The Union Minister for Home & Cooperation, Shri Amit Shah e-launched the onboarding of cooperatives on the Government e Marketplace (GeM) portal in New Delhi today
Source: Press Information Bureau / Ministry of Cooperation, Govt of India
Posted On: 09 AUG 2022 6:48PM by PIB Delhi
This day is important for cooperatives, as GeM has been made available to all cooperative societies in the country
There is immense potential in the cooperative sector and GeM portal will be a very useful platform for expansion of this sector
Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Ministry of Cooperation has taken many measures for cooperatives and in the last one year, the Ministry is constantly working on 25 to 30 initiatives
The Cooperative policy is also being prepared with a holistic approach from PACS to APEX, the government has to expand cooperatives, but there is lack of a database, therefore the ministry is also creating a national level database of different category of cooperatives
A population of 60 crores pent their time in worrying about their meals and other daily necessities
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has awakened aspirations of this population of 60 crore by fulfilling their primary needs, by opening bank accounts, providing gas cylinders, toilets, electricity, pure drinking water and free food grains, and cooperatives have the potential to fulfil these aspirations
The cooperative model allowspeople with limited capital to come together and work on a large scale
If a system does not change itself with the times it becomes out dated, therefore it is necessary that the system improves for the expansion of the cooperative sector
This area has been neglected since Independence, however Prime Minister Narendra Modi is accelerating its expansion through historic reforms and modernization
Establishment of a cooperative university is progressing, and will help in training those working in the cooperative sector as well as new employees
An export house is also being registered, for which the process will be completed by December, it will be a platform for export of products by cooperatives
The cooperative sector will not be given second class treatment, however those in the sector will also have to initiate change and bring in transparency
GeM portal will bring transparency into the cooperative sector, farmers and milk producers’ trust in committees and their members will also increase when there is transparency
Shri Narendra Modi has brought transparency in government procurement through the GeM portal, this is a new system, there may be some initial administrative problems, but no one should doubt the intentions of bringing in this new system
Shri Amit Shah said he was confident that the world will recognize this successful transparent model of government procurement in the five years
The expansion that GeM has achieved is unimaginable, there are about 62,000 government buyers available on GeM and around 49 lakh sellers
More than 10,000 products and more than 288 services are listed, so far business worth Rs. 2.78 thousand crore has taken place and this is a huge achievement for GeM
The Union Home and Cooperation Minister, Shri Amit Shah launched the onboarding of cooperatives on the Government e-Marketplace (GeM) portal, today in New Delhi. The program organized by the Ministry of Cooperation, Government of India, the National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI) and GeM was also attended by Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State for Cooperation and North East Region Development Shri B.L. Verma and the NCUI President Shri Dilip Sanghani and many other dignitaries.
In his address, Shri Amit Shah said that today is a very important day in Indian history. In 1942, on August 9, Gandhiji began the Quit India Movement against British Rule and today another important work is being done task is taking place on the occasion of AzadikaAmritMahotsav on August 9, in which access to GeM has been given to cooperative societies in the country. He said there is immense potential in the cooperative sector and the GeM portal will be a very useful platform for the expansion of this sector. The Union Minister of Cooperation said most of units of the government buy through GeM, so cooperatives should also start preparing for registration for supply on GeM to increase their market. He also appealed to the National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI) to expand marketing of cooperatives and for this there can be no better way than the GeM.
The Cooperation Minister said this sector has been neglected since Independence, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi is accelerating its expansion with historic reforms and modernization. Under the leadership of Shri Modi, the Ministry of Cooperation has taken a number of measures for expansion and in the last year the Ministry has been continuously working on 25 to 30 initiatives.
The government has to expand cooperatives but there is no database, therefore the ministry is also creating a national level database of different categories of cooperatives. Arrangements for training will also be made available. Shri Shah said an export house is also being registered the work for which will be completed by December. It will provide a platform for export from cooperatives across the country. He said radical changes are also being made in the Multistate Cooperative Act and the government led by Shri Narendra Modi has also decided to computerize all PACS.
Amit Shah said population size is a great advantage in an economy, because ultimately the population is also the market. Till 2014, India’s population was 130 crore, but the market was only 60 crore, as 70 crore people did not have purchasing capacity. 60 crore people worried about their next meal and other basic needs and generations went through the same ordeal. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi opened bank accounts, provided gas cylinders, toilets, electricity, pure drinking water and food grains free of cost to the poor and as a result awakened the aspirations of these 60 crore people by fulfilling their basic needs and cooperatives have the potential to fulfil all these aspirations. Today after fulfilling their primary needs, these people have ambitions to move ahead in life by earning more money and through cooperatives they can fulfil these ambitions. Shri Amit Shah said if these 60 crore people have just Rs. 5,000, they can run the biggest of cooperatives. Giving the example of Amul, Shri Shah said today this cooperative has crossed a turnover of Rs.60,000crore and 20 lakh women members are not only running the cooperative, but have also been making profits for many years.
The Union Cooperation Minister said the cooperative model is a model in which even with limited capital people can come together and undertake large tasks easily. He said earlier the cooperative model did not have much potential, but Shri Narendra Modi has awakened the aspirations of 60 crore people. He said if a system does not change itself with the times, then it becomes out dated, and therefore it is necessary to improve the cooperative system for the expansion of the sector. India’s cooperative system is 115 years old, the laws are also very old, though small changes have taken place from time to time, radical changes and modernization according to the times have not taken place.
Shri Shah said now the cooperative sector cannot be given second class treatment, however there is a need to bring about change and to move in the direction of bringing transparency and for cooperatives to prepare themselves for change. The GeM portal will be very useful in bringing in transparency in the cooperative sector and when there is transparency, the trust of farmers and milk producers will also increase on the committees and their members. He said that by bringing the GeM portal, Shri Narendra Modi has brought in transparency in government procurement. This is a new system, and therefore there may be some initial administrative problems, but no one should doubt the intention of bringing in this new system. Shri Shah said it is also very important to bring transparency in three areas within cooperatives – elections, recruitment and purchase. There can be no better medium than the GeM to bring transparency in procurement. The Union Minister of Cooperation said he is confident that the world will recognize this successful model of transparent government procurement in the next five5 years.
The Union Minister of Cooperation said he is very optimistic about the future of GeM’s journey under the leadership of Union Minister for Commerce and Industry, Shri Piyush Goyal. He said of the589 of the committees to be added have a turnover of about Rs.100croreare of the state government and till date 289 of them have joined, as well as 45 of the 54 multistate cooperatives have also joined, which is a huge achievement. Also more than 10,000 products and more than 288 services have been listed. Till now business worth Rs. 2.78 lakh thousand crore has also been completed which is a huge achievement of the GeM. Shri Shah said this day is important for the Nation as the Quit India movement began on August 9 and six years ago on August 9 the GeM was also launched and today onboarding of cooperatives has been initiated on this day. Shri Amit Shah congratulated those associated with cooperatives, the entire team of the GeM and eight lakh cooperative societies and especially Shri Piyush Goyal.