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FAQs on Secretarial Compliance Report

Secretarial Audit and Secretarial Compliance Report

The SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 have been amended to include the following Regulation:

24A: Secretarial Audit

Every  listed  entity  and  its  material   unlisted  subsidiaries  incorporated   in  India  shall   undertake  secretarial  audit   and  shall  annex   with  its  annual  report, a secretarial audit report, given by a company secretary in practice, in such form as may be prescribed with effect from the year ended March 31, 2019.”

FAQ -1: Secretarial Audit applies to whom?

Ans: The following class of companies requires Secretarial Audit Report

  • Every Listed Entity;
  • Material unlisted Subsidiary of Listed Entity;
  • Every Public Company having share capital more than Rs. 50 Crore;
  • Every Public Company having turnover more than Rs. 250 Crore;

FAQ-2: What is Material Unlisted Company?

Ans: “Material Unlisted Subsidiary” means a subsidiary of a listed company whose income or net worth exceeds 10 % of the consolidated income or net worth, respectively, of the Company and its Subsidiaries in the immediately preceding accounting year.

FAQ-3: What is the format of Secretarial Audit Report?

Ans: Format of Secretarial Audit Report will continue to be MR-3.  

FAQ-4: What is Secretarial Compliance Report?

Ans: It is report on compliance of SEBI act, regulations, circulars, guidelines etc. So, it specifically deals with SEBI regulation angel. 

FAQ-5: What is the difference between Secretarial Audit and Secretarial Compliance Report?

Ans: Secretarial Audit covers broad check on compliances of overall applicable acts to the Company like SEBI Act, Companies Act, Depositors Act, FEMA, SCRA and other industry specific laws while Secretarial Compliance Report covers only SEBI Act and its regulations, circulars issued thereunder.

FAQ-6: Who will issue Secretarial Compliance Report?

Ans: A whole time Practicing Company Secretary.

FAQ-7: Secretarial Compliance Report applies to whom?

Ans: Every Listed Entity. (Not applicable to Material Unlisted Subsidiary)

FAQ-8: What is the format of Secretarial Compliance Report?

Ans: https://www.sebi.gov.in/legal/circulars/feb-2019/format-for-annual-secretarial-audit-report-and-annual-secretarial-compliance-report-for-listed-entities-and-their-material-subsidiaries_42015.html 

FAQ-9: What is the time limit of Submission of Secretarial Compliance Report?

Ans: Within 60 days from the closure of Financial Year.

FAQ-10: Whether Secretarial Compliance Report is required to be filled with RoC?

Ans: No. As of now, it is required to be filed only with Stock Exchanges. However, it is advisable to attach it in MGT-7 and must be incorporated in Annual Report after Secretarial Audit Report. 

FAQ-11: Can same PCS who performs Secretarial Audit can issue Secretarial Compliance Report?

Ans: Yes. There are no restrictions in the SEBI circular for the same. However, it is advisable to retain different PCS for Secretarial Audit and Secretarial Compliance Report to independent check and balance of each other.  

FAQ-12: From When, Secretarial Compliance Report is applicable?

Ans: From F.Y ending 31st March, 2019.    

A Practicing Company Secretary has to report on applicable SEBI regulations, its compliance, deviation, if any and his/her independent remark of particular deviation.

A Practicing Company Secretary has to not only audit previous F.Y but he/she has to comment on action taken by listed entity on deviation pointed out in previous compliance report.