FAQs on ICSI UDIN Amnesty Scheme 2020


ICSI UDIN Amnesty Scheme, 2020

Under ICSI Unique Document Identification Number (UDIN) Guidelines, 2019

1. The Council of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Council’) in its 261st(Special) Meeting held on 27thJune, 2019 issued the ICSI Unique Document Identification Number (UDIN) Guidelines, 2019 (hereinafter referred to as ‘the UDIN Guidelines’). It is applicable only to Practising Company Secretaries (hereinafter referred to as ‘PCS’).

2. The objective of the UDIN Guidelines is to:-

a) enable the stakeholders to verify the authenticity of various documents certified by Company Secretaries in Practice;

b) prevent counterfeiting of various attestations /certifications;

c) provide ease of maintaining the Register of Attestation / Certification services rendered by practicing members;

d) ensure compliance of the Guidelines issued by the Institute w.r.t ceilings on the number of the various certification /attestation services that may be rendered by the practitioners;

e) auto-prefill details of Certification / Attestation services rendered by practicing members in the form for renewal of Certificate of

3. The UDIN Guidelines were amended by the Council in its 263rdMeeting held on 23rdSeptember, 2019 and have been further amended by the Council in its 269th (Adjourned) Meeting held on 13th July,

4. A copy of the latest amended UDIN guidelines may be downloaded from the UDIN Portal (https://stimulate.icsi.edu/udin/) of the

5. Para 3 of the UDIN Guidelines provides the list of professional services in respect of which generation of UDIN is mandatory. Institute has received requests from the members on account of failure to generate the UDIN at the time of signing of Certificate / Report / Form / Other Documents or for inadvertently mentioning some wrong particulars due to typographical errors or otherwise. Similarly, few of the members could not revoke the UDIN generated but not utilised within 7 days of such

6. As per Para 5(viii) of the UDIN Guidelines every PCS shall generate UDIN at the time of signing of Certificate / Report / Form / Other Documents or seven days in advance to the date of such signing as above. There is no provision to generate UDIN after the date of signing of the Certificate / Report / Form / Other Documents is over. This is the affirmation and credibility of the UDIN mechanism introduced by the

7. Any non-compliance of the UDIN Guidelines makes the defaulting PCS liable for action under the Company Secretaries Act, 1980 read with First Schedule and Second Schedule to the Company Secretaries Act, 1980 for such non-compliance, in accordance with para 8 of the UDIN

8. In terms of the first proviso to Para 5 of the UDIN Guidelines, the PCS Committee is authorised to frame standard operating procedures and modalities or any scheme due to any specific circumstances to condone the delay on such terms and conditions as it may deem fit and proper and in case of such condonation, the PCS shall not be liable for consequences of violation as mentioned in Para 8 of the UDIN

9. The PCS Committee of the Council of ICSI at it’s 90thMeeting held on 20th August, 2020 considered that being the first year of the applicability and thereafter due to global pandemic COVID-19 followed by subsequent lockdown situation and reasons beyond control like cyclone / floods / rains or any other natural calamity leading to power failure or loss of stable internet connectivity there have been genuine cases where default has happened and the defaulting PCS are willing to rectify the default and disclose the details and hence a UDIN Amnesty Scheme be released wherein a PCS may:

i) Generate the UDINs missed earlier,

ii) Rectify the UDIN details recorded at the time of generation,

iii) Revoke the UDINs not

10. In case(s) where the UDIN has not been generated, it will be mandatory to generate the UDIN before filing the request under this

11. The online request window will be open on 1st September, 2020 and shall remain active upto 31st October, 20201.

12. All UDINs generated from the effective date of the UDIN Guidelines upto 31st October, 2020 2 shall be eligible for the purpose of this

13. A PCS may revoke or modify a UDIN only once. Separate online request(s) have to be made for more than one 

14. Only active UDIN are eligible for rectification under the UDIN Amnesty Scheme. UDIN once revoked shall not be

15. The PCS applying under ICSI UDIN Amnesty Scheme, 2020 shall be granted immunity from the applicability of the provisions of para 8 of the UDIN Guidelines in respect of the UDINs for which request under this

1 Substituted for the words 30th September, 2020 2 Substituted for the words 30th September, 2020

Amnesty Scheme has been made and disciplinary proceedings shall not be initiated or entertained in this respect.

16. The process of application is completely online and in straight through process mode at the UDIN Portal ( https://stimulate.icsi.edu/udin/) of the Institute.

17. Upon successfully submitting request an auto confirmation mail will be sent to the PCS for record and future

18. The modified details will henceforth be shown in the masterdata / Register of UDINs available after login on the UDIN

19. No fees shall be charged for the purpose of this

20. It is a One Time Amnesty Scheme which has been introduced considering the various factors acting together in the recent times and does not in any way create a precedent for

21. On the conclusion of the Scheme, the Institute may initiate necessary disciplinary action under the Company Secretaries Act, 1980 read with First Schedule and Second Schedule to the Company Secretaries Act, 1980 against the PCS who have not availed this Scheme and have failed to comply with the provisions of the UDIN

22. The details uploaded by the PCS under this Amnesty Scheme shall remain confidential and not be construed as “information” under the Right to Information Act, 2005.

FAQs on ICSI UDIN Amnesty Scheme, 2020

1. Where can I find a copy of the ICSI UDIN Amnesty Scheme, 2020? A copy of the ICSI UDIN Amnesty Scheme – 2020 may be downloaded from the ICSI UDIN portal https://stimulate.icsi.edu/udin/

2. How do I make an application / online request under the Amnesty Scheme?

There is no formal application to be made under the scheme. The member shall login to the UDIN portal and click on the Amnesty Scheme icon and select the UDIN to be modified / revoked from the UDIN Register.

3. What are the opening and closing dates for the Amnesty Scheme?

The Amnesty Scheme shall be open from 1st September, 2020 and shall close on 30th September,

4. Is there any limit on the number of UDINs that can be modified / revoked under the Amnesty Scheme?
There is no limit on the number of UDINs that can be modified / revoked under the scheme. However, one UDIN can only be modified once.

5. In how much time will the application under the Amnesty Scheme be processed?

The scheme operates in the ‘STP’ mode. Accordingly, the UDIN data will be updated on realtime basis and Register of UDIN shall be updated accordingly.

6. Will I get any confirmation about the modified UDIN from the Institute?

Yes, the member will receive an auto-generated email after the online application is successful.

7. Do I need to intimate the client about modifications in data associated with UDIN?

It is advisable to intimate the client about the modifications availed under this scheme. However, the UDIN details are available for verification by any stakeholder at the UDIN portal.

8. Will I be able to remodify the details under the Amnesty Scheme at multiple occasions?

All UDINs generated till 30th September, 2020 shall be available for modification under the scheme. However, a particular UDIN can be modified only once.

9. What all details shall be open for rectification / modification under the scheme?

The following details shall be open for rectification / modification:

Name of the Company / Client

CIN/PAN / Aadhar Number

Financial Year

Document Type

Document Description

Date of Signing

10. Can UDIN itself be changed / modified?

UDIN once generated cannot be changed or modified. It can only be revoked.

11. What are the essential features of the Amnesty Scheme?

The amnesty scheme would enable the members to –

Generate the UDINs in respect of Certificate / Report / Form / Other Documents certified by them and the UDIN has not been generated as

Rectify the particulars of UDIN recorded at the time of generation, such as Name of the Client, PAN / CIN / Aadhar of the Client, Date of Signing, selection of Certificate / Report / Form / Other document, Financial

Revoke unutilized

12. Will I be provided any immunity from any misconduct proceedings for non-compliance with the UDIN Guidelines if I apply for amnesty under the scheme?

The Practicing Company Secretary applying under ICSI UDIN Amnesty Scheme, 2020 shall be granted immunity from the applicability of the provisions of para 8 of the UDIN Guidelines in respect of the UDINs for which request under this Amnesty Scheme has been made and disciplinary proceedings shall not be initiated or entertained in this respect.

13. Will I be liable for misconduct proceedings for non-compliance with the UDIN Guidelines if I do not apply under the scheme?

On the conclusion of the Scheme, the Institute may initiate necessary disciplinary action under the Company Secretaries Act, 1980 read with First Schedule and Second Schedule to the Company Secretaries Act, 1980 against the members who have not availed this Scheme and have failed to comply with the provisions of the UDIN Guidelines.

14. What is the fee for making an application under the scheme?

No fees shall be charged for the purpose of this application.

15. Who can make an application under this scheme?

Any Practising Company Secretary who has failed to comply with the UDIN Guidelines and is willing to rectify the default as permitted within the purview of the Scheme.

16. Do I need to specify the reasons for making modification in UDIN? Yes, the member needs to specify the suitable reasons at the time of making modification under the

17. Will my data provided under the amnesty scheme be kept confidential?

Yes, the details uploaded by the PCS under this Amnesty Scheme shall remain confidential and not be construed as “information” under the Right to Information Act, 2005.

18. If I have not generated the UDIN earlier, can it be generated now? In case(s) where the UDIN has not been generated, it will be mandatory to generate the UDIN before filing the request under this

19. It is possible to reactivate the UDIN which has been revoked?

No. Only active UDIN are eligible for rectification under the UDIN Amnesty Scheme. UDIN once revoked shall not be reactivated.

20.Can the Name and/or CIN of the Client be altered in the UDIN? Only inadvertent typographical errors may be rectified to the extent that the identity of the client is not


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