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FEMA - Foreign Exchange Management Act FEMA by RBI.


The Foreign Exchange Management Act (1999) or in short FEMA has been introduced as a replacement for earlier Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA). FEMA became an act on the 1st day of June, 2000. FEMA was introduced because the FERA didn’t fit in with post-liberalisation policies. A significant change that the FEMA brought with it, was that it made all offenses regarding foreign exchange civil offenses, as opposed to criminal offenses as dictated by FERA.

The main objective behind the Foreign Exchange Management Act (1999) is to consolidate and amend the law relating to foreign exchange with the objective of facilitating external trade and payments. It was also formulated to promote the orderly development and maintenance of foreign exchange market in India.

FEMA is applicable to all parts of India. The act is also applicable to all branches, offices and agencies outside India owned or controlled by a person who is a resident of India.

The FEMA head-office, also known as Enforcement Directorate is situated in New Delhi and is headed by a Director. The Directorate is further divided into 5 zonal offices in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Jalandhar and each office is headed by a Deputy Director. Each zone is further divided into 7 sub-zonal offices headed by the Assistant Directors and 5 field units headed by Chief Enforcement Officers.

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Date: 09-10-2015
DGFT Notification No 24/ 2015-2020
Amendment in Policy condition 1 of Chapter 88 of ITC(HS), 2012 - Schedule-1 (Import Policy).

Date: 08-10-2015
RBI/2015-16/201 A. P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 20
Risk Management & Inter-Bank Dealings: Booking of Forward Contracts - Liberalisation

Date: 08-10-2015
RBI/2015-16/203 A. P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 21
Memorandum of Procedure for channeling transactions through Asian Clearing Union (ACU)

Date: 07-10-2015
Central Excise Notification No 21/2015 CE (NT)
Seeks to further amend CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004 so as to allow input credit of duty paid on molasses generated from cane crushed in the sugar season 2015-16 i.e. 1st October, 2015 onwards, used for producing ethanol for supply to the public sector oil marketing companies, namely, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. or Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd., for the purposes of blending with petrol, in terms of the provisions of S. No. 40A of the Table in notification No.12/2012-Central Excise, dated the 17th March, 2012, by including such supplies of exempted ethanol under rule 6(6) of the CENVAT Credit Rules, 2004

Date: 07-10-2015
DGFT Notification No 23/ 2015-2020
Export Policy of rice.

Date: 06-10-2015
DGFT Notification No 22/ 2015-2020
Amendment in Notification No. 55(RE-2013)/2009-14 dated 03.12.2013 relating to export of Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.

Date: 06-10-2015
RBI/2015-16/198 A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No 19
Investment by Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPI) in Government Securities

Date: 06-10-2015
Service Tax Circular No.186/03/2014–ST
Regarding Service tax levy on services provided by a Goods Transport Agency

Date: 05-10-2015
Customs Notification No. 49/ 2015
Seeks to further amend notification No. 12/2012-Customs dated 17.03.2012 so as to increase the basic customs duty on ghee, butter and butter oil from the present rate of 30% to 40% for a period upto and inclusive of the 31st day of March, 2016

Date: 01-10-2015
Central Excise INSTRUCTION
Jurisdiction of the Settlement Commission (Customs, Central Excise & Service Tax) in respect of the cases of Gold Smuggling

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