File No.10 (3)/2007-DBA-II/NER
Government of India
Ministry of Commerce and Industry
Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion
New Delhi dated the 1st April, 2007.
Subject: North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy (NEIIPP), 2007The Government has approved a package of fiscal incentives and other concessions for the North East Region namely the ‘ East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy (NEIIPP), 2007’, effective from 1.4.2007, which, inter-alia, envisages the following:
- Coverage: The North East Industrial Policy (NEIP), 1997 announced on 24.12.1997 covered the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. Under NEIIPP, 2007, Sikkim will also be included. Consequently, the ‘New Industrial Policy and other concessions for the State of Sikkim’ announced vide O.M. No.14(2)/2002-SPS dated 23.12.2002 and the Schemes thereunder i.e. Central Capital Investment Subsidy Scheme, 2002, Central Interest Subsidy Scheme, 2002 and Central Comprehensive Insurance Scheme, 2002, notified vide Notifications No. F.No.14(2)/2002-SPS dated the 24.12.2002 will be discontinued from 1.4.2007.
- Duration: All new units as well as existing units which go in for substantial expansion, unless otherwise specified and which commence commercial production within the 10 year period from the date of notification of NEIIPP, 2007 will be eligible for incentives for a period of ten years from the date of commencement of commercial production.
- Neutrality of location: Incentives will be available to all industrial units, new as well as existing unitson their substantial expansion, located anywhere in the North Eastern Region. Consequently, the distinction between ‘thrust’ and ‘non-thrust’ industries made in NEIP, 1997 will be discontinued from 1.4.2007.
- Substantial Expansion: Incentives on substantial expansion will be given to units effecting ‘an increase by not less than 25% in the value of fixed capital investment in plant and machinery for the purpose of expansion of capacity/modernization and diversification’, as against an increase by 33½ % which was prescribed in NEIP, 1997.
- Excise Duty Exemption: 100% Excise Duty exemption will be continued, on finished products made in the North Eastern Region, as was available under NEIP, 1997. However, in cases, where the CENVAT paid on the raw materials and intermediate products going into the production of finished products (other than the products which are otherwise exempt or subject to nil rate of duty) is higher than the excise duties payable on the finished products, ways and means to refund such overflow of CENVAT credit will be separately notified by the Ministry of Finance.
- Income Tax Exemption: 100% Income Tax exemption will continue under NEIIPP, 2007 as was available under NEIP, 1997.
- Capital Investment Subsidy: Capital Investment Subsidy will be enhanced from 15% of the investment in plant and machinery to 30% and the limit for automatic approval of subsidy at this rate will be Rs.1.5 crores per unit, as against Rs.30 lakhs as was available under NEIP, 1997. Such subsidy will be applicable to units in the private sector, joint sector, cooperative sector as well as the units set up by the State Governments of the North Eastern Region. For grant of Capital Investment Subsidy higher than Rs.1.5 crore but upto a maximum of Rs.30 crores, there will be an Empowered Committee Chaired by Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion with Secretaries of Department of Development of North Eastern Region (DONER), Expenditure, Representative of Planning Commission and Secretary of the concerned Ministries of the Government of India dealing with the subject matter of that industry as its members as also the concerned Chief Secretary/Secretary (Industry) of the North Eastern State where the claiming unit is to be located. Proposals which are eligible for a subsidy higher than Rs.30 crores, will be placed by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion before the Union Cabinet for its consideration and approval.
- Interest Subsidy: Interest Subsidy will be made available @ 3% on working capital loan under NEIIPP, 2007 as was available under NEIP, 1997.
- Comprehensive Insurance: New industrial units as well as the existing units on their substantial expansion will be eligible for reimbursement of 100% insurance premium.
- Negative List: The following industries will not be eligible for benefits under NEIIPP, 2007:-(i) All goods falling under Chapter 24 of the First Schedule to the Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985 (5 of 1986) which pertains to tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes.(ii) Pan Masala as covered under Chapter 21 of the First Schedule to the Central Excise Tariff Act, 1985 (5 of 1986).(iii) Plastic carry bags of less than 20 microns as specified by Ministry of Environment and Forests Notification No.S.O. 705(E) dated 02.09.1999 and S.O.698 (E) dated 17.6.2003. (iv) Goods falling under Chapter 27 of the First Schedule to the Central Excise tariff Act, 1985 (5 of 1986) produced by petroleum oil or gas refineries. (xi) Incentives for Service/other Sector Industries Incentives under NEIIPP, 2007 will be applicable to the following service sector activities/industries:-
- Service Sector: (i) Hotels (not below Two Star category), adventure and leisure sports including
ropeways ; (ii) Medical and health services in the nature of nursing homes with a minimum capacity of 25 beds and old-age homes ; (iii) Vocational training institutes such as institutes for hotel management, catering and food crafts, entrepreneurship development, nursing and para-medical, civil aviation related training, fashion, design and industrial training. A number of tax concessions under the existing provisions of Section 10A and 10AA of the Income Tax Act are already available to the IT sector. However, one of the important impediments to the development of Software Technology Parks or IT related SEZs in the North Eastern Region is the non-availability of trained human resources in the North Eastern Region. Accordingly, tax benefits as is availed under Section 80 IC of the Income Tax Act would be extended to IT related training centers and IT hardware units.
- Incentives for Bio-technology industry: The biotechnology industry will be eligible for benefits under NEIIPP, 2007 as applicable to other industries
- Incentives for Power Generating Industries: Power Generating plants will continue to get incentives as governed by the provisions
of Section 81A of the Income tax Act. In addition, power generating plants upto 10 MW based on both conventional and non-conventional sources will also be eligible for capital investment subsidy, interest subsidy and comprehensive insurance as applicable under NEIIPP, 2007.
- Establishment of a monitoring mechanism for implementation
of the NEIIPP, 2007: In order to establish a monitoring mechanism for implementation of NEIIPP, 2007, a ‘High Level Committee’ / an ‘Advisory Committee’ under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and comprising Secretaries of the Ministries/Departments of Revenue, Department of Development of North Eastern Region (DONER), Banking and Insurance, Representative of Planning Commission, CMD, NEDFi as well as major stakeholders including the industry associations of the North Eastern region would be constituted. In addition, an ‘Oversight Committee’ will be constituted under the Chairmanship of the Union Commerce and Industry Minister with Industry Ministers of NE States as its members.
- Value Addition: In order to ensure genuine industrial activities in the North Eastern Region, benefits under NEIIPP, 2007 will not be admissible to goods in respect of which only peripheral activities like preservation during storage, cleaning operations, packing, re-packing, labelling or re-labelling, sorting, alteration of retail sale price etc. take place.
- Transport Subsidy Scheme: The Transport Subsidy Scheme would continue beyond 31.3.2007, on the same terms and conditions. However, an early evaluation of the scheme will be carried out with a view to introducing necessary safeguards to prevent possible leakages and misuse.
- Nodal agency:
The North East Industrial
Development Finance Corporation (NEDFi) will continue to act as the nodal
agency for disbursal of subsidies under NEIIPP, 2007.
2. The ‘New Industrial Policy and other concession in the North Eastern Region’
announced vide O.M. No.EA/1/2/96-IPD, dated 24.12.1997 (NEIP, 1997) will cease to operate with effect from 1.4.2007. Industrial Units which have commenced commercial production on or before 31.3.2007 will continue to get benefits/incentives under NEIP, 1997.
3. Government reserves the right to modify any part of the Policy in public interest.
4. All concerned Ministries/Departments of the Government of India are requested to amend their respective Acts/rules/notifications etc. and issue necessary instructions for giving effect to these decisions. (N.N.Prasad) Joint Secretary to the Government of India Copy for information and necessary action to: (i) All Ministries/Departments of the Government of India and Planning Commission.
(ii) Chief Secretaries of the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.
(iii) Secretary (Industries) of the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim
(iv) The North East Industrial Development Finance Corporation (NEDFi), Guwahati.
Copy also to:
(i) Cabinet Secretariat