activities of an applicant as specified in clause (b) of rule 2;

(l)  to make guidelines for the management and administration of the Consumer Welfare Fund.”

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