Gujarat’s cooperative system is a role model for the Nation: Shri Amit Shah
Cooperatives have set a new benchmarks of development in Gujarat: Shri Bhupendra Patel
75th year of independence has become the year of Resolution: Amit Shah’s call to strengthen the co-operative sector
Gandhinagar, Sunday: ‘Gujarat’s co-operative system is a role model for the country, with Gujarat’s co-operative sugar mills being the best in the nation. The co-operative sector has made an invaluable contribution in providing equal development opportunities to the poor, farmers, women and youth of the nation. The co-operative sector will be at the forefront in fulfilling the dream of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi of a self-reliant India and doubling the income of farmers’ said Union Home and Co-operation Minister Shri Amit Shah while addressing a grand gathering of “Sahkar Thi Samruddhi” at Bajipura in Tapi district.
Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel accompanied Union Home and Co-operation Minister Shri Amit Shah in a program organised by Surat District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ltd.-Sumul Dairy to mark the celebration of 75 years of Independence- “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”.
Shri Shah virtually inaugurated the newly constructed Sattva Fortified and Chakki Atta plant by Sumul Dairy in collaboration with the State Government and Gujarat Co-op Milk Marketing Federation under ‘Sahi Poshan, Desh Roshan’ campaign. As well as performed the ground breaking of the state-of-the-art ‘Butter Cold Storage’ and ‘Powder Ware House’ to be built in New Pardi, ‘Sumul Bio Compost Organic Fertilizer Production Unit’ to promote the concept of Organic Farming of the State Government by converting the raw material waste of Sumul Fertilizer Factory into Organic Fertilizer, as well inaugurated animal feed supplements ‘Sumul Ferticare Gold Balls’ and ‘Sumul Nutrimilk Feed-Supplements’ production units required for prevention of animal infertility and increase in milk yield of animals.
Nation’s first Co-operation Minister further said that, the seeds for upliftment of villages were sown by the leaders including Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Tribhuvandas Patel, Pu. Bhaikaka, Vaikunthabhai Mehta, which have turned into a huge banyan tree today.
Appreciating the co-operative structure of South Gujarat, Shri Shah said that the journey of Sumul Dairy, which started with a capacity of 275 liters of milk, has today reached 2.5 lakh members of 1200 milk societies to whom approx. Rs. 7 crores are paid daily.
Stating that co-operatives have made a significant contribution to the development of the country, Shri Shah cited the example of Amul Dairy and expressed happiness that today Amul has reached a record turnover target of Rs 53,000 crore. He lauded the efforts of Sumul Dairy’s cattle breeders for economic upliftment, saying that millions of farmers and cattle breeders would work together for prosperity and realize the dream of a self-reliant India.
While the Prime Minister has set a target of five trillion US dollars for the economy, the co-operative sector will also make a valuable contribution in fulfilling the Prime Minister’s target following the mantra of ‘Sahakar Se Samrudhi’ given to the nation by the Prime Minister.
Under the support of Amul Dairy, arrangements will be made to provide affordable prices to the farmers engaged in natural farming and to get a suitable market. Mr. Shah also said that the goal has been set by this mechanism for Indians to become partners in building a ‘Healthy India, Prosperous India’ by consuming chemical free agricultural products in a single year.
Shri Shah said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has provided an excellent example of pro-people administration by resolving the question of income tax liability of co-operative sugar mills which has been pending for 40 years in just one and half minute. He expressed confidence that the co-operative movement would ensure the progress of rural India, adding that the government directly deposits Rs. 6,000 per farmer in the bank accounts of 13 crore farmers of the nation to take care of the farmers and enrich their lives. He further said that the Ministry of Co-operation has been set up at the grassroots level to take the roots of the co-operative movement deep and bring the fruits of development to the villages.
Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Bhupendra Patel said that Sumul Dairy, which started with 200 liters with co-operatives, has today become a banyan tree by collecting 20 lakh liters of milk, for which he congratulated. He recalled the contribution made by Gandhiji and Sardarsaheb in the freedom movement. Cooperatives have set a new benchmarks of development in Gujarat. The mantra of “Collective Efforts, Inclusive Growth” and “Vina Sahkar Nahi Udhhar” given by our Prime Minister in the field of co-operation would make the dream of ‘Self-reliant Gujarat to Self-reliant India’ come true in the near future.
Detailing on the efforts made by our Prime Minister to give more impetus to co-operatives, CM said that the alternative minimum rate for co-operative societies has been reduced to 15 percent in budget. In addition, the surcharge for co-operative societies with an income of Rs. 1crore to 10 crore has been reduced to 7 percent from 12 percent in budget.
Shri Patel applauded the initiative of Sumul Dairy to sell farmers organic farm produces at its parlours to provide better prices to farmers. Sumul Dairy will provide nutritious products like Matrushakit in Anganwadis of 11 districts which will further strengthen the government’s campaign to eradicate malnutrition. He wished that the development of Dairy would continue to grow in the near future with a spirit of co-operation.
MP and State BJP President Shri C.R. Patil in his occasional address said that, due to milk production lakhs of cattle breeders of Gujarat not only get their bread butter but has brightened their lives. He termed the noble move by the state government to allocate Rs. 30 crore to revive the defunct Vyara Sugar as a bold step towards upliftment of the co-operative sector. Mr. Patil appreciated the Animal Husbandry Promotion Activities of the State and Central Government as well as Sumul Dairy. He added that the formation of the Ministry of Co-operation by the Central Government with the intention of expanding co-operative activities across the nation would be a lifeline for millions of co-operative units.
Co-operation Minister, Chief Minister hoisted Sumul’s ‘Co-operation Flag’ in the premises of Sumul Grain Factory. As well as inspected the nutritious products of Sumul. Union HM and CM honoured farmers, cattle breeders and female cattle breeders.
Chairman of Sumul Dairy Shri Mansinghbhai Patel delivered the welcome address. Describing Sumul Dairy’s targets for the next five years, he said that by collecting 2.5 lakh liters of milk daily, it is working indirection to provide Rs. 10-12 crore per day to cattle breeders. A video film depicting the development story of Sumul Dairy was screened on the occasion.
Union Minister of State for Railways and Textiles Smt. Darshanaben Jardosh, Finance Minister Shri Kanubhai Desai, Roads and Buildings Minister Shri Purnesh Modi, Co-operation Minister Shri Jagdishbhai Panchal, Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Harsh Sanghvi, Minister of State for Agricultural Energy Shri Mukeshbhai Patel, MP Shri Prabhubhai Vasava, District Panchayat President Shri Bhaveshbhai Patel, Chairman of Banas Dairy Shri Shankarbhai Chaudhary, President of Surat District Cooperative Union Shri Bhikhubhai Patel, Chairman of Surat APMC Shri Ramanbhai Jani, Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation President Shri Shamalbhai Patel, District Organization President Shri Sandeep Desai, Vice Chairman of Sumul Dairy Shri Rajubhai Pathak along with MLAs and Members of Sumul and other co-operative societies, cattle breeders, office bearers, co-operative leaders, representatives of Sumul Board of Directors, GCMMF, NDDB were present.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat