JK intends to revive cooperative movement, working on roadmap

SRINAGAR: The state government is working on a roadmap to revive the cooperative movement in the state, Minister for Cooperatives, Chering Dorjey, said Thursday.
Chairing a review meeting convened here to take stock of the Cooperative department’s operations, he said several steps have been taken “for streamlining the department with the aim that the benefits of sponsored schemes percolate to the people at grassroots level”.
He said the cooperative movement exists since 1913 as an economic system and has played a vital role in economic development of the state.
Dorjey said the movement has been safeguarded by the enactment of cooperative laws specially designed and drafted to facilitate the formulation of the indigenous institutions. The legal framework has been updated quite a number of times till date, he added.
The minister said the government is committed to boost the cooperative movement in view of its huge potential to generate employment through well-established and profit-generating cooperative societies.
He stressed on generating awareness regarding the modern techniques and new developments in the cooperative sector.
“The present regime will leave no stone unturned to streamline the functioning of the cooperative sector in the state,” he said.
During the meeting, the minister assessed working of the cooperative sector in Kashmir division, while threadbare discussions were held on progress of poultry projects, Integrated Cooperative Development Projects (ICDS) in Anantnag, formulation of DPRs for ICDS in Leh and Kargil, and other schemes.
The meeting was informed that 48 poultry projects at an estimated cost of Rs 40.72 lakh per project and with a rearing capacity of 2, 40,000 birds per cluster was sanctioned for the state in 2nd phase.
Six projects are fully completed and started rearing while 10 others are in pipeline, he was told.