To ensure proper disclosures and regulatory compliance by listed companies with regard to their top executive salaries and appointments,the government has come out with an exhaustive check-list for documents required to be filed in such cases.
The release of this 10-page check list by the corporate affairs ministry comes at a time when there is a growing public and regulatory scrutiny of pay packages doled out by the companies to their CEOs and other top executives.
While the US and some European countries are framing new rules to give shareholders larger say on pay of top management personnel at listed firms,market regulator Sebi and investor advisory firms in India have also said that executive salaries should reflect the financial performance of the companies.
India largely follows a disclosure-based regulatory regime for the corporates,but strong checks and balances are being put in place to curb the practice of unreasonable fat pay packages,a senior official said,while adding that the new check list is a step in that direction.
The new check list has been prepared after taking into account various regulatory requirements to be fulfilled by listed companies while seeking the government approval for matters like appointment and remuneration of top executives as also their pay hike,hiring of foreign nationals in leadership roles,recruitment of relatives of directors,among others.
The move is also aimed at fostering better corporate governance practices at the companies an issue where Sebi (Securities and Exchange Board of India) is also deliberating over wide-ranging changes in the relevant regulations.