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Case Name : In re Manpar Icon Technologies (GST AAR Uttar Pradesh)
Appeal Number : Order No. 61
Date of Judgement/Order : 07/07/2020
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In re Manpar Icon Technologies (GST AAR Uttar Pradesh)

Q(i) .Whether the Project Development Service (ie. Detailed Project Report Service) and project management consultancy services (PMCS) provided by the applicant to reciepient under the contract from State Urban Development Authority (SUDA) and project management consultancy services (PMCS) under the contract of Prandhan Mantri  Awas Yojna (PMAY) woould qualify as an activity in relation to function entrusted to Panchayat or Munshipality under article 243G or article 243W respectively , of the constitution of India?

Ruling on Question 1. We hold that the Services rendered by the applicant to the State Urban Development Agency, Uttar Pradesh (SUDA), and for PMAY, under contract with main contractor, are in relation to functions entrusted to Municipalities under Article 243W and to Panchayats under Article 243G of the Constitution of India.

Q(ii) .If answer to first question is in affirmative then whether such services provided by the applicant would qualify as pure services (Excluding works contract service or composite supply involving supply of any goods) as provided in serial no. 3 of Notification No. 12/2017- Central Tax (Rate) dated 28 June, 2017,, as amended (S.N. 3A) by Notification No. 2/2018-Central Tax (Rate) dated 25 January, 2018 issued under Central Goods and Service Tax Act, 2017 (CGST) and Corresponding Notification No. KA.N.I.-2-843/XI-9 (47)/17-UP-Act-1-2017-order-(10)-2017 Lucknow dated june 30 2017, issued under Uttar Pradesh Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017(UPGST Act) where the project cost includes the cost of service rendered along with reimbursement of cost of procurement of goods for rendering such service, and, thus, be eligible for exemption from levy of CGST and UPGST respectively.

Ruling on Question 2. Such services would qualify as Pure Service (excluding works contract service or other composite supplies involving supply of any goods)” and accordingly exempt from the payment of GST duly covered in Sl. No 3 of Notification No. 12/2017- Central Tax (Rate) dated 28 June, 2017, (as amended from time to time) issued under Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (CGST/Act), and corresponding notifications issued under Uttar Pradesh Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (UPGST Act), subject to the fulfillment of condition prescribed for Input Tax Credit under the CGST Act, 2017 and subsequent Rules, made there under.

FULL TEXT OF ORDER OF AUTHORITY OF ADVANCE RULING, UTTAR PRADESH

Sub:- GST ACT, 2017 – Advance Ruling U/s 98 – liability to tax under GST Act in respect to application dated 02.06.2020 from M/s Manpar Icon Technologies, 7/23, Sector-7, Gomti Nagar Extension, Amar Saheed Path, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh- 226 002 – Order- Reg.

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1) M/s Manpar Icon Technologies, 7/23, Sector-7, Gomti Nagar Extension, Amar Saheed Path, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh- 226 002 (here in after called the applicant) is a registered assessee under GST having GSTN: 09ABGFM6137K1ZV.

2) The Applicant has informed that State Urban Development Authority (SUDA in short), Lucknow has entered into an agreement with M/s Creative Consortium, and M/s Rudrabhishek Enterprises Limited (herein after referred as main contractors) for “Preparation of Detailed Project Report” and providing “Project Management Consultancy Service” under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY in short). The above two parties made an agreement and awarded, back to back, same work to the applicant.

3) Accordingly, the Applicant has submitted application for Advance Ruling dated 02.06.2020 enclosing duly filled Form ARA-01(the application form for Advance Ruling) along with certain annexure and attachments and sought Advance Ruling as follows : –

i. Whether the Project Development Service (i.e. Detailed Project Report Service) and Project Management Consultancy services (‘PMCS’) provided by the applicant to the recipient under the Contract from State Urban Development Authority (herein after referred as “SUDA”) and the Project Management Consultancy services (‘PMC’) under the Contract for PMAY would qualify as an activity in relation to function entrusted to Panchayat or Municipality under Article 243G or Article 243W respectively, of the Constitution of India?

ii. If answer to first question is in affirmative then, whether such services provided by the applicant would qualify as Pure services (excluding works contract service or composite supplies involving supply of any goods) as provided in serial number 3 of Notification No. 12/2017- Central Tax (Rate) dated 28 June, 2017, as amended (S. No. 3A) by Notification No. 2/2018- Central Tax (Rate) dated 25 January, 2018 issued under Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (‘CGST’) and corresponding Notifications No. — KA.N.I.-2-843/X1- 9 (47) / 17-UP. Act-1 – 2017 ­Order – (10) – 2017 Lucknow, dated June 30, 2017 issued under Uttar Pradesh Goods and Service Tax Act, 2017 (‘UPGST Act’), where the Project cost includes the cost of service rendered along with reimbursement of cost of procurement of goods for rendering such service, and, thus, be eligible for exemption from levy of CGST and UPGST, respectively.

4). The applicant further submitted that based on the Notification No. 12/2017 and 02/2018 issued under Central Tax (Rate), GST is exempt in case of DPR and PMCs. They also submitted copy of Order No. 22 dated 25.01.2019, in the case of M/S Rudhrabhishek Enterprises Ltd, Noida, Uttar Pradesh wherein full exemption was granted by the Authority for Advance Ruling Uttar Pradesh.

5). As per the declaration given by the applicant in Form ARA-01, the issue raised by the applicant is neither pending in any proceedings nor decided in any proceedings in the applicant’s case under any of the provisions of the ACT.

6). The application for advance ruling was forwarded to the Jurisdictional GST Officer (Assistant Commissioner, CGST 8s CEX, Division-I, Lucknow) to offer his comments/views/verification report on the matter. The Divisional officer, in his report has submitted that:-

a. Going through the Scope of work under preparation of DPR and scope of work under PMC, this office is of the considered view that the Project Development Services provided by the applicant to its recipient qualifies as an activity in relation to function entrusted to Panchayat or Municipality.

b. As regard to the second question the answer to the question is yes if it is ascertained that the cost of Composite Supply of Goods and Services in which the value of supply of goods constitutes not more than 25 percent of the value of the said composite supply provided to any Government.

c. As per records available no proceeding in the applicant’s case on the question raised in the application under any provisions of the CGST Act, is pending for decision.

7). The applicant was granted a personal hearing in the matter. In compliance, Sh. Narendra Kumar, Chartered Accountant, Authorized representative, appeared on 26.06.2020 for hearing on behalf of the applicant. During the  personal hearing he reiterated the submissions already made vide application dated 2nd June 2020, submitted a write submission that:-

i. SUDA Lucknow has entered into an agreement with the main contractors for “Preparation of Detailed Project Report” and providing “Project Management Consultancy Service” under PMAY in various districts of Uttar Pradesh.

ii. The main contractors made an agreement and awarded, back to back, same work to the applicant.

iii. The applicant is not involved in any other activities other than aforesaid agreement for preparation of DPR and providing Project Management Consultancy (PMC) Service.

Further, vide letter dated 07.07.2020, he filed another written submission wherein it was submitted that in terms of Circular no. 138/07/2011-Service Tax, it is clarified that the services provided by the sub-contractor/consultants and other service providers are classifiable as per Section 65 A of the Finance Act, 1994 under respective sub clause (105) of Section 65 of the Finance Act and chargeable to Service Tax accordingly. If the same concept of classification going to apply in GST regime then service provided by sub-contractor regarding DPR and PMS to main contractor shall be exempted because same activities of main contractor to SUDA is exempted under GST regime. The applicant also relied upon the order issued by the Rajasthan Authority for Advance Ruling in the case of Sevak Ram Sahu (M/s SRS Enterprises) in support of his application.

DISCUSSION AND FINDING

8). At the outset, we would like to make it clear that the provisions of both the CGST Act and the UPGST 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 provision under the UPGST Act. Further to the earlier, henceforth for the purposes of this Advance Ruling, a reference to such a similar provision under the CGST Act / UPGST Act would be mentioned as being under the `CGST Act’.

9). We have gone through the submissions made by the applicant and have examined the explanation submitted by them. At the outset, we find that the issue raised in the application is squarely covered under Section 97(2)(b) of the CGST Act 2017 being a matter related to applicability of a notification issued under the provisions of this Act. We therefore, admit the application for consideration on merits.

10). We have gone through the submissions made by the applicant and examined the detailed explanation submitted by them. We observe that the questions before us to decide is whether:-

i. the Project Development Service and Project Management Consultancy services (‘PMCS’) provided by the main contractors to `SUDA’ and the Project Management Consultancy Services for `PMAY’ would qualify as an activity in relation to functions entrusted to Panchayat or Municipality under Article 243G or Article 243W respectively, of the Constitution of India, and if so, whether such services provided by the main contractors would qualify as Pure services accordingly exempt from the payment of GST duly covered in Sl. No 3 of Notification No. 12/2017-Central Tax (Rate), dated 28th June, 2017 (as amended from time to time).

ii. Whether the said service provided by the sub-contractor to the main contractor would also be exempt from payment of GST in terms of Notification No. 12/2017-Central Tax (Rate).

11). Now coming to the first question i.e. whether the Project Development Service (i.e. Detailed Project Report Service) and Project Management Consultancy services (‘PMCS’) provided under the Contract for SUDA and the Project Management Consultancy services (‘PMC’) under the contract for PMAY would qualify as an activity in relation to function entrusted to Panchayat or Municipality under Article 243G or Article 243W respectively, of the Constitution of India or not. To proceed further, we need to examine the purpose and scope of work for which the main contractors have gone into contract with SUDA and PMAY.

12). SUDA has been established as a state level nodal agency, under the department for Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation by Uttar Pradesh Government. This agency is registered under the ‘Registration of Societies Act’ since 20th November’ 1990. As per the “Memorandum of Association of State Urban Development Agency”, it’s main objectives shall be-

(a) To identify the urban poor in the state.

(b) To draw up plans and formulate schemes for the upliftment of the urban poor in the state.

(c) To implement schemes for the benefit of the urban poor either directly or through other agencies engaged in this direction, whether private, public or cooperative.

(d) To review the progress of the execution of these activities as well as effectiveness of the benefits directed towards the urban poor.

(e) To set up or establish any specific service such as training facilities, infrastructural etc. in furtherance of the economic interest of the urban poor.

13). Further, as per website of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Housing for All (Urban), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, the PMAY is a Scheme to provide central assistance to Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and other implementing agencies through States/UTs for Rehabilitation of existing slum dwellers using their land as a resource through private, participation, and affordable Housing in Partnership. Furthermore, the matters listed in the 11th and 12th schedule to the constitution (details 243G and 243W, respectively), as functions pertaining to Panchayats/Municipality, are inter alia: (a) Safe water for drinking, (b) Maintenance of community assets, (c) Family welfare, (d) Markets and Fairs, (e) Poverty Alleviation Programmes, (f) Regulation of land use and construction of land buildings, (g) Urban planning including the town planning, (h) Planning for economic and social development, (i) Urban poverty alleviation, (j) Slum improvement and up-gradation.

14). Now, we come to examine the scope of work under different contracts, as provided by the applicant—

A. Scope of work under Preparation of DPR:-

  • Preparation of detailed Project under vertical IV of PMAY (U). 100% physical verification includes door survey, collection of land documents and consent letters from the beneficiaries as per HFAPOA (Housing for All by 2022- Plan of Action), data collection, data verification and data compilation.
  • Inclusion of present status and proposed works of infrastructure details.
  • MIS Entry.
  • Key stakeholder consultations.
  • Preparation of beneficiaries wise detailed Architectural/Engineering designs. Drawing and estimates for all sizes of plots, project structuring under appropriate development and funding mechanism.
  • Assistance in obtaining appropriate approvals from concerned agencies/ departments.
  • Appropriating all necessary data in reference to Slum Free city Plan in the DPR.
  • The DPR should be complete in all respect with all report drawings, statements and documents necessary for obtaining the grant from the Government of India.

B. Scope of Work under Project Management Consultancy (PMC):-

  • PMC will coordinate, execute and monitor the activities leading to the construction of approved DUs (Dwelling units) by Govt. of India.
  • All the activities till the completion of DUs will be taken care of by PMC.
  • PMC shall also administer the works by the beneficiaries and ensure that the agreement between the ULBs and beneficiaries whether related to quality or quantities of work are executed in accordance with its provisions.
  • PMC shall attach Beneficiaries to the project in PMAY-MIS and also upload Annexure 7A 86 7C.
  • PMC shall execute all MIS related work of PMAY (U).
  • PMC will supervise the construction work to ensure adherence to the drawings, prescribed high standards of quality and timely completion of the project and verify and certify the progress of the work.
  • Preparation of Physical and Financial progress and shall submit to respective ULBs and DUDA.
  • Preparation of individual files consist of application, copy of Aadhar Card, bank details, land documents, consent letters etc, stage wise photographs for every beneficiaries.
  • PMC will assist Beneficiaries at various stages such as Plinth Level, Lintel Level, roof level and final finishing works and assist to get timely installments.
  • PMC will make sure that the project/ DUs construction must complete as per the agreement made with the beneficiaries for the successful and timely implementation of the Project.
  • PMC will implement GEO tagging of constructions of all the stages.
  • Time extension will not be considered except in very exceptional cases without prejudice to levy of penalties. However any approval for extension of time of completion of the works stipulated in the construction, beneficiaries will be without any additional financial implication.
  • PMC shall be fully responsible for quality control and shall put in place such measures as are essential for ensuring regular on site quality check.
  • PMC shall submit the tentative organization chart for managing the project so that appropriate decisions are taken quickly. However, the actual number of technical and financial personnel to be deployed and the deployment schedule shall be prepared by the PMC and manually agreed upon after award of work.
  • Generate and submit to the ULBs time to time progress reports in the agreed formats and the agreed frequency.
  • PMC shall also apprise the beneficiaries of the progress or activities of the project on fortnightly/monthly basis.
  • Cash flow Chart —Actual and Scheduled 86 Bar Chart Actual and Scheduled Status of payments of beneficiaries. Photographs of various stages (Before excavation, Foundation, Plinth Level, Lintel Level 86 Completion) of DUs of each beneficiary, Geo tagging of constructions all the stages Visitors’ Site Inspection, Settlement of all accounts of the beneficiaries with the ULBs.
  • Provide project completion report/closure report which shall contain all technical and financial information of the project.

15). Accordingly, in view of forgoing discussions we are of the view that the Consultancy services rendered under the contract with State Urban Development Agency, Uttar Pradesh (SUDA), and for PMAY are in relation to functions entrusted to Municipalities under Article 243W and to Panchayats under Article 243G of the Constitution of India.

16). Now coming to second part of the first question for consideration before us is a corollary to the first part in case the answer to first part is in affirmative. Since we have already made our findings in affirmative as far as first question is concerned, we now move to examine as to whether such services provided would qualify as “Pure services (excluding works contract service or other composite supplies involving supply of any goods)” as provided in serial number 3 of Notification No. 12/2017- Central Tax (Rate) dated 28 June, 2017, as amended (S. No. 3A) by Notification No. 2/2018- Central Tax (Rate) dated 25 January, 2018 issued under Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (‘CGST’) and corresponding Notifications No. — KA.N.I.-2-843/X1- 9 (47) / 17-UP. Act-1 – 2017 – Order – (10) – 2017 Lucknow, dated June 30, 2017 issued under Uttar Prade’sh Goods and Service Tax Act, 2017 (‘UPGST Act’), where the Project cost includes the cost of service rendered along with reimbursement of cost of procurement of goods for rendering such service, and, thus, be eligible for exemption from levy of CGST and UPGST, respectively.

16). We have examined the sample Contract for Preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) and providing Project Management Consultancy for PMAY provided by the applicant. After the examination of the agreement and scope of work we are of the opinion that services mentioned in the contract would qualify as Pure Service (excluding works contract service or other composite supplies involving supply of any goods)” as provided in serial number 3 of Notification No. 12/2017- Central Tax (Rate) dated 28 June, 2017, as amended (S. No. 3A) by Notification No. 2/2018- Central Tax (Rate) dated 25 January, 2018 issued under Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (‘CGST’) and corresponding Notifications No. — KA.N.I.-2-843/X1- 9 (47) / 17-UP. Act-1 ­2017 – Order – (10) – 2017 Lucknow, dated June 30, 2017 issued under Uttar Pradesh Goods and Service Tax Act, 2017 (‘UPGST Act’), where the Project cost includes the cost of service rendered along with reimbursement of cost of procurement of goods for rendering such service, and, thus, be eligible for exemption from levy of CGST and UPGST, respectively.

18). Now coming to the second question that as the main contractor has awarded, back to back, i.e. same work to the applicant, in that case whether the services provided by the applicant would be exempted or not, in terms of Notification No. 12/2017-Central Tax (Rate) dated 28th June 2017, as amended.

19). We observe that the main contractors have entered into an agreement with SUDA for providing “Preparation of Detailed Project Report” and providing “Project Management Consultancy Service” under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna, the service which was further sublet to the applicant by the main contractors. We have already discussed in the above paras that the said services are in relation to functions entrusted to Municipalities under Article 243W and to Panchayats under Article 243G of the Constitution of India and accordingly exempt from levy of GST in terms of entry no. 3 of Notification No. 12/2017- Central Tax (Rate) dated 28 June, 2017, as amended. As per the said entry, the main conditions for the exemption are:-

a.It should be a pure service (excluding works contract service or other composite supplies involving supply of any goods).

b. Provided to the Central Government, State Government or Union Territory or Local Authority or a Governmental Authority,

c. By way of any activity in relation to any function entrusted to a panchayat under article 243G of the Constitution or in relation to any function entrusted to a Municipality under article 243W of the Constitution.

20). From perusal of entry no. 03 of the Notification No. 12/2017, we observe that service should be pure service, supplied to specific class of recipient and should be in relation to any function entrusted to panchayat or municipality under article 243G or 243W of the constitution. Accordingly we are of the opinion that the service of providing “Preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR)” and providing “Project Management Consultancy Service (PMC)” under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna, by the applicant, in terms of contract entered between main-contractor and SUDA and sub letting of same contract by the main contractor to the applicant, is exempt from GST.

21). We also observe that similar views have been observed by the Rajasthan Authority for Advance Ruling, vide Advance Ruling No. RAJ/AAR/2019-20/28 dated 19.12.2019, in the case of Sevak Ram Sahu (M/s S.R.S. Enterprises). In the instant case the Authority has observed that “….The entry does not speak of contractor or sub-contractor but supply of pure service by way of construction under certain project. It clearly stipulates that whosoever is supplying the pure labour contract services for the construction of a civil structure or any other original work under PMAY is exempt from GST.”

22). Similarly, in the case of M/s Shree Construction, regarding applicability of concessional rate of 12% on work contract service provided to the Railways, in terms of Notification No. 11/2017-C.T. (Rate) dated 28.06.2017, as amended, the Appellate Authority for Advance Ruling Under GST, Maharashtra, in its Order No. MAH/AAAR/SS-RJ/15/2018-19 dated 03.01.2019 has observed that “…In the instant case though the respondent i.e. M/s Shree Construction is providing works contract service to its main contractor who has entered into works contract agreement with Railways, the composite supply of works contract being carried out by M/s Shree Construction is ultimately going to the use of Railways without being subjected to any change or modification, thus the said work contract, though undertaken by the sub-contractor is undoubtedly pertaining to the Railways and no one else. Thus the condition specified under item (v) of the sr. 3 of the said Notification is completely fulfilled and therefore the service provided by the sub-contractor would attracts concessional rate of 12% GST.

……….. there was no need to include such sub-contracts in the item (v) of the Notification as there was no confusion whether the sub-contractor will be eligible to such concessional rate of GST, since the activities described under item (v) of sr. no. 3 of the Notification are services specific. The service provider and the service recipient are immaterial for the determination of beneficiary of this concessional rate of GST…”

In view of the above, both the members unanimously rule as under;

RULING

Ruling on Question 1. We hold that the Services rendered by the applicant to the State Urban Development Agency, Uttar Pradesh (SUDA), and for PMAY, under contract with main contractor, are in relation to functions entrusted to Municipalities under Article 243W and to Panchayats under Article 243G of the Constitution of India.

Ruling on Question 2. Such services would qualify as Pure Service (excluding works contract service or other composite supplies involving supply of any goods)” and accordingly exempt from the payment of GST duly covered in Sl. No 3 of Notification No. 12/2017- Central Tax (Rate) dated 28 June, 2017, (as amended from time to time) issued under Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (CGST/Act), and corresponding notifications issued under Uttar Pradesh Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 (UPGST Act), subject to the fulfillment of condition prescribed for Input Tax Credit under the CGST Act, 2017 and subsequent Rules, made there under.

23). This ruling is valid only within the jurisdiction of Authority for Advance Ruling Uttar Pradesh and subject to the provisions under Section 103(2) of the CGST Act, 2017 until and unless declared void under Section 104(1) of the Act.

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