Shah will launch a two-day cooperative conference today at Vigyan Bhawan
The Ministry of Trade Union Cooperation which has emerged recently is busy drafting a new National Cooperation Policy and in this regard, Union Minister Amit Shah has convened the meeting of stakeholders from all states in Delhi.
The two-day national conference will be launched today by Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah. Minister of State for Cooperation BL Verma will also be present on the occasion. Officials from central, state and union territory governments as well as heads of about 40 cooperatives and other major national institutions will attend this conference.
The Union Cooperation Ministry said six important themes covering policy framework, reforms to strengthen governance, make cooperatives vibrant economic entities, promote social cooperatives and the role of cooperatives in social security will be discussed. during the conference.
A meeting of a similar nature and scope will be organized shortly thereafter with representatives of cooperative federations from various states. “The ministry intends to come up with a comprehensive policy,” a ministry source said on condition of anonymity.
The mandate of the new ministry is already defined; the ministry has no interest in meddling in cooperative politics, but only wants to channel positive forces to create a world-class cooperative movement in the country, the official said.
It is worth recalling that earlier, Ministry Secretary DK Singh held a virtual meeting with Principal Secretaries and RCS of the State. The Vigyan Bhavan meeting aims to build on the achievements of this meeting, he underlined.
Giving insight into the working style of Amit Shah, who himself has been a practicing cooperator at the grassroots level, the official said that every letter, whether it be a suggestion or a complaint, is placed before the minister, who takes a quick call in all areas.
It is no secret that there is a conflict of interest in two aspects of the cooperative sector: promotion and regulation. Often the promotional aspect is hampered due to the regulatory aspect, the official said citing the case of RBI’s regulatory regime which hampers the expansion of cooperative bank branches.
A veteran cooperator himself, Shah carefully studies such situations and tries to find a way out. “Thanks to his fearsome profile, his observations are taken seriously across ministries,” said the official, extolling his boss’s virtues.
Measurable progress was made in several new initiatives that Shah undertook shortly after joining the ministry. Some of these are computerization of PACS, a database of cooperatives, amendment of the Multistate Cooperative Societies Act, work to double the number of PACS in the states, and most importantly, the formulation of a new national cooperative policy. .