The proprietor of a private salt factory who has by virtue of a sanad granted by 1* the Government] or any former Government, a special and permanent right to manufacture salt, or to excavate or collect natural salt, shall on application made in accordance with the rules made under this Act be entitled to a licence for such purpose and to the annual renewal thereof, unless on a breach of the provisions of this Act, his licence has been cancelled by an officer duly empowered by the Central Government in this behalf.
Every proprietor of a private salt- work, other than a private salt factory, to which section 31 applies, of which, under the provisions of section 17 of the Bombay Salt Act, 1890,(Bom. Act 11 of 1890 ) the proprietor was entitled on application to a licence to manufacture or to excavate or collect natural salt at such factory, shall continue to be entitled, on, application made in accordance with the rules made under this Act, to a licence for such purpose and to the annual renewal thereof, unless on a breach of the provisions of this Act his licence has been cancelled by an officer duly empowered by the Central Government in this behalf:
Provided that the Collector of Central Excise may at any time withdraw or withhold a licence from the proprietor of any such salt factory, if no salt' has been manufactured, excavated or collected in such salt factory for the three years ending on the thirtieth day of June last preceding the date of his order, or, with the previous sanction of the 1* Central Board of Excise and Customs constituted under the Central Boards of Revenue Act, 1963 ], (54 of 1963 ) if such salt factory has not produced, on an average, during the said three years, at least five thousand maunds. of salt per annum.
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