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Section 173 of Companies Act 2013 | Meetings of Board

Section 173 – Meetings of Board [Effective from 1st April, 2014]. Every company shall hold the first meeting of the Board of Directors within thirty days of the date of its incorporation and thereafter hold a minimum number of four meetings of its Board of Directors every year in Such a manner that not more than one hundred and twenty days shall intervene between two consecutive meetings of the Board. Provided that the Central Government may, by notification, direct that the provisions of this sub-section shall not apply in relation to any class or description of companies or shall apply subject to such exceptions, Modifications or conditions as may be specified in the notification.

Section 173 of Companies Act 2013 | Meetings of Board

Exemptions

Section 173(1) shall apply to a Section 8 Company only to the extent that the Board of Directors, of such Companies shall hold at least one meeting within every six calendar months, vide Notification No. 466(E) dated 5th June, 2015.

2) The participation of directors in a meeting of the Board may be either in person or through video conferencing or other audio visual means, as may be prescribed, which are capable of recording and recognizing the participation of the directors and of recording and storing the proceedings of such meetings along with date and time:

Provided that the Central Government may, by notification, specify such matters which shall not be dealt with in a meeting through video conferencing or other audio visual means.

(3) A meeting of the Board shall be called by giving not less than seven days’ notice in writing to every director at his address registered with the company and such notice shall be sent by hand delivery or by post or by electronic.

Applicable Rules

Companies (Meetings of Board and its Powers) Rules 2014

Rule 2. Definitions.—(1) In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires

(a) ‘‘Act’’ means the Companies Act, 2013;

(b) ‘‘Annexure’’ means the Annexure to these rules;

(c) ‘‘Fees’’ means the fees as specified in the Companies (Registration offices and fees) Rules, 2014;

(d) “Form’’ or “e-form” means a form set forth in Annexure to these rules which shall be used for the matter to which it relates;

(e) ‘‘Related party’’ means a director or key managerial personnel of the holding company or his relative with reference to a company, shall be deemed to be a related party;

(f) ‘‘section’’ means the section of the Act;

(2) Words and expressions used in these rules but not defined and defined in the Act or in Companies (Specification of Definitions Details) Rules, 2014 shall have the same meanings respectively assigned to them in the Act or in the said rules.

Rule 3. Meetings of Board through video conferencing or other audio visual means.—A company shall comply with the following procedure, for convening and conducting the Board meetings through video conferencing or other audio, visual means.

(1) Every Company shall make necessary arrangements to avoid failure of video or audio-visual connection.

(2) The Chairperson of the meeting and the company secretary, if any, shall take due and reasonable care—

(a) to safeguard the integrity of the meeting by ensuring sufficient security and identification procedures;

(b) to ensure availability of proper video conferencing or other audio visual equipment or facilities for providing transmission of the communications for effective participation of the directors and other authorized participants at the Board meeting;

(c) to record proceedings and prepare the minutes of the meeting;

(d) to store for safekeeping and marking the tape recording(s) or other electronic recording mechanism as part of the records of the company at least before the time of completion of audit of that particular year.

(e) to ensure that no person other than the concerned director are attending or have access to the proceedings of the meeting through video conferencing mode or other audio visual means; and

(f ) to ensure that participants attending the meeting through audio visual means are able to hear and see the other participants clearly during the course

Provided that the persons, who are differently abled, may make request to the Board to allow a person to accompany him.

(3) (a) The notice of the meeting shall be sent to all the directors in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (3) of section 173 of the Act.

(b) The notice of the meeting shall inform the directors regarding the option available to them to participate through video conferencing mode or other audio visual means, and shall provide all the necessary information to enable the directors to participate through video conferencing mode or other audio visual means.

(c) A director intending to participate through video conferencing or audio visual means shall communicate his intention to the Chairperson or the company secretary of the company.

d) If the director intends to participate through video conferencing or other audio visual means, he shall give prior intimation to that effect sufficiently in advance so that company is able to make suitable arrangements in this behalf.

(e) The director, who desire, to participate may intimate his intention of

Participation through the electronic mode at the beginning of the calendar year and such declaration shall be valid for one calendar year.

(f) In the absence of any intimation under clause (c), it shall be assumed that the director shall attend the meeting in person.

(4) At the commencement of the meeting, a roll call shall be taken by the Chairperson when every director participating through video conferencing or other audio visual means shall state, for the record, the following namely:—

(a) name;

(b) the location from where he is participating;

(c) that he has received the agenda and all the relevant material for the meeting and

(d) that no one other than the concerned director is attending or having access to the proceedings of the meeting at the location mentioned in clause (b);

(5) (a) After the roll call, the Chairperson or the Company Secretary shall inform the Board about the names of persons other than the directors who are present for the said meeting at the request or with the permission of the Chairperson and confirm that the required quorum is complete.

Explanation.—A director participating in a meeting through video conferencing or other audio visual means shall be counted for the purpose of quorum, unless he is to be excluded for any items of business under any provisions of the Act or the rules.

(b) The Chairperson shall ensure that the required quorum is present throughout the meeting.

(6) With respect to every meeting conducted through video conferencing or other audio visual means authorised under these rules, the scheduled venue of the meeting as set forth in the notice convening the meeting, [***][1], shall be deemed to be the place of the said meeting and all recordings of the proceedings at the meeting shall be deemed to be made at such place.

(7) The statutory registers which are required to be placed in the Board meeting as per the provisions of the Act shall be placed at the scheduled venue of the meeting and where such registers are required to be signed by the directors, the same shall be deemed to have been signed by the directors participating through electronic mode, if they have given their consent to this effect and it is so recorded in the minutes of the meeting.

(8) (a) Every participant shall identify himself for the record before speaking on any item of business on the agenda.

(b) If a statement of a director in the meeting through video conferencing or other audio visual means is interrupted or garbled, the Chairperson or Company Secretary shall request for a repeat or reiteration by the Director.

(9) If a motion is objected to and there is a need to put it to vote, the Chairperson shall call the roll and note the vote of each director who shall identify himself while casting his vote.

(10) From the commencement of the meeting and until the conclusion of such meeting, no person other than the Chairperson, Directors, Company Secretary and any other person whose presence is required by the Board shall be allowed access to the place where any director is attending the meeting either physically or through video conferencing without the permission of the Board.

(11) (a) At the end of discussion on each agenda item, the Chairperson of the meeting shall announce the summary of the decision taken on such item along with names of the directors, if any, who dissented from the decision taken by majority.

(b) The minutes shall disclose the particulars of the directors who attended the meeting through video conferencing or other audio visual means.

(12) (a) The draft minutes of the meeting shall be circulated among all the directors within fifteen days of the meeting either in writing or in electronic mode as may be decided by the Board.

(b) Every director who attended the meeting, whether personally or through video conferencing or other audio visual means, shall confirm or give his comments in writing, about the accuracy of recording of the proceedings of that particular meeting in the draft minutes, within seven days or some reasonable

time as decided by the Board, after receipt of the draft minutes failing which his approval shall be presumed.

(c) After completion of the meeting, the minutes shall be entered in the minute book as specified under section 118 of the Act and signed by the Chairperson.

Explanation.—For the purposes of this rule, “video conferencing or other audio visual means” means audio- visual electronic communication facility employed which enables all the persons participating in a meeting to communicate concurrently with each other without an intermediary and to participate effectively in the meeting.

Rule 4. Matters not to be dealt with in a meeting through video conferencing or other audio visual means.—[The] [2]following matters shall not be dealt with in any meeting held through video conferencing or other audio visual means.—

(i) the approval of the annual financial statements;

(ii) the approval of the Board’s report;

(iii) the approval of the prospectus;

(iv) the Audit Committee Meetings for [consideration of financial statement including consolidated financial statement, if any, to be approved by the Board under sub-section (1) of Section 134 of the Act][3]; and

(v) the approval of the matter relating to amalgamation, merger, demerger, acquisition and takeover.

[1] The words “which shall be in India” omitted by Companies (Meetings of Board and its Powers) Second Amendment Rules, 2014 vide Notification No. GSR 590(E) dated 14th August, 2014,

[2] Substituted for “(1) The” by Companies (Meetings of Board and its Powers) Second Amendment Rules, 2014 vide Notification No. GSR 590(E) dated 14th August, 2014.

[3] Substituted for the words “consideration of accounts” by Companies

(Meetings of Board and its Powers) Second Amendment Rules, 2014 vide Notification No. GSR 590(E) dated 14th August, 2014.

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