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MINISTRY OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS (MCA)

1. Notification with regard to Section 203(1) of the Companies Act, 2013: In exercise of the powers conferred by the second proviso to sub-section (1) of section 203 of the Companies Act, 2013, the Central Government  has notified that public companies having paid-up share capital of rupees one hundred crore or more and annual turnover of rupees one thousand crore or more which are engaged in multiple businesses and have appointed Chief Executive Officer for each such business shall be the class of companies for the purposes of the second proviso to sub-section (1) of section 203 of the said Act. 2. Clarification with regard to applicability of provisions of Section 139(5) and 139(7) of the Companies Act, 2013. Sections 139(5) and 139(7) of the Companies Act, 2013 (New Act), deals with appointment of auditors by Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG), to 'deemed Government Companies' referred to in section 619B of the Companies Act 1956 (Old Act) i.e., companies where ownership or control lies with two or more Government companies or corporations. However, the New Act does not contain specific provisions about 'deemed Government companies' on the lines of section 619B of the Old Act. Clarification has been sought whether, under the new Act, such deemed Government companies would be subject to audit by the C&AG in the same manner as Government Companies. ' MCA has now vide its circular No. 33/2014 dated 31/07/2014 clarified that the new Act does not alter the position with regard to audit of such deemed Government 'companies through C&AG and thus such companies are covered under subsection (5) and (7) of section 139 of the New Act. Also, the information about incorporation of a company subject to audit by an auditor to be appointed by the C&AG is to be communicated to the C&AG for the purpose of appointment of first auditors under section 139(7) of the New Act. Such responsibility rests with both, the Government concerned and the relevant company. However, the  primarily responsibility will be  of the company concerned to intimate to the C&AG about its incorporation along with name, location, registered of the company, capital structure of such a company immediately on its incorporation. 3. Clarification on transitional period for resolutions passed under the Companies Act, 1956. Many companies have passed resolutions during financial year 20l3-14 under the relevant provisions of the Companies Act, 1956 (Old Act) which are/were at different stages of implementation after coming into force of corresponding provisions of the new Companies Act, 2013 (New Act). Clarifications have been sought with regard to the validity of these resolutions MCA has vide its circular No. 32/2014 dated 23/07/2014 clarified that resolutions approved or passed by companies under relevant applicable provisions of the Old Act during the period from 1st September, 2013 to 31st March, 2014, can be implemented, in accordance with provisions of the Old Act, notwithstanding the repeal of the relevant provision subject to the conditions:
  1. that the implementation of the resolution actually commenced before 1st April, 2014 and
  2. that this transitional arrangement will be available upto expiry of one year from the passing of the resolution or six months from the commencement of the corresponding provision in Companies Act, 2013 whichever is later. It is also clarified that any amendment of the resolution must be in accordance with the relevant provision of the Companies Act, 2013.
  4. Extension of validity of reserved names MCA-21 has brought to the notice of  the Ministry that the letters of intimation issued in respect of 9522 cases for reservation of names (INC-1) allow the applicants to use reserved names within 60 days of the date of such intimation. This was at variance with the implementation in the MCA-21 and has caused inconvenience to the stake holders. In view of this, the validity of 1930 of the above 9522 cases for reservations of names have been extended upto 18th of August, 2014. Further, in case of 6864 cases where names have been reserved and are yet to be used, the time period as indicated in the letters of intimation is being allowed. This has been intimated vide MCA circular 31/2014 dated 19/07/2014. 5. Clarification on matters relating to Related Party Transactions. Ministry of Corporate Affairs has vide its  General Circular No. 30/2014 dated 17th July 2014, given the following clarifications on matters relating to Related Party Transactions:
  • Scope of second proviso to Section 188(1) – As per second proviso, no member who is a related party shall vote on special resolution to approve contract or arrangement. It is clarified that ‘related party’ has to be construed only with reference to that contract/ arrangement for which special resolution is being passed.
  • Applicability of Section 188 to corporate restructuring, amalgamations etc – It is clarified that transactions arising out of compromises, arrangements, etc will not be attracted.
  • Requirement of fresh approvals for past contracts under Section 188 –  Contracts which already came into force before commencement of Section 188 of Companies Act, 2013 will not require fresh approval but if any modifications are made on or after 1st April, 2014 then requirements of Section 188 will have to be complied with.
  6. Registration of names of the Companies shall be in consonance with the provisions of the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950. The Ministry has directed the ROC’s concerned vide its circular no. 29/2014 dated 11/07/2014 that while allotting names to the Companies/Limited Liability Partnerships, they should exercise due care to ensure that the names are not in contravention to the provisions of The Emblems and Names (Prevention Of Improper Use) Act, 1950. 7. General Circular No. 28/2014: Clarification on form MGT-14 through STP mode. MCA has in order to simplify procedures and with a view to ensure timely disposal of E-forms in the office of Registrars of Companies and keeping in view the penal provisions for false declaration as contained in section 448 read with section 447, clarified that E-Form – MGT-14 for all cases except change of name , change of object, resolution for further issue of capital and conversion of companies will be in STP mode. 8. The Ministry has made amendments in the following rules: Companies (Management and administration) second amendment Rules, 2014. Companies (Specification of definitions details) Amendment Rules, 2014 Companies (Miscellaneous) Amendment Rules, 2014.  
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