NCUI-NCCT matter which rests in Delhi High Court and which has failed to come up for hearing so far, may be headed for an out of the court settlement, if sources are to be believed.
The source adds that there is a thawing in the matter on both the sides with each ready to concede a little ground. The Ministry has come to realize that with the states having a stake in the matter, it is difficult to carry the training programme without their support. NCUI, on its part feels that without governmental support cooperative movement cannot be go much ahead.
The scenario of rapprochement brightened up with the joining of a new Secretary Mr Sanjay Agrawal. It is believed that in a closed door meeting that took place the two sides- Ministry and NCUI- tried to find a solution to come out of the imbroglio.
The suggested course of action was constitution of NCCT Board with 50 per cent ministerial representatives and another 50 per cent from cooperative leadership. NCUI President, as in the past, would be the Chairman of the board. NCUI sources have confirmed its President Chandra Pal Singh’s support to the idea.
It bears recall that several of the ICMs and RICMs running under NCCT across India have begun to go independent as the states which gave land for these institutions, claim that their MoU was with the NCUI and not with the Central govt.
This has led to precarious situations in some of the states including Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Gujarat. In Bhopal the state govt went to the extent of slapping a rent notice of Rs 3 crore on the ICM.
On the legal turf, the matter of NCCT Delink from NCUI has failed to come up for hearing so far. Both the sides are aware of its unending course and thus are eager to strike an out of the court settlement, says the source.
It bears recall that NCUI had received a letter from Agriculture Ministry with the title “Establishing National Council of Cooperative Training (NCCT) as an independent, Central and Professional entity-delinking from National Cooperative Union of India”.