Independent directors are confronted with mandatory e-registration

NEW DELHI: All Independent Directors Might Need To Register As Part Of A New Ministry Of Business (MCA) Initiative That Also Plans To Introduce Online Training Modules On Different Issues These Board Members Are Affected Although Registration Is Mandatory Through An Online Facility, The Training Through Electronic Modules Prepared By Indian Institute Of Corporate Affairs , Will Be Purely Voluntary.

The Registration Process On Top Of The Driver Identification Number, Including: KYC Process Was Recently Accepted. Sources Told TOI That A Corporate Boss Or A Promoter, Who May Be An Executive Director On The Board, Will Also Have To Register If He Or She Is An Independent Director On The Board Or Another Company.

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" This Will Also Help Create A Database That Can Be Used To Get The Best Talent Available In The Industry," Said An Official.

Sources Said That Registration Is Already Provided For Companies Doing .

The move follows earlier efforts by the ministry to put in place a screening mechanism for independent directors after several Indian companies led by IL&FS were hit by a series of irregularities and the role of several individual had come under the scanner. In fact, provisions related to disqualification of directors was also discussed .

MCA had proposed an overhaul of the process to appoint independent directors, with many agencies also suggesting a review mechanism, but the proposals failed to get the green light from an informal group of ministers that discussed ways to improve corporate governance in Indian companies. In 2013, the government had mandated independent directors for all companies and many believe that the rush to find members resulted in the appointment of several individuals, who were not fully conversant with accounting techniques and basic rules .

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