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Date: 19-12-2002
Notification No: Central Excise Circular No 682/2002
Issuing Authority: Central Excise  
Type: Circular
File No:
Subject: Excise Holiday to J&K Units – Clarifications on Implementation
Excise Holiday to J&K Units � Clarifications on Implementation

Central Excise Circular No. 682 dated 19th December 2002

Notification No. 56/ 2002-CE dated 14.11.2002 exempts excisable goods, with a few exceptions, when cleared from a unit located in specified areas in the State of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). Similarly, notification No. 57/2002-CE dated 14.11.2002 exempts specified goods cleared from a unit, irrespective of its location in the State of J&K. Exemption under both the notifications will apply only to new units set up on or after 14.6.2002 or to units undertaking substantial expansion on or after this date. The exemptions are available for a period not exceeding 10 years from 14.6.2002 or commencement of commercial production. The exemptions are on the lines of the notifications issued for North Eastern States under Notification No. 32/99-CE and 33/99CE: both dated 8.7.1999.

2.      The above two notifications for the State of J&K exempt that portion of the excise duty, which is paid by the manufacturers in cash. For this purpose, a suitable mechanism has been incorporated in the notifications. The manufacturer is first required to pay the excise duty and thereafter, whatever is paid in cash is to be refunded. It is also intended that the user of any input or capital goods on which such exemption has been availed should get the full CENVAT credit including the portion of duty refunded to the manufacturer of such input or capital goods. For this purpose, Cenvat Credit Rules, 2002 have been amended by Notification No. 39/2002-CE (NT) dated 14.11.2002.

3.      In this context, it may be pointed out that the "refund" envisaged in the notifications is not on account of any excess payment of excise duty by the manufacturer but is basically designed to give effect to the exemption. In other words, the mechanism has been adapted to operationalise the exemption envisaged in these two notifications. In view of this aspect of the matter, the provisions of Section 11B of the Central Excise Act, 1944 would not apply in the case of these notifications.

4.      The notifications provide for expeditious refund of duty paid in cash. It is for this reason that a provision has been made for allowing refund even on provisional basis by the 15th of the next month, in case there is likely to be a delay in verification of the refund claims. Any excess or shortfall in case of refund, allowed on provisional basis may be adjusted in the subsequent refund claims. Considering the fact that verification of refund claims basically involves checking of duty paid in cash, in most cases, it should be possible to allow refund by the 15th of the subsequent month. The Board is of the view that pre-audit of refund claims of more than Rs. 5 lakhs should not lead to delays. If it is possible to pre-audit, and the finalization of claim could be completed before the 15th of the next month, it may be resorted to. Otherwise, the initial provisional refund may be allowed without pre-audit and while deciding upon its finalization, pre-audit may be done.

5.      It may be noted that the notifications apply to goods cleared from a factory. As such, they do not apply to goods cleared from the warehouses. Problems, if any, faced in this regard may please be brought to the notice of the Board.

6.      As regards the date of commencement of production, the Department of Industries of the State Government may be consulted who should be in a position to advise on this aspect.

7.      The exemption under these notification applies to new units set up on or after 14.6.2002 or to the existing units undertaking substantial expansion by way of increase in installed capacity by not less than 25% on or after 14.6.2002. Normally, if a unit has undertaken substantial expansion in capacity, it would utilize; the expanded capacity and not keep it idle. There could, however, be a case where a unit discontinues production on newly installed machinery or may later on decrease the capacity of production. Such cases may have to be examined carefully in more detail.

8.      This letter addresses, by and large, the key issues and concerns involved in the effective implementation of these notifications. The Board desires that you may kindly guide your officers suitably and take appropriate action to ensure smooth implementation of Notification No. 56/2002-CE and 57/2002-CE both dated 14.11.2002, having regard to their spirit and objective. If any problem is still faced in the implementation of these notifications, you may kindly make suitable reference to the Board.

       

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