Ministry of Cooperation was created by transferring the existing entries related to cooperation and cooperative in the
business of the erstwhile Ministry of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare vide Cabinet Secretariat’s Gazetted Notification
The Ministry is headed by Shri Amit Shah, Hon’ble Minister for Cooperation and is assisted by Shri B. L. Verma, Hon’ble Minister of State for Cooperation. Secretary, Cooperation is the administrative head of the Ministry. Secretary, Cooperation is assisted by one Additional Secretary, two Joint Secretaries and one Central Registrar of Cooperative Societies.
The Ministry is responsible to provide a separate administrative, legal and policy framework for strengthening the cooperative movement in country. Its aims to deepen co-operatives as a true people-based movement reaching up to the grassroots and develop a cooperative based economic model where each member works with a spirit of responsibility. The principal activities of the Ministry include streamlining processes for ‘Ease of doing business’ for co-operatives and enabling development of Multi-State Co-operative Societies. It lays emphasis on strengthening, bringing transparency, modernization, computerization, creating competitive cooperatives, working constantly to meet the challenge of accessibility to development for every underprivileged in rural areas and on connecting every village with cooperatives, making every village prosperous with the mantra of “Sahakar se Samriddhi” and through this making the country prosperous.
Business Rules :
- General Policy in the field of Co-operation and Co-ordination of co-operation activities in all sectors.
Note: - The Ministries concerned are responsible for Co-operatives in the respective fields.
- Realisation of vision “from cooperation to prosperity”
- Strengthening of cooperative movement in the country and deepening its reach up to the grassroots.
- Promotion of cooperative-based economic development model, including the spirit of responsibility among its members to develop the country.
- Creation of appropriate policy, legal and institutional framework to help cooperatives realise their potential.
- Matters relating to National Co-operative Organisation.
- National Co-operative Development Corporation.
- Incorporation, regulation and winding up of Co-operative societies with objects not confined to one State including administration of ‘the Multi-State Co-operative Societies Act, 2002 (39 of 2002)’
: Provided that the administrative Ministry or Department shall be ‘the Central Government’ for the purpose of exercising powers under the Multi-State Co-operative Societies Act, 2002 (39 of 2002), for Co-operative units functioning under its control.
- Training of personnel of co-operative departments and co-operative institutions (including education of members, office bearers and non-officials).