appointment of KMP

Section 203(5) of the Companies Act, 2013 has been amended vide Companies Ordinance, 2019 as follows:

Section 203(5) after amendment reads as follows:

“If any company makes a default in complying with the provisions of this section, such company shall be liable to a penalty of Rs.500,000 and every director and KMP of the company who is in default, shall be liable to a penalty of Rs.50,000 and where default is a continuing one, with a further penalty of Rs.1000/- per day after the first day, during which such default continues but not exceeding Rs.500,000/-.

The earlier section mentioned penalty of not less than Rs.100,000 on the company, but which may extend to Rs.500,000/- Now it is one figure of Rs.500,000/- All other provisions are the same except the wordings earlier was “shall be punishable with fine” has been replaced with  “shall be liable to penalty”.

Unable to comprehend the meaning of this phrase change.

Section 203 pertains to appointment of managing director, CEO or manager, company secretary and chief financial officer in certain specified companies. The specifications are contained in Rule 8 of the Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014 wherein it is stated that every listed company and every public company having paid up share capital of Rs.10 crore or more shall have whole-time key managerial personnel. It also applies to private company having paid up share capital of Rs.5 crores or more and they are required to appoint whole time company secretary.

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