New Delhi, Dec 17: The government on Friday introduced a bill in the Lok Sabha to amend the laws governing chartered accountants, cost accountants, and company secretaries in order to mainly strengthen the disciplinary mechanisms in place at the respective institutes.
Strengthening the disciplinary mechanisms, providing provision for time-bound disposal of cases against the members of the three institutes, addressing the conflict of interest between the institutes’ administrative and disciplinary arms, and enhancing overall accountability are the bill’s key objectives.
The Chartered Accountants, the Cost and Works Accountants and the Company Secretaries (Amendment) Bill, 2021, was introduced in the Lower House on Friday amid Opposition din over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence that happened in Uttar Pradesh in October.
Chartered accountants, cost accountants and company secretaries come under the Chartered Accountants Act, 1949, the Cost and Works Accountants Act, 1959 and the Company Secretaries Act, 1980, respectively.
Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who moved the bill, said that on account of changes in the country’s economic and corporate environment, it has become necessary to amend the Acts.
“Further, recent corporate events have put the profession of chartered accountancy under a considerable scrutiny,” she said in the bill’s Statement of Objects and Reasons.
In recent years, the role of certain chartered accountants has come under the scanner following various corporate frauds coming into light.