New Delhi, December 29, 2017

The government is in favour of an independent regulator to oversee compliance with accounting and auditing standards as well as for oversight of audit professionals, Parliament was informed today.

However, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) is of the view that existing framework of the regulator to perform these function is "adequate".

"The government, however, is of the view that, in addition to the self regulation mechanism existing within the ICAI framework, there is a need for an independent regulator to inter alia oversee compliance with accounting and auditing standards and for oversight of audit professionals," Minister of State for Corporate Affairs P P Chaudhary said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

Internationally, also independent regulators have been assigned these functions in over 50 countries.

The minister said that steps are underway for establishing the National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA).

The Companies Act provides for setting up of NFRA for recommending to government on formulation and laying down of accounting and auditing policies, adoption of standards, monitoring their compliance and overseeing quality of service of professionals associated with such compliance.

ICAI informed that till December 20 this year, a total of 1,583 cases are pending at different stages of disciplinary actions.

[The Economic Times]