Justice Vibhu Bakhru, Senior Judge of Delhi High Court launched on April 23, 2015 at Hotel Le Meridian New Delhi, the Secretarial Standards, according to a statement released by ICSI.
Congratulating ICSI as pioneer and only institution to have issued Secretarial Standards in the world so far, Justice Bakhru said
it is a tool in furtherance of the Secretarial Standards would benefit the industry and the regulators and would further help repose more confidence in the institutional investors about the adoption of robust processes and systems in companies.
Justice Dilip Deshmukh, Chairman Company Law Board and the guest of honour said that it would definitely result in better corporate accountability and disclosures leading to better value enhancement to stakeholders including shareholder, regulators and international investors.
M.M. Juneja from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs said that in the Secretarial Standards standard practices were articulated, and comprehensively available at one place, adherence to same by the corporates were greatly eased, the stakeholders were clear of what they should expect and what their rights were. The Secretarial Standards would help in ease of doing business, improved governance, confidence building in minds of investors, improved compliance level, ultimately leading to flow of capital in India and achieving the government’s objective of make in India.
CS Atul H Mehta, President, ICSI expressed his gratitude to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs for according its approval under section 118(10) of the Companies Act, 2013 to the Secretarial Standards (SS) namely, SS:1 Secretarial Standard on Meetings of Board of Directors and SS:2 Secretarial Standard on General Meetings submitted by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and said that it is a historical moment for the Institute, since, The Institute of Company Secretaries of India is first institution to issue SECRETARIAL STANDARDS anywhere in the world and that will be effective July 1, 2015 around 8 lakh companies in India will have to comply with these Secretarial Standards to be fully compliant under Companies Act 2013.
Secretarial Standards will create enormous confidence in minds of investors particularly fund managers and overseas investors as these investors are very much concerned about good governance practices and sound procedures. Consequently, this will lead to more flow of capital into India, new projects, more modernisation and expansion.
CS Pavan K Vijay, Past President, ICSI and Chairman of the Secretarial Standards Board said that The Secretarial Standards were formulated by the Secretarial Standards Board constituted by the Council of the Institute. It comprises experienced members of the CS profession, the representatives of regulatory bodies such as the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Securities and Exchange Board of India, Reserve Bank of India, representatives from the industry associations and chambers such as CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM as well as the nominees of sister professional bodies, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Institute of Cost Accountants of India.The mandate of the Companies Act, 2013 with regard to the Secretarial Standards can be attributed to the fact that the Standards have sufficiently evolved as these are being voluntarily followed by followed companies.
CS Mamta Binani Vice-President, ICSI, while speaking about the stakeholders’expectations on the governance issues such as transparency disclosure, timely dissemination of information, uniformity in practices etc., said that Secretarial Standards would act as one of the benchmark in stakeholders’assessment of companies. CS Vineet Chaudhary, Council member, The ICSI and Chairman of the Corporate Laws and Governance Committee welcomed the Chief Guest, Guest of Honour and others.