Maha to re-write Co-op Act; Marathe to head Committee

With enormous efforts that spanned many years, Sahakar Bharati has succeeded in prevailing on the Maharashtra government to form a committee to recommend changes in the dated Maharashtra Co-Operative Societies Act 1960.

Maharashtra which boasts the most robust cooperative movement in the country is still guided by an Act made as long ago as 1960. Even after having the largest number of active cooperative societies, the political masters of the state had failed to keep up with the times. But Sahakar Bharati Patron Satish Marathe has told Indian Cooperative in a mail that a new beginning is being made.

The NCUI profiling of the number of co-operatives in the country which was released in the international cooperative function in Delhi last November reported that Maharashtra had the highest number of co-operative societies (2.46 lakhs) in the country.

Calling the development a good news, Marathe wrote “Committee Constituted to Amend Co-Operative Act in Maharashtra; Long Standing Demand of Sahakar Bharati Fulfilled.”

Writing further he said “We are pleased to inform you that the Maharashtra Rajya Sahakar Parishad (MSCC), a Statutory entity established under the MCS Act 1960 has constituted a Committee to propose changes in the State CoOperative Act.”

The Committee has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Shri Satish Marathe, Veteran Co-Operator & Banker to recommend suggestions for amending the Maharashtra Co-Operative Societies Act 1960.

Besides Satish Marathe the Committee will comprise of Prof (Dr) Uday Joshi Member, Vidyadhar Anaskar , Santosh Patil, Dharanidhar Patil , Adv Uday Warunjikar , Adv Pradeep Deshmukh, Adv Sharadchandra Desai and Adv Jayant Kulkarni,

The members of the MSCC will be Invitee Members of the Committee.

The Committee will receive written representations, give hearings, etc. to the Co-Operatives & their Federal Bodies, Expert Co-Operators, Legal fraternity, Co-Operative Dept. & its Officials, General public,etc. After detailed deliberations, the Committee has been advised to submit its Report by 31st May 2017.

“The Office address, Contact numbers, E-mail ID of the Committee will be shortly communicated by the MSCC”, read the press release.

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    TOI MUMBAI ON 17 2 2017:
    A notification, issued on February10 by the department of cooperatives, suggested separation of housing cooperative administration from other cooperatives to make it more transparent and effective. The government, through the notification, set up a committee of experts and directed it to submit a report. The committee is led by Sandeep Deshmukh, joint registrar for cooperatives and slum rehabilitation, and includes existing and former members of the cooperatives department, besides experts such as Ramesh Prabhu and Chhaya Aajgaonkar.

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