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Company secretary for banks – RBI Discussion paper released

RBI has released a discussion paper today i.e. 12th June 2020, on ‘Governance in Commercial Banks in India’ for public comments.

  • Objective:

To align the current regulatory framework with global best practices while being mindful of the context of the domestic financial system.

  • Last date to forwarding suggestions:

Suggestions and comments on the discussion paper may be sent by email latest by July 15, 2020.

  • Major Key Highlights – From Company Secretary Prospective:
  1. Appointment of Company Secretary for Banks:
  • All banks whether listed or otherwise shall have a Company Secretary who is bound by the professional standards of a company secretary.
  • The secretary shall report to the Chair of the board
  1. Performance assessment and Roles of the company secretary
  • shall be undertaken by the NRC based on the feedback provided by the Chair of the board.
  • work closely with the compliance function of the bank
  • the distinct separation of roles, duties and reporting lines
  • The management of the Bank shall not be involved in the performance assessment.
  1. The role of the head of the compliance function is:

specific to the role expected of the bank being an RBI regulated entity while the role of the company secretary is to be defined by the fact that a bank is also a company or body corporate.

  1. Responsibility of the company secretary:
  • ensure that the management makes available the agenda items within the time frame stipulated by the board, its committees and
  • the minutes of the meetings of the board as well as the committees of the board are recorded as per the professional standards required.
  1. Secretarial Audit Applicability:
  • All banks including those not listed and/ or operating as branches shall undertake a secretarial audit in line with provisions of section 204 of the Companies Act, 2013 the scope of which shall include compliance to guidelines/directions emanating from this Discussion Paper.
  • The Secretarial Audit report shall be made available to the ACB which shall have oversight over compliance to various gaps reported by the audit.
  1. Compensation of the functionaries in the Company Secretariat

shall be recommended jointly by ACB as well as NRC and approved by the board.

Full Discussion Paper is Available at:

https://rbidocs.rbi.org.in/rdocs/Publications/PDFs/DISCUSSION08CA382F39604B10B420A8A43B0DB0C1.PDF

Disclaimer:

IN NO EVENT THE AUTHOR SHALL BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGE RESULTING FROM OR ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THIS INFORMATION.

CS Lalit Rajput

Company Secretary having 5 years of post-qualification experience in the Compliance Management Services industry by serving Corporates including Listed Companies, Corporate Secretarial Firms, and LLP. I have a keen interest in Corporate Governance and Compliance Management and the soaring craving to learn every day. The aim is to dive deep into the Corporate Governance sphere and help the industry with knowledge and practical exposure. Mail:- lalitrajput537@gmail.com Phone: +91 8802581290

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