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Rajasthan has become the first State in the country to lay down the minimum educational qualifications for contesting elections to village cooperative societies and various other cooperative bodies.
In this regard, state government has amended State Cooperative Societies Rules, 2003. The new rules would benefit about 10,000 cooperative and agricultural credit societies. Moreover, the benefit of education will accrue to the societies as their management will go to expert hands.
The minimum educational qualification will be compulsory for the members of the Directorate of Board of the cooperatives to ensure the management is assigned to skilled hands. The required educational qualifications will range from Class V to Class VIII for election as members of governing boards of various cooperative societies.
The minimum qualifications for the primary committee members will be class VIII, for district-level committees, it will be class X and graduation for the state level committee. The elections to various posts in the societies after a certain level would be conducted through the State Cooperative Election Authority.
Rajasthan will be also the first state in the country to establish Recruitment Board by the Cooperative Committees, which will recruit personnel for the cooperative committees. This move will ensure more employment in the field of cooperatives. It will also ensure competent and talented personnel are selected in a transparent way.
In October 2016, Rajasthan Government had enforced the Rajasthan Cooperative Society (Amendment) Act, 2016 for making minimum educational qualification mandatory for election of the cooperative committees in the state. The act mandated to frame rules to define minimum qualification. Prior to enforcing this act, state government had made minimum educational qualification mandatory in panchayat polls.
The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing of an Inter-Governmental Agreement between India and Mauritius on cooperation in cooperatives and related fields.
The Agreement provides for promoting cooperation between both countries through short and medium term programmes within the framework of the joint activities.
It will be valid for duration of five years after which it can be automatically extended for another five years.
Mauritius Government of had shown keen interest to develop its Institutional Mechanism between Cooperative Development Fund (CDF) and National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI) in order to benefit from NCUI’s experience in Cooperative Development.
Later in 2016, a joint meeting was held between Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare followed by Ministerial level meeting in 2013 for signing an MoU between the two countries.