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The Salt Cess Act, 1953

The Salt Cess Act, 1953

The Salt Cess Act, 1953

[ACT No. 49 OF 1953]

[26th December, 1953]

An Act to provide for the levy and collection of a cess on salt for the purpose of raising funds to meet the expenses incurred on the salt organisation maintained by Government and on the measures taken by Government in connection with the manufacture, supply and distribution of salt.

BE it enacted by Parliament as follows: .

2. Definitions.

In this Act, unless the context otherwise required,.

(a)’Manufacture’ in relation to salt includes collection, removal, preparation, steeping evaporation, boiling or any one or more of these processes, the separation or purification of sale obtained in the manufacture of saltpetre, the separation of salt from earth or other substance so as to produce alimentary salt, and the excavation or removal of natural saline deposits or efflorescence; and the word ‘manufacturer’ shall be construed accordingly and shall include not only a person who employs hired labour in the production or manufacture of sale but also any person who engages in its production or manufacture on his own account if the salt is intended for sale.

Explanation.In this clause, ‘saltpetre’ includes rasi, saijji and all other substances manufactured from saline earth, and Kharinun and every form of sulphate or carbonate of soda;

(b)’Salt’ includes swamp salt, spontaneous salt, and salt or saline solutions made or produced from any saline substances or form salt earth

(c) ‘Salt factory’ includes.

(i)A place used or intended to be used in the manufacture of salt and all embankments, reservoirs, condensing and evaporating pans, buildings, and waste places situated within the limits of such place, as defined from time to time for the purposes of the Central Excises and Salt Act, 1944 (I of 1944);

(ii)All drying grounds and storage platforms and store-houses appertaining to any such place;

(iii)Land on which salt is spontaneously produced; and

A ‘private salt factory’ is one solely owned or not solely worked by the Central Government;

(d) ‘Standard maund’ means a maund of 82 2/7 pounds avoirdupois;

(e) ‘Prescribed’ means prescribed by rules made under this Act.

3. Levy and collection of cess on salt.

There shall be levied and collected in such manner as may be prescribed a cess in the nature of an excise duty on all salt manufactured in the territories to which this act extends.

(a)In the case of salt manufactured in a private salt factory, at the rate of two annas per standard maund;

(b)In the case of salt manufactured in a salt factory solely owned or solely worked by the Central Government at the rate of three and a half annas per standard maund.

4. Application of proceeds of cess.

The proceeds of the duty levied under this Act, reduced by the cost of collection as determined by the central Government, shall if Parliament by appropriation made by law in this behalf so provides, be utilised on all or any of the following objects, namely:.

(a)Meeting the expenditure incurred in connection with the salt organisation maintained by the Central Government ;

(b)Meeting the cost of measures taken in connection with the manufacture supply and distribution of salt by Union agencies and the regulation and control of the manufacture, supply and distribution of salt by other agencies, and in particular, measures for.

(i)The establishment and maintenance of research stations and model salt farms;

(ii)The establishment, maintenance and expansion of salt factories;

(iii)Fixing the grades of salt;

(iv)Promoting and encouraging co-operative effort among manufacturers of salt; and

(v)Promoting the welfare of labour employed in the salt industry.

5. Validation of charges levied on salt before the commencement of this Act.

The charge in respect of the manufacture or production of salt imposed by the rule made by the Central Government under section 37 of the Central Excises and Salt Act, 1944 (I of 1944) and published with the notification of the former, Finance Department (Revenue Division) No.3, dated the 29th March, 1947, shall be deemed to have been levied under this Act as if this act was in force on the day on which the charge was so imposed and accordingly,.

(a)Any sum paid or payable by way of such charge shall be deemed to have been paid or payable in accordance with law; and

(b)No claim shall lie in any court for the refund of any sum so paid.

6. Power to make rules.

(1)The Central Government may, by notification in the Official, Gazette, make rules for carrying out the purposes of this Act.

(2)In particular and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such rules may provide for.

(a)The assessment and collection of the cess levied under this act;

(b)The determination of the cost of collection of the cess;

(c)The manner in which accounts relating to the proceeds of the cess shall be maintained;

(d)The manner in which the proceeds of the cess may be applied on the objects specified in section 4;

(e)The exemption from the whole or any part of the cess levied under this act.

(i)In respect of salt exported from India;

(ii)In respect of salt manufactured by any specified categories of small manufacturers; and

(iii)In respect of salt utilised in the manufacture of any other product of industry.

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