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THE ANDHRA PRADESH RURAL DEVELOPMENT ACT, 1996. 
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The following act of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly received the assent of the Governor on the 24th August, 1996 and the said assent is hearby first published on the 26th August, 1996 in the Andhra Pradesh Gazett for general information:- 
[Act No. 1 1 of 1996] 
An Act to provide for the levy and collection of cess for the Rural Development in the State and to provide for the matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the State of Andhra Pradesh in the Forty­seventh Year of the Republic of India as follows :-  Statement of objects and reasons 

It is observed that the development in the rural areas in the State has not been accelerated due to paucity of funds. The Government are of the view that there is an imperative need to provide financial assistance for the development of rural areas in the State by creating infrastructure facilities, so that the economic activities in the rural areas will increase and thereby contribute for the growth of economy. 

With a view to generating funds for the purpose of development of the rural areas, it is considered desirable to levy a cess at the rate of 5 percentum on the advaloram basis on the quantum of purchase of goods specified in the Schedule appended to the Bill . 

To achieve the object in view it is necessary to enact a law by undertaking legislation, and the Government have accordingly decided to enact a law for the purpose. 

As the Legislative Assembly of the State was not then in session and as it has been decided to give effect to the above decision immediately, the Andhra Pradesh Rural Development Act, 1995(Andhra Pradesh Act 21 of 1995) was promulgated by the Governor on the 29th December, 1995. 

1. Short title, Extent and Commencement
2. Definitions-Andhra Pradesh Rural Development Act
3. Establishment of Board ,its constitution ,powers and duties
4. Superintendence of the Board
5. Power to make regulations
6. Annual Statement of accounts
7. Levy and Collection of Cess
8. Constitution of Fund
9. Purpose for which the Fund may be applied
10. Punishments
11. Bar of Jurisdiction
12. Power to make Rules
13. Power to amend Schedule
14. Power to assess,re-assess,collect and enforce payment of cess
15. Power to make Regulations
16. Removal of Difficulties
17. Repeal of Ordinance 16 of 1996
 
G.Bhavani Prasad.
Secretary to Government,
Legislative Affairs & Justice,
Law Department.
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