9. PENALTY FOR NON-PAYMENT OF CESS WITHIN THE SPECIFIED TIME. –
If any amount of cess payable by any employer under Section 3 is not paid within the date specified in the order of assessment made under Section 5, it shall be deemed to be in arrears and the authority prescribed in this behalf may, after making such inquiry as it deems fit, impose on such employer a penalty not exceeding the amount of cess :
Provided that, before imposing any such penalty, such employer shall be given a reasonable opportunity of being heard and if after such hearing the said authority is satisfied that the default was for any good and sufficient reason, no penalty shall be impose under this section.
Failure to pay the payable amount of cess within the specified date shall be deemed to be in arrears and the prescribed authority can impose a penalty not exceeding the amount of cess. But before imposing any penalty the employer shall be given a reasonable opportunity of being heard.