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The Companies Act, 2013 has become the law of the land after being notified on 30 August, 2013. The law, which was in the making for more than a decade, ushers in a new era for corporate regulation in India. It introduces massive changes in the way companies govern themselves, raise money and interact with stakeholders. By laying stress on self-regulation and disclosure with minimal Government intervention, the law lays more responsibility on corporates. With 99 sections out of a total of 470 sections already in force, the legislation is amending the way companies operate and are regulated in the country.
CII has been instrumental in ensuring that industry voices were heeded to during each stage of evolution of the Act. Due to concerted efforts, the current form of the Act is a marked progression over the earlier versions which prescribed more rigorous and stringent provisions. Our advocacy still continues with formal submissions on subordinate legislation that forms part of over 70% provisions of the Act. With the Ministry of Corporate Affairs currently working on finalizing rules with views from stakeholders, CII recommendations to the first batch of draft rules have already been submitted on 10 October, 2013. Building up of industry views is currently underway, based on which detailed inputs would be submitted on the remaining sets of rules as well. Submission of formal representations is also being supplemented with industry interactions with the Minister for Corporate Affairs and others at the helm of affairs at the Ministry.
This issue of Policy Watch focuses on the highlights of the new law while intending to apprise members of challenges that corporate regulation now beholds. The issue is also aimed at updating members of CII views on specific provisions while seeking views on draft rules that amplify the requirements.