22. Conversion of a co-operative society into a multi-State co-operative society.
(1) A co- operative society may, by an amendment of its bye-laws, extend its jurisdiction and convert itself into amulti-State co-operative society:
Provided that no such amendment of bye-laws of a co-operative society shall be valid unless it has been registered by the Central Registrar.
(2) (a) Every proposal for such amendment of bye-laws shall be forwarded to the Central Registrar in accordance with the provisions contained in sub-section (4) of section 11.
(b) If the Central Registrar, after consulting the Registrars of Co-operative Societies of the States concerned, has satisfied himself that such amendment
(i) fulfils the requirements of the members being from more than one state;
(ii) is in accordance with the provisions contained in sub-section (4) of section 11,
he may register the amendment within a period of six months from the date of receipt thereof by him:
Provided that no co-operative society shall be deemed to have been converted into a multi-State co- operative society on any ground whatsoever unless such society is registered as a multi-Stateco-operative society.
(3) The Central Registrar shall forward to the co-operative society a copy of the registered amendment together with a certificate signed by him and such certificate shall be conclusive evidence that the amendment has been registered.
(4) Where the Central Registrar refuses to register an amendment of the bye-laws or a co-operativesociety, he shall communicate the order of refusal together with the reasons therefor to the society in the manner prescribed within seven days from the date of refusal.
(5)(a) Once the amendment of bye-laws has been registered by the Central Registrar, the co-operativesociety shall, as from the date of registration of amendment, become a multi-State co-operative society.
(b) The Central Registrar shall forward to the co-operative society a certificate signed by him to the effect that such society has been registered as a multi-State co-operative society under this Act and also forward a copy of the same to the Registrar of Co-operative Societies of the State concerned.
(c) The Registrar of Co-operative Societies referred to in clause (b) shall thereupon make an order directing that the society had, as from the date of registration by the Central Registrar, ceased to be a society under the law relating to co-operative societies in force in that state.