A comprehensive cooperative policy backed by transparency and uniformity must be formed within eight months: Amit Shah

Amit Shah, Minister of Home Affairs and Union Cooperation

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New Delhi: Union Minister of Interior and Cooperation Amit Shah announced on Tuesday that a comprehensive cooperation policy will be presented to the country within seven to eight months.

“Suggestions for the new cooperative policy are appreciated. Some important points need to be addressed in the new policy such as free registration of cooperatives. The free registration of the agricultural cooperative society has been closed, you can make your suggestions around it. The comprehensive cooperation policy will be released in seven to eight months,” Amit Shah said.

Stressing the need for transparency, the Home Secretary said transparency is needed in the recruitment and training of employees.

“Computerization is essential to ensure transparency in cooperatives. Democratic principles must also be established. An organization like the Election Commission of India should be formed to ensure transparency in elections of cooperatives,” he said. declared.

He also stressed the need for better cooperation between cooperative societies working in the region.

“Coordination between cooperative societies is also necessary. I suppose if there are five cooperative institutions in a village, there should be a coordination system between them. A new cooperative institution should be declared in each village to ensure the cooperation between cooperatives in the region. ,” he said.

Shah said that if things like this had been resolved 50 years ago, many cooperatives would not have closed.

The Minister for Cooperation also advocated the uniformity of the laws of each State in terms of cooperative societies.

“Each state has the right to make co-operative rules itself and we are not going to get involved. But it is necessary to create uniform laws between the states, otherwise the co-operatives will fail. cannot continue in 2022. It is necessary to modify them,” he said.

Praising the cooperative system, the minister said that only models like this can lift 80 million people out of economic distress.

“Industry leads to the development of the country but cooperatives lead to an equitable distribution of wealth. Economically backward people can get out of their difficulties through models like these,” Shah said.

He also credited cooperative societies for leading the cause of women’s empowerment.

“A cooperative (Amul) launched by the freedom fighters Tribhuvandas Kishibhai Patel led to the empowerment of women in Gujarat. Rs 60,000 crore goes straight to their bank accounts today,” he said.

Criticizing previous governments for not having created a system of coordination between cooperative societies, the Minister for Cooperation said that suggestions to establish coordination between the different sectors had remained a dead letter over the years and that no government took no action. “There are suggestions to also establish coordination between the public and private sectors, but the files remained on the shelves and nobody did anything. Modi PM created a ministry to guarantee it,” he said.

Virginia S. Braud