41. Board of directors.
(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act and rules, there shall be a board of directors for every multi-State co-operative society consisting of such number of members as specified in sub-section (3).
(2) The members of a multi-State co-operative society, by a resolution in a general meeting, shall elect directors who shall be members of board.
(3) The board shall consist of such number of directors as may be specified in thebye-laws: Provided that the maximum number of directors in no case shall exceedtwenty-one:
Provided further that the board may co-opt two directors in addition to twenty-one directors specified in the first proviso:
Provided also that the functional directors in the national co-operative societies shall also be the members of the board and such members shall be excluded for the purpose of counting the total number of directors specified in the first proviso.