Improving The Process of E-Filing of Documents

Improving The Process of E-Filing of Documents 
Ministry of Corporate Affairs provides End to End e-Governance Services on its MCA 21 portal, which may occasionally have software and hardware related issues at either end. To address any difficulty, stakeholders may contact the Corporate Seva Kendra (MCA helpdesk) Service being run by the Ministry for the resolution of the issue(s). Stakeholders may also raise their complaints online through MCA Service Desk Ticket System by raising an online ticket on the Ministry’s website. Timely resolution of all such complaints is monitored by the Ministry. In peak filing period or based on feedback received from stakeholders, the number of persons deployed in the Corporate Seva Kendra (helpline) is increased to attend calls and resolve the issue adequately. In addition to this, the stakeholders may also raise their concerns by sending an email to Helpdesk operators also, when necessary, reach out proactively to complainants for resolution of complaints. 

Server and Bandwidth capacities are regularly monitored and enhanced to avoid congestion and provision of seamless service to stakeholders during the peak filing period.

Ministry has a dedicated e-Governance Division which intensively monitors not only performance of MCA 21 system but also the status of work at various Registrars’ offices across the country and timely resolution of stakeholders’ complaints and positive consideration of any suggestions.

Ministry had inter-alia notified the Companies (Registration of Office and Fee) Rule, 2014 vide GSR No. 268(E) dated 31.03.2014 applicable w.e.f. 01.04.2014. The said rules inter-alia provides for manner and conditions of filing of documents (Rule 7) and also provides for authentication of documents (Rule 8).

Rule 8 of the said rule inter-alia provides for electronic document shall be authenticated by authorized signatories using digital signature.

The aforesaid rules have been prescribed in consultation with various stakeholders with a view to maintain the integrity of data relating to documents/eforms filed by the stakeholders and also there is no proposal before the Ministry for relaxing the rules relating to electronic filing of documents.

This was stated by Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister of Corporate Affairs in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 
High Level Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) 
The Ministry of Corporate Affairs constituted a High Level Committee on 3rd February, 2015 to suggest measures for monitoring the progress of implementation of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policies by companies. The terms of reference of the Committee being as follows:

• To recommend suitable methodologies for monitoring compliance of the provisions of Section 135 (Corporate Social Responsibility) of the Companies Act, 2013 by the companies covered thereunder.

• To suggest measures to be recommended by the Government for adoption by the companies for systematic monitoring and evaluation of their own CSR initiatives.

• To identify strategies for monitoring and evaluation of CSR initiatives through expert agencies and institutions to facilitate adequate feedback to the Government with regard to efficacy of CSR expenditure and quality of compliance by the companies.

• To examine if a different monitoring mechanism is warranted for Government Companies undertaking CSR, and if so to make suitable recommendations in this behalf.

• Any other matter incidental to the above or connected thereto.

The Committee has submitted its report alongwith its recommendations on 22nd September, 2015. The report including the recommendations of the committee has been placed in the public domain on the Ministry’s website (

This was stated by Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister of Corporate Affairs in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 
Deliberations Between ICAI, ICSI and ICoAI on Multi-Disciplinary Partnership (MDP) Firms 
The modalities of setting up Multi-Disciplinary Partnership (MDPs) of their members are under discussion amongst the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) and The Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAoI).

The councils of the three Professional Institutes are yet to take a final decision in the matter.

MDPs are, in principle, not limited to the three aforesaid Institutes.

This was stated by Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister of Corporate Affairs in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today. 

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