Registrar reviews cooperative welfare schemes

A district-wide deposit mobilisation campaign by the Registrar of Cooperative Societies (RCS), P. Annamalai, in Vellore district on Wednesday yielded fresh investments to the tune of Rs.1.03 crore in different cooperative financial institutions in the district.

According to a release from J. Malarvizhi, Regional Joint Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Vellore, Mr. Annamalai visited the Gandhinagar and Sathuvachari branches of the Vellore District Central Cooperative Bank (VDCCB), and the Vellore branch of the Primary Agricultural Cooperative Rural Development Bank, and canvassed for deposits in the banks.

Accompanied by officials, the Registrar conducted a mobilisation campaign on the streets of Sathuvachari, Vallalar, Katpadi, Gandhinagar, Viruppakshipuram, Tollgate and Thorappadi. The general public, traders, teachers and retired government officials voluntarily invested their money in cooperative banks through cheques which they handed over to the RCS.

Later, the Registrar reviewed cooperative welfare schemes in the district with the officials, including K.C. Thenmozhi, Joint Registrar (JR)/Special Officer (SO), VDCCB, S.R. Venkatesan, JR/SO, Vellore District Cooperative Wholesale Stores Limited, T. Kamatchi, JR/General Manager, Integrated Cooperative Development Programme, Vellore, S. Thiruguna Aiyappadurai, JR/SO, Ambur Cooperative Sugar Mills and Deputy Registrars G. Thulasiraman, P. Kandasamy, K. Anandan, S. Anbarasan and N. Murali, and General Manager of VDCCB Vijayakumari.

During the review, the RCS was told that the government has released 50 % subsidy to Primary Agricultural Cooperative Credit Societies (PACCS) for the procurement of agricultural implements such as paddy transplanter, tractor, power tiller, power weeder, rotavator, power sprayer and paddy harvesting machine at a total value of Rs.three crore to enable farmer members to hire them on a cheaper rent. He was also told that 31 PACCS were upgraded into Common Service Centres with NOVA-NET PC facilities.

The Registrar inaugurated a new cooperative medical shop to be run by the Tirupattur Taluk Cooperative Marketing Society. He distributed loan assistance to the tune of Rs.three lakh to three women self-help groups through the VDCCB.

Mr. Annamalai made a surprise visit to the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation godown at Vellore and enquired about the daily movement of essential commodities through lorries to fair price shops. He instructed the officials to strictly monitor the movement of essential commodities to the shops. At the New Bus Stand in Vellore, he inspected a recently-opened cooperative medical shop run by the Vellore District Consumers' Cooperative Wholesale Stores Ltd.

The Registrar reviewed and inspected the progress of the work on a 100-tonne capacity godown being constructed under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) at Thenkadappanthangal. He also visited a fair price shop in Thenkadappanthangal and inspected the quality of rice. He instructed the salesman to distribute essential commodities to card-holders without any room for complaints. He wanted the salesman to increase the sale of non-levy commodities.

Mr. Annamalai handed over cheques for Rs. three lakh to the Vellore District Cooperative Printing Press and for Rs.two lakh to the Arakkonam Cooperative Marketing Society as margin money to improve their business activities.

The RCS distributed scholarship of Rs.1,000 each to 11 poor students on behalf of the VDCCB Employees Union, through Udhavum Ullangal. He distributed assistance of Rs.12,000 from the Employees Welfare Fund to S. Saritha, daughter of a former employee of the VDCCB who died.