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Union Cabinet gives nod to ordinance on Triple Talaq

The cabinet also approved promulgating an ordinance for companies law amendments to plug gaps in corporate governance and enforcement framework as well as improve the ease of doing business.

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New Delhi Updated on: February 19, 2019 23:20 IST
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Union minister Arun Jaitley announced the slew of decisions taken by the Union cabinet at a presser this evening. 

The Union Cabinet on Tuesday gave its nod to issue the Triple Talaq ordinance, which makes the practice of instant triple talaq by Muslim men a penal offence. A bill which seeks to make the practice of talaq-e-biddat void, is pending in Rajya Sabha. The bill will lapse on June 3 with the dissolution of the present Lok Sabha. 

The Cabinet has given its nod to the Triple Talaq ordinance, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.

Once signed by President Ram Nath Kovind, the triple talaq ordinance will come into force for the third time in less than one year. 

The cabinet also approved promulgating an ordinance for companies law amendments to plug gaps in corporate governance and enforcement framework as well as improve the ease of doing business.

A bill to replace the Companies (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, that was promulgated in November could not be passed during the last session of the current Parliament.

Hence, the government has decided to promulgate the Companies (Second Amendment) Ordinance, 2019.

"The amendments have been brought in to address the need to impose civil liability for technical and procedural defaults of a minor nature," the government said.

Further, the changes have been made to plug gaps in the corporate governance and enforcement framework covering a wide range of issues.

As many as 16 minor offences have been re-categorised as "purely civil defaults" which would help de-clog special courts.

Besides, certain routine functions from the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) would be transferred to the central government. These include dealing with applications for change of financial year and conversion from public to private companies.

According to an official tweet, under the amended law, non-maintenance of registered office and non-reporting of commencement of business would be grounds for striking off the name of a company from the register.

Among others, breach of ceiling on directorships would be a ground for disqualification of a director.

There would also be stringent provisions with reduced timelines for creation and modification of charges under the companies law, according to the tweet.

The amendments are aimed at filling critical gaps in the corporate governance and compliance framework as well as simultaneously extend "greater ease of doing business to law-abiding corporates", it added. 

Cabinet today also approved a proposal for promulgation of Indian Medical Council (Amendment Second Ordinance-2019). It has also approved additional DA of three per cent over the existing rate of nine per cent to government employees and dearness relief to pensioners with effect from January 1 this year. 

Other approvals sanctioned today also include the construction of Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut, phase 2 of Ahmedabad metro rail project. 

(With PTI inputs)

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