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12,892 companies removed from Registrar of Companies in 2020-21

The removal of name of companies from the Registrar of Companies is a continuous process. This was stated by Union Minister of State for Corporate Affairs Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.The Minister stated that companies can also apply for removing the name of the company u/s 248(2) of the Act, which is an online application. Inactive company is defined in Explanation in (i) to sec 455(1) of the Act, whereby the companies can obtain the status of a Dormant Company, the Minister added.

Giving more details of such companies, the Minister stated as under:

Year No. of companies removed from the Register of Companies under section 248(1) and 248(2) of the Act. No. of Dormant     Companies
2019-20 2,933 48
2020-21 12,892 19

In response to a question on inactive and “Shell Companies”, the Minister stated that there is no definition of the term “Shell Company” in the Companies Act, 2013 (the Act). However, the Minister stated that pursuant to the provisions of section 248 (1) of the Act where the Registrar has reasonable cause to believe that the companies that are not carrying on any business or operation for a period of two immediately preceding financial years and has not made any application within such period for obtaining the status of a dormant company under section 455, shall, after following the due process of law, remove the name of those companies from the Register of Companies.

The Minister also stated that there is no Scheme called Saral Nikas Yojana by the Government.

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