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New secretarial norms to beef up practices

Pavan K. Vijay, past President, ICSI and Chairman, Secretarial Standards Board; Mamta Binani, Vice- President; and C. Ramasubramaniam, Council Member, ICSI.

Pavan K. Vijay, past President, ICSI and Chairman, Secretarial Standards Board; Mamta Binani, Vice- President; and C. Ramasubramaniam, Council Member, ICSI.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

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The new secretarial standards, issued by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), approved by the Central Government and notified in its gazette, have come into effect from July 1, 2015.

Section 118 (10) of the Companies Act,2013, mandates every company to observe secretarial standards with respect to general and board meetings specified by ICSI.

To advocate the need, concept, scope of secretarial standards amongst corporates, ICSI organised a national seminar on secretarial standards here on Saturday.

Speaking to presspersons, Mamta Binani, Vice-President, ICSI, said that around nine lakh active companies in India would have to comply with these secretarial standards to be fully compliant under the Companies Act.

These standards would help doing business with ease, and improving governance. The adoption of secretarial standards would result in building confidence in the minds of investors and improve compliance levels.

These confidence-building measures would help in bringing foreign investments by way of capital infusion, funding new projects, modernisation and expansion, Ms. Binani observed.

With sound and reliable corporate procedures in the area of decision making, these standards would boost the confidence of investors and would help the corporate world in achieving the Prime Minister’s initiative — ‘Make in India’ and ‘ease of doing business’ - by providing benchmark on good governance, she said.

The Institute of Company Secretary initiated the setting up of Secretarial Standards Board (SSB) way back in 2000-01 to integrate, harmonise and standardise the secretarial practices prevalent in the corporate sector. According to Pavan K. Vijay, past President ICSI and Chairman Secretarial Standards Board (SSB), 10 secretarial standards had been issued so far and some more under finalisation.

“The secretarial standards consist of a set of principles which the companies are expected to adopt and adhere to in discharging their corporate responsibility, leading to better corporate governance,” he said.

All active companies (except one-person company) in India would have to follow these standards, he said.

According to Alka Kapoor, Joint Secretary, ICSI, many companies were voluntarily adopting secretarial standards and disclosed in their annual reports with regard to compliance. Even one-person companies where there were two or more directors would have to adopt these standards, she said.

At the seminar V. Ahalada Rao, Member, ICSI, dealt with value creation by secretarial standards.

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