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Assam Electricity Duty Act, 1964


Preamble.- An Act to levy a duty on the sale or consumption of electricity.
Whereas it is expedient to levy a duty on the sale or consumption of electrical energy in the State of Assam.;
It is hereby enacted in the Fifteenth Year of the Republic of India as follows:

1. Short title, extent and commencement.-
(1) This Act may be called the Assam Electricity Duty Act, 1964.
(2) It extends to the whole of the State of Assam.
(3) It shall come into force on such date as the State Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, appoint.

2. Definitions.- In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires -
(a) "Board" means the Assam State Electricity Board
constituted under Chapter III of the Electricity
(Supply) Act, 1948;
(b) "Consumer" means a person, other than a licensee,
who is supplied with energy -
(i) by a license; or (ii) by the Board;
(c) "energy" means electrical energy;
(d) "licensee" means any person licensed under Part II of
the Indian Electricity Act, 1910, to supply energy ad
includes any person who has obtained the sanction in that behalf of the State Government under S. 28 of the said Act;
(e) "prescribed" means prescribed by rules made under this Act;
(f) "unit" in relation to the energy, means kilowatt-hour; and
(g) words and expressions not defined in this Act but defined in the Indian Electricity Act, 1910, have the meaning assigned to them in that Act.

3. Levy of electricity duty.-
(1) There shall be levied and paid to the State Government
a duty, to be called the "electricity duty" at the rate
of three naye paise per unit of energy -
(a) supplied to a consumer by the Board; or
(b) supplied to a consumer by a licensee generating
energy or procuring energy in bulk from the Board;
or
(c) generated by a person for his own use or
consumption.
(2) Notwithstanding anything in sub-S.(l) shall apply to
the consumption or sale of energy which is-
(a) consumed by or sold to the Government of India for consumption by that Government; or

(b) consumed in the construction, maintenance or operation of any railway by the Government of India or a railway company operating that railway, or sold to that Government or any such railway company for consumption in the construction, maintenance or operation of any railway.
(3) For the purpose of computing the electricity duty under this section, the consumption shown by the meters starting after the first meter reading date after the commencement of this Act shall be taken into account and consumption in a month shall form the basis of calculation.

4. Collection and payment of electricity duty.- The electricity duty shall be collected and paid to the State Government by the Board or a license or a person who generates energy for his own use or consumption, as the case may be.

5. Licensee not to reimburse himself from consumer without sanction of State Government.-

No licensee shall, without the previous sanction of the State Government and subject to such conditions as the State Government may impose, recover from any person to whom energy is sold, the duty which fails to be paid by the licensee under this Act.


Explanation: Where the State Government permits a licensee to charge duty from the consumer, the duty shall not be deemed to be part of the price charged for the energy by the licensee.

6. Records and returns.-

(1) It the State Government so directs by a general or special order, the Board or a licensee or a person generating energy for his own use or consumption shall maintain such record and in such form and manner as ma y prescribed showing -
(a) the units of energy generated or received by it or
him for supply to the consumer;
(b) the units of energy supplied to the consumer or
consumers by it or him;
(c) the amount of the duty payable thereon and the
duty paid or recovered by him under this Act;
and
(d) such other particulars as may be prescribed.
(2) The Board, the licensee, or the person generating energy for his own use or consumption who has been directed under sub - S. (1) to maintain a record shall submit such returns, in such form and manner and to such authority as may be prescribed.
(a) The amount of energy shall, for purposes of Cls. (a) and
(b) (b) of sub - S. (1), be ascertained in such manner as may be prescribed.


7. Inspecting officers.-
(1) The State Government may, by notification in the
official Gazette, appoint inspecting officers to inspect
records maintained under S. 6.
(2) The inspecting officers shall perform such duties and
exercise such powers as may be prescribed for the purpose of carrying into effect the provisions of this Act and the rules made there under.
(3) Every inspecting officer appointed under this section shall be deemed to be a public servant, within the meaning of S. 21 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.


8. Penal duty to be paid in certain cases.-
(1) If in the opinion of an authority prescribed in this behalf, the Board, the licensee other person generating energy for his own use or consumption evades, or attempts to evade the payment of duty whether by maintaining false records, submitting false returns, concealing the energy supplied or by any other means, the Board, the licensee or such person, as the case may be, shall pay by way of penalty, in addition to the duty payable under this Act, a sum not exceeding four times the amount of the duty to be determined by the prescribed authority:
Provided that no action under this sub-section shall be taken without affording a reasonable opportunity of being heard to the Board, the licensee or such person.
(2) An appeal shall lie against an order passed under sub-
S. (1) to such authority, within such period and on
payment of such fees as may be prescribed.
(3) An order passed on appeal under sub-S (2) shall be
final.

(4) An order for the payment of any penalty made under this section shall be without prejudice to any prosecution instituted for an offence under this Act.

9. Recovery of duty.-

Any duty due under this Act or penalty imposed under S. 8 which remains unpaid whether by a consumer to the Board or a licensee or a person generating energy for his own use or consumption, to the State Government, shall be recoverable as an arrear of land revenue or by deduction from amounts payable to the state Government to the Board or the licensee or such person.


10. Power to disconnect supply for non-payment of duty.-

Where a consumer or a licensee fails to pay the electricity duty to the Board or a consumer fails to pay such duty to a licensee who is authorised to recover the duty from the consumers under S. 5, the Board or the licensee may exercise the power conferred on a licensee by sub-S. (1) of S. 24 of the Indian Electricity Act, 1910, for the recovery of any charge or sum due in respect f energy supplied by it or him.


11. Penalties.-

If any person -
(a) required by S, 6 to keep record or to submit returns
fails to keep or submit the same in the prescribed form
or manner or submits a return which is false, or
(b) intentionally obstructs an inspecting officer appointed
under S. 7 in the exercise of his powers and duties
under this Act and the rules made there under, or
(c) contravenes any such rule,
he shall be liable, on contravention before a Magistrate, to a fine not exceeding one thousand rupees.

12. Power to exempt.-
The State Government may in public interest by notification in the official Gazette, exempt any licensee, consumer or person from the payment of the whole or part of the electricity duty for such period and subject to such terms and conditions as may be specified in such notification.

13. Power to make rules.-
(1) The State Government may, by notification in the
official gazette, make rules for the purpose of carrying
into effect the provisions of this Act.
(2) In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of
the foregoing power, such rules may provide for -

(a) the manner of calculating the duty (including
marginal adjustment) under S. 3;
(b) the manner of collection and payment to the
State Government of the electricity duty by the
Board, licensees and persons generating energy
for their own use or consumption;
(c) the time and manner of the electricity duty to be
paid by consumers;
(d) the powers and duties to be exercised and
performed by inspecting officers;
(e) any other matter for which provisions, is the
opinion of State Government, necessary for
giving effect to the provisions of this Act.
(3) Every rule made under this section shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made before the Assam Legislative Assembly while it is in session for a total period of fourteen days which may be comprised in none session or in two successive sessions and if, before the expiry of the session in which it is so laid or the session immediately following, the Assam Legislative Assembly agree in making any modification in the rule or the Assam Legislative Assembly agree that the rule should not be made, the rule shall thereafter have effect only in such modified form or be of no effect, as the case may be: so however, that any such modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under that rule.

 

 

 
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