The Multi-State Co-Operative Societies Act, 2002

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The Multi-State Co-Operative Societies Act, 2002

THE MULTI-STATE CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES ACT, 2002 ACT NO. 39 OF 2002

[3rd July, 2002.]

An Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to co-operative societies, with objects not confined to one State and serving the interests of members in more than one State, to facilitate the voluntary formation and democratic functioning of co-operati es as people's institutions based on self-help and mutual aid and to enable them to promote their economic and social betterment and to provide functional autonomy and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

BE it enacted by Parliament in the Fifty-third Year of the Republic of India as follows:-

CHAP

PRELIMINARY

CHAPTER I

PRELIMINARY

1.

Short title, extent and commencement.

1. Short title, extent and commencement.-(1) This Act may be called the Multi-State Co-operative Societies Act, 2002.

(2) It extends to the whole of India.

(3) It shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint and different dates may be appointed for different provisions of this Act and any reference in any such provision to the commencemen of this Act shall be construed as a reference to the coming into force of that provision.

2.

Application.

2. Application.-This Act shall apply to-

(a) all co-operative societies, with objects not confined to one State which were incorporated before the commencement of this Act,-

(i) under the Co-operative Societies Act, 1912 (2 of 1912), or (ii) under any other law relating to co-operative societies in force in any State or in pursuance of the Multi-unit Co-operative Societies Act, 1942 (6 of 1942) or the Multi-State Co-operative Societies Act, 1984 (51 of 1984), and the registration of which has not been cancelled before such commencement; and (b) all multi-State co-operative societies.

3.

Definitions.

3. Definitions.-In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-

(a) "area of operation" means the area from which the persons are admitted as members;

(b) "board" means the board of directors or the governing body of a multi-State co-operative society, by whatever name called, to which the direction and control of the management of the affairs of the society is entrusted;

(c) "bye-laws" means the bye-laws for the time being in force which have been duly registered or deemed to have been registered under this Act and includes amendments thereto which have been duly registered or deemed to have been registered under this Ac ;

(d) "Central Registrar" means the Central Registrar of Co-operative Societies appointed under sub-section (1) of section 4 and includes any officer empowered to exercise the powers of the Central Registrar under sub-section (2) of that section;

(e) "Chief Executive" means a Chief Executive of a multi-State co-operative society appointed under section 51;

(f) "co-operative bank" means a multi-State co-operative society which undertakes banking business;

(g) "co-operative principles" means the co-operative principles specified in the First Schedule;

(h) "co-operative society" means a society registered or deemed to be registered under any law relating to co-operative societies for the time being in force in any State;

(i) "co-operative year", in relation to any multi-State co-operative society or class of such societies, means the year ending on the 31st day of March of the year and where the accounts of such society or class of such societies are, with the previous s nction of the Central Registrar, balanced on any other day, the year ending on such day;

(j) "Deposit Insurance Corporation" means the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation established under section 3 of the Deposit Insurance Corporation Act, 1961 (47 of 1961);

(k) "federal co-operative" means a federation of co-operative societies registered under this Act and whose membership is available only to a co-operative society or a multi-State co-operative society;

(l) "general body", in relation to a multi-State co-operative society, means all the members of that society and in relation to a national co-operative society or a federal co-operative means all the delegates of member co-operative societies or delegate of multi-State co-operative societies and includes a body constituted under the first proviso to sub-section (1) of section 38;

(m) "general meeting" means a meeting of the general body of a multi-State co-operative society and includes special general meeting;

(n) "member" means a person joining in the application for the registration of a multi-State co-operative society and includes a person admitted to membership after such registration in accordance with the provisions of this Act, the rules and the bye-la s;

(o) "member co-operative" means a co-operative society or a multi-State co-operative society which is member of a federal co-operative;

(p) "multi-State co-operative society" means a society registered or deemed to be registered under this Act and includes a national...

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