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Revamp laws governing cooperative sector in view of the changed techno-economic scenario : M. Venkaiah Naidu

Address challenges such as politicization of cooperatives & bureaucratic control of cooperatives

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Mumbai , 15 Nov 2018

The Vice President of India,M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for a revamp of laws governing cooperative sector in the context of changed techno- economic so that it becomes viable and vibrant enterprise. He was delivering the Laxmanrao Inamdar Memorial Lecture on Cooperatives, organized by  Sahakar Bharati, in Mumbai, today. The Governor of Maharashtra, Shri Ch. Vidya Sagar Rao, the Minister for Higher and Technical Education of  Maharashtra, Shri. Vinod Tawde and other dignitaries were present on the occasionThe Vice President said that lack of awareness, vagaries of  monsoon, lack of access to market and storage facilities is making agriculture un-viable there by forcing people to migrate from rural areas to urban  areas.The Vice President called up on the cooperative sector to play key role in strengthening rural economy and also help the farmers raise their  income. To achieve this, he asked Research institutions and government agencies to support Cooperatives in their efforts to educate farmers and  encourage them diversify into allied vocations like horticulture, fishery, bee-keeping, rural logistics and transportation, food processing etc to generate  additional income.The Vice President also asked for an increased focus and attention of authorities, politicians, media, and scientists to make united  efforts to improve the lives of people dependent of farming and Agriculture.Shri Naidu said that Cooperatives can help in reducing the cost of production  by sensitizing farmers about judicious use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, by encouraging and training farmers in the use of organic manure and  efficient use of water and by collective procurement of capital-intensive equipments and inputs.

The Vice President said that even though India became self-sufficient in food grain production, agriculture sector suffers from structural constraints. He  called up on Cooperative societies to become important conduit between Government and the farmers to deliver the benefits of government schemes,  such Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna, Krishi Sinchayi Yojna, Jan Dhan, e-NAM, MUDRA Yojna, Minimum Support Price and others to farmers.The  Vice President sought for coordinated efforts of Cooperatives, Agriculture Research Institutions, Kisan Vikas Kendras and farmers’ groups in line with  government’s resolve to double the farmer’s income by 2022.The Vice President said that Indian cooperative movement has a great history and has  made tremendous progress in several sectors of the Indian economy and said that with a network of over 8.50 lakh cooperatives with membership of  well over 25 crores have operations across the spectrum made it the biggest in the world. He, however, added that the cooperative sector was facing  structural challenges in recent past and stressed the need to address challenges faced by the sector such as politicization of cooperatives and  bureaucratic control, low level of participation by women and youth.Shri Naidu said that Cooperative sector has proven to be a successful model world  over and countries like Singapore, Denmark, Scandinavian countries, Japan and Switzerland have seen success.  He has also stressed the need to  learn from best practices and see if we can adopt some best practices in fields such as healthcare, retail, Food Production and others.Quoting the  reach of the sector in different countries, the Vice President said that 55 per cent of the retail market in Singapore and 36 per cent in Denmark were  being held by cooperatives. He further said that Consumer cooperatives have prominent presence in Scandinavian countries, Japan and Switzerland  and countries like Japan, Germany, France and Netherlands, provide affordable health care to common people based on cooperative model. We must  learn from them and try to emulate such models here in India for the betterment of common man, he added.

 

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