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Statutory Functions of the Registrar

The Registrar performs the following statutory and quasi-judicial functions specified in the West Bengal Co-operative Societies Act, 1983 and the Rules framed there under:-

  • To register  Co-operative Societies and appoint the first Board of Directors
  • To register amendments in the By-laws of Co-operative Societies
  • To issue directions to Co-operative Societies  for amendment of By-laws
  • To order amalgamation and re-organization of Co-operative Societies
  • To call the general meeting of a Co-operative Society in the event of failure on part of the Board of the society
  • To call the Special General meeting of a Co-operative Society
  • To order for dissolution and re-constitution of the Board of a Co-operative Society in a Special General Meeting
  • To depute or recommend  for deputation of Government Officers to manage the affairs of Co-operative Society
  • To order dissolution of Board and appoint Administrators in co-operative societies
  • To appoint Special Officer in cases where the board of directors of the Co-operative Societies stands dissolved by operation of provisions of  Section 31 of the Act
  • To issue directions for holding the meeting of the Board of Directors
  • To issue orders suspending the execution of any resolution or orders of the Board of Directors or of its Chairman
  • To order removal of Administrators or Special Officers and appoint Board of Directors to manage the affairs of a  co-operative society
  • To appoint Board of Directors to manage the affairs of a  co-operative society where elected Board is unable to function due to an order of any court or elections could not be held due to an order of any court or otherwise
  • To accord sanction to creation of number of posts in the service of a co-operative society
  • To approve the compromise or arrangement between co-operative society and its creditor
  • To accord permission to the co-operative society to invest its funds or utilization of its bad debt fund
  • To accord approval for using the reserve fund and other funds in the business of the society
  • To grant prior sanction for payment of dividend in case of society having  unlimited liability or in case where  the audit officer has reported that any asset is bad or doubtful and not adequately covered
  • To grant prior sanction for ex gratia payment to the staff in case of loss- making society
  • To relax the rules relating to  restrictions of issue of loans and borrowings  in certain cases
  • To grant sanction in favour of a co-operative society to invest its funds in share or debenture or security of any other co-operative society in certain cases
  • To  grant prior permission for transfer or letting out of land, house or apartment in a housing society
  • To order inspection of co-operative societies
  • To order inquiry into the constitution, working and financial condition of a co-operative society or into any specific matter relating to affairs of a co-operative society
  • To order apportionment of cost of inspection or inquiry either wholly or in part between the co-operative society and the directors, members, delegates or creditors thereof or the financing bank and the officers and members (present or the past ) of the co-operative society
  • To settle  disputes referred to him in prescribed  manner by deciding it himself or by referring the same for disposal to any officer exercising the powers of Registrar or by referring the same for disposal to Arbitrator
  • To order winding up of a co-operative society and cancellation of  registration of societies
  • To order distraint and sale of the produce of the mortgaged land , including the standing crops thereon for of any sum due to primary co-operative credit society or central co-operative bank and central co-operative land development bank
  • To appoint Receiver in accordance with the provisions of Transfer of Property Act, 1882 for the purpose of conduct of sale and delivery of possession of any property sold under Chapter XIII of the West Bengal Co-operative Societies Act,1983
  • To have free access to books, accounts, documents, securities, cash and other properties belonging to, or in the custody of a co-operative society
  • To enforce attendance of witnesses and production of documents as and when necessary for the purpose of carrying out  any of purposes of the Co-operative Societies Act 1983
  • To apply on his own motion or to authorize any person to apply to any Judicial or Metropolitan Magistrate of first class having appropriate jurisdiction for seizing and  taking possession of books, accounts, documents, securities, cash and other properties in the case of refusal of co-operative society
  • To order direct conditional attachment of property of a person or a co-operative society under certain circumstances
  • To make award directing the defaulting member or his surety to make payment of sum due to a co-operative society or financing bank
  • To enforce performance of obligations under the Co-operative Societies Act 1983 or the Rules framed there under  or the by-laws in case of failure of the co-operative society to do so
  • To decide whether any act was done in good  faith in connection with the affairs of a co-operative society
  • To  revise any order made by himself
  • To sanction prosecution to be instituted under the West Bengal Co-operative Societies Act, 1983
The Registrar is also responsible for initiating and recommending proposals for financial assistance and aid under various beneficiary schemes approved by the Central / State Governments to various sectors of Co-operative. Co-operation Directorate is responsible for planning and preparation of annual budget for all the offices under the control of the Directorate as well the Headquarters. The Registrar of Co-operative Societies, West Bengal, is responsible for all the administrative functions like granting all kind of leave, payment of salaries and allowances to the staff and officers of the Directorate. The members of the West Bengal Subordinate Co-operative Service, i.e., the Inspectors of Co-operative Societies are appointed by the Registrar of Co-operative Societies and he also acts as the transferring Authority. He also acts as the Vigilance Officer the Directorate.
 
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