1.The participation of directors in a meeting of the Board through video conferencing which are capable of
A) recording and
B) recognising the participation of the directors and
C) of recording and storing the proceedings of such meetings along with
D) date and time.
2. Following matters shall not be dealt with in any meeting held through video conferencing or other audio visual means.-
(i) the approval of the annual financial statements;
(ii) the approval of the Board’s report;
(iii) the approval of the prospectus;
(iv) the Audit Committee Meetings for consideration of financial statement including consolidated financial statement if any, to be approved by the board under sub-section (1) of section 134 of the Act; and
(v) the approval of the matter relating to amalgamation, merger, demerger, acquisition and takeover.
1. If there is quorum presence in a meeting through physical presence of directors, any other director may participate conferencing through video or other audio visual rneans.
2. For the period beginning from 19th March, 2020 and ending on the 30th June 2021, the meetings on matters referred above may be held through video conferencing
3. Responsibilities of Chairperson:
The Chairperson of the meeting and the company secretary, if any, shall take due and reasonable care –
(a) to safeguard the integrity of the meeting by ensuring sufficient security and identification procedures;
(b) to ensure availability of proper video conferencing or facilities for providing transmission of the communications for effective participation of the directors and other authorised participants at the Board meeting;
(c) to record proceedings and prepare the minutes of the meeting;
(d) to store for safekeeping and marking the tape recording(s) or other electronic recording mechanism as part of the records of the company at least before the time of completion of audit of that particular year.
(e) to ensure that no person other than the concerned director are attending or have access to the proceedings of the meeting through video conferencing mode; and
(f) to ensure that participants attending the meeting through audio visual means are able to hear and see the other participants clearly during the course of the meeting:
Provided that the persons, who are differently abled, may make request to the Board to allow a person to accompany him.
After the roll call, the Chairperson or the Company Secretary shall inform the Board about the names of persons other than the directors who are present for the said meeting at the request or with the permission of the Chairperson and confirm that the required quorum is complete.
Explanation.- A director participating in a meeting through video conferencing shall be counted for the purpose of quorum, unless he is to be excluded for any items of business under any provisions of the Act or the rules.
(b) The Chairperson shall ensure that the required quorum is present throughout the meeting.
If a statement of a director in the meeting through video conferencing or other audio visual means is interrupted or garbled, the Chairperson or Company Secretary shall request for a repeat or reiteration by the Director.
Every participant shall identify himself for the record before speaking on any item of business on the agenda.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. 1 What are the mandatory points to be taken care by Company?
Ans. Company shall make necessary arrangements to avoid failure of video or audio visual connection.
Q. 2 What intimations are required to be given by the Director to the Company before attending the Meeting through video conferencing?
Q. 3 What is Roll Call?
Ans. At the commencement of the meeting, a roll call shall be taken by the Chairperson when every director participating through video conferencing shall state, for the record, the following namely:-
(b) the location from where he is participating;
(c) that he has received the agenda and all the relevant material for the meeting; and
(d) that no one other than the concerned director is attending or having access to the proceedings of the meeting at the location mentioned in clause (b).
Q. 4 Where is Venue of the Meeting Conducted through Video Conferencing?
Ans. With respect to every meeting conducted through video conferencing, the scheduled venue of the meeting as set forth in the notice convening the meeting, shall be deemed to be the place of the said meeting and all recordings of the proceedings at the meeting shall be deemed to be made at such place.
Q. 5 How Directors will sign the Statutory Registers?
Ans. The statutory registers which are required to be placed in the Board meeting as per the provisions of the Act shall be placed at the scheduled venue of the meeting and where such registers are required to be signed by the directors, the same shall be deemed to have been signed by the directors participating through electronic mode, if they have given their consent to this effect and it is so recorded in the minutes of the meeting.
Q. 6.How to Record in Minutes of the Board Meeting held through Video Conferencing?