Clause (48A) of section 10 provides that any income accruing or arising to a foreign company on account of storage of crude oil in a facility in India and sale of crude oil therefrom to any person resident in India shall be exempt, if
(i) storage and sale is pursuant to an agreement or an arrangement entered into or approved, by the Central Government; and
(ii) Having regard to the national interest, the foreign company and the agreement or arrangement are notified by the Central Government.
Further clause (48B) of section 10 provides that any income accruing or arising to a foreign company on account of sale of leftover stock of crude oil after the expiry of the agreement or arrangement shall be exempt subject to such conditions as may be notified by the Central Government. The benefit of exemption is presently not available on sale out of the leftover stock of crude in case of termination of the said agreement or the arrangement. Given the strategic nature of the project benefitting India to augment its strategic petroleum reserves, it is proposed to amend clause (48B) of section 10 to provide that the benefit of tax exemption in respect of income from left over stock will be available even if the agreement or the arrangement is terminated in accordance with the terms mentioned therein. This amendment will take effect from 1st of April, 2019 and will, accordingly, apply in relation to assessment year 2019-20 and subsequent years.