The Companies Bill 2013 has received assent from the President Pranab Mukherjee on 29.08.2013. Earlier Rajya Sabha has passed the much awaited Companies Bill 2013 on 8th August 2013 which was passed by Lok Sabha on 18th December 2012.and amendments to it are passed by Lok Sabha on 13th august 2013. The new Companies Bill has received President's assent, that will make it into a law replacing the nearly six-decade old regulations that govern corporates in the country.The new Bill, providing for sweeping changes in the way companies operate and are regulated in the country.
The new Bill requires companies to spend on social welfare activities, empowers investors against any frauds committed by promoters, encourages companies to have women directors, and seeks to bring in greater transparency in corporate governance matters.
It also provides about three dozen new definitions, including for terms such as frauds, promoters, turnover, small companies, associate companies and employee stock options.
In the Companies Bill 2013, various new provisions have been included (which are not provided for in Companies Act, 1956) for better governance of the companies.
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