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ALL SMILES: Komal Anand , Secretary of Company Affairs, Government of India, at the launch of the e- filing of the Ministry of Company Affairs in Hyderabad on Thursday. R. V. Vasudevan, Regional Director, Chennai, of the Ministry of Company Affairs, and N. S. Ponnuambi, Registrar of Company Affairs, Hyderabad, are also seen. Photo: P. V. Sivakumar
ALL SMILES: Komal Anand , Secretary of Company Affairs, Government of India, at the launch of the e- filing of the Ministry of Company Affairs in Hyderabad on Thursday. R. V. Vasudevan, Regional Director, Chennai, of the Ministry of Company Affairs, and N. S. Ponnuambi, Registrar of Company Affairs, Hyderabad, are also seen. Photo: P. V. Sivakumar

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MCA-21, e-governance project of the Ministry, launched

HYDERABAD: As part of efforts to provide easy access to electronic filing of annual corporate returns with the Registrars of Companies (RoCs), the Ministry of Company Affairs (MCA) has decided to permit three professional agencies to run the additional facilitation centres at several locations, MCA Secretary Komal Anand has said.

These agencies are the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (ICWAI). The rates will be decided by the Ministry soon, she said. Speaking after launching MCA-21, the e-Governance project of the Ministry here on Thursday, Ms Anand said the Ministry had set up 53 facilitation centres to enable a seamless transition to e-Governance. These centres, to be manned by the technology partner -- Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) -- would support free e-filing of documents by corporate houses with the 20 offices of RoCs.

However, these centres would not be sufficient to support the huge e-filings by over 7.2-lakh registered companies. Hence, the Ministry sought applications from professional bodies for opening more facilitation centres.

Changing requirements

Having already connected the RoCs of Coimbatore, Ernakulam, Pondicherry, Delhi, Jaipur, Pune, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad to the e-Governance project, the Ministry was proposing to cover rest of the RoCs by May-end. As a part of this, the RoCs at Bangalore, Mumbai and Gwalior are set to go online next week.

In addition, efforts had been initiated to revise the Companies Act in tune with the changing business requirements.


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