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Industrial (Development and Regulations) Act, 1951


18FF. Provisions where government decides to follow the course of action specified in section 18FD(2)

(1) Where in any case the Central Government decides that the course of action specified in sub-section (2) of section 18FD should be followed, it shall, subject to the provisions of that sub-section, cause to be prepared, by the authorized person, a scheme for the reconstruction of the company, owning the industrial undertaking, in accordance with the provisions hereinafter contained and the authorized person shall submit the same for the approval of the government.

(2) The scheme for the reconstruction of the company owning the industrial undertaking may contain provisions for all or any of the following matters, namely,-

(a) the constitution, name and registered office, the capital, assets, powers, rights, interests, authorities and privileges, the liabilities, duties and obligations of the company on its reconstruction;

(b) any change in the Board of Directors, or the appointment of a new Board of Directors of the company on its reconstruction and the authority by whom, the manner in which and the other terms and conditions on which, such change or appointment shall be made and in the case of appointment of a new Board of Directors or of any director, the period for which such appointment shall be made;

(c) the vesting of controlling interest, in the reconstructed company, in the Central Government either by the appointment of additional directors or by the allotment of additional shares;

(d) the alteration of the memorandum and articles of association of the company, on its reconstruction, to give effect to such reconstruction;

(e) subject to the provisions of the scheme, the continuation by, or against the company, on its reconstruction, of any action or proceedings pending against the company immediately before the date of its reconstruction;

(f) the reduction of the interest or rights which the members and creditors have in or against the company before its reconstruction to such extent as the Central Government may consider necessary in the interests of general public or in the interests of the members and creditors or for the maintenance of the business of the company:

PROVIDED that nothing contained in this clause shall be deemed to authorize the reduction of the interest or rights of any creditor (including government) in respect of any loan or advance made by that creditor to the company after the date on which the management of the industrial undertaking of the company has been taken over under section 18A, section 18AA, or section 18FA;

(g) the payment in cash or otherwise to the creditors in full satisfaction of their claim-

(i) in respect of their interest or rights in or against the company before its reconstruction; or

(ii) where their interest or rights in or against the company has or have been reduced under clause (f), in respect of such interest, or rights as so reduced;

(h) the allotment to the members of the company for shares held by them therein before its reconstruction whether their interest in such shares has been reduced under clause (f) or not, of shares in the company on its reconstruction and where it is not possible to allot shares to any members, the payment in cash to those members in full satisfaction of their claim-

(1) in respect of their interest in shares in the company before its reconstruction; or

(2) where such interest has been reduced under clause (f), in respect of their interest in shares as so reduced;

(i) the offer by the Central Government to acquire by negotiations with the members of the company their respective shares on payment in cash to those members who may volunteer to sell their shares to the Central Government in full satisfaction of their claim-

(1) in respect of their interest in shares in the company before its reconstruction; or

(2) where such interest has been reduced under clause (f), in respect of their interest in shares as so reduced;

(j) the conversion of any debentures issued by the company after the taking over of the management of the company under section 18A or section 18AA or section 18FA or of any loans obtained by the company after that date or of any part of such debentures or loans, into shares in the company and the allotment of those shares to such debenture-holders or creditors, as the case may be;

(k) the increase of the capital of the company by the issue of new shares and the allotment of such new shares to the Central Government;

(l) the continuance of the services of such of the employees of the company as the Central Government may specify in the scheme in the company itself, on its reconstruction, on such terms and conditions as the Central Government thinks fit;

(m) notwithstanding anything contained in clause (1), where any employees of the company whose services have been continued under clause (1) have, by notice in writing given to the company at any time before the expiry of one month next following the date on which the scheme is sanctioned by the High Court, intimated their intention of not becoming employees of the company, on its reconstruction, the payment to such employees and to other employees whose services have not been continued on the reconstruction of the company, of compensation, if any, to which they are entitled under the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 (14 of 1947), and such pension, gratuity, provident fund and other retirement benefits ordinarily admissible to them under the rules or authorizations of the company immediately before the date of its reconstruction;

(n) any other terms and conditions for the reconstruction of the company;

(o) such incidental, consequential and supplemental matters as are necessary to secure that the reconstruction of the company shall be fully and effectively carried out.

(3) (a) A copy of the scheme, as approved by the Central Government, shall be sent in draft to the company, to the registered trade unions, if any, of which the employees of the company are members and to the creditors thereof for suggestions and objections, if any, within such period as the Central Government may specify for this purpose.

(b) The Central Government may make such modifications, if any, in the draft scheme as it may consider necessary in the light of the suggestions and objections received from the company, from the registered trade unions of which the employees of the company are members and from any members or creditors of the company.

(4) The scheme shall thereafter be placed before the High Court for its sanction and the High Court, if satisfied that the scheme is in the interests of the general public or in the interests of the shareholders or for securing the proper management of the company and that the scheme is designed to be fair and reasonable to the members and creditors of the company, may, after giving a reasonable opportunity to the company and to its members and creditors of showing cause, sanction the scheme without any modification or without modification as it may consider necessary.

(5) The scheme, as so sanctioned by the High Court, shall come into force on such date as that court may specify in this behalf:

PROVIDED that different dates may be specified for different provisions of the scheme.

(6) The sanction accorded by the High Court under sub-section (4) shall be conclusive evidence that all the requirements that of this section relating to the reconstruction of the company have been compiled with, and the copy of the sanctioned scheme certified by the High Court to be a true copy thereof, shall, in legal proceedings (whether original or in appeal or otherwise), be admitted as evidence to the same extent as the original scheme.

(7) On and from date of the coming into operation of the scheme or any provision thereof, the scheme or such provision shall be binding on the company and also on all the members and other creditors and employees of the company and on any other person having any right or liability in relation to the company.

(8) On the coming into operation of the scheme or any provision thereof, the authorized person shall cease to function, and the management of the reconstructed company shall be assumed by the Board of Directors as provided in the scheme.

(9) Copies of the scheme shall be laid before each House of Parliament, as soon as may be, after the scheme has been sanctioned by the court.

(10) The provisions of this section and of any scheme made thereunder shall have effect notwithstanding anything contained in sections 391 to 394A (both inclusive) of the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956).



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