Dated- 25th June, 2003

Notification No. 56/2003 – Central Excise 

G.S.R. 513 (E). -In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 5A of the Central Excise Act, 1944 (1 of 1944), read with sub-section (3) of section 3 of the Additional Duties of Excise (Goods of Special Importance) Act, 1957 (58 of 1957) and sub-section (3) of section 3 of the Additional Duties of Excise (Textiles and Textile Articles) Act, 1978 (40 of 1978), the Central Government, being satisfied that it is necessary in the public interest so to do, hereby exempts the goods specified in the Schedule appended hereto, other than goods specified in Annexure  appended hereto, and cleared from a unit located in the State of Sikkim, from so much of the duty of excise leviable thereon under any of the said Acts as is equivalent to the amount of duty paid by the manufacturer of goods other than the amount of duty paid by utilization of CENVAT credit under the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2002.

1A. In cases where all the goods produced by a manufacturer are eligible for exemption under this notification, the exemption contained in this notification shall be available subject to the condition that, the manufacturer first utilizes whole of the CENVAT credit available to him on the last day of the month under consideration, for payment of duty on goods cleared during such month and pays only the balance amount in cash.

2.  The exemption contained in this notification shall be given effect to in the following manner, namely:-

(a) The manufacturer shall submit a statement of the duty paid, other than the amount of duty paid by utilization of CENVAT credit under the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2002 to the Deputy Commissioner of Central Excise or Assistant Commissioner of Central Excise, as the case may be, by the 7th day of the next month in which the duty has been paid.
(b) The Deputy Commissioner of Central Excise or Assistant Commissioner of Central Excise, as the case may be, after such verification, as may be deemed necessary, shall refund the amount of duty paid, other than the amount of duty paid by utilization of CENVAT credit under the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2002 during the month under consideration to the manufacturer by the 15th day of the next month.
  Provided that in cases where the exemption contained in this notification is not applicable to some of the goods produced by a manufacturer, such refund shall not exceed the amount of duty paid less the amount of the CENVAT Credit availed of, in respect of the duty paid on the inputs used in or in relation to the manufacture of goods cleared under this notification.
(c) If there is likely to be any delay in the verification, the Deputy Commissioner of Central Excise or Assistant Commissioner of Central Excise, as the case may be, shall refund the amount on provisional basis by the 15th day of the next month to the month under consideration, and thereafter may adjust the amount of refund by such amount as may be necessary in the subsequent refunds admissible to the manufacturer.

2A. Notwithstanding anything contained in paragraph 2,-

(a) the manufacturer may, at his own option, take credit of the amount of duty paid during the month under consideration, other than by way of utilisation of CENVAT credit under the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2002, in his account current, maintained in terms of Part V of the Excise Manual of Supplementary Instruction issued by the Central Board of Excise and Customs. Such amount credited in the account current may be utilised by the manufacturer for payment of duty, in the manner specified in rule 8 of the Central Excise Rules, 2002, in subsequent months, and such payment shall be deemed to be paid in cash:

Provided that where the exemption contained in this notification is not applicable to some of the goods produced by a manufacturer, the amount of such credit shall not exceed the amount of duty paid less the amount of the CENVAT Credit availed of, in respect of the duty paid on the inputs used in or in relation to the manufacture of goods cleared under this notification;

(b) the credit of duty paid during the month under consideration, other than by way of utilisation of CENVAT credit under the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2002, may be taken by the manufacturer in his account current, by the 7th  day of the month following the month under consideration;

(c) a manufacturer who intends to avail of the option under clause (a), shall exercise his option in writing for availing of such option before effecting the first clearance in any financial year and such option shall be effective from the date of exercise of the option and shall not be withdrawn during the remaining part of the financial year:

Provided that, for the financial year 2003-2004, a manufacturer can exercise his option on or before the 30th day of September 2003.

(d) the manufacturer shall submit a statement of the duty paid, other than by way of utilisation of CENVAT credit under the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2002, along with the refund amount which he has taken credit and the calculation particulars of such credit taken, to the Deputy Commissioner of Central Excise or the Assistant Commissioner of Central Excise, as the case may be, by the 7th day of the next month to the month under consideration;

(e) the Deputy Commissioner of Central Excise or the Assistant Commissioner of Central Excise, as the case may be, after such verification, as may be deemed necessary, shall determine the amount correctly refundable to the manufacturer and intimate the same to the manufacturer by the 15th day of the next month to the month under consideration. In case the credit taken by the manufacturer is in excess of the amount determined, the manufacturer shall, within five days from the receipt of the said intimation, reverse the said excess credit from the said account current maintained by him. In case, the credit taken by the manufacturer is less than the amount of refund determined, the manufacturer shall be eligible to take credit of the balance amount;

(f)  in case the manufacturer fails to comply with the provisions of clauses (a) to (e), he shall  forfeit the option, to take credit of the amount of duty during  the month under consideration, other than by way of utilisation of CENVAT credit under the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2002, in his account current on his own, as provided for  in clauses (a) and (c);

(g) the amount of the credit availed irregularly or availed of in excess of the amount determined correctly refundable under clause (e) and not reversed by the manufacturer within the period specified in that clause, shall be recoverable as if it is a recovery of duty of excise erroneously refunded. In case such irregular or excess credit is utilised for payment of excise duty on clearances of excisable goods, the said goods shall be considered to have been cleared without payment of duty to the extent of utilisation of such irregular or excess credit.

Explanation.-For the purposes of this notification, duty paid, by utilisation of the amount credited in the account current, shall be taken as payment of duty by way other than utilisation of CENVAT credit under the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2002

3. The exemption contained in this notification shall apply only to the following kind of units namely:-

(i) new industrial units which have commenced commercial production on or after the 23rd day of December, 2002, but not later than the 31st day of March, 2007;
(ii) industrial units existing before the 23rd day of December, 2002, but which have undertaken substantial expansion by way of increase in installed capacity by not less than twenty five per cent. on or after 23rd  day of December, 2002, but have commenced commercial production from such expanded capacity, not later than the 31st day of March, 2007.

4. The exemption contained in this notification shall apply to any of the said units for a period not exceeding ten years from the date of publication of this notification in the Official Gazette or from the date of commencement of commercial production whichever is later.

ANNEXURE

1.        Tobacco and Tobacco products including Cigarettes/ Cigars/ Gutkha;

2.        Aerated branded beverages;

3.        Pollution causing paper and paper products.

SCHEDULE

S.No. Goods manufactured by the following Activities or Industries
(1) (2)
1.

Eco- Tourism including Hotels, resorts, Spa, amusement parks and Rope ways

2. Handicrafts and handlooms
3. Wool and Silk Reeling, weaving and processing, printing
4. Floriculture
5. Precision engineering including watch making
6.

Electronics including computronics hardware and software and Information Technology related industries

7.

Food processing including Agro-based industries. Processing, Preservation and packaging of fruits and vegetables ( excluding conventional grinding/ extraction units)

8. Medicinal and aromatic herbs – Plantation and processing
9. Raising and processing of plantation crops i.e. Tea, oranges and cardamom
10. Mineral based industry
11. Pharmaceutical products
12. Honey
13. Biotechnology

Explanation:- For the removal of doubts, it is hereby declared that for the purposes of this notification, “mineral” does not include crude petroleum oils.

V. Sivasubramanian
Deputy  Secretary to the Government of India

F.No. 356/56/2001-TRU

(As amended by Notification No. 27/2004-C.E., dated 9-7-2004 and No. 72/2003-C.E., dated 9-9-2003)

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