Union Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Cooperation, Shri Amit Shah addressed the ‘National Cooperative Conference’ held in New Delhi on 5th October as the Chief Guest. On this occasion, many dignitaries associated with cooperatives welcomed the country’s first Cooperation Minister, Shri Amit Shah. The Union Minister of State for Cooperation, Shri B. L. Verma, President of the International Cooperative Alliance (Global), Dr. Ariel Guarko, Secretary, Ministry of Cooperation and Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and all co-operatives including India’s leading cooperatives – IFFCO, National Cooperative Federation of India, Amul, Sahakar Bharti, NAFED and KRIBHCO and many other dignitaries of the cooperatives family were also present.
Shri Amit Shah said that the vision of welfare of the poor and Antyodaya cannot happen without cooperatives and whenever there was talk of development in the country earlier, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay first talked about Antyodaya and today his birthday is the day to receive inspiration for lakhs and crores of workers.
Shri Amit Shah said that after 75 years of Independence and at a time when the cooperative movement was most needed, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, created the Ministry of Cooperation. He thanked the Prime Minister on behalf of crores of people of the cooperative sector across the nation for forming the Ministry of cooperation. He said it is a matter of pride for him to be the country’s first Cooperation minister.
He said that cooperatives make a very important contribution in the development of the country and this contribution is still there, but still many dimensions are yet to be reached. He said that it will have to be thought afresh, it will have to be outlined anew, the scope of our work will have to be increased, transparency will have to be brought in the work, and the cooperative movement will have to be included in the work as a nature and culture and shall have to move forward.He said that the path of development of crores of farmers, underprivileged, backward, Dalits, the poor, neglected and women of the country can be paved only through cooperatives.
Shri Amit Shah said that many people question the relevance of cooperatives and they feel that the cooperative movement has become irrelevant, but the cooperative movement is most relevant today and there is a long way to go. He said that by connecting every village with cooperatives, making every village prosperous with the mantra of prosperity from cooperation and through this making the country prosperous, this is the role of the cooperative movement.
The Union Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Cooperation said that the word cooperative is made up of the words ‘co’ and ‘work’, cooperative is to work together, with a goal, in one direction with the fraternity.He said that maybe the strength and economic power of all of us working in the cooperative sector is less, but our numbers are so large that if we collect it through cooperatives, then a tremendous force is created, which no one can beat. Shri Shah said that now the time has come to make a new beginning in the cooperative movement with confidence. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given a mantra, of prosperity from cooperation, and the cooperative sector will also give full thrust to fulfill the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s goal which he has set of a US $ 5 trillion economy.The cooperative sector will also exert its full force to fulfill this goal.
Shri Amit Shah said that the cooperative movement will also develop rural society and will also create the concept of a new social capital. He said that there are many interpretations of capital, but we are a people carrying 10,000 years of culture and the idea of social capital will take our cooperative movement a long way. Shri Shah said that cooperatives have become ingrained in the nature of the people of India and cooperation is in our culture and it is not a borrowed concept, which is why the cooperative movement in India can never become irrelevant.
–Thanked the Prime Minister on behalf of crores of people of the cooperative sector across the nation for forming the Ministry of cooperation
–Welfare of the poor and Antyodaya cannot be imagined without cooperation
–Cooperatives make an important contribution to the country’s development and the cooperative movement has to be taken forward by imbibing the spirit of cooperation in work
–The path of development of crores of farmers, deprived, Backward, Dalits, poor, neglected and women can only take place through cooperation
–By connecting every village with cooperatives, making every village prosperous with the mantra of “Sahakar se Samriddhi” and through this making the country prosperous, that is the role of the cooperative movement
–PM Shri Narendra Modi has given the mantra, “Sahakar se Samridhi”, and he has set a goal of a US $ five trillion economy, the cooperative sector will also contributeto fulfill this goal