Yamunanagar (Haryana), July 6 (IANS) Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday said the cooperation movement has made significant contribution in the socio-economic development of the country.
There are about 28,000 cooperative societies in Haryana, which are helping 50 lakh members directly and almost all the people in the state in some way or the other, he said in his address at the International Cooperative Day function in the town.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar presided over the function and Haryana Minister of State for Cooperation Manish Kumar Grover co-chaired the programme.
On the occasion, Khattar flagged off 19 mobile banking vans, which will provide banking related services to the villagers at their doorstep. He also launched e-commerce website for online sale of Vita milk and milk products.
Addressing the members of the cooperative societies, farmers and labourers, the Chief Minister said Haryana State Cooperative Labour and Construction Federation Ltd protects the rights of labourers and constitutes their committees.
Till March this year, 8,040 cooperative labour and construction committees have been constituted in the state.
He said milk cooperative societies are working well in Haryana. Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Pashudhan Bima Yojana was launched to provide socio-economic protection to the cattle rearers in the state.
He said the formalities for installing ethanol plant in cooperative sugar mills are being completed.
Tomar said the state has made a lot of advancement in the field of cooperation sector, yet there is a need to further strengthen it.
He said India is an agricultural country and here the area of cooperation is widespread. He said that out of six-and-a-half lakh villages in India, six lakh villages are directly or indirectly associated with cooperation.
Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti Rattan Lal Kataria said a resolution has been taken in the Union budget to change the cooperatives system.