Govt plans to make Aadhaar compulsory for filings under Companies Act

The proposal to make Aadhaar compulsory for filings under Companies Act is seen as part of efforts to curb money laundering through shell companies


A Ministry of Corporate Affairs notice said all MCA21 services shall be available based on Aadhaar based authentication only. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint
A Ministry of Corporate Affairs notice said all MCA21 services shall be available based on Aadhaar based authentication only. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint

New Delhi: The government is planning to make Aadhaar compulsory for regulatory filings made by key managerial personnel and directors under the Companies Act, in its attempt to weed out bogus entities.

There are more than nine lakh active companies in the country.

The proposal to make Aadhaar compulsory for filings under The Companies Act, 2013, comes at a time when authorities have stepped up efforts to curb money laundering activities through shell companies.

Registered companies have to submit filings as mandated under the Companies Act in electronic format through the MCA21 portal.

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs is “actively considering” integration of Aadhaar for availing various MCA21 related services. In a notice, the ministry has requested individual stakeholders to obtain Aadhaar at the earliest for “integrating their details with MCA21”.

It has also emphasised that information in Aadhaar is in harmony with PAN (Permanent Account Number). “When implemented, all MCA21 services shall be available based on Aadhaar based authentication only,” the notice said.

A government official said seeding Aadhaar with the filings would help ascertain the authenticity of the individuals as well as ensure bogus identities are not used.

Individual stakeholders, including “DIN (Director Identification Number) holders/ Directors/ Key Managerial Personnel” as well as certain professionals have been asked to obtain Aadhaar.

Professionals of the institutes of chartered accountants, company secretaries and cost accountants have been asked to get Aadhaar as early as possible. This would be applicable irrespective of whether the individual is in “employment or in practice”.

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