Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation Minister Amit Shah launched the digital portal of the Central Registrar of Cooperative Societies (CRCS) office in Pune, Maharashtra on Sunday.
Shah emphasized that the cooperative culture, which originated in Maharashtra, has played a pivotal role in propelling the cooperative movement nationwide. He highlighted the cooperative development in Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Karnataka, which were formerly part of the Mumbai state, as key contributors to the movement’s progress.
Shah added that The work of the Central Registrar (CRCS) office, which operates the Multi State Cooperatives, is becoming completely digital today, all the work of cooperative societies like opening new branches, expansion to other states or auditing, will be done online now. This portal has been created including all the activities of Registration, amendment of bylaws, auditing, monitoring of auditing by the Central Registrar, the entire process of election, development of Human Resources, vigilance and training and it is a kind of complete portal in itself.
CRCS office, which regulates Multi-State Cooperative Societies, is becoming #Digital. All activities of these #cooperatives, like opening new branches, expanding to other states, and auditing, will be done #Online now.
— Ministry of Cooperation, Government of India (@MinOfCooperatn) August 7, 2023
Amit Shah said that the essence of “Sahakar se Samridhi” embodies enhancing the lives of poor people, providing them a platform to contribute to the nation’s economic advancement, and elevating their living standards through cooperative endeavors.
Shah remarked that the newly launched portal will benefit 1555 multi-state cooperative societies nationwide, with Maharashtra alone accounting for 42% of this total. This statistic underscores the robustness of the cooperative movement within Maharashtra. He emphasized that all operations pertaining to these 1555 societies will now be streamlined through the portal. Furthermore, he mentioned that the Modi Government plans to digitize the offices of cooperative society registrars in states, facilitating communication with 800,000 cooperative societies across the country in a similar vein.
Highlighting the importance of modernity, transparency, and accountability, the Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation underlined that the cooperative movement’s progress is intrinsically linked to these principles. He emphasized that elevating transparency and accountability is pivotal for enhancing the credibility and acceptance of the cooperative movement. By fostering a transparent framework, a profound connection can be established among the millions of people across the nation. Amit Shah highlighted India’s global achievements in cooperatives, showcasing success stories like Amul, IFFCO, and KRIBHCO. He articulated the need to infuse renewed energy into the cooperative movement by leveraging these success stories.
Amit Shah said that recently the Multistate Cooperative Societies Act has also been amended. He said that under this law, we have made electoral reforms, set many new dimensions for cooperative governance, arrangements for financial discipline and supply of funds, arrangements for ease of business, an independent body like Election Commission for elections, changes in the rules of running the board and has fixed the responsibility of the Board of Directors and employees to bring transparency. The Multi-State Cooperative Societies Act, 2022 will fix the accountability of cooperatives and end nepotism so that young talent will be able to join the cooperative movement.
He said that the Modi government has decided to take the cooperative movement to every village by creating 3 lakh new PACS across the country in the next 5 years. He said that 93000 PACS have been made in the last 70 years and 3 lakh new PACS will be made in the country in the next 5 years.
Shah said that the Modi government has completed the work of computerization of all PACS in the country. He said that PACS are now Common Service Centers (CSC) which can perform a wide range of activities.
Amit Shah said that 95% work of creating the National Cooperative Database has been completed. We are also coming up with a New Cooperative Policy. We are building a cooperative university through which the system of technical education of the cooperative and all its extensions will also be linked to it.
He said that Shri Modi has created 3 new multistate cooperative societies. A society has been formed for the marketing of multi-state organic products, which will ensure the marketing of natural farming products with the Bharat Brand and sending its full profit to the farmer’s account. Similarly, small farmers are unable to produce seeds, but now even small farmers, who have small land, will be able to produce seeds. This society will take their seeds, give them certificates and sell them in India and in the world market under their own brand. He said that through these three multistate cooperative societies, the standard of living of more than 10 crore farmers across the country will improve and these societies will pave the way for the prosperity of crores of farmers in the country in the coming days.