25 March 2021, Chandigarh, IN: The Haryana Government has approved projects worth about Rs 139 crore for six districts for developing primary agricultural societies into multi-purpose self-reliant entities. These districts are: Kaithal, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Sonepat and Gurugram, including areas of Mewat district. About 7,200 registered societies in these districts would benefit from this scheme.
Disclosing this here today, the Additional Chief Secretary, Mr Sanjeev Kaushal, said the main objective of this project was to develop and strengthen co-operatives like primary agriculture cooperative societies, District Primary Agriculture and Rural Development Banks (DPCARDBs), milk supplies societies, industrial societies, and self-help groups, through integrated co-operative development projects.
Under the scheme, area development approach will be adopted, and a micro plan will be prepared for each of the selected districts, striking a match between local resources and needs.
He said that the National Cooperative Development Corporation would fund the project under three heads namely, loan, share capital, and subsidy. The loan will be utilized for creating such infrastructure facilities as godowns, banking counters, transport vehicles and small processing units etc.
The share capital would be harnessed for strengthening the base of these societies and the margin money would be used for augmenting business of the societies. Subsidy will be provided for manpower development, training, monitoring and incentives.
Thirty per cent subsidy will be provided by the NCDC for rural godowns of the Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies under the Agriculture Market Infrastructure Scheme. Life of the project will be four years, and a monitoring cell will be set up at the state level to monitor all such projects in the state, Mr Kaushal added.
While a sum of Rs 23.40 crore has been sanctioned for Kaithal, Kurukshetra gets Rs 26.01 crore; Karnal Rs 27.78 crore; Panipat Rs 19.58 crore; Sonipat Rs 19.82 crore; and Gurgram, including Mewat, Rs 22.35 crore.