Section 378J Option to inter-State co-operative societies to become Producer Companies – Companies Act 2013

Amended and updated notes on section 378J of Companies Act 2013. Option to inter-State co-operative societies to become Producer Companies.

Amended and updated notes on section 378J of the Companies Act 2013 as amended by the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2020 and Company Rules made there under. Detail discussion on provisions and rules related to Option to inter-State co-operative societies to become Producer Companies.

Chapter XXIA PART-II (Sections 378B to 378N) of the Companies Act 2013 (CA 2013) deals with the provisions related to incorporation of producer companies and other matters. Section 378J of CA 2013 provides for Option to inter-State co-operative societies to become Producer Companies.

Recently, we have discussed in detail section 378-I (Amendment of articles) of CA 2013. Today, we learn the provisions of section 378J of the Companies Act 2013.

In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 1 of the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2020 (29 of 2020), the Central Government appoints the 11th February, 2021 as the date on which the provisions of section 52 of the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2020 shall come into force.

Accordingly, the provisions of section 378J are effective from 11th February, 2021. You may refer Notification No. S.O. 644(E) dated 11-02-2021. In this article, you will learn detail of the provisions of section 378J the Companies Act 2013.

Name of ActThe Companies Act 2013
Enacted byParliament of India
Administered byMinistry of Corporate Affairs (MCA)
Number of Chapters29
Number of Sections484 (470-43+57)
Number of Schedules7
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Chapter No.XXIA (PART-II)
Chapter NameIncorporation of Producer Companies and other matters
Section No.378J
Section NameOption to inter-State co-operative societies to become Producer Companies
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Section 378J: Option to inter-State co-operative societies to become Producer Companies

Section 378J(1) of Companies Act

Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1) of section 378C, any inter-State co-operative society with objects not confined to one State may make an application to the Registrar for registration as Producer Company under this Chapter.

Section 378J(2) of Companies Act

Every application under sub-section (1) shall be accompanied by—
(a) a copy of the special resolution, of not less than two-thirds of total members of inter-State co-operative society, for its incorporation as a Producer Company under this Act;
(b) a statement showing—
(i) names and addresses or the occupation of the directors and the Chief Executive, if any, by whatever name called, of such co-operative; and
(ii) list of members of such inter-State co-operative society;
(c) a statement indicating that the inter-State co-operative society is engaged in any one or more of the objects specified in section 378B;
(d) a declaration by two or more directors of the inter-State co-operative society certifying that particulars given in clauses (a) to (c) are correct.

Section 378J(3) of Companies Act

When an inter-State co-operative society is registered as a Producer Company, the words “Producer Company Limited” shall form part of its name with any word or expression to show its identity preceding it.

Section 378J(4) of Companies Act

On compliance with the requirements of sub-sections (1) to (3), the Registrar shall, within a period of thirty days of the receipt of application, certify under his hand that the inter-State co-operative society applying for registration is registered and thereby incorporated as a Producer Company under this Chapter.

Section 378J(5) of Companies Act

A co-operative society formed by producers, by federation or union of co-operative societies of producers or co-operatives of producers, registered under any law for the time being in force which has extended its objects outside the State, either directly or through a union or federation of co-operatives of which it is a constituent, as the case may be, and any federation or unions of such co-operatives, which has so extended any of its objects or activities outside the State, shall be eligible to make an application under sub-section (1) and to obtain registration as a Producer Company under this Chapter.

Section 378J(6) of Companies Act

The inter-State co-operative society shall, upon registration under sub-section (1), stand transformed into a Producer Company, and thereafter shall be governed by the provisions of this Chapter to the exclusion of the law by which it was earlier governed, save in so far as anything done or omitted to be done before its registration as a Producer Company, and notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, no person shall have any claim against the co-operative institution or the company by reason of such conversion or transformation.

Section 378J(7) of Companies Act

Upon registration as a Producer Company, the Registrar of Companies who registers the company shall forthwith intimate the Registrar with whom the erstwhile inter-State co-operative society was earlier registered for deletion of the society from its register


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