Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Cess Act, 1996

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1. SHORT TITLE, EXTENT AND COMMENCEMENT. –

(1) This Act may be called the Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Cess Act, 1996.

(2) It extends to the whole of India.

(3) It shall be deemed to have come into force on the 3rd day of November, 1995.

2. DEFINITIONS. –

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-

(a) “Board” means a Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board constituted by a State Government under sub-section (1) of Section 18 of the Building and Other Construction Workers’ (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996;

(b) “Fund means the Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Fund constituted by a Board;

(c) “prescribed” means prescribed by rules made under this Act;

(d) words and expressions used herein but not defined in the Building and Other Construction Workers’ (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996 shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in that Act.

3. LEVY AND COLLECTION OF CESS. –

(1) There shall be levied and collected a cess for the purposes of the Building and Other Construction Workers’ (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996, at such rate not exceeding two per cent but not less than one per cent of the cost of construction incurred by an employer, as the Central Government may, be notification in the Official Gazette, from time to time specify.

(2) The cess levied under sub-section (1) shall be collected from every employer in such manner and at such time, including deduction at source in relation to a building or other construction work of a Government or of a public sector undertaking or advance collection through a local authority where an approval of such building or other construction work by such local authority is required, as may be prescribed.

(3) The proceeds of the cess collected under sub-section (2) shall be paid by the local authority or the State Government collecting the cess to the Board after deducting the cost of collection of such cess not exceeding one per cent of the amount collected.

(4) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1) or sub- section (2), the cess leviable under this Act including payment of such cess in advance may, subject to final assessment to be made, be collected at a uniform rate or rates as may be prescribed on the basis of the quantum of the building or other construction work involved.

COMMENTS

For the purposes of the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996 (27 of 1996), a cess at the rate of one per cent. of the cost of construction incurred by the employer is to be levied and collected, vide S.O. 2899, dated 26th September, 1996.

4. FURNISHING OF RETURNS. –

(1) Every employer shall furnish such return to such office or authority, in such manner and at such time as may be prescribed.

(2) If any person carrying on the building or other construction work, liable to pay the cess under Section 3, fails to furnish any return under sub-section (1), the officer or the authority shall give a notice requiring such person to furnish such return before such date as may be specified in the notice.

COMMENTS

Every employer who is carrying on the building or other construction work is to furnish a return to an officer or authority prescribed by the Government. If any employer fails to furnish such return the officer or the authority shall give notice requiring such employer to furnish such return before the specified date.

5. ASSESSMENT OF CESS. –

(1) The officer or authority to whom or to which the return has been furnished under Section 4 shall, after making or causing to be made such inquiry as he or it thinks fit and after satisfying himself or itself that the particulars stated in the return are correct, by order, assess the amount of cess payable by the employer.

(2) If the return has not been furnished to the officer or authority under sub-section (2) of Section 4, he or it shall, after making causing to be made such inquiry as he or it thinks fit, by order, asses the amount of cess payable by the employer.

(3) An order of assessment made under sub-section (1) or sub- section (2) shall specify the date within which the cess shall be paid by the employer.

6. POWER TO EXEMPT. –

Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, exempt any employer or class employers in a State from the payment of cess payable under this Act where such cess is already levied and payable under corresponding law in force in that State.

7. POWER OF ENTRY. –

Any officer or authority of the State Government specially empowered in this behalf by that Government may-

(a) with such assistance, if any, as he or it may think fit, enter at any reasonable time any place where he or it considers it necessary to enter for carrying out the purpose of this Act including verification of the correctness of any particulars furnished by any employer under Section 4;

(b) do within such place anything necessary for the discharge of his or its duties under this Act; and

(c) exercise such other powers as may be prescribed.

8. INTEREST PAYABLE ON DELAY IN PAYMENT OF CESS. –

If any employer fails to pay any amount of cess payable under Section 3 within the time specified in the order assessment, such employer shall to pay interest on the amount to be paid at the rate of two per cent every month or part of a month comprised in the period from the date on which such payment is due till such amount is actually paid.

COMMENTS

Failure to pay any amount of cess within the specified time entails payment of interest on the amount to be paid at the rate of two per cent. for every month or a part of a month comprised in the period from the date on which such payment is due till such amount is actually paid.

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.

COMMENTS

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.

10. RECOVERY OF AMOUNT DUE UNDER THE ACT. –

Any amount due under this Act (including any interest of penalty) from any employer may be recovered in the same manner as an arrear of land revenue.

COMMENTS

Any amount due under the Act is to be recovered as an arrear of land revenue

11. APPEALS. –

(1) Any employer aggrieved by an order of assessment made under Section 5 or by an order imposing penalty made under Section 9 may, within such time as may be prescribed, appeal to such appellate authority in such form and in such manner as may be prescribed.

(2) Every appeal preferred under sub-section (1) shall be accompanied by such fees as may be prescribed.

(3) After the receipt of any appeal under sub-section (1), the appellate authority shall, after giving the appellant an opportunity of being heard in the matter, dispose of the appeal as expeditiously as possible.

(4) Every order passed in appeal under this section shall be final and shall not be called in question in any court of law.

12. PENALTY. –

(1) Whoever, being under an obligation to furnish a return under this Act, furnishes any return knowing, or having reason of believe, the same to be false shall be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both.

(2) Whoever, being liable to pay cess under this Act, willfully or intentionally evades or attempts to evade the payment of such cess shall be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to six months, or with fine, or with both.

(3) No court shall take cognizance of an offence punishable under this section save on a complaint made by or under the authority of the Central Government.

13. OFFENCES BY COMPANIES. –

(1) Where the offence under this Act has been committed by a company, every person who, at the time the offence was committed, was in charge of, and was responsible to, the company for the conduct of the business of the company as well as the company, shall be deemed to be guilty of the offence and shall be liable to the proceeded against and punished accordingly :

Provide that nothing contained in this sub-section shall render any such person liable to any punishment if he proves that the offence was committed without his knowledge or that he had exercised all due diligence to prevent the commission of such offence.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), where an offence under this Act has been committed with the consent of connivance of, or is attributable to any neglect on the part, any director, manager, secretary or other officer of the company, such director, manager, secretary or other officer shall also be deemed to be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

Explanation : For the purpose of this section.-

(a) “company”, means anybody corporate and includes a firm or other association of individuals; and

(b) “director”, in relation to a firm means a partner in the firm.

14. POWER TO MAKE RULES. –

(1) The Central Government may, be notification in the Official Gazette, makes rules for carrying out the provisions of this Act.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such rules may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely:

(a) the manner in which and the time within which the cess shall be collected under sub-section (2) of Section 3;

(b) the rate or rates of advance cess leviable under sub-section (4) Section 3;

(c) the particulars of the returns to be furnished, the officer or authority to whom or to which such returns shall be furnished and the manner and time of furnishing such returns under sub- section (1) of Section 4;

(d) the powers which may be exercised by the officer or authority under Section 7;

(e) the authority which may impose penalty under Section 9;

(f) the authority to which an appeal may be filed under sub- section (1) of Section 11 and the time within which and the form and manner in which such appeal may be filed;

(g) the fees which shall accompany an appeal under sub-section (2) of Section 11; and

(h) any other matter which has to be, or may be, prescribed.

(3) Every rule made under this Act shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made, before each House of Parliament, while it is in session for a total period of thirty days which may be comprised in one session or in two or more successive sessions, and if, before the expiry of the session immediately following the session or the successive sessions aforesaid, both House agree in making any modification in the rule or both House agree that the rule should not be made, the rule shall thereafter have effect only in such modified from 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 the rule.

15. REPEAL AND SAVING. –

(1) The Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Cess Third Ordinance, 1996 (Ord. 26 of 1996), is hereby repealed.

(2) Notwithstanding such repeal, anything done or any action taken under the said Ordinance shall be deemed to have been done or taken under the corresponding provisions of this Act.

15. REPEAL AND SAVING. –

(1) The Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Cess Third Ordinance, 1996 (Ord. 26 of 1996), is hereby repealed.

(2) Notwithstanding such repeal, anything done or any action taken under the said Ordinance shall be deemed to have been done or taken under the corresponding provisions of this Act.

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  1. j.p.bhandari says:

    Sir,
    Our co. is manufactures of transformermers and we are supplying the same to Tata Power DDL.We have raised to seperate bills for supply & Errection and commissiong of transformer. But Tata Power is deducting 1% Cess under above act on supply as well as errection part also. Please clerify whether the same is applicable on supply part also.
    Request you expert openion in this regards
    Thanking you,

  2. vijay patel says:

    SIR,
    WE ARE ERECTION CONTRACTOR OF TRANSMISSION OF LINESS. AT PRESENT GUJARAT ENERGY TRANSMISSION CORP. LTD. IS DEDUCTING WELFARE CESS AS 1@ ON ERECTION ORDER AS WELL AS SUPPLY. ACTUALLY MATERIAL SUPPLY IS DONE BY GETCO .OUR SUPPLY IS ONLY 15 % APPROX. WE AGREE TO PAY WELFARE CESS ON OUR EXECUTED AMOUNNT, NOT ON GETCO SUPPLY PART. PLEASE GUIDE IN THIS MATTER.

  3. AJAY SINGH says:

    our company is paying esi & provident fund for their social security. whether we required to pay works cess ?.

  4. Is it liable for House building?? As I have received a letter from labour officer by station that I have pay an amount as cess

  5. MURTHY says:

    Dear Sir,

    The cost of the construction of the total house above 10 lakh we must pay the cess on cost of the construction 1% cess but not less then 2% i.e the rule of the BOCW Act-1996.

    the fund will expend to who are working the building and other construction works they will use that money.

    Murthy

  6. Kadam says:

    Hello!

    I have purchased an under construction a flat from builder. Builder has sent demand letter for balance possession cost, in which he has also demanded “Workers Welfare Tax” from me.

    Could you please guide, the payment of Worker Welfare Tax is whose liability, it is builders’ or flat buyer.

    Regards
    Kadam

  7. RAJA says:

    Dear Sir/Mam,

    We were offered a contract work under PSU org. in Maharashtra state. Please advise me regarding the labour welfare cess payment is to be borne by our contract company or Principle employer (PSU) Undertaken by Central Govt.

    Please guide us with an early reply & expedite.

    With regards,

    RAJA

  8. Hello sir,
    our welfare cess on deduct income tax
    please give me advice
    thanks

  9. saurabh says:

    sir
    pl guide me how many and types of register to be maintained under bocw act 1996 when any establisment is maintaing the register under cl1970

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