Cooperators of all hues and especially those from the BJP fold, have welcomed the Rajasthan Cooperative Minister Udai Lal Anjana’s announcement that the elections for cooperatives in the state would begin this month.
Sahakar Bharati State President Hanuman Aggarwal said, “We hail the decision of the state government about holding the co-op election in Rajasthan. The election had been pending since the BJP regime in the state”.
“Sahakar Bharati will also take part in the election but urged the government to conduct elections in a free and fair manner.
Most co-ops in Rajasthan have traditionally been under the control of congress leaders even during the BJP regime.
The long pending cooperative election in Rajasthan will soon be held in three phases. Over 18 thousand co-ops would go to the polls. The election will be held from December, 2019 to June, 2020.
Earlier State Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had given his nod for the co-op elections. The state election authority is reported to be already at work preparing for the election.
In the first phase, from December to January, elections to about 1,500 cooperative bodies including primary cooperative societies like weavers’ society, housing, savings credit, purchase committees, member societies of central cooperative banks, primary cooperative consumer stores, civil cooperative banks will be held.
In the second phase, elections to about 6 thousand village service cooperative societies and purchase and sale cooperative societies will be held beginning from the month of February.
Following these elections, Central Cooperative Banks, Apex Bank and RAJFED will go the polls. At the same time, elections for district cooperative halls stores will also be held.
Cooperative Minister said elections for more than 10 thousand primary milk cooperative societies will be held in the third phase in May. After this, elections for District Milk Producers Associations and RCDF will be held. He informed that instructions have been given to the Co-operative Election Authority for making necessary preparations for the elections.
State Registrar of Cooperative Society Dr. Neeraj K. Pawan said all district sub registrars have been asked to ensure elections for the remaining cooperative institutions.