MNREGA has contributed towards removing the unemployment of youth to some extent but a comprehensive solution of the unemployment problem of rural youth is possible only through labour cooperative, said Tariq Anwar, state agriculture minister at a function of National Labour Cooperative Federation of India (NLCF) in N Delhi on Saturday.
The function was inaugurated by the state agriculture minister Tariq Anwar and was attended by members of labour cooperative societies from Kerala to Kashmir.
The Minister assured the gathering of all help saying that aim of the govt and that of the cooperative is co-terminus-helping our poor and unorganized labour. You do not only have to organize them but make them earn more by imparting skill-training to them, said Mr Anwar.
But he emphasized on the need of cooperative getting economically viable on its own.
There is a difference between a cooperative and an NGO; cooperatives are not a charity organization and unless they earn for themselves, they cannot survive for long, said Central Registrar R K Tiwary speaking on the occasion.
Tiwary said that cooperative is primarily an economic unit and was conceived to provide easy loans to the farmers. A few years ago its share in such loan disbursal was more than 50 percent but in recent times it has come down to 17 percent. This has resulted into diminishing importance attached to the cooperative movement traditionally, the Central Registrar he added.
Congratulating the MD R N Pandey and Chairman Sanjiv Kushalkar on the large presence of women in the conference, Mr Tiwary said increased participation of youth and women are crucial for the success of the cooperative movement.
The occasion was also noteworthy for the release of Labour cooperative directory and several booklets on the sector. A few Primary Labour cooperative societies working at the grass- root level were also given awards for their exemplary performance. The list of awardees included ULCC,Kozhikode, Mattewal Cooperative Labour and Construction Society Amritsar, Mosjid Cooperative L&C Society Karnal, Bhillowasl Katcha Cooperative Labour and Construction Society Amritsar, Bala ji Cooperative L&C Society Gurgaon, Mahatma Phule Labour Cooperative society Dhule, Pooja Labour Cooperative Society Dhule, Shykka Cooperative Labour & Construction Society New Shimla, Shree Gurudeo Jungal Kamgar Sahakari Sanstha ,Gadchiroli and Kuwara Bhimsen Adiwasi Jungle Kamgar Sahakari Sanstha, Wardha
K Lingaiah,Vice-Chairman of NLCF proposed vote of thanks and requested the Minister and Central Registrar to award construction contract of the govt to the labour cooperatives.