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LS takes up Companies Bill for consideration

Under the new law, CSR spending will be the responsibility of companies like their tax liabilities

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today took up for consideration the which seeks to further improve corporate governance, with the government saying that the proposed legislation was aimed at protecting the interest of small investors and making India an attractive destination.

Moving the Bill for consideration, Corporate Affairs Minister Sachin Pilot said the proposed legislation had been finalised after studies on corporate governance in France and Indonesia.

Under the new law for companies, the corporate social responsibility (CSR) spending would be the responsibility of companies like their tax liabilities, he said.

He also talked about provision to keep a tab on exorbitant remunerations for the board of directors and other executives of the companies to protect the interest of shareholders and workmen.

Pilot also informed the House the that there would be enough provisions to deal with fly by night companies to protect the interest of small investors.

About safeguard for workmen in the legislation, he said the new law mandates payment of two years' salary to employees in companies which wind up. This liability would be overriding.

He said people would look at India as a safe investment destination once the new law came into force.

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