Efforts on to make them more democratic and financially autonomous
At a time when his government was facing criticism for allegedly promoting the cause of the corporates and neglecting the farmers' community, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday announced that the reach of the cooperative institutions would be broadened to include all farmers of the State.
Addressing a gathering of farmers at the Adivasi Ground here, the Chief Minister said that the cooperative movement would be strengthened at the grassroots level. Efforts were being made to make the functioning of the cooperative institutions more democratic and make hem financially autonomous.
The meeting was organised by the State government's Department of Cooperation and Orissa State Cooperative Bank Limited and other government agencies.
The Chief Minister informed that the recommendations of the Vidyanathan Committee were being implemented to make the primary agricultural cooperative societies proactive to meet the requirements of the farmers.
Re-capilatisation assistance to the tune of Rs. 660 crore was being provided to make the agricultural cooperatives viable, Mr. Patnaik said.
The office-bearers of various cooperative institutions were being imparted training to run the cooperatives in an effective manner, he added.
The Chief Minister also announced that as part of the agricultural development schemes a total of 298 godowns will be set up across the State. A large number of cold storages will also be renovated for the benefit of the farmers, he said.
Among others who addressed the gathering include Agriculture and Cooperation Minister Damodar Rout and president of the Orissa State Cooperative Bank Limited Jagneswar.