India’s largest e-governance initiative, MCA-21, was formally launched on a pilot basis with a comprehensive online portal to enable e-Filing under the MCA-21 project at a function held in Coimbatore recently. The Ministry of Company Affairs initiative is a mission project under Government of India’s national e-Governance plan.
Within the next two months, the MCA-21 initiative will be launched nationwide across 20 offices of the Registrar of Companies, including New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Hyderabad.
The BOOT (Build, Operate, Own and Transfer) model initiative is being executed in partnership with TCS, who besides designing and implementing the project, will own, operate and maintain for six years after successfully rolling out all sites.
S. Ramadorai, CEO & MD, TCS said, “The MCA-21 project is visionary in nature and aims to bring speed, transparency and efficiency in the delivery of the services rendered by the Ministry of Company Affairs to all the stakeholders through a set of pre-defined service levels.”
Corporations, professionals and public will now be able to interact with the Ministry using the MCA-21 portal from home or facilitation centers, instead of having to visit the visit the Registrar of Company offices and to make online payments. A Director Identification Number (DIN) – a unique and lifetime identification number will be issued to directors who wish to interact with the ministry. Besides, a Service Request Number (SRN) will enable the stakeholder to track service requests. Electronic submission of forms will be facilitated, though a unique Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) will be mandatory.