National Cooperative Union of India, the apex body of cooperatives in the country is conducting membership satisfaction survey these days. A sample of questionnaire has been sent to all the cooperative federations that are its members for feedback.
As reported earlier NCUI is caught into existential woes.
In its survey there is an attempt at soul-searching. The tumultuous journey for the past couple of years when it faced complete non-cooperation from the government at one hand and a lack of trust owing to lecturer scam on the other; may have motivated it to go in for such survey.
The survey asks questions such as: do you think the activities of NCUI are in line with your needs, what is your overall satisfaction level with NCUI, are you happy with role of NCUI in Government policy formulation or such as how do you see the overall performance of NCUI in the last one year?
It is obvious that the apex organization is trying to come to terms with the new reality. It knows that if it has to survive it can do so only on its own strength. And its strength lies with the member cooperative federations which number 204 in total.
The list of its members include
National Federations-17 , Multi State Cooperative Societies-38 , State Cooperative Unions-31, State Cooperative Banks-18 , State Coop. Agri. & Rural Dev. Banks-14, Marketing Federations -16, Consumer Federations-8 , Housing Federations-10, Urban Banks Federations-10, Tribal Federations-2 , Other Sectororal Federations-23 and Miscellaneous-17
NCUI has not been taking its members as seriously as it should have taken. Standing on the crutch of the government it dreamt of ushering in cooperative movement in the country without them.
A total membership of 204 cooperative federations is no mean achievement and is enough to sustain NCUI and the cooperative movement.
Its training program has not made any mark in the cooperative movement of the country as scores of success stories which have been featured in this news portal have shown that the movement has grown due to individuals and not due to the NCUI or govt.
Unless it redefines itself and throw it headlong into rekindling of the cooperative movement with the help of its members its existence would always remain in doldrums. Government may help you to survive by getting salaries and perks; it cannot carry the movement forward. Only cooperators can do so.