SECRETARIAL STANDARD ON GENERAL MEETINGS
Following is the text of the Secretarial Standard-2 (SS-2) on ‘General Meetings’, issued by the Council of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and approved by the Central Government. Adherence by a company to this Secretarial Standard is mandatory, as per the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013.
This Standard seeks to prescribe a set of principles for the convening and conducting of General Meetings and matters related thereto. This Standard also deals with conduct of e-voting and postal ballot.
This Standard is applicable to all types of General Meetings of all companies incorporated under the Act except One Person Company (OPC) and class or classes of companies which are exempted by the Central Government through notification. The principles enunciated in this Standard for General Meetings of Members are applicable mutatis- mutandis to Meetings of debenture-holders and creditors. A Meeting of the Members or class of Members or debenture-holders or creditors of a company under the directions of the Court or the Company Law Board (CLB) or the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) or any other prescribed authority shall be governed by this Standard without prejudice to any rules, regulations and directions prescribed for and orders of, such courts, judicial forums and other authorities with respect to the conduct of such Meetings.