JK needs cooperative movement for prosperity: Dorjay

Minister for Cooperative, Mr Chering Dorjay today said that Jammu and Kashmir which has witnessed turbulent times during the last two decades was in dire need of a Cooperative Movement for its prosperity.Winding up the discussion on the Demand of Grants for Cooperative Department in the House, Dorjay said that the Government has initiated some innovative measures to revamp the Cooperative Department for transformation of socio- economic condition of stakeholders.He said that despite the peculiar topography of the State, difficult terrain and hostile climatic conditions, the Cooperative Movement in the State has played a yeomen’s role in the service of their members in particular .”National Cooperative Development provides funds to the State Government for number of activities in the Cooperative Sector.”The Minister said that the Government has also carried out amendment in Section 3 of the Jammu and Kashmir Self Reliant Act 1999 whereby poultry, dairy and hatchery societies were also allowed to be registered.The Minister said that the holding of elections to Cooperative Institutions makes them democratic entities. “Due to intervention from High Court and other sub-ordinate courts of Law, the process of holding elections of many important cooperative banks and other institutions remain under suspension,” he said
. “The Government is handling the court cases with vigor and the same has stared yielding results.”The Minister said that under the Integrated Cooperative Development Project (ICDP), projects have been taken up at a cost of Rs 19.36 crore in Phase-I, while as in the II-phase, two projects for erstwhile Doda.

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