Manipur Cooperation Minister Nemcha Kipgen attended a ‘National Conference of State Cooperation Ministers’ at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah attended the occasion as chief guest and minister of state for cooperation BL Verma was also present.
During the conference, state Cooperation Minister Nemcha Kipgen highlighted the various achievements and initiatives taken up by the Department of Cooperation, Manipur. She 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.
She further said that with new initiatives, strong support and necessary assistance from the Ministry of Cooperation, Government of India, 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.
While highlighting the various achievements and activities of the department, she informed that there are more than 12,000 cooperative societies in Manipur. She further said that the model bye-law for multi-dimensional Primary Agricultural Credit Cooperative Societies (PACS) will be considered to make 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 asserted.
She said that the proposal to have at least one good and efficient PACS or Dairy or Fishery Cooperative Societies in each and every Panchayat will be taken up in Manipur. She also stressed on the strong need for Dairy and Fishery Cooperative Societies in Manipur.
Considering the state’s limited resources, she expressed the need to avail the various support available under the SAHKAR-SE-SAMRIDDHI Umbrella Scheme of the Ministry of Cooperation. She sternly appealed for proactive support of the ministry and the NCDC for the various projects to help the people of Manipur through the Cooperative Societies.
She expressed hope 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.
Minister 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.
Nemcha Kipgen was accompanied by ACS, Cooperation P Vaiphei, deputy registrar (Admin) Cooperative Societies, Oinam Jiten Singh and officials of the department.