The Ministry of Corporate Affairs has taken the initiative in Government Process Re-engineering (GPR) and launched the Central Registration Centre (CRC), on the occasion of Republic Day 2016, with the specific objective of providing speedy incorporation related services within stipulated time frames which are in line with international best practices.

The GPR involves a three pronged approach of further automating some of the approval processes by utilizing advanced software tools & engines, rationalising and modifying some of the rules and engaging professionals to expedite the process of manual scrutiny.

In the first phase, the CRC will process applications for name availability (INC-1 e-forms) submitted on line across the country and endeavour to process these by the end of next working day. Operations of the CRC will formally commence w.e.f.  27 January 2016 and more services will be rolled out progressively.

 The GPR exercise is in pursuance of the ministry’s objective of providing greater “Ease of Doing Business” to corporates and is expected to result in speedier processing of incorporation related applications, uniformity in application of rules, eradicating discretion. It will also be supplemented by intensive monitoring aimed at providing timely approvals.  

Related Notification is as follows :-




New Delhi, the 22 January 2016

S.O. 218 (E) –  In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-sections (1) and (2) of section 396 of the Companies Act, 2013 (18 of 2013) (herein after referred to as the Act), the Central Government hereby establishes a Central Registration Centre (CRC) having territorial jurisdiction all over India, for discharging or carrying out the function of processing and disposal of applications for reservation of names under the provisions of the said Act.

2. The CRC shall function under the administrative control of Registrar of Companies, Delhi (ROC Delhi), who shall act as the Registrar of the CRC until a separate Registrar is appointed to the CRC. The CRC shall process applications for reservation of name i.e., e-Form No. INC-1 filed along with the prescribed fee as provided in the Companies (Registration of Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014.

3. Processing and approval of name or names proposed in e-Form No.INC-29 shall continue to be done by the respective Registrar of Companies having jurisdiction over incorporation of companies under the Companies Act, 2013 as per the provisions of the Act and the rules made thereunder.

4. The CRC shall be located at Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), Plot No. 6, 7, 8, Sector 5, IMT Manesar , District Gurgaon (Haryana), Pin Code- 122050.

5. This notification shall come into force from 26th  January, 2016.

[F. No. A-42011/03/2016-Ad.II]

(Manoj Kumar)

Joint Secretary to the Govt. of India

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  1. Iswar Korivi says:

    Dear sir,

    Our client had paid regularisation fee before he started his contract of Building. The construction made by him is not in violation of any laws. But , the Assessing officer has disallowed regularisation fee paid by my client taking into account the case of Millenium Developers P ltd.(322 ITR 401). But the regularisation fee paid by our client is not at all in the nature of penalty.

    Please suggest me whether the regularisation fee not in the nature of penalty can be allowed as a deduction under Income Tax Act, 1961.
    If yes suggest me any case law, if available.

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