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Norben Tea & Exports Ltd.

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Norben Tea & Exports Ltd. (NORBTEAEXP) - Auditors Report

Company auditors report

TO THE MEMBERS OF NORBEN TEA & EXPORTS LIMITED CIN: L01132WB1990PLC048991

1. Report on the Audit of the Financial Statements:

(a) Opinion:

We have audited the accompanying financial statements of NORBEN TEA & EXPORTSLIMITED { " the Company " ) which comprise the Balance Sheet as at March 312021 the Statement of Profit & Loss and the Cash Flow Statement and the Statement ofChanges in Equity for the year ended on that date and notes to Financial Statementsincluding a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory information{hereinafter referred to as "financial statements").

In our opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanationsgiven to us the aforesaid financial statements give the information required by theCompanies Act 2013 in the manner so required and give a true and fair view in conformitywith the accounting principles generally accepted in India of the state of affairs of theCompany as at 31st March 2021 and its loss and its cash flows for the year ended on thatdate.

(b) Basis for Opinion:

We conducted our audit of the financial statements in accordance with the Standards onAuditing specified under section 143(10) of the Act (SAs). Our responsibilities underthose standards are further described in the Auditor's Responsibilities for theAudit of the Financial Statements section of our report. We are independent of theCompany in accordance with the Code of Ethics issued by the Institute of the CharteredAccountants of India (ICAI) together with the independence requirements that are relevantto our audit of the financial statements under the provisions of the Act and the Rulesmade thereunder and we have fulfilled our other ethical responsibilities in accordancewith these requirements and the ICAI's Code of Ethics. We believe that the audit evidencewe have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion onthe financial statements.

(c) Key Audit Matters:

Key audit matters are those matters that in our professional judgment were of mostsignificance in our audit of the financial statements of the current period. These matterswere addressed in the context of our audit of the financial statements as a whole and informing our opinion thereon and we do not provide a separate opinion on these matters. Asper our audit and verification of books and records and fact finding etc. we havedetermined that there are no separate key audit matters applied to this company which arecommunicated to the audit's report. Our audit report in unmodified and self- explanatory.

2. Information other than the Financial Statements and Auditor's Report Thereon :

The Company's Board of Directors are responsible for the preparation of the otherinformation. The other information comprises the information included in the Board'sReport including Annexures to Board's Report Corporate Governance Report ManagementDiscussion and Analysis but does not include the financial statements and our auditor'sreport thereon.

Our opinion on financial statements does not cover the other information and we do notexpress any form of assurance conclusion thereon.

In connection with our audit of the financial statements our responsibility is to readthe other information and in doing so consider whether the other information ismaterially inconsistent with the financial statements or our knowledge obtained during thecourse of our audit or otherwise appears to be materially misstated. If bases on the workwe have performed we conclude that there is a material misstatement of this otherinformation we are required to report that. We have nothing to report in this regard.

3. Management's Responsibility for the Financial Statements :

The Company's Board of Directors are responsible for the matters stated in Section134(5) of the Companies Act 2013 ("the Act") with respect to the preparation ofthese financial statements that give a true and fair view of the financial positionfinancial performance total comprehensive income changes in equity and cash flows of theCompany in accordance with the Accounting Standards and other accounting principlesgenerally accepted in India. This responsibility also includes maintenance of adequateaccounting records in accordance with the provisions of the Act for safeguarding theassets of the Company and for preventing and detecting frauds and other irregularities;selection and application of appropriate accounting policies; making judgments andestimates that are reasonable and prudent; and design implementation and maintenance ofadequate internal financial controls that were operating effectively for ensuring theaccuracy and completeness of the accounting records relevant to the preparation andpresentation of the financial statements that give a true and fair view and are free frommaterial misstatement whether due to fraud or error.

In preparing the financial statements management is responsible for assessing thecompany's ability to continue as a going concern disclosing as applicable mattersrelated to going concern and using the going concern basis of accounting unless managementeither intends to liquidate the Company or to cease operations or has no realisticalternative but to do so.

The Board of Directors are responsible for overseeing the Company's financial reportingprocess.

4. Auditor's Responsibility for the Audit of the Financial Statements:

Our objectives are to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financialstatements as a whole are free from material misstatements whether due to fraud or errorand to issue an auditor's report that includes our opinion. Reasonable assurance is a highlevel of assurance but is not a guarantee that an audit conducted in accordance with SAswill always detect a material misstatement when it exists. Misstatements can arise fromfraud or error and are considered material if individually or in the aggregate theycould reasonably be expected to influence the economic decisions of users taken on thebasis of this financial statements.

As a part of an audit in accordance with SAs we exercise professional judgment andmaintain professional skepticism throughout the audit. We also: -

• Identify and assess the risk of material misstatement of the financialstatements whether due to fraud or error design and perform audit procedures responsiveto those risk and obtain audit evidence that is sufficient and appropriate to provide abasis for our opinion. The risk of not detecting a material misstatement resulting fromfraud is higher than for one resulting from error as fraud may involve collusionforgery intentional omissions misrepresentations or the override of internal control.

• Obtain an understanding of internal financial controls relevant to the audit inorder to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances. Under section143(3){i) of the Act we are also responsible for expressing our opinion on whether theCompany has adequate internal financial control systems in place and the operatingeffectiveness of such controls.

• Evaluate the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonablenessof accounting estimates and related disclosures made by management.

• Conclude on the appropriateness of management's use of the going concern basisof accounting and based on the audit evidence obtained whether a material uncertaintyexist related to events or conditions that may cast significant doubt on the company'sability to continue as a going concern. If we conclude that a material uncertainty existwe are required to draw attention in our auditor's report to the related disclosures inthe financial statements or if such disclosures are inadequate to modify our opinion.Our conclusion are based on the audit evidence obtained up to the date of our auditor'sreport. However future events or conditions may cause the Company to cease to continue asa going concern.

• Evaluate the overall presentation structure and content of the financialstatements including the disclosures and whether the financial statements represents theunderlying transactions and events in a manner that achieves fair presentation.

Materiality is the magnitude of misstatements in the financial statements thatindividually or in aggregate makes it's probable that the economic decisions of areasonably knowledgeable user of the financial statements may be influenced. We considerquantitative materiality and qualitative factors in (i) planning the scope of our auditwork and in evaluating the results of our work; and (ii) to evaluate the effect of anyidentified misstatements in the financial statements.

We communicate with those charged with governance regarding among other matters theplanned scope and timing of the audit and significant audit findings including anysignificant deficiencies in internal control that we identify during our audit.

We also provide those charged with governance with a statement that we have compliedwith relevant ethical requirements regarding independence and to communicate with themall relationship and other matters that may reasonably be thought to bear on ourindependence and where applicable related safeguards.

From the matters communicated with those charged with governance we determined thosematters that were of most significance in the audit of the financial statements of thecurrent period and are therefore the key audit matters. We described this matters in ourauditor's report unless law or regulation precludes public disclosure about the matter orwhen in extremely rare circumstances we determined that a matter should not becommunicated in our report because the adverse consequences of doing so would reasonablybe expected to outweigh the public interest benefits of such communication.

5. Report on Other Legal and Regulatory Requirements

5.1 As required by Section 143(3) of the Act based on our audit we report:

(a) We have sought and obtained all the information and explanations which to the bestof our knowledge and belief were necessary for the purpose of our audit;

(b) In our opinion proper books of account as required by law have been kept by theCompany so far as it appears from our examination of those books;

(c) The Balance Sheet the Statement of Profit and Loss and the Statement of Cash Flowdealt with by this Report are in agreement with the relevant books of account;

(d) In our opinion the aforesaid financial statements comply with the AccountingStandards specified under Section 133 of the Act read with Rule 7 of the Companies(Accounts) Rules 2014;

(e) On the basis of the written representations received from the directors as onMarch 31 2021 taken on record by the Board of Directors none of the directors isdisqualified as on March 31 2021 from being appointed as a directors in terms of Section164(2) of the Act;

(f) With respect to the adequacy of the internal financial controls over financialreporting of the Company and the operating effectiveness of such controls refer to ourseparate Report in "ANNEXURE - A". Our report expresses an unmodifiedopinion on the adequacy and operating effectiveness of the Company's internalfinancial controls over financial reporting;

(g) With respect to the other matters to be included in the Auditor's Report inaccordance with requirement of section 197(16) of the Act as amended in our opinion andto the best of our information and according to the explanations given to us theremuneration paid by the Company to its directors during the year is in accordance withthe provisions of section 197 of the Act;

(h) With respect to the other matters to be included in the Auditor's Report inaccordance with Rule 11 of the Companies (Audit and Auditors) Rules 2014 as amended inour opinion and to the best of our information and according to the explanations given tous :

(i) The Company does not have any pending litigations which impact its financialposition in its financial statements;

(ii) The company did not have any long term contracts including derivative contractsfor which there were any material foreseeable losses.

(iii) There were no amounts which were required to be transferred to the InvestorEducation and Protection Fund by the Company.

5.2 As required by the Companies (Auditors' Report) Order 2016 ('the Order") asamended issued by the Central Government of India in terms of sub-section (11) of section143 of the Act we give in the "ANNEXURE- B" a statement on the mattersspecified in paragraph 3 and 4 of the said Order.

For L. K. BOHAN 1A & CO.
Firm Registration No. 317136E Chartered Accountants
VIKASH MOHATA
Partner
Membership No. 304011 UDIN: 21304011AAAAFB2826
41 N S Road 4th Floor Room No. 404 Kolkata - 700 001
Dated : The 26th Day of June 2021

"ANNEXURE - A" TO THE INDEPENDENT AUDITOR'S REPORT OF EVEN PATE ON THEFINANCIAL STATEMENTS OF

NORBEN TEA & EXPORTS LIMITED

Report on the Internal Financial Control under Clause (i) of Sub-section 3 of Section143 of the Companies Act. 2013 ("the Act") - Referred to in paragraph 5.1(f) ofour report of even date to the financial statements of the Company for the year endedMarch 31. 2021:

We have audited the internal financial controls over financial reporting of NORBEN TEA& EXPORTS LIMITED {"the Company") as of March 31 2021 in conjunction withour audit of the financial statements of the Company for the year ended on that date.

Management's Responsibility for Internal Financial Controls

The Board of Directors of the Company is responsible for establishing and maintaininginternal financial controls based on the internal control over financial reportingcriteria established by the Company considering the essential components of internalcontrol stated in the guidance note on Audit of Internal Financial Controls Over financialReporting issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Theseresponsibilities includes the design implementation and maintenance of adequate internalfinancial controls that were operating effectively for ensuring the orderly and efficientconduct of its business including adherence to respective Company's policies thesafeguarding of its assets the prevention and detection of frauds and errors theaccuracy and completeness of the accounting records and the timely preparation ofreliable financial information as required under the Companies Act 2013.

Auditor's Responsibility

Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the internal financial controls overfinancial reporting of the Company based on our audit. We conducted our audit inaccordance with the Guidance Note on Audit of Internal Financial Controls Over FinancialReporting (the "Guidance Note") issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountantsof India and the Standards on Auditing prescribed under section 143(10) of the CompaniesAct 2013 to the extent applicable to an audit of internal financial controls. ThoseStandards and the Guidance Note require that we comply with ethical requirements and planand perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether adequate internalfinancial controls over financial reporting was established and maintained and if suchcontrols operated effectively in all material respects.

Our audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the adequacy ofthe internal financial controls system over financial reporting and their operatingeffectiveness. Our audit of internal financial controls over financial reporting includedobtaining an understanding of internal financial controls over financial reportingassessing the risk that a material weakness exists and testing and evaluating the designand operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. The proceduresselected depend on the auditor's judgment including the assessment of the risks ofmaterial misstatement of the financial statements whether due to fraud or error.

We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate toprovide a basis for our audit opinion on the internal financial controls system overfinancial reporting of the Company.

Meaning of Internal Financial Controls over Financial Reporting

A company's internal financial control over financial reporting is a process designedto provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and thepreparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generallyaccepted accounting principles. A company's internal financial control over financialreporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance ofrecords that in reasonable detail accurately and fairly reflect the transactions anddispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance thattransactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements inaccordance with generally accepted accounting principles and that receipts andexpenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations ofmanagement and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regardingprevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition use or disposition of thecompany's assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Limitations of Internal Financial Controls Over Financial Reporting

Because of the inherent limitations of internal financial controls over financialreporting including the possibility of collusion or improper management override ofcontrols material misstatements due to error or fraud may occur and not be detected.Also projections of any evaluation of the internal financial controls over financialreporting to future periods are subject to the risk that the internal financial controlover financial reporting may become inadequate because of changes in conditions or thatthe degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

Opinion

In our opinion to the best of our information and according to the explanations givento us the Company has in all material respects an adequate internal financial controlssystem over financial reporting and such internal financial controls over financialreporting were operating effectively as at March 31 2021 based on the internal controlover financial reporting criteria established by the Company considering the essentialcomponents of internal control stated in the Guidance Note on Audit of Internal FinancialControls Over Financial Reporting issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants ofIndia.

For L. K. BOHANIA & CO. Firm Registration No. 317136E Chartered Accountants
VIKASH MOHATA Partner Membership No. 304011 UDIN: 21304011AAAA FB2826
41 N S Road 4th Floor Room No. 404 Kolkata - 700 001
Dated : The 26th Day of June 2021

"ANNEXURE - B" TO THE INDEPENDENT AUDITORS* REPORT

Referred to in paragraph 5.2 under the heading of "Report on Other Legal andRegulatory Requirements" of our report of even date to the financial statements ofthe Company for the year ended March 31 2021:

In respect of the Company's - Property plant and equipment i.e. Fixed Assets:

(a) The Company has maintained proper records showing full particulars includingquantitative details and situation of Fixed Assets.

(b) The Fixed Assets have been physically verified by the management in a phasedmanner designed to cover all the items over a period of three years which in ouropinion is reasonable having regard to the size of the Company and nature of itsbusiness. Pursuant to the program a portion of the fixed assets has physically verifiedby the management during the year and no material discrepancies between the books recordsand the physical fixed assets have been noticed.

(c) According to the information and explanations given to us the records examined byus and based on examination of the conveyance deeds/registered sale deeds provided to uswe report that the title deeds comprising all the immovable properties of land andbuildings which are freehold are held in the name of the Company as at the Balance Sheetdate.

In respect of its Inventories:

(a) The management has conducted the physical verification of inventory at reasonableintervals.

(b) The discrepancies noticed on physical verification of the inventory as compared tobooks records which has been properly dealt with in the books of account were notmaterial.

The Company has not granted any loans secured or unsecured to the companies firms orother Limited Liability Partnerships or other parties covered in the Register maintainedunder Section 189 of the Act. Accordingly the provisions of clause 3 (iii) (a) to (c) ofthe Order are not applicable to the Company and hence not commented upon.

In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us theCompany has complied with the provisions of section 185 and 186 of the Companies Act2013 in respect of loans investments guarantees and security.

The Company has not accepted any deposits from public and hence the directives issuedby the Reserve Bank of India and the provisions of Section 73 to 76 or any other relevantprovisions of the Act and the Companies (Acceptance of Deposit) Rules 2015 with regard tothe deposits accepted from public are not applicable.

We have broadly reviewed the cost records maintained by the Company pursuant toCompanies (Cost Records and Audit) Rules 2014 read with Companies (Cost Records andAudit) Amendment Rules 2014 prescribed by the Central Government under Section 148 of theCompanies Act 2013 and are of the opinion that prima facie the prescribed cost recordshave been maintained. We have however not made a detailed examination of the cost recordswith a view to determine whether they are accurate or complete.

(a) The Company is generally regular in depositing with appropriate authoritiesundisputed statutory dues including Provident fund Employees State Insurance Income TaxGoods and Service Tax and other statutory dues applicable to it.

(b) According to the information and explanations given to us no undisputed amountspayable in respect of Provident fund Employees State Insurance Income Tax Goods andService Tax and other statutory dues were outstanding at the year end for a period ofmore than six months from the date on when they become payable.

(c) According to the information and explanations given to us and on the basis of thedocuments and records the disputed statutory dues which have not been deposited with theappropriate authorities are as under:

Serial No Name of Statute Nature of Dues Financial Year to which the matter pertains Amount in (Rs) Forum where dispute is pending Amount Paid under protest (Rs.)
1 Department of Income Tax Income Tax 1995 -1996 2465000/- DCIT Kolkata Adjusted against TDS
2 Department of Income Tax Income Tax 2011 - 2012 845670/- CIT(A) Kolkata 169344/-
3 Department of Income Tax Income Tax 2013 - 2014 6255770/- CIT(A} Kolkata 939366/-
4 Department of Income Tax Income Tax 2014 - 2015 580970/- CIT(A) Kolkata 118150/-
5 Department of Income Tax Income Tax 2017-2018 171464/- CIT{A) Kolkata 121000/-

8. In our opinion and according to the information and explanations given to us theCompany has not defaulted in the repayment of dues to banks. The Company has taken loaneither from financial institutions or from the government and has not issued anydebentures.

9. Based upon the audit procedures performed and the information and explanationsgiven by the management the Company has not raised money by way of initial public offeror further public offer including debt instruments and term loans. Accordingly theprovisions of clause 3 (ix) of the Order are not applicable to the Company and hence notcommented upon.

10. Based upon the audit procedures performed and the information and explanation givenby the management we report that no fraud by the Company or on the Company by its Officeror Employees has been noticed or reported during the year.

11. Based upon the audit procedures performed and the information and explanation givenby the management the managerial remuneration has been paid or provided in accordancewith the requisite approvals mandated by the provisions of section 197 read with ScheduleV to the Companies Act.

12. In our opinion the Company is not a Nidhi Company. Therefore the provisions ofclause 4 (xii) of the Order are not applicable to the Company.

13. In our opinion all transactions with the related parties are in compliance withsection 177 and 188 of the Companies Act 2013 and the details have been disclosed in theFinancial Statements as required by the applicable accounting standards.

14. Based upon the audit procedures performed and the information and explanationsgiven by the management the Company has not made any preferential allotment or privateplacement of shares or fully or partly convertible debentures during the year underreview. Accordingly the provisions of clause 3 (xiv) of the Order are not applicable tothe Company and hence not commented upon.

15. According to the information and explanation provided by the management thecompany has not entered in any non-cash transactions with the directors or personsconnected with them as referred in section 192 of the Act.

16. In our opinion the Company is not required to be registered under section 45 IA ofthe Reserve bank of India Act 1934 and accordingly the provisions of clause 3 (xvi) ofthe Order are not applicable to the Company and hence not commented upon.

For L. K. BOHAN IA & CO. Firm Registration No. 317136E Chartered Accountants
VIKASH MOHATA Partner Membership No. 304011 UDIN: 21304011AAAAFB2826
41 N S Road 4th Floor Room No. 404 Kolkata-700 001
Dated : The 26th Day of June 2021

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