Kerala co-op societies: Tussle takes new turn; Centre begins direct data collection

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Thiruvananthapuram: Union Ministry of Cooperation has begun the direct collection of information from the state cooperative societies for its data centre. Though the data were earlier collected via the registrars of the cooperative societies, the Centre has started to make direct interventions now. The ministry in this regard has also begun issuing notices to the cooperative societies with the help of agencies such as National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED).

The union government had earlier issued notices to the cooperatives urging them to submit data. However, many states expressed their dissent in submitting the data demanded. Meanwhile, new notices are being issued in a new format demanding the same details.

Kerala accused the Centre of attempts to bring about indirect control over the cooperative societies which fall under the ambit of the state governments.

Centre sought confidential data
The initial notice issued by the Centre demanded the submission of the static and dynamic data of the cooperatives. The dynamic section comprises information deemed to be confidential, such as details of employees and their duties, revenue and expenditure, assets and liabilities, and products and services.

The Centre had directed that the state governments can entrust any of the concerned authorities to hand over the data. However, Kerala refrained from giving a favorable reply. The direct collection comes at this juncture.

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