JAMMU: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today inaugurated the 68th Indian Cooperative Week through J&K UT at Teacher Bhavan, Jammu.
In inaugurating the celebrations of the 68th National Week of Cooperatives, the Lt Governor sent his best wishes to all members of cooperative societies, Farmer-Producer Organizations, and to all those involved in the modernization of Super Bazaars of Cooperatives.
Expressing his gratitude to the Prime Minister, the Lieutenant Governor said that it is under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and the Honorable Minister of Interior and Cooperation Shri Amit Shah that the country is witnessing a rebirth of the cooperative movement to meet the development needs of underprivileged sections of society.
“We are determined to deepen the cooperative movement as a grassroots movement to reach grassroots citizens. The J&K administration strives to facilitate the development of new women and youth cooperatives and provide them with a strong support system to thrive, ”he added.
The lieutenant governor said the government aims to increase the number of primary agriculture cooperative societies by providing much needed support to the people of each Panchayat. This will greatly increase credit lending in the agricultural and related sectors and the benefits will also flow to small and marginal farmers, he added.
The Lieutenant Governor stressed that to truly realize the Prime Minister’s vision of “Sahkar se Samriddhi”, J&K UT cooperatives must focus on agro-marketing, food processing, branding, supply seeds and other innovative activities in dairy products and crafts.
The Lieutenant Governor also pointed out that Mission Youth in J&K works as a cooperative entrepreneurship organization and demonstrates how cooperative business can lead the way in meeting modern challenges.
“The cooperative movement is not just about businesses or credit loans. It’s our way of life. Each person must work together for the same goal – a prosperous, peaceful UT and Aatm-nirbhar Jammu Kashmir UT. We must work together to protect and promote the social and economic rights of every individual, ”he added.
The Lieutenant Governor urged all stakeholders to take the necessary steps through cooperative institutions to make all UT panchayats prosperous and create village infrastructure, so that by drawing inspiration from the past, we can build a future prosperous.
“I believe that the cooperative is the most credible means of socio-economic development of farmers, rural population, workers in the unorganized sector, women, and we must assess its creative and transformative potential in various fields, to respond to the needs of rural and other areas. . As a result, institutions must be developed and wherever old institutions are inactive, efforts will have to be made to revive them, ”he added.
Calling panchayats and cooperatives two sides of the same coin, the lieutenant governor said that if the panchayat represents grassroots democracy and the administrative system, then cooperatives strengthen their autonomy, competence and autonomy in at least 20 sectors of the rural system such as crafts, agriculture and related activities by raising its economic side. At the same time, it protects the interests of disadvantaged sections, he added.
The Lieutenant Governor gave examples of IFFCO providing liquid urea to farmers in Jammu and Kashmir; Amul, World Famous Milk Producers Cooperative and Krishak Bharti Co-Operative Limited (KRIBHCO) as successful cooperatives which have been ranked among the top 10 cooperative institutions around the world.
The Lieutenant Governor also mentioned the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Limited (NAFED), which is the vehicle for the development revolution not only in J&K but also in other parts of the country. All these institutions have been regarded for years as a symbol of the awakening of autonomy in a very large part of society. There has been a positive change in the lives of lakhs and crores of families thanks to these cooperatives, he added.
Speaking on the impact of self-help groups, the Lieutenant Governor said that in our UT, over 52,000 self-help groups are changing the lives of 4.5 lakh women. “This year, we have decided that 11,000 new self-help groups will be formed so that their potential can gain its rightful place in the economy and development. With the help of cooperatives, we can give new impetus to organizations of women entrepreneurs, added the lieutenant governor.
The lieutenant governor said that in addition to the transparent system, elections and accountability, all cooperative institutions will now have to make efforts to become profitable. We must also work to make the cooperative sector more organized in terms of production and added value so that its products can compete not only in the country but also in world markets, he added.
Regarding the e-Inauguration of a Fisheries Department Awareness and Training Program, the Lieutenant Governor said that there are many such programs that have the potential to change the socio-economic status of communities and that the benefits of these programs should reach the grassroots. He instructed the heads of departments concerned to sensitize their officials to work in this direction with determination.
Under the leadership of Minister of Interior and Cooperation Shri Amit Shah, financial assistance of up to Rs 3 crore is provided to newly formed cooperatives, especially innovative organizations through “Yuva Sahakar – Program of support for cooperative and innovation enterprises ”. Apart from that, if the institutions want to develop, the central government and NABARD also cooperate, observed the lieutenant governor.
The Lieutenant Governor gave the mantra of “quality, service and value” to co-ops and said it would certainly protect the interests of the weaker part of the population.
Meanwhile, the Lieutenant Governor also issued certificates of registration to newly registered FPOs / co-ops. He also presented a check for Rs. 5 lakh to the Cooperative School of Education and Research Institute, in addition to facilitating key players in the cooperative movement in UT.
Earlier in her remarks, Ms. Yasha Mudgul, Secretary of J&K Cooperatives Department, gave a detailed overview of the cooperative movement at J&K. as cooperatives. Initially, with the registration of 20 FPO cooperatives, 6,000 people would benefit from the program and the number would continue to increase with the registration of more and more OPFs, she informed.
Sh Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar and Sh Farooq Khan, advisers to the lieutenant governor; Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; Sh BK Singh, secretary of school education; Ms. Mandeep Kaur, Commissioner / Secretary of the Department of Planning, Development and Government Monitoring; Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Administrative Secretary, Department of Tribal Affairs; Sh Raghav Langer, Division Commissioner Jammu; Doifode Sagar Dattatray, Director of Animal Husbandry, Jammu along with other senior managers and a large number of members of various cooperatives and farmer-producer organizations were present on the occasion.