Scheme for Incentive to Industries
Scheme for Incentive to Industries
The Scheme for Incentives to Industries is a Gujarat Government initiative that seeks to grant incentives to industrial undertakings. The object of this endeavour is to enhance the scope of investments, create employment opportunities for balanced regional growth, pave the way for inclusive development, make better the already conducive industrial climate and provide global competitive-edge to the state-affiliated industries. Announced in 2016, the scheme would be operational until the year 2021. This article covers this State-Government initiative in detail.
Assistance would be rendered to new industrial undertakings. Existing undertakings in the pursuit of an expansion, and which commences its commercial production during the scheme’s operative years (2016-21) would be considered.
Industrial undertaking, under this context, refers to a legal entity such as a company, partnership firm (including LLP), society, trust, industrial cooperative society or proprietary concern engaged/to be engaged in the manufacture, production, processing or job work of articles.
Eligible Fixed Capital Investment
Eligible fixed capital investment denotes those investments made on or after 1/1/2015 and within the date specified for the completion of the investment in the following assets:
- New Building
- Other construction
- Plant and Machinery
- Technology, Designs, Drawings and Patents
- Project related infrastructure
Ineligible Capital Expenditure
The following investments cannot be considered for the calculation of eligible fixed capital investment:
- Working capital
- Preliminary and pre-operative expenses
- Indigenous second-hand plant and machinery
- Interest capitalized
- Power generation (except for captive use)
Time Period for Consideration of Eligible Fixed Capital Investment
As have already stated, industrial units must commence their commercial productions during the scheme’s operative period to qualify for the benefits rendered by it. Eligible fixed capital for the following industrial undertaking would be calculated from the date of enactment of the Gujarat Industrial Policy, 2015 to the following time periods:
- Ultra-Mega Industrial Undertaking – 24 months from the DOCP
- Mega Industrial Undertaking – 18 months from the DOCP
- Large Industrial Undertaking – 15 months from the DOCP
- MSME Industrial Undertaking – 12 months from the DOCP
DOCP – Date of Commencement of Production
Categorization of Talukas and Ineligible Industries
For the purpose of calculation of incentives, the Talukas are classified in categories such as I, II and III based on existing investments in the large industrial projects. If a project is located in the jurisdiction of another Taluka, the Taluka with the largest percentage of land area would be considered as the eligible category of Taluka.
Industrial undertakings located within the municipal corporation limits of Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar are not covered under the scheme. Also, industries classified as ineligible and listed in Annexure B are not included. Such industries include:
- Those availing assistance for the same asset under any of the State Government schemes or agencies of the state government.
- Those that had relocated its base to a new location by partial or complete closure of the original unit in the previous location.
Quantum of Incentive
The rate of eligible fixed capital investment applicable for incentives, the percentage of net SGST for reimbursement, and the period of incentive disbursal are as tabulated below:
|Category of Taluka||Rate of eligible fixed capital investment applicable for incentive||Rate of net SGST reimbursement to the unit||Rate of net SGST paid to the Government||Period of Incentives|
- The incentive would only be granted in the form of reimbursements.
- The qualifying industrial unit must be manufacturing the goods on its own accord.
- The qualifying industrial unit must remain in production during the period of incentive disbursal. However, if the same is aborted due to reasons not controllable by the management, the respective authority may condone the period of discontinuance after thoroughly verifying the details and purpose of such discontinuation.
- The qualifying industrial unit must make the essential e-payments and furnish the e-returns.
- The qualifying industrial unit must ensure that at least 85% of its normal employees and 60% of its managerial and supervisory employees are domiciled in Gujarat.
- The qualifying industrial unit shouldn’t have benefitted from similar incentives under any other state-government schemes.
- No existing industrial unit can claim the benefit of this scheme for renovation, modernization, rehabilitation or rationalization of its premises.
- The qualifying industries are required to install and effectively operate and maintain pollution control measures in accordance with the required standards.
- The qualifying industrial unit must furnish a report to the Industries Commissioner/General Manager District Industries Centre concerning the production and employment for each financial year within 60 days of the end of such financial year.
- The Industries Commissioner may issue separate guidelines for the implementation of this scheme.
Industrial undertakings eligible for this scheme may apply for provisional registration to the respective District Industries Centre in case of micro, small and medium projects; and to the Industries Commissioner for large, mega and ultra-mega projects. The application must be supported by the following documents:
- Document of Registration of the concerned industrial unit.
- The Industrial Entrepreneur Memorandum/Udyog Aadhar.
- Documents attesting the legal possession of the land with valid non-agricultural permission for industrial usage.
- A registered copy of the purchase deed.
- A copy of the possession letter (if the plot or shed is located in a GIDC estate)
- Consent to establish form GPCB (wherever applicable)
- Detailed Project Report
GIDC – Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation
GPCB – Gujarat Pollution Control Board
Application for Provisional Eligibility
Followed by registration, the industrial units need to file an application for provisional eligibility certificate after the commencement of commercial production. For this purpose, the unit needs to submit a certificate from a Chartered Accountant concerning the investments made in the project until the date of commencement of commercial production, local employment details, etc., to the General Manager, District Industries Centre for MSMEs and Industries Commissioner for large, mega and ultra-mega projects. Further to this, the Industries Commissioner/General Manager would assign an Asset Verification Team to verify the submitted details, the outcome of which would be forwarded to the sanctioning authority. If the details are accurate, the industrial unit will be issued with the Eligibility Certificate, making them eligible for incentives.