Indian Society for Studies in Cooperation, Pune
35th Annual National Conference on
Autonomous Cooperatives: Myth or Reality
In collaboration with
Indian Institute of Bank Management, Guwahati
Vaikunth Mehta National Institute of Cooperative Management, Pune
On 28th and 29th February 2020 at IIBM, Guwahati
Readers are aware that Indian Society for Studies in Cooperation is based in Vamnicom, Pune. Society is established in 1979 and registered under Trust Act. Society under takes research projects in cooperative management & development and rural development. It has so far 20 publications in its credit. Society’s main objective is to support and provide platform to budding researchers in the cooperative sector. This purpose, Society organises every year annual national research conference, in different parts of Country. This year, the 35th Annual National Conference was organised at RBI’s Indian Institute of Banking Management, Guwahati during 28th and 29th February 2020. IIBM, Guwahati hosted the conference.
The inaugural function of Conference was held on 28-2-2020 at10.45 am in Conference Hall of IIBM, Guwahati. Dr K Ramesha, Director, IIBM welcomed the dignitaries and the delegates of Conference with the credentials of the Shri S. S. Saha, CGM, NABARD, Assam; Shri Satish Marathe, Director, RBI, Mumbai and Dr Anil Karanjkar, Secretary ISSC on the dais. Shri G.H. Amin, Chairman, ISSC & Vice-president, NCUI, New Delhi presided Conference. Dr Karanjkar, Secretary, ISSC presented the importance of choosing the title of Conference. He narrated few examples and the rationale for selecting the conference theme.
The Shri S.S. Saha, CGM, NABARD, Guwahati was the Chief Guest of the inaugural function. He inaugurated Conference by watering plant sampling with other dignitaries. (photo attached) In his address, Shri. S.S. Saha, CGM (NABARD), Guwahati. stated the importance of cooperatives in India, role played in development of the farmers. He was also unhappy that in north east, the cooperatives growth is less. There are very few credit cooperatives in Assam and it is two tier structure. Even though, the crop loan is given with zero percent interest, there is no takers and the cooperatives are here in such a bad position. But the Credit Cooperatives are helping the farmers much. He mentioned that there are number of institutions and agencies like FPOs, SHGs, JLGs are there, but the uniqueness of the cooperatives will make it sustainable. The VCR recommendation has helped the STCCS very much and after few years, the movement has gone to the same position. He concluded with saying that the PACS are doing everything under its roof except the activities for which it was started.
Shri Satish Marathe, Director, RBI, Mumbai delivered the key note address. He was of the opinion that the autonomy of the cooperatives is not a myth but it is reality. There are 95000 primary agriculture credit cooperatives in Country and 65000 of them are profit making and out of 1.40 lakh dairy cooperatives, majority are profit making. Mr Marathe mentioned that the agricultural produce has increased tremendously and three fourth of it is in buffer stock. Unfortunately, there are losses in transit and got spoiled in the storage. Further, there is no processing of agricultural produces in India. In India only 20 percent of the agricultural produce are sent and used after processing and value addition. Hence, the farmers could not get remunerative price for his produces. He also mentioned that the cooperative law is only to control and regulatory and it is not to growth and development oriented. He mentioned that the cooperatives are confronting problems like good cooperative leaders, members participation, etc. even though they earn profit, which is plough backed to cooperatives. He also discussed the 97th Constitutional Amendment and its importance. Mr Marathe conclude his key note address by saying Cooperatives are not business enterprises but they are economic enterprises, moreover they are autonomous.
ISSC has introduced best research paper award in the name of Prof. R.V. Nadkarni, it’s founder Secretary, from last research conference, 34th Annual Research Conference held at Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur, Kerala. There are three award, first award of Rs. 5000/-, second of Rs.3000/- and third award of Rs. 2000/-. In this conference the awards were confirmed on the winners. The first award went to students of KAU, the second award won by Mr. Abinandan Kashyap of and the third award went to again students KAU( list enclosed). The first and second award were received by Dr Philip, Ex Professor of KAU on behalf of winners while the second award was received by Mr. Abinandan Kashyap. (Photo attached)
Shri G.H. Amin, Chairman ISSC and Vice President NCUI presided Conference and mentioned the back ground of the 97th Constitutional Amendment and NCUI role. Mr. Amin emphasis was on need of autonomous cooperatives, expressed in detail. He also mentioned that even though there is a case in the Gujarat High Court, it will be effectively implemented and followed in due course.
After the inaugural, technical sessions were organised in which 20 research papers were presented through autonomy of various cooperative sectors were discussed. The research papers were from Dr Anil Karanjkar on Sugar Cooperatives, Dr Madhuri Chaure on Consumer Cooperatives, Dr T Paranjothi on two tier credit structure in the state of Kerala, Mr Swapana Chandera on Information Technology and Autonomy, a few to mention. The technical presentation by Mr S. G. Patil, Managing Director of Karnataka State Souhadra Federal Cooperative Ltd., Bengaluru was well received and discussed in Conference. The 5 technical sessions were presided by Dr Mukund Tapkir, Chair Professor, Vikhe Patil Chair, Savitribai Phule University Pune; Mr Rakesh Chandra, Professor, IIBM, Guwahati; Dr T Paranjothi, Director ACSTI, Trivandrum; Dr B.T. Badhan ex Add. RCS Maharashtra and Shri Paritosh Kar Purkayastha, Professor, IIBM Guwahati.
Dr K Ramesha Director IIBM delivered the Valedictory address on Saturday, 29th February saying autonomy is not given but need to be snatched with principles and value-based management of cooperatives. The conference was unanimous to conclude that there is lot need to be done for making cooperatives autonomous. The cooperatives in north east requires boost, help from other cooperatives and policy makers. Specially the state government the north east states need to take number of initiatives for strengthening the cooperative movement there.
Conference was well participated by academicians, co-operators and researchers from all over India.