Mysore/Mysuru: Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for setting up an exclusive Union Ministry for Co-operation, State Co-operation Minister S.T. Somashekar, who is also Mysuru District Minister, said that the establishment of the new Ministry will give a big push for the Co-operative sector.
Speaking to press persons at the Government Guest House here on Wednesday, Somashekar said that the establishment of the Union Ministry for Co-operation after separating it from the Agriculture Ministry, will largely help in bringing discipline and transparency in the functioning of Co-operative Bodies in all States.
Pointing out the strengthening of the Co-operative sector was also the wish of Mahatma Gandhi, he said that the Prime Minister has fulfilled the long wish of the Co-operative sector.
Maintaining that the Union Government is committed for fulfilling the principle of development through Co-operative institutions, the Minister said that the establishment of an exclusive Ministry is a big boon to farmers and the agrarian sector, as they can get more benefits.
Noting that there are about 43,000 Co-operative Societies and 5,000 Souharda Co-operative Societies with a collective membership of 2.5 crore, he said that according to an estimate, there are 48 crore people in the country who are directly or indirectly involved in the Co-operative sector.
Loan waiver of COVID-dead Co-operators
Commenting on the issue of loan waiver of COVID dead Co-operators, Somashekar said that he has sought information from all 21 DCC Banks in the State on the number of Co-operative members, who had died of COVID and loans availed or repaid by them. The Chief Minister will take a decision on waiver of unpaid loans of COVID dead Co-operators within a week of getting a complete report covering all DCC Banks, he added.