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India’s Cooperative Sector first Mahasamelan ‘Sahakar thi Samruddhi’ takes place in the presence of Prime Minister at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar

    Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi:- 

    • The co-operative sector is the energy of a self-reliant India
    • The journey from non-cooperation to cooperation will open the door to prosperity
    • Six villages of Gujarat will be made model co-operative villages
    • We have done and will continue to do what is necessary in the interest of the farmers of the country
    • Cooperatives have given a new dimension to women entrepreneurship

     

    Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel:- 

    • For the first time in the history of the country, people have got a government that has brought transformation
    • The co-operative sector is the backbone of the rural economy, the backbone of democracy
    • Through co-operative activity, Gujarat is leading at both micro and macro level
    • Gujarat’s co-operative sector provided the greatest example of women’s empowerment

     

    Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi created the Ministry of Cooperatives and because of him co-operative movement has come to life: Minister of  Co-operation Shri Amit Shah

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    Gandhinagar, Saturday: Addressing the leaders of the co-operative sector and also the farmers across India participating virtually present at the Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, for the first co-operative Mahasamelan of the co-operative sector in India ‘Sahakar thi Samruddhi’, the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said, that  The Government of India will make every effort to do whatever is appropriate in the interest of the farmers of the country. Our government is striving to increase the strength of the country’s farmers. the co-operative sector is the energy of a self reliant India. This year, the central government will provide more than Rs 2 lakh crore relief to Indian farmers. Prime Minister further said that, The rural area must be self-sufficient in building a self-reliant India. We are moving towards making the villages of India a Model Co-operative Village, These villages will be made model co-operative villages by implementing complete co-operative system in six villages of Gujarat.

    Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that, there was a non-cooperation movement in the country before independence. While today is the time for the cooperation movement. Only this journey from non-cooperation to cooperation will open the door to prosperity. The mantra of Sauno Saath, Sauno Vikas, Sauno Vishwas, Sauno Prayas lies within the cooperation. By realizing this mantra, Gujarat’s co-operative societies are becoming an inspiration for other states today.

    Prime Minister Shri Narendra Bhai Modi inaugurated the IFFCO Nano Liquid Urea Plant at Kalol in Gandhinagar District of Gujarat. Expressing the feeling of joy on the occasion, he said that, “It is disturbing to imagine a scene where an Indian farmer used to go for urea.” Today the strength of a sack of urea is contained in a nano-liquid urea bottle. A half litre bottle meets the farmer’s requirement of one sack of urea. As a result, costs will be lower and this research will be a boon for small farmers. At present, the IFFCO plant in Kalol has a production capacity of 1.5 lakh bottles, which will gradually increase. He also said that 8 such plants will be set up in India in the coming days. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Bhai Modi said that India has been dependent on foreign countries for urea.  This research will save the country’s wealth. Not only that, Indian agricultural scientists are working towards nano research as a substitute for other fertilizers in the future besides urea. He described the move as “extremely important”.

    He said that India ranks second in the world in consumption of fertilizers and third in manufacturing. We have seen the black market of imported urea seven-eight years ago. Indian farmers had to eat sticks to meet their urea requirement. Urea factories were also shutting down due to lack of new technology. Five factories producing urea fertilizers in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and Telangana have been shut down and the central government is committed to rekindle them. Urea plants in Uttar Pradesh and Telangana have been reactivated, with work to be done on the remaining three in the near future.

    Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that India had to depend on foreign imports for decades to meet the need for fertilizers.  One-fourth of the urea requirement has to be imported, while potash and phosphate have to be imported 100 percent from abroad. Fertilizer prices have risen in the international market during the last two years of pandemic. At the very least, in a war situation, the availability of fertilizers in the global market is now low and the prices are very high. The international situation of fertilizers is very worrying, yet the government of India, which is very sensitive towards the farmers, has created a situation where the farmers do not have to face any difficulties despite facing many difficulties. We have not allowed the crisis of fertilizer to come in the country.

    The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that, the Government of India imports a bag of 50 kg fertilizer for Rs.3500. But the government gives this 50 kg bag of fertilizer to the farmers of the country for only Rs.300 instead of Rs.3500. Instead of farmers, the Indian government bears a burden of more than Rs 3200 on a bag of urea. He also said that the central government bears the cost of Rs 2500 per 50 kg bag of DAP fertilizer. In the last 12 months, the Indian government has taken  the burden of five times the cost of fertilizers, instead of the Indian farmers. Last year, the central government provided Rs. 1 lakh, 60 thousand crore subsidy to farmers for fertilizers. The relief to farmers is likely to be more than Rs 2 lakh crore.

    Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that, Indian farmers cannot depend on the situation abroad for the availability of fertilizers. Lakhs of rupees going to foreign countries every year to import fertilizers should come to the homes of Indian farmers. To this end, the central government is trying to find a permanent  and long lasting solution. He said previous governments had focused only on finding immediate solutions to problems. No one was worried about the dire situation ahead. In the last eight years, my government has not only solved the problems immediately, but has also made arduous efforts to find a lasting solution to all the problems. He said that the health infrastructure sector in India was being strengthened after the dire situation of COVID-19.

    Mission Oil Palm has been launched for the permanent solution of edible oil problems. Special emphasis is being placed on biofuels and green hydrogen to reduce foreign dependence on crude oil. Emphasis is also being placed on special research in nanotechnology and other requirements in fertilizers. Natural farming is being promoted to reduce the need for fertilizers. The Natural Farming Campaign is an attempt to find a long-lasting solution to this problem. He said that the farmers of Gujarat are progressive. Even the youngest farmer in Gujarat is adventurous. He congratulated the farmers who have adopted natural farming and also encouraged their initiative.

    Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that, being Atmanirbhar is the solution to many problems of India. Cooperation is the best model for building a self-reliant India. He congratulated the co-operative sector veterans who made the co-operative sector a success by attending the Mahasamelan “Sahakar thi Samruddhi” He said that Gujarat has also been fortunate enough to have the leadership of Param Pujya Gandhiji and Sardar Patel. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel has worked to realize the path of self-reliance that Pujya Bapu showed through cooperation. The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi remembered Shri Vaikunth Mehta, a pioneer of Gujarat’s co-operative sector. He also said that a building has been constructed in the memory of Shri Vaikunth Mehta, which was also in a shaky condition. The Central Government has allocated Rs. 25 crore in this budget in the memory of Shri Vaikunth Mehta for the development of the working of areas related to him and has tried to make this work more vigorous.

    Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, while refreshing the memories of Pritamnagar in Paldi area of ​​Ahmedabad, said that the country’s first co-operative housing society was formed in Pritamnagar, which is a living example of the country’s first co-operative housing scheme. Gujarat’s Amul brand has made Gujarat proud all over the world. Not only that, the strength of Gujarat’s co-operative movement has been introduced to the world. Today, besides Gujarat Dairy, sugar and banking are also excellent examples of the success of the co-operative sector. Today the co-operative sector has also expanded in areas like fruits and vegetables. The co-operative sector has a major contribution to make in strengthening the rural economy of the country. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that, the contribution of dairy industry is proving to be important in enriching and sustaining the rural economy of the country. Today, India has become the largest country in the world in terms of milk production. In which Gujarat has a major share. India produces a total of eight lakh crore rupees of milk in one year. The women of the country have contributed a lot to this whole system. In this regard, the milk market is also very large compared to the total grain market in the country. The contribution of small farmers and landless pastoralists is the highest.

    The Prime Minister added that today the villages of India have become more prosperous, the biggest and most important reason behind this is the co-operative sector of the country. Gujarat’s co-operative model is proving to be an inspiration for the entire country today. There was a time when there were many restrictions for the construction of dairies in Kutch. Our government accelerated the dairy industry across the state by removing these restrictions. As a result, today the dairy industry has spread across the state including Amreli, Kutch-Saurashtra. Today 70 lakh women of Gujarat are part of this campaign. As a result, about 50 lakh families have become prosperous. More than 5500 milk producing societies are run by women’s  of the state.  The fact that Gujarat’s identity has become popular across the country with the Amul brand also shows another model of the co-operative sector, said the Prime Minister. The brand of “Lijjat” Papad, started years ago by the women of the tribal and backward areas of the state, has now become a multinational brand and has reached to every nook and corner of the world. In recognition of the contribution of the woman who started the Lijjat Papad housing industry to encourage women’s  we have awarded her the Padma Shri. The role of sisters in the co-operative sector is proving to be very important. The government of the country as well as the state are paying special attention to strengthen the skills and morale of the women, Because cooperation is very vital in strengthening the rural economy.  With all these things in mind, our government decided that ‘Azadi ka Amrit Kaal’ should also turn out to be the ‘Amrit Kaal’ for all those involved in the field of co-operation. As a result, for the first time in the country, the Ministry of Co-operation has been set up at the central level and a co-operative based model has been introduced across the country. As a result, small and medium units of this sector have become eligible to compete  in the market.

    Rcecalling his tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat, the Prime Minister said that when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, he had received representations from representatives of co-operative societies to abolish taxes on co-operative societies.  Immediately after the formation of our government, a decision was taken in this regard and the tax on co-operative societies was abolished. Not only that, Gujarat’s co-operative societies used to come with many complaints, today these same societies come with their performance report cards. Such small congregations are witnessing many changes today. They have been using computers. Really proud to see this digitization. Not only that, to make small and marginal farmers economically feasible, 8 lakh farmers have been given ‘Rupay’ cards by the co-operative banks. In addition to this, it has been decided to computerize more than 63,000 primary agricultural credit societies across the country in order to bring transparency in PACS. As a result, lakhs of farmers will benefit. People associated with the co-operative sector are now buying from the Government e-Marketplace-GeM portal, Acceptance of which has made it possible to get items and products easily and cheaply today.

    He added that this ‘Azadi ka Amrit Kaal’ would be a time of empowering small and medium enterprises, small shopkeepers. The Digital platform of Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) has been provided for small business owners to get good sales opportunities. While the real test of cooperation is finding solutions to challenges, our government’s entire effort is to turn disaster into opportunity. Today many such projects have helped in achieving new achievements.

    Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel:-

    Chief Minister Shri Bhupendrabhai Patel said that co-operative sector is the backbone of rural economy, it is also the backbone of democracy. As a result of various co-operative societies in Gujarat, farmers, workers, poor, dalits and women of Gujarat have become economically prosperous. Through co-operative activities, Gujarat is leading the way at both micro and macro levels, he added.

    The Chief Minister said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Union Minister for Home and Co-operation Shri Amita Shah, in the last eight years, there has been a great change in the working of the government in various fields and new initiatives have been taken. The launch of the Ministry of Co-operation in the Central Government is a prime example. He added that for the first time in the history of the country, the people have got a government to bring about change. The Chief Minister, under the leadership of the Prime Minister and the Union Minister for Home and Co-operation, gave impetus to reform measures such as improvement in the governance of co-operative banks, modernization of co-operative societies, reduction of alternative minimum rates for co-operative societies. The Chief Minister further said that, Gujarat, a leading state in the fight for non-cooperation before independence, has now become a leader in the field of co-operation after independence.

    We want to achieve the goal of a self-reliant India through self-reliant Gujarat through cooperation. He said that, Gujarat’s co-operative sector has provided the greatest example of women’s empowerment. The co-operative sector of Gujarat is very vast, there are more than 83 thousand co-operative societies functioning in the state in which approximately 2 crore 31 lakh members are involved.

    Regarding the launch of IFFCO Nano Urea by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister said that we are going to take the initiative of spraying Nano Urea in the field using drone technology. Drone spraying of nano urea will reduce labour cost in agriculture and provide uniform urea to the crop. The Chief Minister expressed his determination to make Gujarat a model state with the contribution of cooperative sector in the field of natural agriculture. He expressed confidence that the economic development of the country would be accelerated through the essence of co-operation.

     

    Minister of Home Affairs and Co-operation Shri Amit Shah:-

    Co-operation Minister Shri Amit Shah welcomed the co-operative leaders and farmers from all over Gujarat and said that Gujarat is a model of success for the co-operative sector. Gujarat has saved the spirit of co-operation in any field. Our Gujarat is one of the few provinces in the country where co-operation from PACS to Apex is run on principle and transparency for which co-operative workers were congratulated.  The Union Minister further said that, we remember that since independence, the two pillars Swavalamban-Swadeshi were started by Shri Sardar Patel and Shri Morarji Desai under the leadership of Gandhiji.  Since then, many activists like Shri Tribhuvandas Patel and Shri Vaikuntha Mehta have dedicated their entire lives in  strengthening the co-operative sector. This is why the seed of cooperation he planted has become a banyan tree and is standing before the world today.

    Since I joined the co-operative sector, the co-operative workers have been demanding that there should be a separate ministry for co-operatives at the Central, said Co-operation Minister Shri Amit Shah. The Prime Minister of the country Shri Narendra Modi took a revolutionary step a year ago and established the Ministry of Co-operation at Central. Through this step, the co-operative movement has come to life for the next 100 years. He added that after the formation of the ministry, the government has taken such a noble decision that the sugar mills were making more profit when they were transferring rupees to the farmer’s bank account they had to pay tax.  By removing this tax government has provided farmers profit of Rs. 8000 crore. The surcharge tax on co-operative sector has also been reduced from 12 percent to 7 per cent in this budget. In addition, the VAT on co-operatives has been reduced from 18.5 percent to 15 percent.

    The Minister said that, by passing a resolution in February 2020, all the schemes of the Credit Guarantee Fund will now be run only through co-operatives. A one-day meeting of all the Ministries of the Government of India was held in which it was decided to give priority to the Ministry of Co-operation. Many decisions in this area are in progress. In this budget, it has been announced that more than 63,000 PACS are in operation

    The Government of India is working with NABARD to computerize all these. This revolutionary step is being taken for our three tier agricultural finance credit system.  Like PACS, District Cooperative Bank, State Government and NABARD will have the same type of software. The daily trade-recovery of all packs within NABARD’s computer will reach all NABARD. Which will result in transparency. So the time will not come to close the PACS, the minister added.

    He said that the government of India has also started soliciting websites and direct suggestions for formulating new government policy. He has also held meetings with cooperatives. The Government of India is going to set up a big data bank of fish farming co-operative societies, milk producer co-operative societies, fodder collecting societies or any kind of co-operative societies in PACS. Along with this, the Government of India is also working to make PACS multipurpose. The Co-operation Minister said that, at present there is no arrangement for Organic Agricultural Production Societies.  Under AMUL, the Government of India is going to set up the first laboratory at Amul Fed, Gandhinagar in the near future. By expanding this and setting up its labs in all the districts, the certified organic agricultural produce will reach the farmers and the farmers will benefit. This lab will create a large cooperative based network. The Government of India is also going to make major amendments in the Multi Society Co-operative Act.

    He further said that, with the new launch of the Ministry of Cooperatives in India, there would be greater transparency in the appointment process, procurement and audit system. Discussions are also underway with the states to change all these processes. This change will increase the credibility of the co-operative movement and will breathe new life into this movement under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The co-operative sector will go a long way in realizing PM Shri Modiji’s dream of making India a 5 trillion dollar economy. The Co-operation Minister said that the e-dedication of Nano Urea Liquid Plant at Kalol by Shri Modiji today has many great benefits. This nano urea will save our soil, water and air from being polluted and also the health of the farmers will be good. The production of nano urea liquid will make it easier for farmers to carry a small bottle of only 500 ml in their pocket instead of a bag. This is a big change in the agricultural sector, which will save transportation costs and energy. When we put urea in the field, only 25% of urea is used to increase production, Against the 75% urea that dissolves in the air, 99% is used to increase nano urea liquid production. On this occasion, the Minister of Co-operation congratulated all the IFFCO scientists and Union Fertilizer Minister Mansukh Mandaviya for their discovery of this new experiment to increase agricultural production by 100 per cent. On this occasion, the Minister of Co-operation assured the people involved in the co-operative sector that no stone would be left unturned in the co-operative movement in Gujarat under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel. Union Home and Co-operation Minister Shri Amit Shah said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has visualized a healthier India where water, land and air would not be polluted. IFFCO has created nano urea in liquid form to embody their idea which has been opened for distribution across the country today.

    Source: Information Department, Gujarat