Ministry of Co-operation
Agency overview
Formed6 July 2021 (2 months ago) (2021-07-06)[1]
Jurisdiction India
HeadquartersNew Delhi
Ministers responsible

The Ministry of Co-operation is a ministry under the Government of India which was formed in July 2021. The ministry provides a separate administrative, legal and policy framework for strengthening the cooperative movement in the country. The ministry's creation was announced on 6 July 2021 along with its vision statement of "Sahkar se samriddhi" (transl. Prosperity from cooperation). Before the creation of this ministry, the objectives of this ministry were looked after by the Ministry of Agriculture.[2]

The ministry works in strengthening co-operatives at the grassroot level,[3][4] working to streamline processes for 'Ease of doing business' for co-operatives and enabling the development of Multi-State Co-operatives (MSCS).[1][5] The same was initially announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman while presenting the 2021 Union budget.[3]

Objectives

The ministry was created with objectives of:[6]

List of ministers

Legend
Key
Ministers of Co-operation
No. Name Portrait Term of office Political party
(Alliance)
Prime Minister Notes
1. Amit Shah
7 July 2021 Incumbent 85 days Bharatiya Janata Party
(National Democratic Alliance)
Narendra Modi [7]
Ministers of State of Co-operation
No. Name Portrait Term of office Political party
(Alliance)
Notes
1. B. L. Verma 7 July 2021 Incumbent 85 days Bharatiya Janata Party
(National Democratic Alliance)
[8]

Criticism

Co-operative societies, being a subject of State List under the Seventh schedule of the Constitution, many experts raised concerns that, creating such a ministry at the central level would increase the power in the hands of the union government.[9]

Kerala's Minister of Co-operation and Registration V. N. Vasavan stated that, "Creation of a new Cooperation ministry is an infringement upon the federal rights of the state governments. [....] This is an intrusion into the authority of the state governments."[10]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Modi Government creates a new Ministry of Co-operation". Press Information Bureau. 6 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Explained: Why a Cooperation Ministry". The Indian Express. 9 July 2021. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  3. ^ a b Mishra, Himanshu Shekhar (6 July 2021). Pullanoor, Harish (ed.). "New "Ministry Of Cooperation" Created A Day Before PM's Cabinet Reshuffle". NDTV.com.
  4. ^ Mathew, Liz; Tiwari, Ravish (7 July 2021). "Governor reshuffle, new Ministry clear decks for Cabinet expansion". The Indian Express.
  5. ^ Saha, Poulomi (6 July 2021). "Ministry of Cooperation: Modi govt creates new ministry to strengthen cooperative movement". India Today. Delhi.
  6. ^ "Explained: Why did Modi government form a new cooperation ministry | India News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  7. ^ "He Means Business: Amit Shah In Action Ahead of Assuming Charge Of Ministry Of Cooperation". News18. 10 July 2021. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  8. ^ "UP ministers got work in Modi cabinet: important responsibility to all 7 new ministers, Shah included Ajay Mishra and BL Verma in his team; Reshuffle in the portfolios of many old ministers". Bharat Times. 8 July 2021. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  9. ^ "Cooperative spirit: On the new Union Ministry of Cooperation". The Hindu. 12 July 2021. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  10. ^ ""Assault On Federalism": Kerala Leaders On Ministry Of Cooperation". NDTV.com. Retrieved 12 July 2021.