Esha Media Research Ltd Directors Report.

Dear Members,

Your Directors have pleasure in presenting their 37thAnnual Report together with the Audited Accounts of the Company for the Year ended March 31, 2020.

FINANCIAL RESULTS:

(Amount in Lacs)
Particulars Year ended 31st March, 2020 Year ended 31st March, 2019
Total Revenue 10.00 8.40
Profit/(Loss) before taxation (40.99) (535.03)
Add/Less: Tax Expense 4.09 10.71
Profit/(Loss) after tax (36.90) (524.32)
Loss: Balance B/F from the previous year 1570.90 1046.59
Add: Other Balance W/Off - -
Loss C/F to the next year 1607.81 1570.90

OPERATIONAL REVIEW:

The Company recorded a turnover of 10 lacs during the year under review as against 8.40 lacs in the previous year and thus, registering an increase of Rs. 1.6 lacs. The net loss after tax is Rs. 36.90 lacs as against a loss of Rs. 524.32 lacs in the previous year.

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PRE-COVID:

In the 3rd quarter of calendar year 2019, the countrys economic growth declined to less than 5%. The economy bottomed out. It was expected that in the 4th quarter of calendar year 2019, i.e. October, 2019 to December, 2019, the economy would pick up to 5%. However, the economy has remained stagnant. The current slowdown is due to various factors viz., after effects of demonetization, Covid-19 outbreak, consumer demand slump, real estate slowdown, lesser jobs and lower investments.

ESTIMATION OF UNCERTAINTIES RELATING TO THE GLOBAL HEALTH PANDEMIC FROM COVID-19:

The Company has considered the possible effects that may result from the pandemic relating to COVID-19 on the carrying amounts of receivables, unbilled revenues, etc. In developing the assumptions relating to the possible future uncertainties in the global economic conditions because of this pandemic, the Company, as on the date of this Report, has used internal and external sources of information including credit reports, related information and economic forecasts. The impact of COVID-19 on the Companys financial statements may differ from that estimated as at the date of approval of the financial statements

DIVIDEND:

Due to losses your Directors do not recommend any dividend for the year ended 31st March 2020.

TRANSFER TO RESERVES:

Your Directors do not propose any amount to be transferred to the Reserves for the year ended 31st March 2020.

EXTRACT OF ANNUAL RETURN:

The details forming part of the extract of the Annual Return in form MGT-9 is annexed herewith as "Annexure 1".

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE:

Your Directors reaffirm their commitment to good corporate governance practices, Since the paid up equity share capital not exceeding rupees ten crore and net worth not exceeding rupees twenty five crore, as on the last day of the previous financial year, the requirement of corporate governance provisions specified in regulation 17 to 27 and clauses (b) to (i) of sub-regulation (2) of regulation 46 and para C, D and E of Schedule V of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 is not applicable to the Company and hence, the Report on corporate Governance is not applicable to the company.

MANAGEMENT DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS REPORT:

Managements Discussion and Analysis Report for the year under review, as stipulated under Regulation 34 read with Schedule V to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 is set out in this Annual Report.

PARTICULARS OF THE COMPANYS SUBSIDIARIES, JOINT VENTURES AND ASSOCIATE COMPANY:

Company does not have any Subsidiaries, Joint Ventures or Associate Companies.

DEPOSITS:

Your Company has not accepted any deposits within the meaning of Section 73 of the companies Act, 2013 and the Companies (Acceptance of Deposits) Rules, 2014.

INTERNAL FINANCIAL CONTROL SYSTEMS AND THEIR ADEQUACY:

As a part of the effort to evaluate the effectiveness of the internal control systems, your Companys internal audit system reviews all the control measures on periodic basis and recommends improvements, wherever appropriate. The Company has in place adequate internal financial control systems and procedures commensurate with the size and nature of its business. These systems and procedures provide reasonable assurance of maintenance of proper accounting records, reliability of financial information, protections of resources and safeguarding of assets against unauthorized use. The management regularly reviews the internal control systems and procedures.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY:

The Board of your Company has voluntarily constituted a CSR Committee. As on 31 March 2020, the Committee comprises three Directors. Your Company has also adopted a CSR Policy.

DIRECTORS RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT:

In terms of Section 134 (5) of the Companies Act, 2013, the directors would like to state that:

i) In the preparation of the annual accounts, the applicable accounting standards have been followed.

ii) The directors have selected such accounting policies and applied them consistently and made judgments and estimates that were reasonable and prudent so as to give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Company at the end of the financial year and of the profit or loss of the Company for the year under review.

iii) The directors have taken proper and sufficient care for the maintenance of adequate accounting records in accordance with the provisions of this Act for safeguarding the assets of the Company and for preventing and detecting fraud and other irregularities.

iv) The directors have prepared the annual accounts on a going concern basis.

v) The directors had laid down internal financial controls to be followed by the company and that such internal financial controls are adequate and were operating effectively.

vi) The directors had devised proper system to ensure compliance with the provisions of all applicable laws and that such system was adequate and operating effectively.

DIRECTORS AND KEY MANAGERIAL PERSONNEL:

Independent Director:

Pursuant to the provisions of the section 149 of the Companies Act, 2013, the following Non-Executive Directors are appointed as Independent Directors: -

Sr. No. Name of the Director Date of Appointment
1. Mr. Shishir Dileep Joshi 29/03/2018
2. Mr. Chetan Tendulkar 12/10/2017

Women Director:

In terms of the provision of Section 149 of the Companies Act, 2013 and Regulation 17 (1) of SEBI (LODR) Regulation, 2015 a listed company shall have at least one women director on the board of the company. Your Company has appointed Ms. Shilpa Pawar as the Whole Time Woman Director on the Board w.e.f. 19/06/2019.

Key Managerial Personnel:

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 203 of the Companies Act, 2013, the Key Managerial Personnel of the company are as follows:

Sr. No. Name Designation
1. Ms. Jyoti Babar CFO

Appointment / Resignation of Directors:

In accordance with the provision of section 152(6) and article the Articles of Association of Company, no director is liable to retire by rotation at the ensuing Annual General Meeting of the Company. Mr. Parag Bhansali & Mr. Pravin Parmar were appointed as Additional Directors of the Company u/s 161 and other applicable provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 at the Board Meeting held on 10th November, 2020. The said Additional Directors are eligible to be appointed as Directors. The Board of Directors recommends their appointment as Director.

COMMITTEES OF THE BOARD

The committee of the board is comprised as follows:

Audit Committee

NAME Designation Chairman/Member
Mr. Shishir Joshi Non-executive, Independent Director Chairman
Mr. Chetan Tendulkar Non-executive, Independent Director Member
Ms. Shilpa Pawar Executive Director Member

Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Name Designation Chairman/Member
Mr. Chetan Non-executive, Independent Director Chairman
Tendulkar
Mr. Shishir Joshi Non-executive, Independent Director Member
Ms. Shilpa Pawar Executive Director Member

Stakeholders Relationship Committee

Name Designation Chairman/Member
Mr. Chetan Tendulkar Non-executive, Independent Director Chairman
Ms. Shilpa Pawar Executive Director Member
Mr. Shishir Joshi Non-executive, Independent Director Member

DECLARATION BY INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS:

The Independent Directors of your Company have submitted the declaration of Independence as required under Section 149(7) of the Companies Act, confirming that they meet the criteria of independence under Section 149(6) of the Companies Act, 2013 and there has been no change in the circumstances which may affect their status as independent director during the year.

BOARD EVALUATION:

Pursuant to the provisions of the Act and the Corporate Governance requirements as prescribed by SEBI Listing Regulations, the Board has carried out an annual evaluation of its own performance and that of its Committees and individual Directors; the Company has devised criteria for performance evaluation of Independent Directors, Board/Committees, and other individual Directors which includes criteria for performance evaluation of Non-Executive Directors and Executive Directors. Performance evaluation has been carried out as per the Evaluation Policy of the Board and its Directors adopted by the Board.

The Nomination and Remuneration Committee has evaluated the performance of the Board of Directors as a whole and the Independent Directors on the basis of the criteria such as the contribution of the individual director to the board and committee meetings like preparedness on the issues to be discussed, meaningful and constructive contribution and inputs in meetings, etc.

In a separate meeting of independent directors held on February 10, 2020, performance of non-independent directors, performance of the board as a whole and performance of the chairman was evaluated taking into account the views of executive directors and non-executive directors. At the Board Meeting held subsequent to the Independent Directors meeting evaluation of the Independent Directors and the performance of the Board as whole and its committees and individual directors was discussed. The Directors expressed their satisfaction with the evaluation process conducted in the manner prescribed in the evaluation policy.

FAMILIARISATION PROGRAMME FOR INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS:

The details of the programme for familiarization of the Independent Directors with the Company in respect of their roles, rights, responsibilities in the Company, nature of the industry in which Company operates, business model of the Company and related matters are put up on the website of the Company.

REMUNERATION POLICY:

The company covered under provision of Section 178(1) of the companies Act 2013 and as per the requirement The Board has, on the recommendation of the Appointment & Remuneration Committee framed a policy for selection and appointment of Directors, Senior Management and their remuneration including criteria for determining qualifications and independence of Director.

MEETINGS OF THE BOARD:

During the year 7 Board Meetings and 4 Audit Committee Meetings, 2 Nomination Remuneration Committee and 1 Stakeholder Relationship Committee and Independent Director Committee were convened and held. The intervening gap between the Meetings was within the period prescribed under the Companies Act, 2013.

SHARE CAPITAL:

During the Financial Year 2019-20, there was no change in the share capital of the Company either by way through Private Placement/Preferential allotment/Rights issue /Employee Stock Option Scheme of the Company.

PARTICULARS OF LOANS, GUARANTEES OR INVESTMENTS:

The company has not given any loans or guarantees covered under the provisions of section 186 of the Companies Act

RELATED PARTY TRANSACTION:

All transactions entered into during the year with Related Parties as defined under Section 188 read with Rule 15 of Companies (Meetings of Board and its powers) Rules, 2014 of the Companies Act 2013 and Rule 23 of SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015, were in the ordinary course of business and on an arms length basis. During the year, the Company had not entered into any transaction referred to in Section 188 of the Companies Act, with related parties which could be considered material under the SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015. Accordingly, the disclosure of Related Party Transactions as required under Section 134(3) of the Companies Act 2013 in Form AOC-2 is not applicable. Attention of Members is drawn to the disclosures of transactions with related parties set out in Notes to Accounts forming part of the Standalone financial statements. As required under Rule 23 (1) of SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015.

MATERIAL CHANGES & COMMITMENT AFFECTING THE FINANCIAL POSITION OF THE COMPANY:

There are no material changes affecting the financial position of the Company subsequent to the close of the Fiscal 2019 till the date of this report.

SIGNIFICANT AND MATERIAL ORDERS:

There have been no significant and material orders passed by the Regulators or Courts or Tribunals impacting the going concern status and Companys operations in future.

CONSERVATION OF ENERGY, TECHNOLOGY ABSORPTION AND FOREIGN EXCHANGE EARNING AND OUTGO:

A] Conservation of Energy, Technology Absorption:

Your Company is not a power intensive company even though the Company has taken all measures to conserve the energy. Your Company is not using any foreign technology.

B] Foreign Exchange Earning and Outgo:

The Foreign Exchange Earning and Outgo were NIL during the year.

WHISTLE BLOWER POLICY:

The Company has a Vigil Mechanism Policy to deal with instance of fraud and mismanagement, if any.

In staying true to our values of Strength, Performance and Passion and in line with our vision of being one of the most respected companies in India, the Company is committed to the high standards of Corporate Governance and stakeholder responsibility.

The Vigil mechanism Policy ensures that strict confidentiality is maintained whilst dealing with concerns and also that no discrimination will be meted out to any person for a genuinely raised concern.

A high-level Committee has been constituted which looks into the complaints raised. The Committee reports to the Audit Committee and the Board; the Policy of vigil mechanism is available on the Companys website.

DISCLOSURE UNDER SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF WOMEN AT WORKPLACE (PREVENTION, PROHIBITION AND REDRESSAL) ACT, 2013:

No case of sexual harassment was reported during the year.

EMPLOYEE RELATIONS:

During the year under review, your Company enjoyed cordial relationship with employees at all levels.

AUDITORS:

At the AGM held on 30th September, 2019, M/s. Dhakad & Co., Chartered Accountants, were appointed as statutory auditors of the Company till the conclusion of the 41st Annual General Meeting. However, M/s. Dhakad & Co., Chartered Accountants has vacated the office of Auditors during the year, therefore, your directors have approached M/s. M/s. N S V R & ASSOCIATES LLP, Chartered Accountants, FRN/Mem.

No.: 008801S/S200060, from whom the company has received a written certificate indicating that their appointment will be in accordance with the criteria provided in section 141 of the Companies Act, 2013. Accordingly, the board recommends the appointment of M/s. M/s. N S V R & ASSOCIATES LLP, Chartered Accountants, FRN/Mem. No.: 008801S/S200060 as statutory auditors of the Company from the conclusion of ensuing AGM until the conclusion of the AGM to be held in the year 2025.

The Members are requested to consider their appointment.

SECRETARIAL AUDIT:

Pursuant to provisions of section 204 of the Companies Act, 2013 and The Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014 the company has appointed Nishant Jawasa & Associates, Practicing Company Secretary, to undertake the Secretarial Audit of the Company. The Secretarial Audit report is annexed herewith as Annexure – 2 to this report.

EXPLANATIONS OR COMMENTS BY THE BOARD ON EVERY QUALIFICATION, RESERVATION OR ADVERSE REMARK OR DISCLAIMER MADE:

A] By the Auditor in his report:

The observation made in the Auditors Report read together with relevant notes thereon are self-explanatory and hence, do not call for any further comments under Section 134 of the Companies Act, 2013.

B] By the Secretarial Auditor in his report:

As required under section 204 (1) of the Companies Act, 2013 the Company has obtained a secretarial audit report. Several observations have been made in the said report and your directors regret their inability to conform with the pursuant compliances. The impugned discrepancies were caused due to nonexistence of a Company Secretary & Compliance Officer after resignation of Ms. Daman Preet Kaur w.e.f. 30th April, 2019. However, based on the previous work of our Company Secretary/ies, the Company is striving to be compliant of the requirements under various laws including the Listing Regulations & the Companies Act, 2013.

Your directors assure you that it shall endeavor to comply with the applicable regulations both in letter and spirit in the future.

BUSINESS RISK MANAGEMENT:

During the year, the company has developed and implemented Risk Management Policy consistent with the provisions of the Act and the SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015to identify the elements of risk which may threaten the existence of the Company and possible solutions to mitigate the risk involved.

At present the company has not identified any element of risk which may threaten the existence of the company.

CHANGE IN NATURE OF BUSINESS:

During the year under review there was no change in the nature of doing business of company.

PARTICULARS OF EMPLOYEES:

(A) There were no employees drawing salary exceeding the limits prescribed under Section 197 of the Companies Act 2013 read with Rule 5(2) of the Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014

(B) The ratio of the remuneration of each director to the median employees remuneration and other details in terms of sub-section 12 of Section 197 of the Companies Act, 2013 read with Rule 5(1) of the Companies (Appointment and Remuneration of Managerial Personnel) Rules, 2014, are forming part of this report as Annexure - 3.

COMPLIANCE WITH SECRETARIAL STANDARDS:

The Company has complied with the Secretarial Standards issued by The Institute of Company Secretaries of India on Meetings of the Board of Directors and General Meetings.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

The Directors wish to convey their appreciation to all of the Companys employees for their enormous personal efforts as well as their collective contribution to the Companys performance The directors would also likes to thanks to the Members of the Company, Bankers, State Government, Local Bodies, Customers, Suppliers, Executives, for their continuous cooperation and assistance to the company.