Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020 12:45 [IST]
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GANGTOK: Mangal Jit Rai, chairman of National Cooperative Dairy Federation of India Ltd (NCDFI), has been unanimously elected as Governing Council member of National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI), an apex body of cooperative organizations in the country.
The announcement came during the general body meeting of NCUI held on Monday, informs a press release.
Established in 1929, NCUI has been acting as choirmaster of the cooperative movement in the country. Over the years, it has broadened its activities to address the contemporary issues of the cooperative sector. Including NCDFI, it has a total membership of 272 organizations comprising of cooperative institutions at national and State-level apart from multi-state cooperative societies from across the sectors of Indian cooperative fraternity.
Rai said, “It is a great pride and honour for me to represent millions of dairy farmers at another esteemed national level cooperative forum. I see my election to NCUI board as an opportunity to bring some valuable insight from the cooperative dairy sector to reinforce the cooperative framework of the country, and replicate the sector-level success in other potential areas contributing to the promotion of cooperative agendas in general”.
NCDFI, an apex body of dairy cooperatives in India, follows a vertically integrated multi-tier structure with 27 State Cooperative Dairy Federations at the top followed by 218 District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Unions and 1.73 lakh Village Cooperative Milk Producers’ Societies at the bottom.
A total of 163 lakh dairy farmers are associated with dairy cooperatives. Each stakeholder’s core objective in this multilayer structure is to maximize the producers’ share in consumer’s rupee. Remaining true to its core values, India’s cooperative dairy ecosystem has been successful in paying up to 85% of consumers’ rupee back to the milk producers. This well-built model of dairy cooperatives established its robustness even during exceptional situations like the Covid-19 pandemic by maintaining the supply-demand gap for milk and milk products at considerably low levels compared with other sectors, the release mentions.
Rai is the NCDFI chairman since February 2017. As a leader of the organization, he has been instrumental in strengthening its core activities apart from bolstering organizational structure. Under his able leadership, the transacted business of NCDFI has been more than doubled from Rs.1,543 crore in 2016-17 to Rs.3,455 crore in 2019-20, the release mentions.
Rai is also the Sikkim State president of Sahakar Bharati which actively strengthens the cooperative movement across the country. He is a member of the Cooperative Development Forum of India, which was launched in July 2020 to provide regulatory assistance to the existing cooperatives and strengthen the cooperative design across the sectors in the country.