Ministry of Corporate Affairs identified 2,38,223 shell companies between 2018-2021

There is no definition of the term “Shell Company” in the Companies Act and it normally refers to a company without active business operation or significant assets, which in some cases are used for illegal purpose such as tax evasion, money laundering, obscuring ownership, benami properties etc. This was stated by Union Minister of State for Corporate Affairs Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

Cabinet approved to convert Ordnance Factory Board into a corporate entity

The Department of Defence Production has been continually engaging with the Federations and Associations of Ordnance Factories with regard to their views on the said transformation. An Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) has been constituted under the chairmanship of Minister of Defence to oversee and guide the entire process of corporatisation of OFB, including transition support and redeployment plan of employees while safeguarding their wages and retirement benefits.

Core Investment Companies (Reserve Bank) Master Direction 2016

In exercise of the powers conferred by sections 45JA, 45L and 45M of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934 (2 of 1934), and of all the powers enabling it in this behalf, the Reserve Bank of India (hereinafter also referred to as the Bank) being satisfied that it is necessary and expedient in the public interest and being satisfied that for the purpose of enabling the Bank to regulate the credit system to the advantage of the country to do so

CICs hold 90% of their assets in equity, preference shares or convertibles bonds or loans.

Core Investment Companies, (CIC) are those companies which have their assets predominantly as investments in shares for holding stake in group companies but not for trading, and also do not carry on any other financial activity. These companies a minimum 90% of their assets in the group concerns either in the form of equity, preference shares or convertibles bonds or loans. Further the component of equity holdings should not be less than 60% of their assets.

Corporate Social Responsibility under Companies Act 2013

In terms of the Companies Act 2013 companies are required to contribute 2% of their profit towards Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Training to promote sports, creation and maintenance of sports infrastructure, up gradation and renovation of existing sports facilities, Sports Science support including setting up of Gymnasium & Rehabilitation centers are activities covered under CSR.

Goods & Services Tax (GST) Practice Procedure

The reason behind bringing GST is in removing the cascading effects i.e., tax on tax of both Central and State taxes by allowing setting-off of taxes throughout the value chain, right from the original producer and service provider's level up to the consumer level.