The All Manipur GP Level and LAMPS Development Association on Wednesday demanded holding the election for the board of administrators of Manipur State Cooperative Union (MSCU) as per the norms and guidelines at the earliest.
Failure to fulfil the demand will compel the cooperative societies of Manipur to launch a mass movement, cautioned member of the association, Kb Tomba, while speaking to the media at the Manipur Press Club in Imphal.
He said, the cooperative movement, which is considered as one of the key instruments to sustainable development in the country, is being neglected by the state government, especially in the management sector in Manipur.
Pointing out that the incumbent administrators of MSCU have completed their term of six months extension tenure on February 25, he said that they are unfortunately still acting as the administrators of the union.
He explained that the six-month extension period was given after their five years tenure ended in-order to help conduct the union's election as per their appointment orders.
As a result, the registrar of the Cooperative Society is to conduct the election of the union as per the guidelines, besides there is no possibility of further extending the term of the administrators as per their appointment order, he added.
Meanwhile, there has been a report for re-extending the terms of the administrators with the intervention of the government and other influential officials, he said.
Such delay in the union's election is a big failure in the cooperative movement in Manipur, he said, drawing the attention of the chief minister, the concerned minister and other concerned authorities for conducting of the election at the earliest to save the cooperative movement in Manipur from falling further.