Keeping in view the developments taking place nationally as well as internationally and with a view to modernize the structure for corporate regulation in India and represent a major reform statement by the Government to promote the development of the Indian corporate sector through enlightened regulation, a decision was taken to revise the existing Companies Act, 1956 comprehensively.

Accordingly, the Companies Bill, 2009 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 3rd August, 2009 and was referred to Hon’ble Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance for examination and report. The Hon’ble Committee consulted various Experts and stakeholders on the provisions of the Bill and received a large number of suggestions. The Committee also heard the Ministry of Corporate Affairs on a number of occasions.

After examination of such suggestions and consultation with various stakeholders, the Committee submitted its report to the Parliament on 31s’August, 2010.

Subsequent to the submission of the Report by Parliamentary Committee, some of the Industry Chambers and Experts have drawn attention towards some of the issues like:-

• Norms (Numbers/Attributes /Tenure/ Liability/ Remuneration) relating to Independent Directors

• Rotation of auditor/audit firms

• Corporate Social Responsibility

• Restrictions on Layers of Subsidiaries

• Issue of Equity Shares with Differential Voting Rights

• Number of maximum directorships

• Managerial remuneration limits

Various recommendations made by Hon’ble Committee in its report and the views of the Stakeholders thereof are under examination in the Ministry. The revised Bill is proposed to be introduced in the Parliament in the ensuing Budget Session. The intention is to move forward and bring the long pending legislative reform on the comprehensive revision of the Companies Act, 1956. This interaction will give useful inputs to take a decision on various matters relating to the Companies Bill.

Shri Murli Deora, and Shri R.P.N. Singh for Corporate Affairs had an Interactive Session with corporate India on the initiatives of Ministry of corporate affairs

Shri Murli Deora, Union Minister for Corporate Affairs and Shri R.P.N. Singh, Minister of State for Corporate Affairs had an Interactive Session with corporate India on the initiatives of Ministry of Corporate Affairs, namely, Companies Bill and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The Session was well attended by the corporates from across the country. Views of corporates on the various issues relating to the Companies Bill, 2009 including independent directors and their remuneration, Rotation of auditors, Corporate Social Responsibility, Layers of subsidiaries, issue of equity shares with differential voting rights, etc. were sought. In addition, the views of the corporates were also sought on the proposed applicability of IFRS.

After hearing the views of the corporates, Minister and MoS assured the House that the views of the corporates will be taken into consideration while preparing the Companies Bill.

After the Session with the corporates, Minister and MoS had a separate interaction with the Press.

***** Ministry of corporate Affairs

New Delhi, 17th February, 2011/Magha 28, 1932

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