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RTI Reply on Working of MCA21 Portal in 2012 – 13

I filed an application for Information of period from 1st April 2012 to 31st March 2013 about working of MCA21 portal. My question was:

Description of the information required:

1. Current User Capacity of MCA21 Portal,

2. Number of Month – wise Log – in on MCA21 portal from 1st April 2012 to 31st March    2013

3. Total Month – wise time – period, during 1st April 2012 to 31st March 2013, when MCA21 Portal was not working due to Maintenance, Updating, Production release, upgrades, switchovers, switchback drills or other official Reasons; and details thereof,

4. Total month – wise time period, during 1st April 2012 to 31st March 2013, when MCA21 Portal put notice like “Large numbers of users are logged in MCA21 portal. Kindly try after some time.”


I received this reply from Ministry of Corporate Affairs, which is also embedded here. Please read and share your views on comment section of this blog post.

Interests of Director and Related Party Transactions

UPDATE: on 30th August 2013: Companies Bill 2012 became the Companies Act, 2013 (Act 18 of 2013).


Every director shall disclose his concern or interest in any company or companies or bodies corporate, firms, or other association of individuals which shall include the shareholdings, in such manner as may be prescribed. Such disclosure shall be made on three particular point of time:

(i)           At the first meeting of the Board in which he participates as a director;

(ii)          At the first meeting of the Board in every financial year; and

(iii)         Whenever there is any change in the disclosures already made, then at the first Board meeting held after such change.

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UPDATE: on 30th August 2013: Companies Bill 2012 became the Companies Act, 2013 (Act 18 of 2013).

Managerial remuneration is one of major corporate governance issue in India. Promoters and controlling shareholders consider themselves owner of company and get maximum remuneration. Difference between corporate tax rate and income tax rate also priority to withdraw much money from “owned” company. Indian concept of “owned company” and corporate governance has co – existence in last two decades.

In my last post, I did not analyse legal issues of managerial remuneration in case of inadequate profit under Companies Bill 2012 (Now the Act).

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Employee’s welfare is also a matter corporate social responsibility for all body corporate. During debate on corporate social responsibilities we heard a lot from all quarters.

Principle 3 of National Voluntary Guideline on Social, Environment, & Economic Responsibilities of Business issued by Ministry of Corporate Affairs say, ”Businesses should promote the well being of all Employees.” On page 17 of this guideline, it is mentioned that “…strongly believe that addressing health issues significantly contributes to the sustainability of their business operations and especially the health and welfare of their employees.” There is separate guideline issued by Government for Central Public sector Enterprises.

As a stakeholder, we have interest in measures taken by professional bodies under Ministry of Corporate Affairs. It is noteworthy to note, these professional bodies are very instrumental to spread awareness about corporate social responsibilities on behalf of government. I filed applications under three professional bodies and asked same questions:

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In last 20 years after initiation of economic reforms, India particularly corporate India has moved far ahead to start a new flight towards untouched horizons. We are surviving in a time of dynamic transformations through technological advancement, regulatory rationalisation, progressive professionalism, democratic transformation and sustainable development in our society. In recent developments, transformation of leadership of democratic institutions toward participatory solidarity of all societal stakeholders is evident. There are evidences of many streams of thought and developments in society but there are many new developments, whose time is just knocking the door. Our corporate environment is not left out but is part and parcel of this silent revolution. These transformations in our society are bound to affect all vistas of our life and corporate sector as well. We are very fortunate to be a part of this transformation and we have tremendous opportunity to be a carrier of this transformation. We should understand this revolutionary time and keep pace.

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Introducing: AishMGhrana Governance Professional

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India has its Continuing willingness to present itself as a world leader as professional body of Corporate Governance professionals. This is a welcome transformation of Company Secretary from a mere clerk to Corporate Governance professional. The ICSI said as a member of CSIA it will ask the World Trade Organization (WTO) to include corporate governance and related areas in its mode of business classification.

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Bipin S. Acharya

Bipin S. Acharya

After a long weekend, when I come back to work, my mail folders dedicated for peer group read more than 150 mails. What happened? It would have been an eventless week as government is on election mode and no major policy change was expected. Unfortunately, there was very sad news. On 28th January 2012, our beloved Company Secretary Sh. Bipin S. Acharya has left for heavenly abode. According to Hindu calendar, that was day of Basant Panchmi, the first day of spring. This is a day of cultural significance and dedicated to goddess Saraswati of knowledge and wisdom. Naturally, god has no other suitable day as an option to call a practising scholar like him.

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International relation not only affect governments but public at large. In globalised world, international relations have been reached to our neighborhood tea stall or grocery shop. We judge a nation by product, we buy. We may not know, where Finland is in world map, but we know Nokia in our hand. We will surely judge Finland by Nokia. This is a public diplomacy.

The ever expanding flow of commercial products and services across borders has important implications for public diplomacy. Despite the escalation of transnational corporations, high profile brand names are closely connected with their countries of origin. Coca Cola, Nike and McDonald’s are inextricably tied with the United States. The same associations are true for Ikea with Scandanavia, Nokia with Finland, Sony with Japan, and Nestle with Switzerland.[i]

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