The Union Home and Cooperation minister Amit Shah has said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a target to double the income of the farmers with the help of cooperatives and the government is moving forward on it at a fast pace. He was addressing a programme at Rishikul grounds in Haridwar on Thursday. In the programme he inaugurated the computerisation of all the Primary Agriculture Cooperative Credit Societies (PACS) in the State. He said that the Uttarakhand government has implemented all the incentives given by the union government in the cooperative sector in the State. Shah said that the process of computerisation of the PACS in India started in Uttarakhand in October 2021 and after 17 months all the 670 PACS in the State have been computerised now. Appreciating the efforts of chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and Cooperatives minister Dhan Singh Rawat in this direction the Union minister said that work on 95 MPACS has also started in the State. Shah said that Uttarakhand has become the first State where Jan Aushadhi Kendra (JAK) have been associated with the cooperative societies.
He said that PM Modi made a separate department of cooperatives in 75 years to bring prosperity from the cooperative mission and today all 63,000 PACS of the country have been computerised. The union minister said that the model of integrated cooperative agriculture in 95 blocks of the State.
He said that a new National Cooperative University is being set up in the country and a national database of cooperatives is being prepared. The government is also formulating a cooperative policy.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said that the tradition of cooperatives is very old in India and it encourages cooperation instead of competition. He said that in a historic decision PM Modi created a separate Ministry of Cooperation and handed it to Amit Shah which shows how much importance he attaches to cooperatives. The CM said the State government has taken many major decisions such as bringing anti-copying law, uniform civil code, law against religious conversions, sports policy and education policy implementation in the last one year.
The Cooperatives minister Dhan Singh Rawat said that with the guidance of Shah and leadership of Dhami all the cooperative societies in Uttarakhand have been made online and the State has become the first in the country to have this distinction. He said that Madho Singh Bhandari cooperative farming has started in all 95 blocks of the State and under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya scheme an interest free loan has been disbursed to 7.80 lakh farmers.
Haridwar MP Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank, cabinet minister Satpal Maharaj, BJP president Mahendra Bhatt, Rajya Sabha MPs Kalpana Saini, Naresh Bansal, MLAs Madan Kaushik, Adesh Chauhan, Pradeep Batra and others were present on the occasion.