Companies and LLPs to file web-based form ‘CAR’ for confirming their readiness towards COVID-19: MCA

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The Ministry of Corporate Affairs ( MCA ) is in the process of developing and deploying a simple web form named CAR (Company Affirmation of Readiness towards COVID-19) for companies/LLPs to confirm their readiness to deal with the COVID-19 threat.

Since the wake of the Novel Coronavirus(COVID-19) affecting over 110 countries including India, the WHO had declared it a Pandemic. Apart from human suffering, it is also causing major economic disruptions. In order to contain the spreading of the virus, the corporate sector is required to play a key role in implementing the strategic policy decision of social distancing, which is most crucial in reducing the rate and extent of disease transmission at the community level.

Taking cognizance of the gravity of the public health situation, the Government in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs has relaxed the rules with respect of Board and dispensed with the necessity of holding physical meetings on matters relating to approval of financial statements, board report, restructuring etc., up to 30th June, 2020. They are also examining any other relaxation under the Companies Act, 2013 that may be necessitated on account of COVID-19.

As part of disaster management to meet this urgent and severe health exigency, all companies/LLPs are strongly advised to put in place an immediate plan to implement the “Work from Home” in the Headquarters and field offices to the maximum extent possible, including by conduct of meeting through video conference or other electronic/telephonic/computerized means. They further instructed that even with the essential staff on duty, staggered timings may be followed so as to minimize physical interaction. Apart from that, the preventive measures including the Do’s and Don’t’s advised by the public health authorities are to be strictly followed.

The Webform named CAR will be deployed on 23rd March 2020. All companies/LLPs are requested to using compliance with the web form named CAR on the 23rd of March instant while following all possible preventive measures to contain the disease and its contagious effect.