NCCF –the apex body of consumer cooperatives held its Board meeting last week at NCUI’s Board room in which several amendments to the Bye-laws were proposed in order to fill up the vacancies. The NCCF Board which ideally should have 21 members is facing a severe shortage of cooperators on its Board.
There are only 11 Directors as of now in which two are govt nominees, one representative each from NCDC, NCUI, Nafed and a MD Kamal Chowdhery who also is a govt appointee. There are two co-opted members leaving the number of elected Directors to just three.
Among the elected Directors are Chairman Bijender Singh, Vice Chairman Virendra Singh and NCUI President Chandra Pal Singh’s son Yashpal Singh who represents Bundelkhand Krishi Utpadan Vipnan, Sahakari Samiti based in Jhansi.
Earlier, in the past NCCF used to have five representatives from the state federations but this time due to the stringent conditions of bye-laws it was not possible to fill up the vacancies.
Also several of the former Directors could not make it as their co-operative organizations were not able to fulfill the bye-law conditions meeting the criterion of doing minimum business required to qualify for a contest. Vishal Singh the son of late Ajit Singh was one of the casualties.
Besides, the Board also passed the audit and account statement for the current year. Some of the Directors, without wanting to be named alleged that the audit has many loopholes.
Meanwhile, NCCF has been a non-starter so far despite tall claims made by the current Chairman Bijender Singh at the time of his elections. MD Chaudhery has reportedly met the Babus of the Ministry for getting govt business but to no avail.
Branch Managers of the cooperative behemoth are said to have a helluva problem generating business without any target or pressure.
The meeting was attended by Chairman, Vice Chairman, NCUI President and many others.