Criteria of making payments to Non-executive Directors
With changes in the corporate governance norms brought by the Companies Act, 2013 as well as Equity Listing Agreement, the role of Non-Executive Directors (NED) and the degree and quality of their engagement with the Board and the Company has undergone significant changes over a period of time. The Company is being hugely benefited from the expertise, advice and inputs provided by the NEDs. They devote their valuable time in deliberating on the strategic and critical issues in the course of the Board Meetings of the Company and give their valuable advice, suggestion and guidance to the management of the Company from time to time. Levels of remuneration to the NEDs are determined such that they attract, retain and motivate directors of the quality and ability required to run the Company successfully.
As per Regulation 46 (2) of the SEBI (Listing Obligations & Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 Listed entity shall disseminate following information on the website of the Company:
Criteria of making payments to non-executive directors.
In keeping with the above, any fee/remuneration payable to the NEDs of the Company shall abide by the following:
Such director(s) may receive remuneration by way of fee for attending meetings of the Board thereof or any other meeting as required by Companies Act, 2013, Equity Listing Agreement or other applicable law or for any other purpose whatsoever as may be decided by the Board;
Under the Companies Act, 2013, Section 197 allows a company to pay remuneration to its NEDs either by way of a monthly payment or at a specified percentage of the net profits of the company or partly by one way and partly by the other. Further, the section also states that where the company has either managing director or whole-time director or manager, then a maximum of 1% of its net profits can be paid as remuneration to its NEDs. In case there is no managing director or whole-time director or manager, then a maximum of 3% of net profit can be paid. Thus, the basis of payment to the NEDs is the net profit of the Company. Currently the Company is not paying Commission to its NEDs.
Under the Companies Act, 2013, Section 197 allows a Company to pay remuneration to its NEDs for services rendered by any such Director if a) The services rendered are of Professional nature;
As per the provision of Section 188 of the Companies Act, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Company shall approve the Professional fees to be paid to Non-Executive Director(s), and with the approval of the Shareholders where ever required.
Reimbursement of actual expenses incurred:
NEDs may also be paid/reimbursed such sums either as fixed allowance and /or actual as fair compensation for travel, boarding and lodging and incidental and /or actual out of pocket expenses incurred by such member for attending Board Meetings or for Company’s work.
Payment to independent directors:
An independent director shall not be entitled to any stock option and may receive remuneration only by way of fees and reimbursement of expenses for participation in meetings of the Board thereof and profit related commission up to a certain percentage of net profits in such proportion, as may be permissible under the applicable law.