Companies Act, 2013 Procedure

Procedure for Contribution to National Defence Fund by a Corporate Body

Aakanksha Singhal Aakanksha Singhal
Aakanksha Singhal

Published on: Sep 13, 2021

Updated on: Sep 21, 2021

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Introduction

Section 183 of the Companies Act, 2013 explicitly provides the provisions for Contribution of any amount by a company to National Defence Fund or any other Fund approved by the Central Government for the purpose of national defence.

Mandatory Requirements

  1. Persons eligible to contribute to the National Defense Fund-
    • Board of Directors; or
    • any other person or authority exercising the powers of Board of Directors of a company; or
    • company itself.
  2. Shareholder’s Approval in a duly convened General Meeting.
  3. Amount of contribution to be disclosed in the Profit & Loss Account of the company.

Procedure

  1. Convene a Meeting of Board of Directors [As per section 173 & SS-1]
    • Issue Notice of Board Meeting to all the Directors of Company at their addresses registered with the Company, at least 7 days before the date of Board Meeting. A shorter notice can be issued in case of urgent business.
    • Attach Agenda, Notes to Agenda and Draft Resolution with the Notice.
    • Hold a meeting of Board of Directors of the Company and pass the necessary Board Resolution
      • Directors approval for contribution to National Defence Fund or any other Fund approved by the Central Government for the purpose of national defence, and may also approve the same in general meeting as well.
      • To fix day, date, time and venue for holding General Meeting of the Company and approve the draft notice of GM as per requirement of the Section 102 of the Companies Act, 2013
      • To authorize the Director or Company Secretary to sign and issue notice of the General Meeting and to do such acts, deeds and things as may be necessary to give effect to the Board’s decision.
      • To authorize the Director or Company Secretary to sign and file requisite form and return with ROC.
    • Prepare and Circulate Draft Minutes within 15 days from the conclusion of the Board Meeting, by Hand/Speed Post/Registered Post/Courier/E-mail to all the Directors for their comments. [Refer the Procedure for Preparation and Signing of Minutes of Board Meeting]
  2. Convene General Meeting [Section 96, 100 and SS-2]
    • Notice of General Meeting shall be given at least clear 21 days before the actual date of a General Meeting in writing, by hand or by ordinary post or by speed post or by registered post or by courier or by facsimile or by e-mail or by any other electronic means or a Shorter Notice can be issued with the consent of at least majority in number and ninety five percent of such part of the paid up share capital of the company giving a right to vote at such a meeting in accordance with Section 101.
    • Notice will be sent to all the Directors, Members, Auditors of Company, Secretarial Auditor, Debenture Trustees and to others who are entitled to receive the notice of the General Meeting.
    • Notice shall specify the day, date, time and full address of the venue of the Meeting and contain a statement on the business to be transacted at the Meeting.
    • Hold the General Meeting of Shareholders on fixed day and pass Ordinary Resolution for contribution to National Defence Fund or any other Fund approved by the Central Government for the purpose of national defence
    • Prepare the minutes of General Meeting, get them signed and compile accordingly. [Refer the Procedure for Preparation and Signing of Minutes of General Meeting].
  3. File Form MGT-14 with ROC
    File Form MGT-14 with the ROC within 30 days of passing Ordinary Resolution by the Public Limited Companies in General Meeting along with fee as specified in the Companies (Registration offices and fees) Rules, 2014 and with the following attachments;
    • Certified True Copies of the Ordinary Resolution passed in the General Meeting
    • Any other attachment as may be applicable
  4. Effectuate the Contribution
    Pursuant to approval from Board of Directors and shareholder’s/ members, company can contemplate to effectuate contributions to National Defence Fund or any other Fund approved by the Central Government for the purpose of national defence.

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