38. Constitution, powers and functions of general body.
(1) The general body of a multi-Stateco-operative society shall consist of all the members of such society:
Provided that where the bye-laws of a multi-State co-operative society provide for the constitution of a smaller body consisting of delegates of members of the society elected or selected in accordance with such bye-laws, that smaller body shall exercise such powers of the general body as may be prescribed or as may be specified in the bye-laws of the society.
(2) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the rules and the bye-laws, the ultimate authority of a multi- State co-operative society shall vest in the general body of its members:
Provided that nothing contained in this sub-section shall affect the exercise by the board or any officer of a multi-State co-operative society of any power conferred on such board or such officer by this Act or the rules or the bye-laws.
(3) Where in any meeting of the general body or the board of a multistate co-operative society, a co- operative society or another multi-State co-operative society is to be represented, such co-operativesociety or other multi-State co-operative society shall be represented in such meeting only through the Chairperson or the president or the Chief Executive or a member of the board of such co-operativesociety or other multi-State co-operative society, as the case may be, if such member is so authorised by the board and where there is no board of such co-operative society or other multi-State co-operativesociety, for whatever reasons, through the administrator, by whatever name called, of such co-operativesociety or other multistate co-operative society:
Provided that where the bye-laws of a multi-State co-operative society provide for representation of other institutions in any meeting of general body or the board of such multi-State co-operative society, such institutions shall be represented through its nominee.