Steps afoot to promote co-operative movement in state

POONCH- Minister of State (MoS) for Co-operative, Dr Manohar Lal Sharma, has said that the government was striving hard to promote co-operative movement in the state with active involvement of people. 

“Main objective of the Movement is to facilitate availability of quality   agriculture inputs, household and other daily use articles on reasonable rates through sustained supply system, besides extending soft loans to the marginal sections of society to improve their economic condition”, he said.

Dr. Manohar Lal Sharma was addressing a Co-operative Promotion Conference organized by J&K Co-operative Union in connection with celebration of International Co-operative year 2012, here at Dak Banglow Poonch . 

The Minister of State for Power, CA&PD, MLC Mr Jahangir Hussain Mir, Ex-MLC Rahim Dad Khan, DDC Poonch, Registrar Co-operative, Mr S. Kumar Sharma Gen. secretary J&K Co-operative Union, Mr Ganesh Dutt Bakshi, other prominent citizen include Mr. K.K Kapoor, Mr. S.N Khajuria, S. Barkat Singh Azad, Mr Khem Raj Bakshi, S. Harcharan Singh Khalsa, S. Krishan Singh, sarpanches and panches, were also present on the occasion. 

Spelling out various steps taken to revive co-operative system in state, the Minister said that employees of JAKFED were given benefit of 6th Pay Commission,  while 38 new co-operative sale centres were opened across the state. 

He said that a Committee has been constituted to take action against defaulters and make recoveries of loans and advances. 

Similarly, following introduction of reforms, the monthly business of Super Bazar Jammu touched Rs.70.00 lakh and annual turnover profit to Rs 4.00 crores, the Minister said. 

He further said that with the streamlining of Co-operatives, 160 Sub Co-operative societies are being run on profit under Nishat Dairy Co-operative Society Kashmir – MoS said.

Earlier, MoS was apprised that 22 societies functional in the district distributed 16,572 quintal urea, 3636 qtls DAP and 35 qtls MOP fertilizers costing Rs.1.65 crores  among farmers during this year. Besides, 178640 litres K.Oil worth Rs.30.36 lac and consumer goods worth Rs.40.27 lac were sold to consumers by these co-operative societies. He was further told that steps are on anvil to broaden the network of co-operative societies in the district by greater involvement of the popele.

Speaking on the occasion, MoS Power Mr. Shabir Ahmed Khan lauded the efforts made by the Co-operative minister to streamline functioning of Co-operatives and facilitating greater involvement of the peoples. He also inspected CA&PDS Godown-cum-Sale outlet at Poonch earlier and instructed consumers not to accept sub-standard ration, if any.

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