On the occasion of the visit of ICA President Ariel Guarco to NCUI headquarters in Delhi on Monday ULCCS-Uralungal Labour Contract Co-operative Society- based at Vadakara in Kerala received the membership to the global body in a glittering event.
ULCCS which got amalgamated to the ICA about two weeks ago formally is the 13th permanent ICA member from India and the only primary cooperative from the country to achieve this distinction. Led by Chairman Remeshan Paleri, the ULCC delegation comprised of group CEO Raveendran Kasthuri, UL Education Director Dr.T.P.Sethumadhavan, Project Co-coordinator Kishorkumar and OSD to Chairman M.T.Abhijith.
Usually ICA permanent membership is awarded to national apex bodies of co-operatives. ULCCS has been selected based on the performance of the society during the last 94 years, reads a press release from the co-op organization.
ULCCS was established initially to strengthen construction and infrastructure sectors during the pre-independence era. Over the year’s society has been emerged as the total solution provider for construction and infrastructure in the country, the release reads.
As part of transformation and technology ULCCS gradually diversified in to tourism, IT, ITeS, infrastructure, UL Cyberpark, education, skill development, UL foundation, agriculture and dairy business sectors. The growth and success saga of ULCCS has been identified by ICA as a role model for co-operatives so as to scale up across the globe.
ICA the International Co-operative Alliance head quartered at Brussels unites, represents and serves co-operatives worldwide. It is the apex body representing co-operatives which are estimated to be around 3 million worldwide. Of which more than 25 parent co-operatives were in India. Providing a global voice and forum for knowledge, expertise and coordinated action for and above co-operatives.
The International Co-operative Alliance work with global and regional governments and organizations to create the legislative environment. ICA membership envisages ULCCS to partner with ICA in technology, skill development, education and capacity building across ICA member countries. As part of this membership, ULCCS will propose to establish international center for excellence in skill development, advanced technology and training in association with ICA in Delhi.
NCUI president Dr. Chandrapal Singh presided over the function, Regional Director ICA -AP Balu G Iyar – made the closing remarks and NCUI Chief Executive N Satyanarayana made the presentation. Several representatives from national level cooperatives, senior policy makers and officials from the ministry of agriculture participated in the event.