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Government Turns To AI, Data Analytics To Filter Out Shell Companies

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With the objective of establishing an ecosystem that will have “zero tolerance” for non-compliance with regulations, the corporate affairs ministry is betting big on AI and data analytics to deal with shell companies. Using these technologies, the ministry is developing an advanced MCA 21 portal.

Used for submitting requisite filings under the companies law and managing a repository of data on corporates in India, the portal will enable authorities to weed out entities that do not comply with regulations. Typically, shell companies are floated for illegal activities like money laundering, and a zero tolerance approach to this, enabled by AI, can put a stop to these practices.

It would make it “almost impossible for a shell company to survive,” points out Corporate Affairs Secretary, Injeti Srinivas. According to the ministry, the latest version of the portal might be operational in a year.

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Integrating AI Into MCA 21 Portal

Over the last few years, the corporate affairs ministry has been deregistering the names of companies from official records if they are found to be repeatedly violating regulations. AI and data analytics will help keep surveillance with respect to compliance on auto pilot mode on the MCA 21 portal.

“4.25 lakh shell companies have been struck off, and the numbers getting added each year is reducing. More companies are now becoming compliant, and the levels in terms of filings has crossed 80%,” Srinivas said in a statement. “This is a clear indication that the earlier scenario has become a matter of the past,” he added. 


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The MCA 21 portal, now running in its version, was started in 2006. In addition to this system,  the KYC drive for companies has also prompted greater compliance.

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Anu Thomas
Anu is a writer who stews in existential angst and actively seeks what’s broken. Lover of avant-garde films and BoJack Horseman fan theories, she has previously worked for Economic Times. Contact: anu.thomas@analyticsindiamag.com

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