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President promulgates four Ordinances including Ordinance banning Triple Talaq; Unregulated Deposit Schemes

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Second Ordinance and Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Second Ordinance have been promulgated to give continued effect to the provisions brought in by the earlier ordinance.

Feb 22, 2019 12:51 IST
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President Ram Nath Kovind on February 21, 2019 promulgated the four ordinances, namely:
• The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Second Ordinance, 2019
• The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Second Ordinance, 2019
• The Companies (Amendment) Second Ordinance, 2019
• The Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Ordinance, 2019


The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Second Ordinance and Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Second Ordinance have been promulgated to give continued effect to the provisions brought in by the earlier ordinance.

The Companies (Amendment) Second Ordinance has been promulgated to empower the Central Government to allow certain companies to have a different financial year instead of the year determined by the Tribunal.

The Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Ordinance has been promulgated to have central legislation to tackle the menace of illicit deposit schemes in the country.

Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Second Ordinance, 2019

The Ordinance declares the practice of triple talaq to be void and illegal, be it in any form- spoken form, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp or in any other manner whatsoever.

It makes declaration of talaq a cognisable and non-bailable offence. A husband declaring talaq can be imprisoned for up to three years along with a fine. However, the magistrate can decide on releasing the husband on bail only after hearing the woman against whom talaq has been pronounced.

The Ordinance will protect the rights of married Muslim women and deter the practice of divorce by declaring triple talaq (talaq –e –biddat).

Triple Talaq Bill 2018: All you need to know

Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Ordinance, 2019

The Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Ordinance, 2019 aims to immediately tackle the menace of illicit deposit taking activities in the country which at present are exploiting regulatory gaps and duping poor and gullible people of their hard-earned savings.

The Ordinance contains a banning clause which bans Deposit Takers from promoting, operating, issuing advertisements or accepting deposits in any Unregulated Deposit Scheme.

This Ordinance seeks to put in place a mechanism by which the depositors can be repaid without delay by attaching the assets of the defaulting establishments.

Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Ordinance, 2019

Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Second Ordinance, 2019

The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Second Ordinance, 2019 enables the Board of Governors appointed in supersession of the Medical Council of India (MCI) to continue to exercise the powers of MCI for a period of two years or till the Council is reconstituted, whichever is earlier.

It will ensure transparency, accountability and quality in the governance of medical education in the country. It will also ensure that the work already done by the Board of Governors as per provisions of earlier Ordinance is validated and may continue.

Cabinet approves promulgation of Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Second Ordinance, 2019

Companies (Amendment) Second Ordinance, 2019

In pursuance of the Government’s objective of providing Ease of Doing Business while simultaneously strengthening the corporate governance and compliance framework enshrined in the Companies Act, 2013, the Companies (Amendment) Second Ordinance, 2019 has been promulgated.

This Ordinance addresses the need to impose civil liability for technical and procedural defaults of a minor nature and to plug the corporate governance and enforcement frame work through:

  • Re-categorisation of 16 minor offences as civil defaults which will de-clog special courts
  • Transfer of certain routine functions such as permitting conversion of a public company into a private company to the central government
  • Breach of ceiling on directorships being made a ground for disqualification
  • Enhancing the pecuniary jurisdiction of regional director’s for compounding offences

Companies (Amendment) Second Ordinance, 2019

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