Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee today held a meeting with senior BJP leaders to discuss these two legislations. Since the Left parties are opposed to them, the BJP’s support is crucial. The government is reported to have agreed to the BJP’s demand for ensuring ‘guaranteed returns’ in PFRDA
New Delhi: The government and the BJP today reached a broad agreement on the Companies Bill and the Pensions Fund Regulatory Development Authority (PFRDA) Bill paving the way for their passage in this session of Parliament, reports PTI.
Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee today held a meeting with senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Yashwant Sinha to discuss these two legislations. Since the Left parties are opposed to them, the BJP’s support is crucial.
Sources said government agreed to the BJP demand for ensuring ‘guaranteed returns’ in PFRDA. The Standing Committee on Finance, headed by Mr Sinha, had made this recommendation.
It is not clear if the government has also conceded to BJP’s demand for defining the quantum of foreign direct investment (FDI) in PFRDA in the Bill itself instead of bringing it through an executive decision. Earlier, the BJP was adamant that if this provision is not included, it would oppose the Bill. However, it had later mellowed down its stand.
On the Companies Bill, which is listed in today’s revised list of business in the Lok Sabha, BJP wanted that the proposed law give a nod to Limited Liability Partnership (LLP). This has been agreed to by the government, according to sources.
Both the government and the BJP leaders denied that Lokpal Bill was also discussed in this meeting. They maintained that the confabulations were related only to these two Bills which the government is keen on getting passed in this session.
Corporate affairs minister M Veerappa Moily is scheduled to move the Companies Bill in the Lok Sabha today.
TMC, which is a part of the ruling UPA coalition, has certain reservations about these two Bills but has said it will not do anything which would topple the government.
Voluntary Guidelines for good corporate governance have been issued by the ministry of corporate affairs in 2009 to encourage the use of better practices for voluntary adoption. “These guidelines are old. We are considering issuing new ones that may include good practices like tax compliance,” corporate affairs minister M Veerappa Moily said
New Delhi: The government is considering issuing new corporate governance guidelines by including good practices like tax compliance, to companies for voluntary adoption, reports PTI quoting corporate affairs minister M Veerappa Moily.
He said during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha that the Voluntary Guidelines for good corporate governance were old as they were issued in 2009 and did not include tax compliance.
“These guidelines are old. We are considering issuing new ones that may include all these,” he said.
Mr Moily said the government, however, does not propose to introduce a corporate governance index as these are done by credit rating agencies like Crisil and the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI).
“All over the world, no country, no government as such” has a corporate governance index, he said adding the present system of index being prepared by ICSI and others was working satisfactorily.
“It is not necessary for the government, ministry to step in,” he said.
"The legal framework of the Companies Act in this country, as in many others, requires compliance of good governance practices by the corporates in accordance with provisions laid down in the respective legislations,” he said.
Globally, no such index has been prescribed under law, he said adding Voluntary Guidelines for good corporate governance have been issued by the ministry of corporate affairs in 2009 to encourage the use of better practices for voluntary adoption.