Govt to set up agency for corporate governance
GIREESH CHANDRA PRASAD
TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 05, 2005 01:23:14 AM]
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NEW DELHI: The Corporate Affairs ministry has decided to have an umbrella agency of corporate governance which will set non-binding standards in
line with the principles developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This is to advocate the ‘spirit’ of governance to the industry, which sometime gets lost as companies follow the market regulator’s norms by the letter.
National Foundation for Corporate Governance (NFCG), set up jointly by
the Corporate Affairs ministry, the industry and professional regulators
of accountants and company secretaries, will act as this agency and
will initially evolve corporate governance principles in three areas
— institutional investors, independent directors and auditing.
These would be in line with the principles the 30-member international
policy advocating body has developed. OECD norms on taxation are widely
appreciated. While NFCG guidelines will remain non-binding, the
ministry wants it to have the sanctity of a sought after endorsement,
said a senior official.
which met in the capital on August 23 chaired by Corporate Affairs
minister Prem Chand Gupta and attended by Infosys chairman NR Narayana
Murthy, has also got the external affairs ministry nod to talk to four
international bodies working on corporate governance such as Global
Corporate Forum jointly set up by the World Bank and OECD.
The ministry of Corporate Affairs will take part in OECD’s
two-day Asian round table on corporate governance beginning on
September 8 in Indonesia for finalising a draft policy on corporate
governance in Asian banks.
would include the characteristics of Asian banks, fiduciary duties of
board members, board’s committees, firewalls against abusive
related party transactions and lending, corporate governance of group
companies affiliated with banks and the role of banks in improving the
governance of their debtor companies. The meet would also present
guidelines on governance in state owned enterprises it has finalised in
April this year.
government is now also working on setting up national centres for
corporate governance at various Indian Institutes of Management.
The first meeting of the Governing Council of National Foundation for
Corporate Governance (NFCG) was held on July 28, 2004 under the
Chairmanship of Shri Prem Chand Gupta, Minister, Corporate Affairs. The
NFCG is a trust, which has been set up by the Government in association
with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Institute of Chartered
Accountants of India (ICAI) and Institute of Company Secretaries of
India (ICSI). The NFCG has been set up with the objectives of
deliberating issues relating to good corporate governance, sensitizing
the corporate leaders on the importance of good corporate governance,
self regulation and directorial responsibilities and to provide
research and training in the field of corporate governance.
The NFCG envisages the setting up of National Centres of Corporate
Governance (NCCG) by premier Institutes of Management to provide
training to directors, undertake research and advocacy in the field of
corporate governance. The Governing Council approved the criteria for
selection and accreditation of Institutions and also approved the
accredition of the following Institutions on ad-hoc basis as NCCGs: -
Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.
Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow.
Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad.
Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
It was also decided that further initiative be taken by NFCG on issues
like research and case studies, a model whistle blowers’
policy, a corporate governance policy for large institutional investors
and corporate governance audit after wide consultations with the
stakeholders. The Governing Council also approved the decision of the
Board of Trustees to develop linkages with some international
organisations keeping in mind the reputation of the Institute and
On this occasion the Governing Council also launched the web site of
NFCG viz. www.nfcgindia.org.
NFCG will place a discussion paper on corporate governance on this web
site to invite comments/suggestions.
Shri N. R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman and Chief Mentor, Infosys
Technologies Limited was nominated as the second Vice-Chairman of the
The meeting of the Governing Council was chaired by Shri Prem Chand
Gupta, Minister, Corporate Affairs. Shri M. M. K. Sardana, Secretary,
MCA, Shri N. R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman and Chief Mentor, Infosys
Technologies Limited, Shri S. K. Munjal, President, CII, Shri N.
Srinivasan, Director General CII, Shri C. Banerjee, Sr. Director, CII,
Shri Sunil Goyal, President, ICAI, Shri Ashok Haldia, Secretary, ICAI,
Shri M. A. Athavale, President, ICSI, Shri N. K. Jain, Secretary, ICSI
participated in the deliberations.