The Ministry of Company Affairs is hopeful that the Recodified Companies Bill and law on Limited Liability Partnerships (LLP) will get the approval of Parliament in the next budget session. The ministry plans to introduce both Bills in the winter session.
The Recodified Companies Bill is currently being given final touches. The ministry is also in the process of finalising the bill on LLP. We will introduce both the bills during the winter session of the Parliament, Prem Chand Gupta, union minister of company affairs, said here on Thursday. He was addressing the inaugural session of the 34th national convention of company secretaries organised by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI).
Mr Gupta said the new companies law will provide a boost to the countrys investment climate. This new law will boost investors confidence, increase investments, grow employment opportunities and improve issues of corporate governance, he said.
Talking about the ministrys e-governance project MCA-21, Mr Gupta said companies can now be formed in India in less than an hours time. We already have two cases where companies have been formed in 60-75 minutes through the MCA-21 platform. Incidentally, even in most of the advanced economies like USA and Japan it takes about 2-3 days to form a company, Mr Gupta said.
Mr Gupta said some of the problems associated with MCA-21 like payment issues will soon be smoothened out. This project will provide a paperless environment and integrate Indian regulatory procedures globally. E-filing of documents will be made compulsory from September 16 under the MCA-21 platform, Mr Gupta added.
Earlier, Mr H.M. Choraria, president of ICSI, said the institute is working towards repositioning the profession of company secretaries (CS) as strategic managers and advisors. CS can play a pivotal role in the corporate growth process. We have identified the areas where CS can add value, said Mr Choraria. ICSI is now taking efforts to develop country-specific knowledge and skills for the members to go global.