Management and Administration Companies Amendment Rules, 2015

The Companies Management and Administration – Amendment Rules, 2015 MCA Issued new Notice or Circulars for Amendments in Management and Administration rules. Scroll down below and Read Full News.


G.S.R.____ (E).— In exercise of the powers conferred by section 108 read with sub-sections (1) and (2) of section 469 of the Companies Act, 2013 (18 of 2013), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Companies (Management and Administration) Rules, 2014, namely:—

l. (l) These rules may be called the Companies (Management and Administration) Amendment Rules. 2015.

(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette

2.  In the  Companies  (Management and Administration)  Rules, 2014,  for rule 20′  the  following rule shall be substituted,  namely:-

“20. Voting though electronic means.- (1) The provisions of this rule shall apply in respect of the general meetings for which notices are issued on or after the date of commencement of this rule. (2) Every company other than a company referred to in Chapter XB or Chapter XC of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2009 having its equity shares listed on a recognised stock exchange or a company having not less than one thousand members, shall provide to its members facility to exercise their right to vote on resolutions proposed to be considered at general meetings by electronic means.

Explanation.- For the purposes of this rule, the expression-

  • “agency” means the National Securities Depository Limited, the Central Depository Services (India) Limited or any other entity approved by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs subject to the condition that the National Securities Depository Limited, the Central Depository Services (India) Limited or such other entity has obtained a certificate from the Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification Directorate, Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India including with regard to compliance with parameters specified under Explanation (vi);
  • “cut-off date” means a date not earlier than seven days before the date of general meeting for determining the eligibility to vote by electronic means or in the general meeting;
  • “cyber security” means protecting information, equipment, devices, computer, computer resource, communication device and information stored therein from unauthorised access, use, disclosures, disruption, modification or destruction;
  • “electronic voting system” means a secured system based process of display of electronic ballots, recording of votes of the members and the number of votes polled in favour or against, in such a manner that the entire voting exercised by way of electronic means gets registered and counted in an electronic registry in a centralised server with adequate cyber security;
  • “remote e-voting” means the facility of casting votes by a member using an electronic voting system from a place other than venue of a general meeting;
  • “secured system” means computer hardware, software, and procedure that –
    • are reasonably secure from unauthorised access and misuse;
    • provide a reasonable level of reliability and correct operation;
    • are reasonably suited to performing the intended functions; and
    • adhere to generally accepted security procedures
  • “voting by electronic means” includes “remote e-voting” and voting at the general meeting through an electronic voting system which may be the same as used for remote e-voting

(3) A member may exercise his right to vote through voting by electronic means on resolutions referred to in sub-rule (2) and the company shall pass such resolutions in accordance with the provisions of this rule

(4) A company which provides the facility to its members to exercise voting by electronic means shall comply with the following procedure, namely:-

  • (i) the notice of the meeting shall be sent to all the members, directors and auditors of the company either –
    • by registered post or speed post; or
    • through electronic means, namely, registered e-mail ID of the recipient; or
    • by courier service;
  • the notice shall also be placed on the website, if any, of the company and of the agency forthwith after it is sent to the members;
  • the notice of the meeting shall clearly state –
  • that the company is providing facility for voting by electronic means and the business may be transacted through such voting;
  • that the facility for voting, either through electronic voting system or ballot or polling paper shall also be made available at the meeting and members attending the meeting who have not already cast their vote by remote e-voting shall be able to exercise their right at the meeting;
  • that the members who have cast their vote by remote e-voting prior to the meeting may also attend the meeting but shall not be entitled to cast their vote again;

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