Section 378P Appointment of directors – Companies Act 2013

Section 378P of the Companies Act 2013 as amended by the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2020. Provisions and rules for Appointment of directors.

Amended and updated notes on section 378P 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 Appointment of directors.

Chapter XXIA PART-III (Sections 378O to 378Z) of the Companies Act 2013 (CA 2013) deals with the provisions related to management of producer company. Section 378P of CA 2013 provides for Appointment of directors.

Recently, we have discussed in detail section 378O (Number of directors) of CA 2013. Today, we learn the provisions of section 378P 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 378P 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 378P 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-III)
Chapter NameManagement of Producer Company
Section No.378P
Section NameAppointment of Directors
Monthly Updated EditionCompany Law PDF

Section 378P: Appointment of directors

Section 378P(1) of Companies Act

Save as otherwise provided in section 378N, the Members who sign the memorandum and the articles may designate therein the Board of Directors, not less than five, who shall govern the affairs of the Producer Company until the directors are elected in accordance with the provisions of this section.

Section 378P(2) of Companies Act

The election of directors shall be conducted within a period of ninety days of the registration of the Producer Company:

Provided that in the case of an inter-State co-operative society which has been registered as a Producer Company under sub-section (4) of section 378J in which at least five directors [including the directors continuing in office under sub-section (1) of section 378N] hold office as such on the date of registration of such company, the provisions of this sub-section shall have effect as if for the words “ninety days”, the words “three hundred and sixty-five days” had been substituted.

Section 378P(3) of Companies Act

Every person shall hold office of a director for a period not less than one year but not exceeding five years as may be specified in the articles.

Section 378P(4) of Companies Act

Every director, who retires in accordance with the articles, shall be eligible for re-appointment as a director.

Section 378P(5) of Companies Act

Save as otherwise provided in sub-section (2), the directors of the Board shall be elected or appointed by the Members in the annual general meeting.

Section 378P(6) of Companies Act

The Board may co-opt one or more expert directors or an additional director not exceeding one-fifth of the total number of directors or appoint any other person as additional director for such period as the Board may deem fit:

Provided that the expert directors shall not have the right to vote in the election of the Chairman but shall be eligible to be elected as Chairman, if so provided by its articles:

Provided further that the maximum period, for which the expert director or the additional director holds office, shall not exceed such period as may be specified in the articles.


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