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Highlights of the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2019

pradeep goyal 
on 30 July 2019

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THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2019 [Bill No. 189 of 2019]

The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2019 which seeks to replace the Companies (Amendment) Second Ordinance, 2019 with certain additional amendments, inter alia, provides for the following, namely: -

(i) to amend clause (41) of section 2 of the Companies Act, 2013 so as to empower the Central Government to allow certain companies to have a different financial year instead of as determined by the Tribunal;

(ii) to amend section 12 of the Act empowering the Registrar to initiate action for the removal of name of the company from register of companies, if the company is not carrying on any business or operation in accordance with the provisions of the Act;

(iii) to amend sixteen sections of the Act so as to modify the punishment as provided in the said sections from fine to monetary penalties to lessen the burden upon the Special Courts;

(iv) to amend section 132 of the Act to enable the National Financial Reporting Authority to perform its functions through divisions and the Executive Body; 13

(v) to amend section 135 of the Act so as to bring clarity to -

(a) carry forward the unspent corporate social responsibility amount, to a special account to be spent within three financial years and transfer thereafter to the Fund specified in Schedule VII, in case of an ongoing project; and

(b) transfer the unspent amount to the Fund specified under Schedule VII, in other cases;

(vi) to amend sections 241, 242 and 243 of the Act so as to empower the Central Government to approach Tribunal to issue an order against the persons who are connected with the conduct and management of the company as not fit and proper persons for the acts committed by them which amount to mismanagement; and

(vii) to amend section 441 of the Act so as to enhance the jurisdiction of the Regional Director for compounding the offences.

Source- 
[http://164.100.47.4/BillsTexts/LSBillTexts/Asintroduced/189_2019_LS_ENG.pdf]


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