(1) With effect from such date as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify in this behalf, there shall be established1for the purposes of this Act a Board to be called the Coir Board.
(2) The Board shall be a body corporate by the name aforesaid, having perpetual succession and a common seal with power to acquire, hold and dispose of property, both movable and immovable, and to contract, and shall, by the said name, sue and be sued.
(3) The Board shall consist of a Chairman and such number of other members not exceeding forty as the Central Government may think expedient, to be appointed by that Government by notification in the Official Gazette from among persons who are in its opinion capable of representing-
(a) Growers of coconuts and producers of husks and coir yarn;
(b) Persons engaged in the production of husks, coir and yarn and in the manufacture of coir products;
(c) Manufacturers of coir products;
(d) Dealers in coir, coir yarn and coir products, including both exporters and internal traders;
(f) The Governments of the principal coconut growing States;
(g) Such other persons or class of persons who, in the opinion of the Central Government, ought to be represented on the Board.
(4) The number of persons to be appointed as members from each of the categories specified in sub-section (3), the term of office, of the procedure to be followed in the discharge of their functions by, and the manner of filling vacancies among, the members of the Board shall be such as may be prescribed.
(5) Any officer of the Central Government when deputed by that Government in this behalf shall have the right to attend meetings of the Board and take part in the proceedings thereof but shall not be entitled to vote.
No act or proceeding taken by the Board under this Act shall be questioned on the ground merely of
(a) The existence of any vacancy in the Constitution of, the Boards or
(b) Any omission, defect or irregularity not affecting the merits of the case.
The Chairman shall be entitled to such salary and allowances and shall be subject to such conditions of service in respect of leave, pension, provident fund and other matters as may from time to time be fixed by the Central Government.
The Board shall elect from among its members a Vice-Chairman, who shall exercise such of the powers and discharge such of the duties of the Chairman as may be prescribed or as may be delegated to him by the Chairman.
(1) There shall be an Executive Committee of the Board for the purpose of exercising such of the powers and performing such of the duties of the Board as may be prescribed or as the Board may delegate to it.
(2) The Executive Committee shall consist of-
(i) The Chairman,
(ii) The Vice-Chairman, and
(iii) Five other members elected by the members of the Board, from among themselves of whom not more than two shall be Government officials and one shall be from among the members representing persons engaged in the production of husks, coir and coir yarn and in the manufacture of coir products.
(3) Subject to such control and restrictions as may be prescribed, the Board may constitute other standing committee or ad hoc committes for exercising any power or discharging any duty of the Board or for enquiring into or reporting and advising on any matter which the Board may refer to them.
(4) A Standing Committee shall consist exclusively of members of the Board.
(5) An ad hoc Committee may include persons who are not members of the Board, but their number shall be less than one-half of its strength.
(1) The Central Government shall, after consulting the Board appoint a Secretary to the Board who shall exercise such powers and perform such duties as may be prescribed or as may be delegated to him by the Board or the Chairman.
(2) Subject to such control and restrictions as may be prescribed, the Board may appoint such officers and employees as may be necessary for the efficient performance of its functions and pay them such salaries and allowances as it may determine from time to time.
(3) The Chairman, Secretary and other officers and employees of the Board shall not undertake any work unconnected with their duties under this Act except with the permission of the Central Government.
(1)It shall be the duty of the Board to promote by such measures as it thinks fit the development under the control of the Central Government of the coir industry.
(2)Without prejudice to the generality of the provisions of sub-section (1),the measures referred to therein may relate to-
(a) Promoting exports of coir yarn and coir products, and carrying on propaganda for that purpose
(b) Regulating under the supervision of the Central Government the production of husks, coir yarn and coir products by registering coir spindles and looms for manufacturing coir products as also manufacturers of coir products, licensing exporters of coir, coir yarn and coir products and taking such other appropriate exporters of coir, coir yarn and coir products and taking such other appropriate steps as may be prescribed;
(c) Undertaking, assisting or encouraging scientific technological and economic research and marinating and assisting in the maintenance of one or more research institutes;
(d) Collecting statistics from manufacturers of, and dealers in, coir products and from such other persons as may be prescribed, on any matter relating to the coir industry; the publication of statistics so collected or portions thereof or extracts therefrom;
(e) Fixing grade standards and arranging when necessary for inspection of coir yarn and coir products;
(f) Improving the marketing of coconut husk, coir fiber, coir yarn and coir products in India and elsewhere and preventing unfair competition;
1*[(ff) Setting up or assisting in the setting up of factories for the production of coir products with the aid of power;]
(g) Promoting co-operative organisation among producers of husk, coir fiber and coir yarn and manufacturers of coir products;
(h) Ensuring remunerative returns to producers of husks, coir fiber and coir yarn and manufacturers of coir products;
(i) Licensing of retting places and warehouses and otherwise regulating the stocking and sale of coir fiber, coir yarn and coir products both for the internal market and for exports.
(j) Advising on all matters relating to the development of the coir industry;
(k) Such other matters as may be prescribed.
(3)The Board shall perform its functions under this section in accordance with and subject to such rules as may be made by the Central Government.
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