General Circular No.15/2013

F. No. 01/12/2013-CL-V

Government of India

Ministry of Corporate Affairs

5th Floor, ‘A’ Wing, Shastri Bhawan,

Dr.Rajendra Prasad Road, New Delhi-1

Dated 13.09.2013


All Regional Directors,

All Registrar of Companies.

Subject: Clarification on the notification dated 12.09.2013


The companies Act 2013 received the assent of the president on 29th August, 2013 and was notified in the Gazette of India on 30rh August, 2013. Towards the proper implementation of the companies Act 2013, first tranche of Draft Rules on 16 chapters have been placed on the website of the Ministry on 9.9.2013 for inviting comments and objections/suggestions from the general public/stakeholders of the 16 chapters, only 13 chapters require specifying of Forms referred to in those chapters. The draft Forms shall be placed on the website shortly.

2. Ministry of corporate Affairs has also notified 98 sections for implementation of the provisions of the companies Act, 2013 (the “said Act”) on 12.9.2013. Certain difficulties have been expressed by the stakeholders in the implementation of following provisions of the said Act. With a view to facilitate proper administration of the said Act, it is clarified that –

(i) Sub-section (68) of section 2:- Registrar of Companies may register those Memorandum and Articles of Association received till 11.9.2013 as per the definition clause of the .private company, under the Companies Act 1956 without referring to the definition of, private company’ under the “said Act”.

(ii) Section 102:- All companies which have issued notices of general meeting on or after 12.9.2013, the statement to be annexed to the notice shall comply with additional requirements as prescribed in section 102 of the “said Act”.

(iii) Section 133:- Till the Standards of Accounting or any addendum thereto are prescribed by central Government in consultation and recommendation of the National Financial Reporting Authority, the existing Accounting Standards notified under the Companies Act 1956 shall continue to apply.

(iv) Section 180:- In respect of requirements of special resolution under Section 180 of the “said Act” as against ordinary resolution required by the Companies Act 1956, if notice for any such general meeting was issued prior to 12.9.2013, then such resolution may be passed in accordance with the requirement of the Companies Act 1956.

3. This issues with the approval of competent authority.

Yours faithfully,

(KMS Narayanan)

Assistant Director


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  1. vswami says:

    Historically, as has been the common experience, more often than not, difficulties have arisen wrt clearly understanding, so as to appropriately act/comply with, having regard to the implications of ‘date of coming into effect/force’ of any provision of law, as prescribed for the purpose. By and large, except in cases where the enactment itself so specifies, the effective date is the one as announced in the related Gazette Notification.

    So far as the new company law is concerned, mostly it is the latter-mentioned procedure that has been left to be followed.

    If critically examined, it will be realized that, each and everyone of the new provision, especially if mandatory, might have to be independently gone into, in every detail, with a multi=dimensional focus, so as to ensure that as far as feasible no scope is left for any difficulty in the understanding of and accordingly following/complying therewith by the mandated.

    Several such instances are known to have cropped up in the realm of the law on income-tax and other tax laws as well. For helpful clues and useful guidance on the foregoing facets,one may look up some of the court cases , also the subsequent amendments warranted hence came to be made later based on the wisdom gathered in hindsight. One such instance that readily comes to mind pertains to section 234D of the IT Act, giving rise to disputes, but eventually amended, to clarify. For a better understanding thereof, the published article in – (2008) 173 TAXMAN pg. 80 (Mag) may come in handy.

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