Section 179 of Companies Act, 2013 – Powers of Board

  • Updated Till : August 19, 2018

SECTION 179. POWERS OF BOARD

[Effective from 1st April, 2014]

(1) The Board of Directors of a company shall be entitled to exercise all such powers, and to do all such acts and things, as the company is authorised to exercise and do:

Provided that in exercising such power or doing such act or thing, the Board shall be subject to the provisions contained in that behalf in this Act, or in the memorandum or articles, or in any regulations not inconsistent therewith and duly made thereunder, including regulations made by the company in general meeting:

Provided further that the Board shall not exercise any power or do any act or thing which is directed or required, whether under this Act or by the memorandum or articles of the company or otherwise, to be exercised or done by the company in general meeting.

(2) No regulation made by the company in general meeting shall invalidate any prior act of the Board which would have been valid if that regulation had not been made.

(3) The Board of Directors of a company shall exercise the following powers on behalf of the company by means of resolutions passed at meetings of the Board, namely:—

(a) to make calls on shareholders in respect of money unpaid on their shares;

(b) to authorise buy-back of securities under section 68;

(c) to issue securities, including debentures, whether in or outside India;

(d) to borrow monies;

(e) to invest the funds of the company;

(f) to grant loans or give guarantee or provide security in respect of loans;

(g) to approve financial statement and the Board’s report;

(h) to diversify the business of the company;

(i) to approve amalgamation, merger or reconstruction;

(j) to take over a company or acquire a controlling or substantial stake in another company;

(k) any other matter which may be prescribed:

Provided that the Board may, by a resolution passed at a meeting, delegate to any committee of directors, the managing director, the manager or any other principal officer of the company or in the case of a branch office of the company, the principal officer of the branch office, the powers specified in clauses (d) to (f) on such conditions as it may specify:

EXEMPTIONS

In case of a Section 8 Company, matters referred to in clauses (d), (e) and (f ) of Section 179 (3) may be decided by the Board by circulation instead of a meeting, vide Notification No. 466(E) dated 5th June, 2015.

The above mentioned exception shall be applicable to a Section 8 company which has not committed a default in filing its financial statements under section 137 of the said Act or annual return under section 92 of the said Act with the Registrar, vide amendment notification G.S.R. 584(E) dated 13th June 2017. 

Provided further that the acceptance by a banking company in the ordinary course of its business of deposits of money from the public repayable on demand or otherwise and withdrawable by cheque, draft, order or otherwise, or the placing of monies on deposit by a banking company with another banking company on such conditions as the Board may prescribe, shall not be deemed to be a borrowing of monies or, as the case may be, a making of loans by a banking company within the meaning of this section.

[3] [Provided also that in case of a Specified IFSC private company, the Board can exercise the powers by means of resolutions passed at the meetings of the Board or through resolutions passed by circulation.]

[4] [Provided also that in case of a Specified IFSC public company, the Board can exercise powers by means of resolutions passed at the meetings of the Board or through resolutions passed by circulation.]

Explanation I.—Nothing in clause (d) shall apply to borrowings by a banking company from other banking companies or from the Reserve Bank of India, the State Bank of India or any other banks established by or under any Act.

Explanation II.—In respect of dealings between a company and its bankers, the exercise by the company of the power specified in clause (d) shall mean the arrangement made by the company with its bankers for the borrowing of money by way of overdraft or cash credit or otherwise and not the actual day-to-day operation on overdraft, cash credit or other accounts by means of which the arrangement so made is actually availed of.

(4) Nothing in this section shall be deemed to affect the right of the company in general meeting to impose restrictions and conditions on the exercise by the Board of any of the powers specified in this section.

Applicable Rules

Companies (Meetings of Board and its Powers) Rules, 2014

[Effective from 1st April, 2014]

Rule 8. Powers of Board.—In addition to the powers specified under sub-section (3) of section 179 of the Act, the following powers shall also be exercised by the Board of Directors only by means of resolutions passed at meetings of the Board.—

(1) to make political contributions;

(2) to appoint or remove key managerial personnel (KMP);

(3) [**][1]

(4) to appoint internal auditors and secretarial auditor;

[***][2]

[1] Omitted by the Companies (Meetings of Board and its Powers) Amendment Rules, 2015 vide Notification No. GSR 206 (E) dated 18th March, 2015. Prior to the omission it read as under:

“(3) to take note of appointment(s) or removal(s) of one level below the Key Management Personnel;”

[2] Omitted by the Companies (Meetings of Board and its Powers) Amendment Rules, 2015 vide Notification No. GSR 206 (E) dated 18th March, 2015. Prior to the omission it read as under:

“(5) to take note of the disclosure of director’s interest and shareholding;

(6) to buy, sell investments held by the company (other than trade investments), constituting five percent or more of the paid up share capital and free reserves of the investee company;

(7) to invite or accept or renew public deposits and related matters;

(8) to review or change the terms and conditions of public deposit;

(9) to approve quarterly, half yearly and annual financial statements or financial results as the case may be.”

[3] Inserted vide Notification no. G.S.R. 9(E).dated 04th January, 2017.

[4] Inserted vide Notification no. G.S.R. 08(E).dated 04th January, 2017.

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