National Cooperative Database 

News Excerpt:

The Union Ministry of Cooperation launched the National Cooperative Database which will help in the expansion and development of cooperatives in the country.

National Cooperative Database:

  • National Cooperative Database is a web-based digital dashboard where the data of cooperative societies, including national and state federations, have been captured. 
    • It has collected or mapped information about more than 8 lakh cooperatives in three phases.
  • There are more than 8 lakh registered cooperative societies in the country, with over 30 crore people connected with them.
  • Cooperative Database will play a crucial role in the expansion, development, and delivery of cooperatives.
    • The National Database will give direction to development of the Cooperative sector like a Compass.
    • National database will identify gaps as to where we have a lesser number of Cooperatives and will help in expansion of the Cooperative sector.
    • It will act as an invaluable resource for policymakers, researchers and stakeholders.
  • Along with the database, ‘National Cooperative Database 2023 Report’ was also launched by the minister.

Ministry of Cooperation:

  • The Ministry of Cooperation was constituted on 6th July, 2021.
  • The mandate of the ministry is to strengthen cooperative movement in the country & deepening its reach up to grassroots and creation of appropriate policy, legal & institutional framework to help cooperatives realize their potential.
  • Under the Constitution’s Seventh Schedule, which divides responsibilities between the Centre and states, state governments have jurisdiction over cooperatives. 
    • However, the Centre has control over policymaking for cooperatives that operate in more than one state, known as multistate cooperatives.

Initiatives of the ministry:

  • The ministry has introduced 20 new activities to be associated with Primary Agricultural Credit Societies (PACS), enabling them to generate profits.
  • By 2027, there will be a PACS in every village in the country. 

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