Companies cost records and audit Amendment Rules 2016. Consent and Certificate from cost auditor required. MCA Notification



New Delhi, the 14th July,2016

G.S.R…………….. (E).- In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-sections (1) and (2) of section 469 and section 148 of the Companies Act, 2013 (18 of 2013} (hereinafter referred as the Act), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Companies (cost records and audit) Rules,2014, namely:-

1. (1) These rules may be called the Companies (cost records and audit) Amendment Rules, 2016.

    (2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the official Gazette.

2. In the Companies (cost records and audit) Rules, 2014 (hereinafter referred to as the Principal Rules),-

(i) in rule 2, for clause (d),the following clause shall be substituted, namely :-

“(d) “cost audit report” means the duly signed cost auditor’s report on the cost records examined and cost statements which are prepared as per these rules, including attachment, annexure, qualifications or observations attached with or included in such report;”

(ii) in rule 3, for Table (A) and Table (B), the following Tables shall be substituted, namely:-


(A) Regulated Sectors

Sl. No. Industry/ Sector/ Product/ Service

Central Excise Tariff Act Heading (wherever applicable)


Telecommunication services made available to users by means of any transmission or reception of signs, signals, writing,images and sounds or intelligence of any nature and regulated by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India under the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act, 1997 (24 of 1997}; including activities that requires authorisation  or license issued by the Department of Telecommunication s, Government of India under Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 (13 of 1885);

Not applicable.
2. Generation, transmission , distribution and supply of electricity regulated by the relevant regulatory body or authority under the Electricity Act, 2003 (36 of 2003); Generation- 2716; Other       Activity-Not Applicable
3. Petroleum products; including activities regulated by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board under the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board Act, 2006 (19 of 2006) ; 2709 to 2715;
Other Activity­
Not Applicable
4. Drugs and pharmaceuticals; 2901  to   2942;
3001 to 3006.
5. Fertilisers; 3102 to 3105.
6. Sugar and industrial alcohol; 1701;  1703;

(B) Non-regulated Sectors

Sl No. Industry/ Sector/ Product/ Service Central Excise Tariff Act Heading (wherever applicable
1. Machinery   and   mechanical   appliances   used   in defence, space and atomic energy sectors excluding any ancillary item or items;

Explanation.- For the purposes of this sub-clause, any company  which  is  engaged  in any  item or  items supplied exclusively for use under this clause, shall be deemed to be covered under these rules

8401; 8801 to 8805;8901 to 8908
2. Turbo jets and turbo propellers; 8411
3. Arms,ammunitions and Explosives; 3601 to 3603;9301 to 9306.

Propellant powders; prepared explosives (other than propellant powders); safety fuses; detonating fuses; percussion  or  detonating  caps;  igniters;  electric detonators;

3601 to 3603
5 .

Radar apparatus, radio navigational aid apparatus and radio remote control apparatus;


Tank s a nd other armoured fighting vehicles, motorised, whether or not fitted with weapons and parts of such vehicles, that are funded (investment made in the company) to the extent of ninety per cent or more by the Government or Government agencies;


Port services of stevedoring, pilotage, hauling, mooring, re-mooring, hooking, measuring, loading and unloading services rendered by a Port in relation to a vessel or goods regulated by the Tariff Authority for Major Ports;

Not applicable.

Aeronautical  services  of  air  tr affic  management, aircraft operations, ground safety services, ground handling, cargo facilities and supplying fuel rendered by airports and regulated by the Airport s Economic Regulatory Authority  under the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Act ,2008 (27 of 2008);

Not applicable
9. Iron and Steel; 7201 to 7229; 7301 to 7326
10. Roads and other infrastructure projects corresponding to para No. (1) (a) as specified in Schedule VI of the Companies Act, 2013 (18 of 2013); Not applicable.

Rubber and allied products; including products regulated by the Rubber Board constituted under the Rubber Act, 1947 (XXIV of 1947);

4001 to 4017
12. Coffee and tea; 0901 to 0902

Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling stock, railway or tramway fixtures and fittings, mechanical (including electromechanical) traffic signalling equipment’s of all kind;

8601 to 8608.
14. Cement; 2523; 6811 to 6812
15. Ores and Mineral products; 2502 to 2522; 2524 to 2526;
2528 to 253 2601 to 2617
16. Mineral fuels  (other than  Petroleum),  mineral  oils etc.; 2701 to 2708
17. Base metals; 7401 to 7403; 7405 to 7413;
7419; 7501 to 7508; 7601 to
7614; 7801 to 7802; 7804;
7806; 7901 to 7905; 7907;
8001; 8003; 8007; 8101 to
18. Inorganic chemicals, organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, rare-earth metals of radioactive elements or isotopes, and organic chemicals; 2801 to 2853; 2901to 2942;
3801 to 3807; 3402 to 3403;
3809 to 3824.
19. Jute and Jute Products; 5303,5310
20. Edible Oil; 1507 to 1518
21. Construction Industry as per para No. (5) (a) as specified in Schedule VI of the Companies Act, 2013 (18 of 2013); Not applicable.
22. Health services, namely functioning as or running hospitals, diagnostic centres, clinical centres or test laboratories; Not applicable.

Education services, other than such similar services falling under philanthropy or as part of social spend which do not form part of any business;

Not applicable.
24. Milk powder; 0402
25. Insecticides; 3808
26. Plastics and polymers; 3901 to 3914;3916 to 3921;
27. lyres and tubes; 4011 to 4013
28. Paper; 4801 to 4802.
29. Textiles; 5004 to 5007; 5106 to 5113;
5205 to 5212; 5303; 5310;
5401 to 5408; 5501 to 5516
30. Glass; 7003 to 7008; 70 11; 7016
31. Other machinery and Mechanical Appliances; 8402 to 8487
32. Electricals or electronic machinery; 8501 to 8507; 8511 to 8512;
8514 to 8515; 8517; 8525 to
8536; 8538 to 8547.
33. Production,import and supply or trading of following medical devices,namely:-

(i) Cardiac stents;

(ii)  Drug eluting stents;

(iii)  Catheters;

(iv)  Intra ocular lenses;

(v)  Bone cements;

(vi)  Heart valves;

(vii)  Orthopaedic implants;

(viii)  Internal prosthetic replacements;

(ix) Scalp vein set;

(x)  Deep brain stimulator;

(xi) Ventricular peripheral shud;

(xii) Spinal implants;

(xiii)  Automatic impalpable cardiac deflobillator ;

(xiv)  Pacemaker (temporary and permanent);

(xv)  Patent ductus arteriosus,atrial septal defect and

ventricular septal defect closure device;

(xvi)  Cardiac re-synchronise therapy;

(xvii)  Urethra spinicture devices;

(xviii)  Sling male or female;

(xix)  Prostate occlusion device; and

(xx)  Urethral stents:

9018 to 9022

(iii) in rule 4, in sub-rule (3), after clause (ii),following clause shall be inserted, namely :-

“(iii) which is engaged in generation of electricity for captive consumption through Captive Generating Plant. For this purpose, the term “Ca ptive Generating Plant” shall have the same meaning as assigned in rule 3 of the Electricity Rules, 2005″;

(iv) in rule 6, in sub-rule (1), the following proviso shall be inserted,namely:-

“Provided that before such appointment is made, the written consent of the cost auditor to such appointment, and a certificate from him or it, as provided in sub-rule (1A), shall be obtained”;

(v) In rule 6,after sub-rule (1), the following sub-rule shall be inserted,namely :-

“(1A) The cost auditor appointed under sub-rule (1) shall submit a certificate that-

(a) the individual or the firm, as the case may be, is eligible for appointment and is not disqualified for appointment under the Act, the Cost and Works Accountants Act, 1959 (23 of 1959) and the rules or regulations made thereunder;
(b) the individual or the firm,as the case may be,satisfies the criteria provided in section 141of the Act, so far as may be applicable;
(c) the proposed appointment is within the limits laid down by or under the authority of the Act; and
(d) the list of proceedings against the cost auditor or audit firm or any partner of the audit firm pending with respect to professional matters of conduct, as disclosed in the certificate, is true and correct .”;

(vi) in rule 6, in sub-rule (3), the following provisos shall be inserted, namely :-

“Provided that the cost auditor appointed under these rules may be removed from his office before the expiry of his term, through a board resolution after giving a reasonable opportunity of being heard to the Cost Auditor and recording the reasons for such removal in writing;

Provided further that the Form CRA-2 to be filed with the Central Government for intimating appointment of another cost auditor shall enclose the relevant Board Resolution to the effect;

Provided also that nothing contained in this sub-rule shall prejudice the right of the cost auditor to resign from such office of the company.”;

(vii) in rule 6, after sub-rule (3A), following sub-rule shall be inserted, namely:-

“(3B) The cost statements, including other statements to be annexed to the cost audit report, shall be approved by the Board of Directors before they are signed on behalf of the Board by any of the director authorised by the Board, for submission to the cost auditor to report  thereon”;

(viii) in rule 6,for sub-rule (5), the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely:-

“(5) Every cost auditor shall forward his duly signed report to the Board of Directors of the company within a period of one hundred and eighty days from the closure of the financial year to which the report relates and the Board of Directors shall consider and examine such report, particularly any reservation or qualification contained therein.” ;

(ix) in rule 6, for sub-rule (6), the following sub-rule shall be substituted, namely :-

“(6) Every company covered under these rules shall, within a period of thirty days from the date of receipt of a copy of the cost audit report, furnish the Central Government with such report alongwith full information and explanation on every reservation or qualification contained therein, in Form CRA-4 in Extensible Business Reporting Language format in the manner as specified in the Companies (Filing of Documents and Forms in Extensible Business Reporting language) Rules, 2015 alongwith fees specified in the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014.”.

[File No. 1/40/2013-CL-V)

Amardeep Singh Bhatia
Joint Secretary to the Government of India

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