Case Law Details

Case Name : In re Giriraj Quarry Works (GST AAR Gujarat)
Appeal Number : Advance Ruling No. GUJ/GAAR/R/32/2020
Date of Judgement/Order : 02/07/2020
Related Assessment Year :
Courts : AAR Gujarat (99) Advance Rulings (1497)

In re Giriraj Quarry Works (GST AAR Gujarat)

(i) What is the classification of service provided in accordance with Notification 11/2017-CT (Rate) dated 28.06.2017 read with annexure attached to it, , for which royalty is being paid.

Ans. The activity undertaken by the applicant is classifiable under Heading 9973 (Leasing or rental services, with or without operator), as mentioned in the annexure at Serial No. 257 (Licensing services for the right to use minerals including its exploration and evaluation) sub-heading 997337 of Notification Number 11/2017-C.T. (Rate), dated 28-6-2017

(ii) What is rate of GST on given services provided by State of Gujarat to Giriraj Quarry Works for which Royalty is being paid?

Ans. The activity undertaken by the applicant attracts 18% GST (9% CGST+9% SGST).

FULL TEXT OF ORDER OF AUTHORITY OF ADVANCE RULING, GUJARAT

1. M/s. Giriraj Quarry Works, Taluka Savali, Vadodara having a GSTIN : 24AAFFG8784L1ZT, is a partnership company under the provision of Partnership Act 1932 filed an application for Advance Ruling under Section 97 of CGST Act, 2017 and Section 97 of the GGST Act, 2017 in FORM GST ARA-01 discharging the fee of Rs. 5,000/- each under the CGST Act and the SGST Act.

2. M/s. Giriraj Quarry Works, is engaged in the business of quarry of “Black Trap” in the State of Gujarat. The said product is classified under Tariff Heading 2517 and are leviable to GST on their supply @ 5% in Schedule-I.

3. The applicant submitted that they have been granted mining lease for extracting “Stone along with associated minor minerals” at village Udaipur District Desar, Gujarat by the State of government on various terms and conditions as the agreement.

4. The applicant further submitted that in accordance of Part V para 3 of the agreement it has been agreed that the bid amount of Rs. 1,50,000/- shall become “Annual Deed Rent” as amount agreed to be paid by the lessee and the rate of same shall increase depending upon the terms of auction. Further, as per the provision of para 3 of the Part V of the agreement the lessee shall be liable to pay the deed rent or royalty whichever is higher in respect of the quarry as calculated as per the para 4 of the PART V of the agreement but not both. In compliance of the said lease agreement the applicant has paid annual deed rent or royalty as the case may be. Further, in accordance to the said lease deed the applicant is required to submit a monthly return in a specified format i.e. Form J, Form F1 and F2 online wherein it has been asked to submit the quantity of minerals produced and dispatched from the leased mines and other information.

5. The applicant further submitted that in terms of the said lease the applicant is required to pay in addition to the annual deed rent, amount to the extent of 10% as District Mineral Fund and 1% as TCS in accordance with the provision of the Income Tax Act 1961.

6. The Applicant seeks Advance Ruling on the following questions :

(i) What is the classification of service provided in accordance with Notification No. 11/2017-CT (Rate) dated 28.06.2017 read with annexure attached to it, for which royalty is being paid.

(ii) What is rate of GST on given services provided by State of Gujarat to M/s Giriraj Quarry Works for which Royalty is being paid?

Grounds for application/interpretation of law :

7. The applicant submitted that they are engaged in the business of quarry of “black trap” in the State of Gujarat. The said product is classified under Tariff Heading 2517 and are leviable to GST on their supply @ 5% in Schedule-I.

8. The applicant submitted that the service provided by State of Gujarat to Giriraj Quarry Works for which GST is being paid can be classified under tariff 9973 specifically under 997337 as “Licensing services for the right to use minerals including its exploration and evaluation” and GST rate attract the same rate of tax as on supply of the like goods as per the Not. No. 11/2017-CT (Rate) dated 28.06.2017.

9. Further, applicant submitted that the classification of service of right to use natural resources in accordance with Notification No. 11/2017-CT (Rate) dated 28/06/2017 classify under tariff 9973 and since description of services under serial no. 17(i) to (v) does not cover such services of right to use minerals therefore, it would fall under the residuary entry at serial no. 17(vi). Being so, rate of tax applicable on such services, as provided therein, shall be the same rate of tax as applicable on supply of like goods involving transfer of title in goods.

10. The applicant further submitted that on the same fact of the case Hon’ble Haryana Authority for Advance Ruling , ruled that the above mentioned Service would fall under residual entry at Sr. No. 17(vi). Being so, rate of tax applicable on such services, as provided therein, shall be the same rate of tax as applicable on supply of like goods involving transfer of title in goods.

Personal Hearing

11. Personal hearing in the matter was held on 11-06-2020. Shri Gautam Patel C.A , Chartered Accountant appeared on behalf of the applicant and re-iterated the submission made in the Application.

Findings and Discussion

12. We have considered the submissions made by the Applicant in their application for advance ruling. We also considered the issue involved, on which advance ruling is sought by the applicant, relevant facts & the applicant’s interpretation of law. At the outset, we would like to state that the provisions of both the CGST Act and the GGST Act are the same except for certain provisions. Therefore, unless a mention is specifically made to such dissimilar provisions, a reference to the CGST Act would also mean a reference to the same provisions under the SGST Act.

13. The applicant is engaged in the business of mining activity on a plot of land leased from the government of Gujarat and exploring, drilling, processing etc., of products derived from such mines and stone quarry lands. The applicant is quarrying “BLACK TRAP”. BLACKTRAP material attracts GST at 5% under Heading 2517 in Schedule-I.

14. The Applicant has entered into Quarrying lease/license agreement for “BLACKTRAP” material with the Government of Gujarat on various terms and conditions. As per the terms and condition of the lease applicant is required to pay bid amount of Rs. 1,50,000/- and this bid amount shall become Annual Deed Rent for the lease. The rate of same shall increase depending upon the terms of auction. Further, as per the agreement, the applicant shall be liable to pay the dead rent or royalty, whichever is higher in respect of the quarry.

15. The applicant has obtained Government land on lease for quarrying BLACK TRAP Material and in turn applicant is required to pay Annual Rent deed or Royalty, whichever is higher, to the Government of Gujarat. The leasing of the Government land to the applicant is considered as supply of service, as per sub­section (1) of Section 7 of the CGST Act, 2017, which is narrated as under:

7. (1) For the purposes of this Act, the expression “supply” includes :

(a) all forms of supply of goods or services or both such as sale, transfer, barter, exchange, licence, rental, lease or disposal made or agreed to be made for a consideration by a person in the course or furtherance of business;

(b) import of services for a consideration whether or not in the course or furtherance of business; and

(c) the activities specified in Schedule I, made or agreed to be made without a consideration.

(1A) where certain activities or transactions, constitute a supply in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (1), they shall be treated either as supply of goods or supply of services as referred to in Schedule II.

Further, the activities mentioned in the Entry No. 2 of the Schedule II relate to the activities to be treated as supply of goods or supply of services with regard to the Land and Building, which are given as under:

(a) Any lease, tenancy, easement, license to occupy land is supply of service Therefore, from the above, leasing of the Government land to the applicant to carry out the activity of the quarrying, is a supply of service to the applicant.

16. Regarding the classification of service received by the applicant Annexure to the Notification No. 11/2017- Central Tax (Rate) dated 28.06.2017 have been referred. The Annexure attached to the Notification No. 11/2017-Central Tax (Rate) dated 28.06.2017 has defined the Service Accounting Code for each type of services, details of the following services, which are relevant to the transaction of the applicant is as under:

Heading 9973 Leasing or rental services with or without operator

Group 99731 Leasing or rental services concerning machinery and equipment with or without operator
Group 99732 Leasing or rental services concerning other goods
Group 99733 Licensing services for the right to use intellectual property and similar products

The service received by the applicant is not covered under Group 99731 or Group

99732. We, therefore, look at the services covered under Group 99733 or else by any other group.

The Group 99733 consists of the following Headings

Service Code
(Tariff)
Service Description
997331 Licensing services for the right to use computer software and databases
997332 Licensing services for the right to broadcast and show original films, sound recordings, radio and   television programme and the like
997333 Licensing services for the right to reproduce original art works
997334 Licensing services for the right to reprint and copy manuscripts, books, journals and periodicals
997335 Licensing services for the right to use research and development products
997336 Licensing services for the right to use trademarks and franchises
997337 Licensing services for the right to use minerals including its exploration and evaluation
997338 Licensing services for right to use other natural resources including telecommunication spectrum
997339 Licensing services for the right to use other intellectual property products and other resources nowhere else classified

From the above, it is seen that the nature of service received by the application is covered under the Service Accounting Code 9973 37 – Licensing services for the right to use minerals including its exploration and evaluation. The Government has been providing the service of licensing services for the right to use minerals after its exploration and evaluation to the applicant and applicant has to pay a consideration in the form of rent/ royalty to the Government for the same.

17. The Sectoral FAQ published by the C.B.E. & C. {https://cbic-gst.gov.in/sectoral-faq.html } in reply of Q. No. 30 of “Government Services” it is categorically state that royalty payment made towards Licensing services for exploration of natural resources is treated as supply of services. The extract of the same is as under:

“The Government provides license to various companies including Public Sector Undertakings for exploration of natural resources like oil, hydrocarbons, iron ore, manganese, etc. For having assigned the rights to use the natural resources, the licensee companies are required to pay consideration in the form of annual license fee, lease charges, royalty, etc. to the Government. The activity of assignment of rights to use natural resources is treated as supply of services and the licensee is required to pay tax on the amount of consideration paid in the form of royalty or any other form under reverse charge mechanism.”

18. Therefore, payment of rent/royalty is for license given to extract minerals and the amount of rent/royalty paid is based on the quantum of mineral extracted. Hence it is covered under Service Accounting Code 997337 – Licensing services for the right to use minerals including its exploration and evaluation, as it is a license to extract mineral ore and also the right to use such minerals extracted.

19. The applicability of GST rate for the aforementioned service is based on the classification of service. In the present case, the mining rights so granted are covered under the sub-heading 9973 37 that specifies – ‘Licensing services for the right to use minerals including its exploration and evaluation’

19.1 Regarding the rate of tax applicable on the above supply Notification No. 11/2017-Central Tax (Rate), dated 28-6-2017 is referred and found that the entries related to SAC 9973 are as under :

Sl. No. Chapter
Section or
Heading
Description of Service Rate (per cent) Conditions
17 Heading 9973 (Leasing or rental services, with or without operator) (i)
( )
( ) Transfer of the right to use any goods for any purpose (whether or not for a specified period) for cash, deferred payment or other valuable consideration. Same rate of central
tax as on supply    of like  goods involving transfer of title in
goods
(i)     ………
(ii)    ………
(iii) Leasing or rental    services, with or without operator, other than (i), (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) above. Same rate of central tax as applicable on supply of like goods involving transfer of title in
goods
35 Heading 9997 Other services (washing, cleaning and dyeing services; beauty and physical well-being  services; and

other miscellaneous        services including services nowhere else
classified).

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Since the services covered under the license to extract mineral and also the right to use such minerals extracted is not covered under any of the sub-entries (i) to (v) of Serial No. 17 as such these entries cover the services other than leasing of mine i.e. entry (i) & (ii) cover the service of “Temporary or permanent transfer or permitting the use or enjoyment of Intellectual Property (IP) right in respect of goods other than Information Technology software” and “in respect of Information Technology software”, entry (iii) cover the Service of “Transfer of the right to use any goods for any purpose (whether or not for a specified period) for cash, deferred payment or other valuable consideration”, entry (iv) cover the service “Any transfer of right in goods or of undivided share in goods without the transfer of title thereof” and entry(v) cover the service “Leasing of aircrafts by an operator for operating scheduled air transport service or scheduled air cargo service by way of transaction covered by clause (f) paragraph 5 of Schedule II of the Central Goods and Services Act, 2017”, the service received by the applicant is not at all leasing of goods but rather “Licensing services for the right to use minerals including its exploration and evaluation accordingly, it needs to be seen whether the same is covered under Entry No. (vi) of Serial No. 17 attracting the tax rate which is same as that applicable on the supply of like goods involving transfer of title in goods or under the Serial No. 35 which is related to the other miscellaneous services including services nowhere else classified.

19.2 Serial No. 17 of Notification No. 11/2017-Central Tax (Rate), dated 28-6-­2017 was amended by Notification No. 31/2017-Central Tax (Rate), dated 13-10­2017 and entry no. (vi) was inserted, then after the amendment the entries look as under :

Sl. No. Chapter,
Section or
Heading
Description of Service Rate (per cent) Condition
17 Heading 9973 (Leasing or rental services, with or without operator) (i)
(ii)
(iii) Transfer of the right to use any goods for any purpose (whether or not for a specified period) for cash, deferred payment or other valuable consideration. Same rate of central tax as on supply of like goods involving transfer of title in goods
(iv )   …..
(v)    …..
(vi) Leasing  of motor vehicles
purchased or leased prior to 1st July, 2017
65 per cent of the rate of central tax as applicable on supply of like goods  involving
transfer of title in
goods Note:
Nothing
contained in this entry shall apply on or after 1st July, 2020.
(vii) Leasing or rental services, with or without operator, other than (i), (ii), (iii), (iv), (v) and (vi) above. Same rate of central tax as applicable on supply of like goods involving transfer of title in goods
35 Heading 9997 Other services (washing, cleaning and dyeing services; beauty and physical well-being services; and other miscellaneous services including services nowhere else classified). 9

19.3 Notification No. 11/2017-Central Tax (Rate), dated 28-6-2017, Serial No. 17 was further amended by Notification No. 1/2018-Central Tax (Rate), dated 25-­1-2018 and entry No. (vii) was inserted, then after the amendment the entries look as under :

Sl. No. Chapter,
Section or
Heading
Description of Service Rate (per cent) Condition
17 Heading 9973

(Leasing or rental services, with or without operator)

(i)
(i)
(iii) Transfer of the right to use any
goods for any purpose (whether or not for a specified period) for cash, deferred payment or other Valuable consideration.
Same rate of central tax as on supply of like goods involving transfer of title in
goods
(ii)   …..
(iii)  …..
(vi) Leasing of motor vehicles purchased or leased prior to 1st July, 2017 65 per cent of the rate of central tax as applicable on supply of like goods involving transfer of title in goods
Note : Nothing contained in this entry shall apply on or after 1st July, 2020.
(vii) Time charter of vessels for transport of goods. 2.5 Provided that credit of input tax charged on goods (other than on ships, vessels including bulk carriers and tankers) has not been taken (please refer to Explanation no. (iv)
(viii) Leasing or rental services, with or without operator, other than (i), (ii), (iii), (iv), (v), (vi) and (vii) above. Same rate of central tax as applicable on supply of like goods involving transfer of title in goods
35 Heading 9997 Other services (washing, cleaning and dyeing services; beauty and physical well-being services; and other miscellaneous services including services nowhere else classified). 9

19.4 The Notification No. 11/2017-Central Tax (Rate), dated 28-6-2017, Serial No. 17 was again amended by Notification No. 27/2018-Central Tax (Rate), dated 31-12-2018 and entry No. (viia) was inserted, then after the amendment the entries look as under :

Sl. No. Chapter,
Section or
Heading
Description of Service Rate (per cent) Condition
17 Heading 9973

(Leasing or rental services, with or without operator)

(i)
(ii)
(iii) Transfer of the right to use any
goods for any purpose (whether or not for a specified period) for cash, deferred payment or other valuable consideration.
Same rate of central tax as on supply of like goods involving transfer of title in
goods
(iv)  …….
(v)   …….
(vi) Leasing   of     motor vehicles
purchased or leased prior to 1st July, 2017
65 per cent of the rate of central tax as
applicable on supply
of like goods involving transfer of title in goods
Note : Nothing contained in this entry shall apply on or after 1st July, 2020.
(vii) Time charter of vessels for transport of goods 2.5 Provided that credit of
input tax charged on
goods (other than on
ships, vessels including bulk carriers and tankers) has not been taken (please
refer to Explanation No. (iv)
(viia) Leasing or renting of goods Same rate of central tax as applicable on supply of like
goods involving
transfer of title in goods
(viii)  Leasing or rental services, with
or without operator, other than (i), (ii),
(iii), (iv), (v), (vi), (vii) and (viia) above.
9
35 Heading 9997 Other services (washing, cleaning and dyeing services; beauty and physical well-being services; and other miscellaneous services including services nowhere else classified). 9

19.5 Coming to the issue whether the license to extract mineral and also the right to use such minerals extracted is a leasing or rental service, it is clear that what is supplied by the Government is the lease of the right to extract and use mineral and that is not covered by any specific entries in the Serial No. 17 of the Notification and hence falls under the residual entry. We find that the applicant in its application has relied upon the notified rate against Sl. No. 17 of item (vi), as it stood prior to its amendment, for the entire period 1-7-2017 to 31-12-2018. Since, the service received by the applicant is not at all leasing of goods but rather “Licensing services for the right to use minerals including its exploration and evaluation”, the transaction is appropriately covered under the residual entry of Sl. No. ‘17’ of the aforesaid notification. The aforesaid description of service received by the applicant has subsequently been classified against item no. ‘vii’ [From 13-10-2017 to 24-1-2018] and item no. ‘viii’ from 25-1-2018 onwards. We also find that the GST rate so prescribed at Sl. No. 17(vi) or at clause (vii) or (viii) after amendment is not implementable due to the absence of any underlying goods.

19.6 On examining the Notification No. 27/2018-Central Tax (Rate), dated 31-12-2018 which has been issued on the recommendations of the GST Council to further amend the Notification No. 11/2017-Central Tax (Rate), dated 28-6-2017, we find that the same has been issued consequent upon decisions of the 31st GST Council meeting held on 22-12-2018. In this connection, for proper understanding of the issue, we have gone through the Agenda for 31st GST Council Meeting. Proposals recommended by Fitment Committee and Minutes of the Meeting of the Council available in GST Council website. Sl. No.‘18’ of Annexure-II of Agenda Item 6, which is relevant to the issue, is reproduced below:

Sl. No. Proposal Comments
18. To clarify the GST rate applicable on right to Recommendation : – It is proposed that to bring clarity, the residuary rate entry for Heading 9973 in notification No. 11/2017-C.T. (R), dated 28-6-2017 may be split in two parts as follows.
use  Intellectual    Property and similar products other than IPR Existing Proposed
Description of
Services
Rate (%) Description of Services Rate (%)
Sl. 17 Heading 9973 (Leasing or rental servies with or without operator)
(viii) Leasing or rental services, with or without operator other than (i), (ii), (iii), (iv), (v), (vi) and (vii) above. Same rate of Central Tax as on supply of like goods involving transfer of title in goods. (viia) Leasing or renting of goods. Same rate of Central Tax as on supply of like goods involving transfer of title in goods.
(viii) Leasing or rental services, with or without operator other than (i), (ii), (iii), (iv), (v), (vi), (vii) and (viia) above. 18
Discussion : 1. Heading 9973 of scheme of classification of services under GST includes “Group 99733 : the licensing services for the right to use intellectual property and similar products”. However, the rate notification No. 11/2017-C.T. (R), dated 28-6-2017, prescribes rate only for transfer or permitting the use or enjoyment of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). No rate has been prescribed for transfer of intellectual property and similar products other than IPR. IPR, as held in several decisions of the Tribunal and the Courts, refers to rights in intellectual property protected by the relevant IPR law in force. Intellectual property not protected by IPR law in force cannot be termed as IPR.

2. The residuary entry for the Heading 9973, i.e. entry Sl. No. 17(viii) prescribes GST rate as “same rate of Central Tax as on supply of like goods involving transfer of title in goods”. However, the intellectual property does not have underlying goods and thus the prescribed rate does not apply to transfer of intellectual property and similar products other than IPR.

19.7 On thoroughly examining the recommendation of the 31st GST Council it is observed that amendment of Entry Sl. No. 17(viii) was approved merely to clarify the GST rate applicable to the right to use Intellectual Property and similar products other than IPR which are covered under Group 99733. The impugned service received by the applicant is appropriately covered under description ‘Licensing services for the right to use minerals including its exploration and evaluation’ which is classifiable under SAC 9973 37 under Group 99733. From perusal of Point No. 1 of the Discussion, it is very much clear that the impugned Service is not classifiable under entry No. (iii) and (iv) of the Notification No. 11/2017-Central Tax (Rate). Perusal of Point No. 2 of the Discussion makes it clear that the rate under pre-revised Entry No. (viii) does not apply to “Licensing services for the right to use intellectual property and similar products other than IPR”. Since the impugned Service is also the “Licensing services for the right to use intellectual property and similar products other than IPR”, the rate under pre-revised Entry No. (viii) is not applicable on it. Since the rate under newly created entry No. (viia) is same as that of pre-revised entry No. (viii), the impugned Service would not attract this rate and so would also not merit classification under the entry No. (viia). It is crystal clear that neither entry No. (iii) nor (iv) nor (viia) would cover the impugned Service. Point No. 2 ibid clearly mentions that for this Service (Licensing services for the right to use intellectual property and similar products other than IPR), the GST Council has carved out a new entry No. (viii) with the Service description “Leasing or rental services, with or without operator, other than (i), (ii), (iii), (iv), (v), (vi), (vii) and (viia) above” with rate of tax as 18%.

20. The rate of GST applicable on lease of goods may have been prescribed as the rate of GST applicable to supply of like goods involving transfer of title over the goods but the rate of GST prescribed for lease of goods can’t be made applicable for leasing of mining area conferring the right to extract and appropriate the minerals. The lease by Government not being a lease of any goods, the conditional rate of tax applicable to sale of like goods cannot be imported for prescribing the rate of GST applicable to leasing of mining area. Therefore, in view of the above discussion of GST Council it is clear that amendments have been carried out vide the aforesaid notification No. 27/2018-CT (Rate) Dated 31.12.2018 to clarify the legislative intent as well as to resolve the unintended interpretations. It is well settled that the legislative intent cannot be defeated by adopting interpretations which is clearly against such interpretations.

21. We rely on the decision of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in the case of W.P.I.L. Ltd. v. Commissioner of Central Excise, Meerut, U.P. [2005 (181) E.L.T. 359 (S.C.)] which is also applicable to the present case, wherein a ‘3’ Judges Bench of the Hon’ble Supreme Court while interpreting applicability of exemption notifications have observed in Paras 15 and 16 as follows :

“15. The Learned Counsel for the appellant is also right in relying upon a decision of this Court in Collector of Central Excise, Shillong v. Wood Craft Products Ltd. [(1995) 3 SCC 454]. In that case, this Court held that a clarificatory notification would take effect retrospectively. Such a notification merely clarified the position and makes explicit what was implicit. Clarificatory notifications have been issued to end the dispute between the parties.

16. In view of the consistent policy of the Government of exempting parts of power driven pumps utilized by the factory within the factory premises, it could not be said that while issuing Notification No. 46/94 of March 1, 1994, the exemption in respect of said item which was operative was either withdrawn or revoked. The action was taken only with a view to rescinding several notifications and by issuing a composite notification. The policy remained as it was and in view of demand being made by the Department, a representation was made by the industries and on being satisfied, the Central Government issued a clarificatory Notification No. 95/94 on April 25, 1994. It was not a new notification granting exemption for the first time in respect of parts of power driven pumps to be used in the factory tor manufacture of pumps but clarified the position and made the position explicit which was implicit.

21.1 The ratio of the aforesaid decision of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India is squarely applicable to the instant case in as much as the amendment of the Notification No. 11/2017-(Rate) Central Tax dated 28.06.2017 vide Notification No. 27/2018 (Rate)- Central Tax dated 31.12.2018 is of clarificatory notification and therefore impugned service ‘Licensing services for the right to use minerals including its exploration and evaluation’ which is classifiable under SAC 9973 37 will be covered under residual entry No. (viii) of the Notification No. 11/2017-(Rate) Central Tax dated 28.06.2017 as amended vide Notification No. 27/2018-CT (Rate) dated 31.12.2018. Since the insertion of entry (viia) and (viii) vide said amendment Notification was being nature of clarification of the GST rate in respect of “right to use Intellectual Property and similar products other than IPR”, the applicability of said residual entry (viii) would be from the date of Not. No. 11/2017-(Rate) Central Tax as the same view is held by Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. Accordingly, impugned service ‘Licensing services for the right to use minerals including its exploration and evaluation’ which is classifiable under SAC 9973 37 will be covered under residual entry No. (viii) of the Notification No. 11/2017-(Rate) Central Tax dated 28.06.2017 and would attract GST rate 18% {9% CGST+9% SGST } from the period of July, 2017 onwards.

22. The applicant has referred to Advance Ruling in the case of M/s. Pioneer Partners reported in 2018 (18) GSTL 58 (AAR-GST), wherein the Haryana Authority for Advance Ruling held that “The services for the right to use minerals including its exploration and evaluation, as per Sr. No. 257 of the annexure appended to Notfn. No. 11/2017-C.T. (Rate), dated 28-6-2017 is included in Group 99733 under Heading 9973. Hence it attracts the same rate of tax as on supply of the like goods involving transfer of title in goods. The said Authority have passed their rulings without properly appreciating the consequences of amendments made vide Notification No. 27/2018-Central Tax (Rate), dated 31­12-2018. Further, as per Section 103 of the CGST Act, any Advance Ruling is binding on the Applicant who has sought it and on the concerned officer or the jurisdictional officer in respect of the Applicant. Accordingly, AARs Ruling as cited above can’t be relied upon in the present case of the Appellant.

23. In view of the foregoing, we rule as follows:

RULING

(i) What is the classification of service provided in accordance with Notification 11/2017-CT (Rate) dated 28.06.2017 read with annexure attached to it, , for which royalty is being paid.

Ans. The activity undertaken by the applicant is classifiable under Heading 9973 (Leasing or rental services, with or without operator), as mentioned in the annexure at Serial No. 257 (Licensing services for the right to use minerals including its exploration and evaluation) sub-heading 997337 of Notification Number 11/2017-C.T. (Rate), dated 28-6-2017

(ii) What is rate of GST on given services provided by State of Gujarat to Giriraj Quarry Works for which Royalty is being paid?

Ans. The activity undertaken by the applicant attracts 18% GST (9% CGST+9% SGST).

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