Ministry of Commerce &Industry
Relaxations provided on compliances to be met by
units / developers / codevelopers of SEZs
Posted On: 30 MAR 2020 2:52PM by PIB Delhi
In view of the sudden outbreak of COVID19 pandemic and the nationwide lockdown, most government
offices are closed and a few involved in emergency services etc., are functioning with skeletal staff. The
Department of Commerce has therefore decided to provide suitable relaxations on compliances to be met by
units / developers / codevelopers of Special Economic Zones(SEZs). Such compliances to which the
relaxations will apply, include:
· Requirement to file Quarterly Progress Report (QPR) attested by Independent Chartered Engineers by
Developers/ Codevelopers
· SOFTEX form to be filed by IT/ITES units
· Filing of Annual Performance Reports (APR) by SEZ units
· Extension of Letter of Approvals (LoA) which may expire, in the cases of:
n Developers/codevelopers who are in the process of developing and operationalising the SEZ;
n units which are likely to complete their 5 year block for NFE assessment;
n Units which are yet to commence operations
Development Commissioners of SEZs have been directed to ensure that no hardship is caused to Developers /
CoDeveloper / Units and no punitive action is taken in cases where any compliance is not met during this
period impacted by the above disruption. Further, as may be possible, all extensions of LoAs and other
compliances may be facilitated through electronic mode in a timebound manner. In the cases where it is not
possible to grant extension through electronic mode or in cases where a physical meeting is required,
Development Commissioners have been asked to ensure that the Developer / Codeveloper / Units do not face
any hardship due to such expiry of validity during this period of disruption. Adhoc interim extension /
deferment of the expiry date may be granted without prejudice till 30.06.2020 or further instructions of the
Department on the matter, whichever is earlier.
(Release ID: 1609247)

    “Apprentices will continue to get their full stipend during
    COVID-19 Lockdown”: Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, MSDE
     All establishments shall pay full stipend as applicable to the apprentices engaged under
    both designated and optional trade
     Reimbursement of stipend to establishments under National Apprenticeship Promotion
    Scheme (NAPS) shall be paid by the Government for the lockdown period as per the NAPS guidelines New Delhi, March 30, 2020: As a part of the Government’s commitment to fight the spread
    of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and fully support the public, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) today notified all the establishments under
    designated and optional trade to pay full stipend to apprentices engaged with them.
    Additionally, reimbursement of stipend to establishments under National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) shall be paid by the Government for the lockdown period as per
    the NAPS guidelines.
    As per reference of Apprentices Act, 1961 amended up to 2014 and Apprenticeship Rules, 1992 amended up to 2019. Sub-rule 2(b) of Rule 7 states that if a trade apprentice is unable to complete the period of apprenticeship training due to strike or lockout or layoff in an establishment where he is undergoing training and is not instrumental for the same, the period of his apprenticeship training shall be extended for a period equal to the period of strike or lockout or layoff, as the case maybe, and shall be paid stipend during the period of such strike
    or lockout or layoff or for a maximum period of six months, whichever is less. 
    Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Union Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship expressed his views and shared, “This is the time when we all need to come forward and support each other completely. Even our honourable Prime Minister, Shri. Narendra Modi appealed to businesses to act with empathy. And with this, we have decided that we will not let the morale of the country’s productive youth to be let down and will support them in every
    way possible. In view of this, we will ensure that apprentices continue to get their stipend during COVID-19 lockdown. I would also like to state that all the establishments have shown
    full commitment in this regard and are cooperating with the Government for the smooth delivery of services in a critical time like this.”
    Apprenticeship has been recognized as an effective way to empower young people to smoothly shift from school and college to work whilst at the same time improving links between
    industry and training institutions. The National Apprenticeship Programme plays a large part in the task of up-skilling India’s workforce, offering the opportunity to share costs among different parties (employers, individuals and the government) and to involve governments, employers and workers in partnership. Apprenticeship is a win-win situation both for industry
    and youth in coming together to help make the vision of ‘Skilled India’ a reality in future.
    The pandemic that originated in Wuhan in the Hubei province of the People’s Republic of China in January has so far claimed 26 lives in the country while infecting nearly 1045 people.
    Globally, it has caused about 27,000 deaths while infecting lakhs of people. 
    About Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE)
    MSDE was formed on November 9, 2014 by the Government of India to focus on enhancing
    employability of skills. Since its inception, MSDE has undertaken significant initiatives and
    reforms in terms of formalizing the policy, framework and standards; launching of new
    programs and schemes; creating new infrastructure and upgrading the existing institutions;
    partnering with States; engaging with industries and building societal acceptance and
    aspirations for skills. The Ministry aims to bridge the gap between demand and supply of
    skilled manpower to build new skills and innovation not only for existing jobs but also for jobs
    that are to be created. Till date, more than three crore people have been trained under Skill
    India. Under its flagship programme, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) 2016-
    2020, the Ministry has trained more than 73 lakh candidates so far.
    For more information on Skill Development, please follow the links below:
    Facebook:; Twitter: @MSDESkillIndia;

      RBI/2019-20/206 A. P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 27

      FEMA (Master Direction – Export of Goods and Services)

      A. P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 27
      April 01, 2020
      All Authorised Dealer Category – I Banks
      Madam / Sir,
      Export of Goods and Services- Realisation and Repatriation of Export Proceeds-Relaxation
      The Government of India as well as the Reserve Bank has been receiving representations from Exporters Trade bodies to extend the period of realisation of export proceeds in view of the outbreak of pandemic COVID- 19. It has, therefore, been decided, in consultation with Government of India, to increase the present period of realization and repatriation to India of the amount representing the full export value of goods or software or services exported, from nine months to fifteen months from the date of export, for the exports made up to or on July 31, 2020.
      2. The provisions in regard to period of realization and repatriation to India of the full export value of goods exported to warehouses established outside India remain unchanged.
      3. AD Category – I banks may please bring the contents of this Circular to the notice of their constituents concerned.
      4. The directions contained in circular have been issued under Section 10(4) and 11(1) of Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (42 of 1999) and without prejudice to permissions / approvals, if any, required under any other law.
      Yours faithfully,

        IT Department to release all pending refunds upto Rs.5 lacs immediately

        In the context of Covid-19 situation and with a view to provide immediate relief to the business entities and individuals, the Income Tax Department has decided to issue all the pending income-tax refunds up to Rs.5 lac, immediately.

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          Several developers in the National Capital Region have requested the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) of UP, Haryana and Delhi to delay recovery notices issued to builders by at least six months in light of the Covid-19 crisis that has crippled the sector.

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            In a bid to streamline supply chains of essential goods, the Consumer Affairs Ministry has advised State governments to adopt e-pass solution system to issue and monitor passes to companies that have nation-wide supply chains.

            It has also sent a suggested list of FMCG, retail and e-commerce companies that are involved in nation-wide supply chain of essential goods to all the State governments. It has also urged local authorities to facilitate availability of workers at factories, warehouses and for distribution and transportation purposes.

            Nodal officers

            In a letter written by Pawan Kumar Agarwal, Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs Ministry, to Chief Secretaries of all State Governments, the Ministry has advised States to designate nodal officers to issue authorisation letters to companies that have nation wide supply chains of essential goods. He said the state nodal officers should work with the State Police for co-ordination with local police authorities. Sources said that States have begun nominating nodal officers. States have been advised to use e-pass solution system, which has been developed by Consumer Affairs Ministry in collaboration with E-Gov Foundation.


              Much Needed Clarification notified by MCA on shareholders meeting/AGM/EGM  during covid period by companies 

              Meeting can be held via Video conferencing and other audit video  means  (OAVM)means subject to rules and procedure notified by MCA

              Key Highlights  : –

              1. Recording should be maintained by companies in safe custody 
              2.  In case of public companies, recording also to be uploaded on website after meeting. 
              3. convenience of different time zones to be considered before scheduling  meeting for attendance 
              4. Two way Audio Video telecommunications  must be ensured during the meeting for ease of participation 
              5. Facility of joining to be opened 15 minutes before meeting and 15 meeting after the scheduled expiry meeting  time. 
              6. Quorum counted for meeting attending via audio-video mode. 
              7. No requirement of proxies appointed by members as physical attendance is dispensed with , however representative of members u/s 112 /113 can be appointed to attend the meeting on behalf of shareholders. 
              8. At least one independent director attendance is required (if required to be appointed) and auditor or representative shall attend such meeting through VC or OAVM Read more

              Laying emphasis on the urgency of increased testing for novel coronavirus, the Supreme Court today directed the government to issue directions to approved testing laboratories for conducting COVID-19 tests free of cost.

              This comes hours after the top court suggested that the Centre should create a mechanism wherein private laboratories did not charge exorbitant fees from public and government should reimburse the fees charged by labs.

              The apex court also ordered that such tests be conducted only in NABL accredited labs or agencies approved by the World Health Organization or the ICMR. The court raised questions on the feasibility of tests that were being charged Rs 4,500 by private labs.

              The Bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and Ravindra S Bhat was hearing a PIL filed by Advocate Shashank Deo Sudhi, which sought a direction to the government to make COVID-19 testing free across the country.

              On March 31, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the Centre and authorities concerned to provide free testing facilities for COVID-19 to all citizens in the country.

              Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, said it is a developing situation and government at this juncture does not know how many laboratories will be needed and how long the ongoing lockdown will continue.

              The petitioner has also sought a direction to the authorities for ramping up the testing facilities for COVID-19 at the earliest “given the escalating mortality and morbidity rate across the country”.

              The petition has questioned the March 17 advisory of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) which capped Rs 4,500 for testing of COVID-19 in private hospitals or labs, including screening and confirmatory tests.

              “It is extremely difficult for the common citizen to get himself/herself tested in the government hospital /labs and being no alternative in the sight, the people are constrained to pay the capped amount to the private hospital/labs for protecting their lives,” it said.

              The plea said the impending danger of coronavirus is extremely serious, given the deprived population of the country, and testing is the only way to contain the pandemic. It alleged that authorities are “completely insensitive and indifferent” to the plight of common citizens who are already financially burdened on account of complete lockdown across the country.

              “Further, the capping of the prices of the testing facility of COVID-19 in private hospitals/labs strikes at the Article 14 of the Constitution of India as being arbitrary and unreasonable,” it said and urged that the March 17 advisory be declared arbitrary.

              It also sought a direction for ensuring that all tests relating to COVID-19 are conducted under the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) or ICMR accredited pathological labs.

              It said ICMR should be directed to hold regular news briefings through national TV channels about the current situation on coronavirus and precautions to be taken by the citizens.

              The plea also said that authorities must ensure adequate numbers of testing kits and centers for COVID-19 across the country.

              Source : 


              Advertisement No.KP/S/01/2020

              Name of Post

              Upper Age Limit

              Pay Scale

              GM/ DGM (Marketing – International Business)

              48/45 years

              ₹ 100000-260000/ ₹ 90000-240000

              Senior Manager/ Manager (Legal)

              39 / 34 years

              ₹ 70000-200000 / ₹ 60000-180000

              Senior Manager/ Manager/ Assistant Manager (Company Secretary)

              39/34/ 30 years

              ₹ 70000-200000/ ₹ 60000-180000/ ₹ 50000-160000

              Qualification and Experience:

              GM/ DGM (Marketing – International Business)

              First Class Degree in Engineering in Mechanical/ Automobile/ Production/ Electrical/ Electronics. An MBA or equivalent degree / diploma with specialization in International Business/ Marketing is desirable. Minimum 22/ 19 post qualification experience.

              Senior Manager/ Manager (Legal)

              03 years full time graduation degree with LLB/ 5 years LLB. Candidates with a Post Graduate Degree in Law (LLM) will be preferred.

              Senior Manager/ Manager/ Assistant Manager (Company Secretary)

              Graduate and qualified Company Secretary with membership of the Institute of the Company Secretary of India. Graduate Degree in Law or MBA will be preferred.

              Selection Process: Interview.

              Application Fee: A non refundable fee of ₹ 500/- for General / OBC category; No fee for SC / ST / PWDs. The fee should be made through online payment using State Bank Collect facility.

              How to Apply: Eligible candidates can apply online through BEML India official website. The last date for registration of online applications is 31/03/2020 up to 17:45 hours.

              The candidate is required to take a printout of the online application form and sign in the space provided and attach copy of the print out of the fee payment receipt (if applicable), self-attested copies of certificates in support of qualification, experience (with latest pay-slip as proof for current employment), age, caste, disability (as applicable), one recent passport size photograph etc. and forward the same to “Sr.MANAGER (HR), BEML LIMITED, Recruitment Cell BEML Soudha No.23/1, 4th Main Road S.R Nagar, Bangalore -560027” in a sealed envelope mentioning the post applied for on the top left corner of the envelope. The last date for receipt of hard copy of applications is 07/04/2020.

              Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Spread and Lockdown, The last date for submission of application online is extended up to 14th April 2020. The filled in application shall be forwarded to Recruitment Cell directly by 21st April 2020.

              Help Desk: For any queries contact phone number 080 – 22963279 and E-Mail Id:


                Name of Post

                Total Vacancies

                Officer Grade A (Assistant Manager)


                Stream wise Vacancies: General – 80, Legal – 34, Information Technology – 22, Engineering (Civil) – 01, Engineering (Electrical) – 04, Research – 05, Official Language – 01.

                Age Limit: A candidate must not have exceeded the age of 30 years as on 29th February 2020. Age relaxation as per Govt. rules.

                Pay Scale: ₹ 28150 – 1550(4) – 34350 – 1750(7) – 46600 – EB – 1750(4) – 53600 – 2000(1) – 55600 (17 years)

                Educational Qualification:


                1. Masters Degree in any discipline OR 2. Bachelor’s Degree in Law OR 3. Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering OR 4. Chartered Accountant OR 5. Company Secretary OR 6. Chartered Financial Analyst OR 7. Cost & Work Accountant.


                Bachelor’s Degree in Law.

                Information Technology

                1. Graduate in engineering (electrical/ electronics/ electronics and communication/ information technology/ computer science) OR 2. Masters in Computers Application OR 3. Graduate in any discipline with post graduate qualification (minimum 2 years duration) in computers/ information technology.

                Engineering (Civil)

                Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering.

                Engineering (Electrical)

                Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.

                Selection Process: Online Examination – Multiple Choice Questions (Phase I and Phase II) and Interview.

                Application Fee (A Non Refundable):

                For General (UR) and OBC Category

                ₹ 1000/-

                For SC / ST / PwBD Category

                ₹ 100/-

                How to Apply: The Online registration of the application will be made through SEBI Online portal. The last date for registration of online applications is 30/04/2020.

                Important dates:

                Last date for registration of online application -> 30/04/2020

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