Brief bullet points on Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2020, As introduced in Loksabha on 17th March 2020

  • This is 4th amendment after 2015, 2017 & 2019.
  • 66 sections has been proposed to be Amended.
  • Out of 66 amendments , 45 amendments are for Di-criminalization of penalty provisions as companies act is a civil law. Some penalty has been removed, Many places Imprisonment has been replaced with penalty, some areas the penalty /fine has been reduced.
  • A new section 129A has been inserted
  • Amendment made in section 62, 135, 149, 197
  • Rest in most of the sections,  the penalty provisions are amended.
  • Separate Chapter on ‘Producer Company’ is proposed to be introduced in the Act.
  • Setting up of Benches of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT),
  • Relaxing the provisions relating to charging of higher additional fees for default on 2 or more occasions in submitting, filing, registering or recording any document, fact or information as provided in section 403 of the Act;
Section Old Provisions New /Amended Provisions Remarks
62 Minimum time period of 15 days for subscribe to Right issue (Issue open time ) Now this 15 days will be reduced . The word “or such lesser number of days as may be prescribed” shall be inserted . This will help the company close the period at the early once all the shares are subscribed  and speed up the process.
129A New Section 1. Unlisted “ companies “to prepare periodic financial results .

2. To take Board approval and prepare & complete Audit or  Limited Review

3. A copy shall be filed with ROC with fees

This is like and at par with Listed companies as per LODR.

MCA will bring some private companies as well  based on TO/Paid up share capital within this new provisions to track  & monitor them.

135 New set off provisions and no requirement to constitute CSR committee 1. A company to whom CSR provisions applies , spends in “ excess” of requirements u/s 135, the excess amount can be adjusted in next Financial years .

2. If the amount to be spent does not exceed Rs 50 Lakh in a year then the constitution of CSR committee is not required and Board can discharge the same .

This is a new provisions to give a relief to a company who spends more amount voluntarily .

The provision of transfer of unspent amount is yet to be effective .(section 135-6)

149 Independent Director gets sitting Fees and profit related commission . Now Independent Director will gets remuneration evenif there is no profit /inadequate profit as per Sch V apart from sitting fees . This is a good move since there is stringent compliance for Independent Director , they should be treated at par with other Managerial Persons
197 Payment of Remuneration  only to MD, WTD or MGR in case there is no profit or inadequate profit as per SCH-V Now this privilege of payment of remuneration during the No profit /inadequate profit also to cover “ Non –Executive Directors & Independent Directors as well. This is a good move by MCA since Other directors are also part of the management team . This will enhance the productivity of such non-executive directors because of their increased remuneration.

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  1. Cs dr. Vedula Gopinath arbitrator says:

    Good information. Am an experienced legal professional regd.with MCA also passed exam
    For ID.wish to know vacancies of IDs in Bbs vizag Hyderabad. Please guide me. Thanks
    Cs dr Vedula Gopinath vgnath@gmail.com

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