Amit Shah, the Union Minister for Cooperation, said on Saturday that the government will soon launch a new cooperative policy to enhance India’s rural society, and that the Centre will work closely with the states to strengthen the cooperative movement. Shah, speaking at the inaugural National Cooperation Conference, said that that 91 percent of villages had small or large cooperative institutions. He further stated that in the next five years, the number of primary agriculture cooperatives (PACs) will be increased to 3 lakh.
According to Shah, Prime Minister Modi’s goal in establishing the cooperation ministry is to make development accessible to rural communities, particularly the poorest of rural areas. “The Ministry of Cooperation can make a significant contribution to the country’s development. We’ll have to rethink things, restructure things, broaden the scope of operations, and increase openness, Shah added.
Cooperatives, according to Shah, can make a significant contribution to the country’s development and will play a critical role in transforming India into a USD 5 trillion economy. Shah emphasised the importance of cooperative societies such as Amul and Lijjat Papad in the development of the country, stating that they have crossed Rs 53,000 crore and Rs 16,00 crore in the years 202-2021, respectively, and emphasised the significant role played by women in the cooperatives’ success. “Today, these two cooperative societies employ a large number of women and farmers who rely on them for a living. Amul is affiliated with 36 lakh farmers, while Lijjat Papad is associated with 45,000 women “Shah said.
(With inputs from ANI)