New Delhi: Manipur’s Minister for Cooperation, Nemcha Kipgen, Thursday highlighted the various achievements and initiatives taken up by her department.
Participating in a National Conference of State Cooperation Ministers here, Kipgen informed that Manipur is on the path of development in the Cooperative sector under the keen guidance and leadership of Chief Minister N Biren Singh.
Union Minister for Home Affairs and Cooperation, Amit Shah graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Minister of State for Cooperation B.L.Verma was also present.
The Minister further stated that with new initiatives, strong support and necessary assistance from the Ministry of Cooperation, the Department of Cooperation, Manipur is making efforts to boost the functioning of the Cooperative Societies in the State and make them function on the lines of the Cooperative principles, and help in the financial upliftment of a major chunk of the population, particularly the rural population, to boost to the economy of the State.
Stating that there are more than 12,000 Cooperative Societies in the State of Manipur, she said the Model bye-law for multi-dimensional Primary Agricultural Credit Cooperative Societies (PACS) will be considered to make our weak PACS more viable and vibrant. Making the PACS multi-dimensional will also make PACS more effective and dynamic to meet the needs of the changing times, she contended.
Kipgen said the proposal to have at least one good and efficient PACS or Dairy or Fishery Cooperative Society in each panchayat will be taken up in Manipur.
Continuing that the State has limited resources, Nemcha Kipgen expressed the need to avail the various supports available under the SAHKAR-SE-SAMRIDDHI Umbrella Scheme of the Ministry of Cooperation. She appealed for proactive support of the Ministry and the NCDC for the various projects to help the people of Manipur through the Cooperative Societies.
The Cooperation Minister was hopeful that the New National Cooperation Policy will provide a strong framework for strengthening the Cooperative Societies in Manipur. Suggestions have been already submitted during the 2-Day National Conference on the proposed new National Cooperation Policy during April 2022, she added.
Nemcha mentioned that National Cooperative University will help the efforts in providing awareness and education to the Cooperative Societies presently doing through the Cooperation Department, ICM, MSCU amongst others.
“Proposed New Multi State Cooperative Societies is also considered to be the need of the changing times and my state will be keen to take up this new model to benefit our Cooperative Societies” said Nemcha.
The Minister was accompanied by ACS, Cooperation, P. Vaiphei, Deputy Registrar (Admin.) Cooperative Societies, Oinam Jiten Singh and officials of the Department.