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Sikkim Co-operative Mission

Diversifying cooperative activities in Sikkim

 

Cooperative sector in Sikkim has seen a steady growth over the years and cooperative societies have flourished in the State. The Sikkim Cooperative Mission, under the guidance of Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Pawan Chamling, seeks to further advance the development of cooperative sector in Sikkim.

 

The Sikkim Cooperative Mission 2015, helmed by the Cooperation Department, aims to provide a vibrant, self-sustaining and eco-friendly economy with emphasis on employment generation, economic growth and organic agriculture. The mission comprise of various indicators of growth that would be dealt with individually and in general as well.

 

To further strengthen and institutionalize cooperative societies at the grassroots levels, the Hon’ble Chief Minister has already announced contract works up to Rs. 3 crores would be allotted only to registered cooperative societies. The decision is to ensure more participation of the people in the cooperative mission and to take the mission at the grassroots level.

 

The Sikkim Cooperative Mission 2015 aims to diversify the cooperative activities in different fields. It emphasizes on establishing Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society (MPCS) at every gram panchayat level. Focus is also on developing cooperatives on construction, handloom, handicraft, animal husbandry, organic farming, tourism and other sectors. These cooperatives would be primarily involved in mobilization of educated unemployed youth.

 

The mission will identify the bottlenecks and weakness of the cooperatives and make them more competitive, business-centric so they can become viable enterprises by 2015. The mission also seeks to strengthen the credit structure for cooperatives through Sikkim State Cooperative Bank for which more branches would be set up.

 

Capacity building of farmers and members of the cooperative societies is also envisaged under the mission with special reference to marking of the agricultural produce.

 

The Sikkim Milk Producers Union Ltd is one of the exemplary cooperatives in the State. The cooperative movement has taken on a large scale since 2009-10 with more than 3,000 registered cooperative societies in the State so far cover around 82,000 households.

 

Under the mission, six types of cooperative are to be formed in each ward in the State catering to every section of a village society. Educated unemployed youth, labourers, electrical engineers and women can set up cooperatives with a minimum of ten members each.

 

Awareness programmes are being held in every nook and corner of the State to sensitize the people about the importance and benefits of cooperative societies.

Lakhs of people are enjoying the benefits of the cooperative movement in Sikkim. The people in the villagers have become empowered under the mission.



Date Published: 2016-02-25

























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