Vigil Mechanism or Whistle Blower Policy

 

VIGIL MECHANISM / WHISTLE BLOWER POLICY
1. PREAMBLE
1.1. Section 177 of the Companies Act, 2013 requires every listed Company and such class or classes of
companies, as may be prescribed to establish a vigil mechanism for the Directors and employees to report
genuine concerns in such manner as may be prescribed. Such a vigil mechanism shall provide for adequate
safeguards against victimization of persons who use such mechanism and also make provision for direct
access to the chairperson of the Audit Committee in appropriate or exceptional cases.

1.2. Genera Agri Corp Limited, being a Listed Company proposes to establish a Whistle Blower Policy/
Vigil Mechanism and to formulate a policy for the same.

2. OBJECTIVES OF THE POLICY
2.1. The Company is committed to adhere to the highest standards of ethical, moral and legal conduct of
business operations. To maintain these standards, the Company encourages its employees who have
concerns about suspected misconduct to come forward and express these concerns without fear of
punishment or unfair treatment. A Vigil (Whistle Blower) mechanism provides a channel to the employees
and Directors to report to the management concerns about unethical behavior, actual or suspected fraud
or violation of the Codes of conduct or policy. The mechanism provides for adequate safeguards against
victimization of employees and Directors to avail of the mechanism and also provide for direct access to
the Chairman/ CEO/ Chairman of the Audit Committee in exceptional cases.

2.2. This neither releases employees from their duty of confidentiality in the course of their work nor can
it be used as a route for raising malicious or unfounded allegations against people in authority and / or
colleagues in general.

3. SCOPE OF THE POLICY
3.1. This Policy covers malpractices and events which have taken place / suspected to have taken place,
misuse or abuse of authority, fraud or suspected fraud, violation of Company rules, manipulations,
negligence causing danger to public health and safety, misappropriation of monies, and other matters or
activity on account of which the interest of the Company is affected and formally reported by whistle
blowers concerning its employees.

4. DEFINITIONS
4.1. “Alleged wrongful conduct” shall mean violation of law, Infringement of Company’s rules,
Misappropriation of monies, actual or suspected fraud, substantial and specific danger to public health
and safety or abuse of authority”.

4.2. “Audit Committee” means a Committee constituted by the Board of Directors of the Company in
accordance with Companies Act, 2013.

4.3. “Board” means the Board of Directors of the Company.

4.4. “Company” means Genera Agri Corp Limited and all its offices.

4.5. “Code” means Code of Conduct for Directors and Senior Management Executives adopted by Genera
Agri Corp Limited.4.6. “Employee” means all the present employees and whole time Directors of the Company (Whether
working in India or abroad).

4.7. “Protected Disclosure” means a concern rose by an employee or group of employees of the
Company, through a written communication and made in good faith which discloses or demonstrates
information about an unethical or improper activity under the title “SCOPE OF THE POLICY” with respect
to the Company. It should be factual and not speculative or in the nature of an interpretation / conclusion
and should contain as much specific information as possible to allow for proper assessment of the nature
and extent of the concern.

4.8. “Subject” means a person or group of persons against or in relation to whom a Protected Disclosure
is made or evidence gathered during the course of an investigation.

4.9. “Vigilance and Ethics Officer” means an officer appointed to receive protected disclosures from
whistle blowers, maintaining records thereof, placing the same before the Audit Committee for its
disposal and informing the Whistle Blower the result thereof.

4.10. “Whistle Blower” is an employee or group of employees who make a Protected Disclosure under
this Policy and also referred in this policy as complainant.

5. ELIGIBILITY
All Employees of the Company are eligible to make Protected Disclosures under the Policy in relation to
matters concerning the Company.

6. RECEIPT AND DISPOSAL OF PROTECTED DISCLOSURES.
6.1. All Protected Disclosures should be reported in writing by the complainant as soon as possible after
the Whistle Blower becomes aware of the same so as to ensure a clear understanding of the issues raised
and should either be typed or written in a legible handwriting in English.

6.2. The Protected Disclosure should be submitted in a closed and secured envelope and should be super
scribed as “Protected disclosure under the Whistle Blower policy”. Alternatively, the same can also be
sent through email with the subject “Protected disclosure under the Whistle Blower policy”. If the
complaint is not super scribed and closed as mentioned above, it will not be possible for the Audit
Committee to protect the complainant and the protected disclosure will be dealt with as if a normal
disclosure. In order to protect identity of the complainant, the Vigilance and Ethics Officer will not issue
any acknowledgement to the complainants and they are advised neither to write their name / address on
the envelope nor enter into any further correspondence with the Vigilance and Ethics Officer. The
Vigilance and Ethics Officer shall assure that in case any further clarification is required he will get in touch
with the complainant.

6.3. Anonymous / Pseudonymous disclosure shall not be entertained by the Vigilance and Ethics Officer.

6.4. The Protected Disclosure should be forwarded under a covering letter signed by the complainant. The
Vigilance and Ethics Officer / Chairman of the Audit Committee/ MD/ Chairman as the case may be, shall
detach the covering letter bearing the identity of the Whistle Blower and process only the Protected
Disclosure.

6.5. All Protected Disclosures should be addressed to the Vigilance and Ethics Officer of the Company or
to the Chairman of the Audit Committee/ MD/ Chairman in exceptional cases. The contact details of the
Vigilance and Ethics Officer is as under:

Name and Address:
Genera Agri Corp Limited
Flat No. 302, 3 rd Floor, Metropole Apartment
Plot No.5&6 Silicon Valley, Madhapur
Hyderabad – 500 081

6.6. Protected Disclosure against the Vigilance and Ethics Officer should be addressed to the Chairman of
the Company and the Protected Disclosure against the Chairman/ MD of the Company should be
addressed to the Chairman of the Audit Committee. The contact details of the Chairman and the Chairman
of the Audit Committee are as under:
Name and Address of Chairman – Mr. M. Rajesh Naidu
Flat No. 302, 3 rd Floor, Metropole Apartment
Plot No.5&6 Silicon Valley, Madhapur
Hyderabad – 500 081
Name and Address of Chairman of Audit Committee – Mr. K. Hari Shanker
Flat No. 302, 3 rd Floor, Metropole Apartment
Plot No.5&6 Silicon Valley, Madhapur
Hyderabad – 500 081

6.7. On receipt of the protected disclosure, the Vigilance and Ethics Officer / Chairman/ MD / Chairman
of the Audit Committee, as the case may be, shall make a record of the Protected Disclosure and also
ascertain from the complainant whether he was the person who made the protected disclosure or not.
He shall also carry out initial investigation either himself or by involving any other Officer of the Company
or an outside agency before referring the matter to the Audit Committee of the Company for further
appropriate investigation and needful action.
The record will include:
a) Brief facts;
b) Whether the same Protected Disclosure was raised previously by anyone, and if so, the outcome
thereof;
c) Whether the same Protected Disclosure was raised previously on the same subject;
d) Details of actions taken by Vigilance and Ethics Officer / Chairman/ CEO for processing the complaint
e) Findings of the Audit Committee.
f) The recommendations of the Audit Committee/ other action(s).6.8 The Audit Committee, if deems fit, may call for further information or particulars from the
complainant.

7. INVESTIGATION

7.1. All protected disclosures under this policy will be recorded and thoroughly investigated. The Audit
Committee may investigate and may at its discretion consider involving any other Officer of the Company
and/ or an outside agency for the purpose of investigation.

7.2. The decision to conduct an investigation is by itself not an accusation and is to be treated as a neutral
fact finding process.

7.3 Subject(s) will normally be informed in writing of the allegations at the outset of a formal investigation
and have opportunities for providing their inputs during the investigation.

7.4. Subject(s) shall have a duty to co-operate with the Audit Committee or any of the Officers appointed
by it in this regard.

7.5. Subject(s) have a right to consult with a person or persons of their choice, other than the Vigilance
and Ethics Officer / Investigators and/or members of the Audit Committee and/or the Whistle Blower.

7.6. Subject(s) have a responsibility not to interfere with the investigation. Evidence shall not be withheld,
destroyed or tampered with and witness shall not be influenced, coached, threatened or intimidated by
the subject(s).

7.7. Unless there are compelling reasons not to do so, subject(s) will be given the opportunity to respond
to material findings contained in the investigation report. No allegation of wrong doing against a subject(s)
shall be considered as maintainable unless there is good evidence in support of the allegation.

7.8. Subject(s) have a right to be informed of the outcome of the investigations. If allegations are not
sustained, the Subject should be consulted as to whether public disclosure of the investigation results
would be in the best interest of the Subject and the Company.

7.9. The investigation shall be completed normally within 90 days of the receipt of the protected
disclosure and is extendable by such period as the Audit Committee deems fit.

8. DECISION AND REPORTING
8.1. If an investigation leads the Vigilance and Ethics Officer / Chairman of the Audit Committee to
conclude that an improper or unethical act has been committed, the Vigilance and Ethics Officer /
Chairman of the Audit Committee shall recommend to the management of the Company to take such
disciplinary or corrective action as he may deem fit. It is clarified that any disciplinary or corrective action
initiated against the Subject as a result of the findings of an investigation pursuant to this Policy shall
adhere to the applicable personnel or staff conduct and disciplinary procedures.

8.2. The Vigilance and Ethics Officer shall submit a report to the Chairman of the Audit Committee on a
regular basis about all Protected Disclosures referred to him/her since the last report together with the
results of investigations, if any.

8.3. In case the Subject is the Chairman/MD of the Company, the Chairman of the Audit Committee after
examining the Protected Disclosure shall forward the protected disclosure to other members of the Audit
Committee if deemed fit. The Audit Committee shall appropriately and expeditiously investigate the
Protected Disclosure.

8.4. If the report of investigation is not to the satisfaction of the complainant, the complainant has the
right to report the event to the appropriate legal or investigating agency.

8.5. A complainant who makes false allegations of unethical & improper practices or about alleged
wrongful conduct of the subject to the Vigilance and Ethics Officer or the Audit Committee shall be subject
to appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with the rules, procedures and policies of the Company.

9. SECRECY / CONFIDENTIALITY
9.1. The complainant, Vigilance and Ethics Officer, Members of Audit Committee, the Subject and
everybody involved in the process shall:

9.1.1. Maintain confidentiality of all matters under this Policy

9.1.2. Discuss only to the extent or with those persons as required under this policy for completing the
process of investigations. 9.1.3. Not keep the papers unattended anywhere at any time.

10. PROTECTION
10.1. No unfair treatment will be meted out to a Whistle Blower by virtue of his/ her having reported a
Protected Disclosure under this policy. The Company, as a policy, condemns any kind of discrimination,
harassment, victimization or any other unfair employment practice being adopted against Whistle
Blowers. Complete protection will, therefore, be given to Whistle Blowers against any unfair practice like
retaliation, threat or intimidation of termination / suspension of service, disciplinary action, transfer,
demotion, refusal of promotion or the like including any direct or indirect use of authority to obstruct the
Whistle Blower’s right to continue to perform his duties /functions including making further Protected
Disclosure. The Company will take steps to minimize difficulties, which the Whistle Blower may experience
as a result of making the Protected Disclosure. Thus if the Whistle Blower is required to give evidence in
criminal or disciplinary proceedings, the Company will arrange for the Whistle Blower to receive advice
about the procedure, etc.

10.2. A Whistle Blower may report any violation of the above clause to the Chairman of the Audit
Committee, who shall investigate into the same and recommend suitable action to the management.

10.3. The identity of the Whistle Blower shall be kept confidential to the extent possible and permitted
under law. The identity of the complainant will not be revealed unless he himself has made either his
details public or disclosed his identity to any other office or authority. In the event of the identity of the
complainant being disclosed, the Audit Committee is authorized to initiate appropriate action as per
extant regulations against the person or agency making such disclosure. The identity of the Whistle
Blower, if known, shall remain confidential to those persons directly involved in applying this policy, unless
the issue requires investigation by law enforcement agencies, in which case members of the organization
are subject to subpoena.

10.4. Any other Employee assisting in the said investigation shall also be protected to the same extent as
the Whistle Blower.10.5. Provided however that the complainant before making a complaint has reasonable belief that an
issue exists and he has acted in good faith. Any complaint not made in good faith as assessed as such by
the Audit Committee shall be viewed seriously and the complainant shall be subject to disciplinary action
as per the Rules / certified standing orders of the Company. This policy does not protect an employee
from an adverse action taken independent of his disclosure of unethical and improper practice etc.
unrelated to a disclosure made pursuant to this Policy.

11. ACCESS TO CHAIRMAN OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE
11.1. The Whistle Blower shall have right to access Chairman of the Audit Committee directly in
exceptional cases and the Chairman of the Audit Committee is authorized to prescribe suitable directions
in this regard.

12. COMMUNICATION
12.1. A whistle Blower policy cannot be effective unless it is properly communicated to employees.
Employees shall be informed through by publishing in notice Board and the website of the Company.

13. RETENTION OF DOCUMENTS
13.1. All Protected disclosures in writing or documented along with the results of Investigation relating
thereto, shall be retained by the Company for a period of 7 (seven) years or such other period as specified
by any other law in force, whichever is more.

14. ADMINISTRATION AND REVIEW OF THE POLICY
14.1. The Director shall be responsible for the administration, interpretation, application and review of
this policy. The Director also shall be empowered to bring about necessary changes to this Policy, if
required at any stage with the concurrence of the Audit Committee.

15. AMENDMENT
15.1. The Company reserves its right to amend or modify this Policy in whole or in part, at any time without
assigning any reason whatsoever. However, no such amendment or modification will be binding on the
Employees and Directors unless the same is notified to them in writing