National Conference on Cooperation Policy starts on April 12

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New Delhi: A two-day National Conference on Cooperation Policy is being organised in New Delhi on 12-13 April, 2022. The conference will be inaugurated by Union Cooperation Minister Amit Shah. Minister of State for Cooperation B. L. Varma will also grace the occasion.

More than two dozen Central Ministries represented by Secretaries and Joint Secretaries, all State Governments and Union Territories represented by their Chief Secretaries, Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, and Registrar Cooperatives, and heads of around 40 Cooperative and other major National Institutions will participate in this conference, informed a press release.

 This conference is structured into the following six important themes:

  1. Present legal framework, identification of regulatory policy, operational barriers and measures required for their removal, leading to Ease of Doing Business and providing a level playing field to cooperatives and other economic entities. 
  1. Reforms for strengthening governance including cooperative principles, democratic member control, increasing member participation, transparency, regular elections, HR Policy, leveraging International and National best practices, account keeping & auditing.
  2. Making cooperatives vibrant economic entities by strengthening infrastructure, strengthening equity base, access to capital, diversification of activities, promoting entrepreneurship, promoting Branding, Marketing, Business plan development, innovation, technology adoption and exports.
  3. Training, Education, knowledge sharing and awareness building including mainstreaming cooperatives, linking training with entrepreneurship, the inclusion of Women, Youth & Weaker  Sections.
  4. Promoting new cooperatives, revitalizing defunct ones, promoting cooperation among cooperatives, increasing membership, formalizing collectives, developing cooperatives for sustainable growth, mitigating regional imbalances, and exploring new sectors
  5. Promoting social cooperatives and the role of cooperatives in social security.

The press release added that the Digitization of PACS, the creation of the National Database of Cooperative Societies, a scheme for Cooperative Education & Training, and an umbrella scheme named “Sahkar Se Samriddhi” are among many such initiatives taken by the Ministry of Cooperation to deepen and strengthen the cooperative movement in the country. (Press Release)

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