As many as 21 lakh directors of companies failed to comply with KYC norms, following which the government began the process of de-activating their identification numbers.
The Director Identification Numbers (DINs), which the government is going to deactivate, is a unique number allotted to individuals who are eligible to have directorship on the boards of registered companies.They will be re-activated only after a fee payment of Rs 5,000 along with the requisite form and the individuals concerned might also face action.
The move, by the Corporate Affairs Ministry, comes amid government's tough crackdown on shell companies which are suspected to be conduits for illicit fund flows.
In June, the ministry decided to carry out KYC (Know Your Customer) process for all directors, including those who have been disqualified. The last date for complying with the new norms by way of submitting form 'DIR-3 KYC' without fee ended on September 15.
The senior ministry official said that out of 33 lakh active directors, only around 12.16 lakh directors completed the KYC process. The balance of around 21 lakh individuals failed to comply with the requirement.
"The process of deactivating the non-compliant DINs is in progress and is likely to be completed by September 17, 2018," the ministry said in a communication on its website.
After the deadline of September 15, the MCA 21 system would mark all approved DINs -- allotted on or before March 31 this year -- against which DIR-3 KYC form has not been filed as "de-activated". The reason for de-activation would be 'non-filing of DIR-3 KYC', as per the ministry.
MCA 21 is used by stakeholders to submit requisite filings to the ministry.
According to another communication by the ministry, which is implementing the Companies Act, the form may be filed "in respect of such de-activated DINs only with a fee of Rs 5,000, without prejudice to any other action that may be taken".
Last year, the ministry had disqualified more than three lakh persons from holding directorship at registered companies amid the fight against illicit fund flows. These individuals were directors at firms that were not carrying out business activities for a long time.