National Cooperative Conference organised by the Indian Cooperative Movement on 25th September 2021

A National Cooperative Conference was organised by the Indian cooperative movement led by the NCUI and IFFCO to welcome and felicitate the Union Minister of Home Affairs & new Minister of Cooperation, Mr. Amit Shah on 25th September 2021. The President of the International Cooperative Alliance, Mr. Ariel Guarco was also one of the Chief Guests on this occasion. Mr. Narendra Singh Tomar, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; Mr. B. L. Verma, Union Minister of State for Cooperation; Mr. Devendra K. Singh, IAS, Secretary, MoC; and ICA members including IFFCO, NCUI, NAFED, KRIBHCO and others were also present. The event was attended by more than 2,100 members of the Indian cooperative movement and reached around 60 million people through the online medium.

Mr. Shah expressed his views on ‘Sahakar se Samriddhi’ (Prosperity through Cooperation) mission of the Government of India and said that the cooperative sector will give full thrust to fulfil the government’s goal of a USD 5 trillion Indian economy. The MoC will strengthen cooperative institutions, bring transparency, modernize and computerize, and create competitive cooperatives. In the upcoming year, emphasis will be put on creating a new cooperative policy, building common service centers, and creating a national database of cooperatives.

Expressing his happiness on the establishment of the new MoC for the first time since the independence of India, Mr. Guarco said the new Ministry has in its hands the opportunity to strengthen the cooperative model together with the Indian cooperative movement and contribute to the prosperity of India. He noted that this will consolidate the rich trajectory of the Indian Cooperative movement as India assumes Presidency of the G20 in 2022.

President Guarco utilised this opportunity to visit the ICA-AP regional office in New Delhi and meet staff, officials at the MoC, and the ICA members in India. During interaction with the staff, he touched upon experiences from his life and pressed upon the need to stay connected with one’s roots to be a true cooperator! He met Mr. Abhay Kumar, Joint Secretary, MoC and Dr. K.K. Tripathy, Officer on Special Duty, MoC and offered support from ICA and ICA-AP. A meeting of all ICA members in India with President Guarco was organised at the NCUI headquarters where each member organisation introduced and showcased their work to the President.