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Notice inviting comments on the draft companies (Auditors Report) order, 2016.
February, 10th 2016
                            GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
                            Ministry of Corporate Affairs


                                                           Dated the 9th February, 2016

       The Ministry had set-up a Committee on 16th September, 2015 to examine and
recommend matter for inclusion in the statement to be attached with Auditor's Report
under Section 143(11) of the Companies Act, 2013 for the financial year 2015-16 onwards.
The said Committee has since made recommendations in the matter.

2.    The draft Companies (Auditor's Report) Order, 2016 has been placed on the
Ministry's website at It has been decided to invite
suggestions/comments on the above draft.

3.     Suggestions/comments on above mentioned draft along with justification in brief
may be sent latest by 23rd February, 2016 through email at It is
requested that the name, Telephone number and address of the sender should be
indicated clearly at the time of sending suggestions/comments.

Name, Address, Contact No. of Stake holder __________________

 SL.No        Para No.                 Suggestion           Justification
                   COMPANIES (AUDITOR'S REPORT) ORDER, 2016

 1.      Short title, application and commencement.-

(1)      This Order may be called the Companies (Auditor's Report) Order, 2016.

(2)      It shall apply to every company including a foreign company as defined in clause
         (42) of section 2 of the Companies Act, 2013 (18 of 2013) [hereinafter referred to as
         the Companies Act], except:­

(i)      a banking company as defined in clause (c) of section 5 of the Banking Regulation
         Act, 1949 (10 of 1949);

(ii)     an insurance company as defined under the Insurance Act,1938 (4 of 1938);

(iii)    a company licensed to operate under section 8 of the Companies Act;

(iv)     a One Person Company as defined under clause (62) of section 2 of the Companies
         Act and a Small Company as defined under clause (85) of section 2 of the Companies
         Act; and

(v)      a private limited company, not being a subsidiary or holding of a public company,
         having a paid up capital and reserves and surplus not more than rupees one crore
         as at the balance sheet date and which does not have total borrowings exceeding
         rupees one crore from any bank or financial institution at any point of time during
         the financial year and which does not have a total revenue as defined in Scheduled
         III to the Companies Act, 2013 (including revenue from discontinuing operations)
         exceeding rupees ten crore during the financial year as per the financial statements.

(3)      It shall come into force on the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.

2.        Auditor's report to contain matters specified in paragraphs 3 and 4. - Every report
made by the auditor under section 143 of the Companies Act, 2013 on the accounts of every
company examined by him to which this Order applies for the financial year commencing on
or after 1st April, 2015, shall contain the matters specified in paragraphs 3 and 4.

Provided the Order shall not apply to the auditor's report on consolidated financial
3. Matters to be included in the auditor's report. - The auditor's report on the accounts of a
company to which this Order applies shall include a statement on the following matters,

(i)       (a) Whether the company is maintaining proper records showing full particulars,
         including quantitative details and situation of fixed assets;

         (b) Whether these fixed assets have been physically verified by the management at
         reasonable intervals; whether any material discrepancies were noticed on such
         verification and if so, whether the same have been properly dealt with in the books
         of account;

         (c) Whether title deeds of immovable properties are held in the name of the
         company. If not, provide details thereof.

(ii)     Whether physical verification of inventory has been conducted at reasonable
         intervals by the management and whether any material discrepancies were noticed
         and if so, how they have been dealt with in the books of account;

(iii)    Whether the company has granted any loans, secured or unsecured to companies,
         firms or other parties covered by clause (76) of Section 2 of the Companies Act, 2013.
         If so,

         (a)   Whether the terms and conditions of the grant of such loans are not
         prejudicial to the company's interest;
         (b)    Whether receipt of the principal amount and interest are regular. If not
         provide details thereof; and

         (c)   If overdue amount is more than rupees five lakhs, whether reasonable steps
         have been taken by the company for recovery of the principal and interest;

(iv)     In respect of loans, investments and guarantees, whether provisions of Section 185
         and 186 of the Companies Act, 2013 have been complied with. If not, provide details

(v)      in case the company has accepted deposits, whether the directives issued by the
         Reserve Bank of India and the provisions of sections 73 to 76 or any other relevant
         provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 and the rules framed thereunder, where
         applicable, have been complied with? If not, the nature of such contraventions be
         stated; If an order has been passed by Company Law Board or National Company
         Law Tribunal or Reserve Bank of India or any court or any other tribunal, whether
         the same has been complied with or not?

(vi)     whether maintenance of cost records has been specified by the Central Government
         under sub-section (1) of section 148 of the Companies Act, 2013 and whether such
         accounts and records have been so made and maintained;

(vii)    (a)    whether the company is regular in depositing undisputed statutory dues
         including provident fund, employees' state insurance, income-tax, sales-Lax, ,
         service tax, duty of customs, duty of excise, value added tax, and any other statutory
         dues with the appropriate authorities and if not, the extent of the arrears of
         outstanding statutory dues as at the last day of the financial year concerned for a
         period of more than six months from the date they became payable, shall be
         indicated by the auditor.

         (b)    Where dues of income tax or sales tax or service tax or duty of customs or
         duty of excise or value added tax have not been deposited on account of any
         dispute, then the amounts involved and the forum where dispute is pending shall
         be mentioned. (A mere representation to the concerned Department shall not be
         treated as a dispute).

(viii)   Whether the company has defaulted in repayment of dues to a financial institution
         or bank or debenture holders? If yes, the period and amount of default to be
         reported (in case of banks and financial institutions, lender wise details to be

(ix)     Whether moneys raised by way of public issue/ follow-on offer (including debt
         instruments) and term loans were applied for the purposes for which those are
         raised. If not, the details together with delays / default and subsequent
         rectification, if any, as may be applicable, be reported;

 (x)     Whether any fraud by the company or any fraud on the Company by its officers/
         employees has been noticed or reported during the year; If yes, the nature and the
         amount involved be indicated.

 (xi)    Whether managerial remuneration has been paid / provided in accordance with
         the requisite approvals mandated by the provisions of section 197 read with
         schedule V to the Companies Act? If not, state the amount involved and steps
         taken by the company for securing refund of the same.
 (xii)    Whether the Nidhi Company has complied with the Net Owned Fund in the ratio
          of 1: 20 to meet out the liability and whether the Nidhi Company is maintaining
          10% liquid assets to meet out the unencumbered liability.

 (xiii)   Whether all transactions with the related parties are in compliance with Section 188
          and 177 of Companies Act, 2013 where applicable and the details have been
          disclosed in the Financial Statements etc as required by the accounting standards
          and Companies Act, 2013.

 (xiv)    Whether the company has made any preferential allotment / private placement of
          shares or fully or partly convertible debentures during the year under review and
          if so, as to whether the requirement of Section 42 of the Companies Act, 2013 have
          been complied and the amount raised have been used for the purposes for which
          the funds were raised. If not, provide details thereof.

 (xv)     Whether the company has entered into any non-cash transactions with directors or
          persons connected with him and if so, whether provisions of Section 192 of
          Companies Act, 2013 have been complied with.

4.        Reasons to be stated for unfavourable or qualified answers.-

(1)       Where, in the auditor's report, the answer to any of the questions referred to in
          paragraph 3 is unfavourable or qualified, the auditor's report shall also state the
          basis for such unfavourable or qualified answer, as the case may be.

(2)       Where the auditor is unable to express any opinion on any specified matter, his
          report shall indicate such fact together with the reasons as to why it is not possible
          for him to give his opinion on the same.
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