Yasha Mudgal discusses action plan to register VOs, CLFs of NRLM as cooperatives

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JAMMU, Aug. 27: Yasha Mudgal, Cooperatives Department Secretary, chaired a meeting at the Civil Secretariat here today to discuss the plan of action to be taken in the registration of Village Organizations (VOs) and Cluster Level Associations (CLFs) of the Rural Livelihoods Mission (RLM) should be adopted. as cooperatives so that rural women can benefit from various programs of the cooperative department, NCDC programs/projects.
Chancellor, Cooperatives J&K, Shafqat Iqbal; Head of Mission, RLM J&K, Indu Kanwal Chib; Additional secretary cooperatives; Joint Director Planning, Cooperatives; All district registration cooperatives and all district program managers from NRLM, as well as senior officials from cooperatives and NRLM attended the meeting.
The CEO of Farms Fresh Milk Producers and Precessors Cooperative Limited, Samba, and the CEO of cluster-based business organization FPO/JK Dairy, Jammu, also attended the meeting as stakeholders from the sector.
Speaking to the meeting, Secretary Cooperatives said that milk production in J&K has increased recently and that J&K ranks third in the country in per capita farmer income after Punjab and Haryana. She added that once village organizations and cluster-level associations were registered as cooperatives, they could form their own apex-level milk association to process the surplus milk and generate higher yields.
The secretary also suggested that the process of registering village organizations from NRLM itself could begin in September 2022 and thereafter registering CLFs as secondary cooperatives could begin. She suggested that VOs must be registered under the J&K Cooperative Societies Act 1989, whereby the government can do the initial hand-holding, oversee the work of the newly registered cooperatives and also help them hold their board/board elections and their cooperatives check annually.
The Secretary also suggested that some of the VOs could also register as Primary Agriculture Credit Societies (PACS) for their affiliation with the District Central Cooperative Banks (Secondary Level) and the State Cooperative Bank (Apex Level).
Mission Director NRLM stated during the meeting that there are 3401 VOs and 492 CLFs under NRLM. She advocated that so many coops could be registered and assured that NRLM field staff would support the coops department and ensure the registration of a maximum number of VOs as coops.
Registrar Cooperative Societies told the meeting that the registration process is very simple and can be done online by members of the VOs from their homes. He further stated that no more than a month was required to complete the registration process once it was initiated.

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