PSUs should hold AGMs on time: Guv

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Expresses concern over prolonged delays

JAMMU: Governor N N Vohra has expressed concern over the repeated prolonged delays which arise from the failure of the various state Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) in timely holding their Annual General Meetings (AGMs). According to an official handout issued on Tuesday, he had urged Chief Minister to direct all administrative secretaries and MDs of PSUs to “strictly adhere to the statutory provisions of the Companies Act, 2013, and ensure that the AGMs are held within the legally stipulated periods”. In a recent letter to present chief minister, the governor has regretted that he “continues to receive requests directly from the MDs of various PSUs for nomination of proxy to attend AGMs” which have been very badly delayed, the handout read. “It has been intimated that, for future, he will not accept any such request unless the case comes to him from the Chief Secretary after it has been seen by the chief minister,” it read. Consequent to governor’s earlier correspondence with chief minister the general administration department had issued instructions, in December 2015, to prescribe, inter-alia: (i) that no approval shall be accorded by governor for any AGM which is held without the statutorily prescribed advance notice; (ii) the concerned administrative secretary shall furnish clear reason(s) in case the AGM is not held within the financial year; (iii) for Proxy to be nominated for a delayed AGM, which has not been held within the financial year, the file shall be routed through chief secretary and principal secretary to the chief minister, the handout read.